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Science And False Knowledge

This is a biblical response to those who say, “I believe in science,” and have wandered from the truth.

1 Timothy 6:20-21

20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless [952] chatter [2757] and the opposing ideas of what is falsely [5581] called knowledge [1108],

21 which some have professed [1861- “to announce, proclaim, profess”] and in so doing have wandered [795- “to miss the mark, deviate from truth”] from the faith. Grace be with you.


1 Timothy 6:20-21

20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge" —

21 which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you.


1 Timothy 6:20-21

20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.


NT:952 bebelos (beb'-ay-los)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from the base of NT:939 and belos (a threshold); accessible (as by crossing the door-way), i.e. (by implication of Jewish notions) heathenish, wicked:

KJV - profane (person).

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

1. accessible, lawful to be trodden

2. profane (1 Timothy 4:7)

bebelos [NT:952] - primarily, "permitted to be trodden, accessible" (from baino, "to go," whence belos, "a threshold"), hence, "unhallowed, profane" (opposite to hieros, "sacred"), is used of (a) persons, 1 Tim. 1:9; Hebrews 12:16; (b) things, 1 Tim. 4:7; 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16. "The natural antagonism between the profane and the holy or divine grew into a moral antagonism.... Accordingly bebelos is that which lacks all relationship or affinity to God" (Cremer, who compares koinos, "common," in the sense of ritual uncleanness).

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

NT:2757 kenophonia (ken-of-o-nee'-ah)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from a presumed compound of NT:2756 and NT:5456; empty sounding, i.e. fruitless discussion:

KJV - vain.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

empty discussion, discussion of vain and useless matters (A.V., babbling) (1 Timothy 6:20)

NT:5581 pseudonumos (psyoo-do'-noo-mos)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:5571 and NT:3686; untruly named:

KJV - falsely so called.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

falsely named (A.V., falsely so called) (1 Timothy 6:20)

NT:1108 gnosis (gno'-sis)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:1097; knowing (the act), i.e. (by implication) knowledge:

KJV - knowledge, science.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

knowledge: with the genitive of the object, sooteerias (Luke 1:77)


gnosis [NT:1108] - is translated "science" in the KJV of 1 Timothy 6:20; the word simply means "knowledge" (RV), where the reference is to the teaching of the Gnostics (lit., "the knowers") "falsely called knowledge." Science in the modern sense of the word, viz., the investigation, discovery, and classification of secondary laws, is unknown in Scripture. See KNOW, C, No. 1.

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)


What Is Gnosticism?

“Gnosticism was perhaps the most dangerous heresy that threatened the early church during the first three centuries. Influenced by such philosophers as Plato, Gnosticism is based on two false premises. First, it espouses a dualism regarding spirit and matter. Gnostics assert that matter is inherently evil and spirit is good. As a result of this presupposition, Gnostics believe anything done in the body, even the grossest sin, has no meaning because real life exists in the spirit realm only.

Second, Gnostics claim to possess an elevated knowledge, a “higher truth” known only to a certain few. Gnosticism comes from the Greek word gnosis which means “to know.” Gnostics claim to possess a higher knowledge, not from the Bible, but acquired on some mystical higher plane of existence. Gnostics see themselves as a privileged class elevated above everybody else by their higher, deeper knowledge of God…”

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