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Only the educated are Liberated-Mfano wa Tanzania

Discussion in 'Jukwaa la Siasa' started by Pax, Nov 16, 2010.

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    Educated or Enlightened?

    Epictetus, who lived from A.D. 55 to about A.D. 135,
    said, "Only the educated are 'liberated'."

    Admittedly, there is truth in what Epictetus said. For
    one thing, dictators don't want the people under them
    to be educated. Dictators control people through
    ignorance and fear. If the people were educated, and
    especially if they were enlightened, there would be
    greatly increased rebellion. This is one reason why it
    is important that people everywhere are educated--or at
    least enlightened.

    Why enlightened? Because there are millions of
    educated fools and highly educated criminals, but one
    would hardly call these people enlightened. These
    people are "en-darkened." As Jesus said, "Everyone who
    does evil hates the light, and will not come into the
    light for fear that his deeds will be exposed."

    Education, as important as it is, in and of itself
    does not give one wisdom, understanding, moral
    character, or make one enlightened.

    In God's Word darkness is symbolic of evil while light
    is symbolic of truth. To be enlightened, we need to
    "walk in the light;" that is walk in truth, openness
    and honesty. For only the truth liberates people. As
    Jesus also said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are
    really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and
    the truth will set you at liberty.

    So the question is, are you/we enlightened?

    Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you again for your
    Word that teaches me how to become enlightened. Help
    me always to walk in the light and become not only
    enlightened, but also find true freedom. Thank you for
    hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
    name, amen."
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