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What does Samuel say about the line from Corinthians," Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth."?

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10 years ago
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#903
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Let us analyze that in context.

Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have γνῶσις gnōsis. γνῶσις gnōsis puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know... However, not everyone has this knowledge (gnōsis | γνῶσις | nom sg fem). But some, because in former times they were involved with [psychological] idols, eat this food [in their minds] as though it were an idol sacrifice, and thus their conscience [soul], being weak, is defiled [with pride].


Thus the meaning is clear: when we think (with our mind) that we have gnosis, we are wrong. that is a form of "idol worship" but the idol is psychological, and an image of oneself: pride.

Yet pure gnosis is very necessary:

Luke 1:77:
to give his people the knowledge (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem) of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins,

Luke 11:52:
Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem). You did not enter yourselves, and have hindered those who wanted to enter.”

Romans 2:20:
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of little children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) and of truth —

Romans 11:33:
O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Romans 15:14:
I myself am convinced my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem), and able also to instruct one another.

1 Corinthians 1:5:
that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem) —

1 Corinthians 8:1:
Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “we all have knowledge.” (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem) knowledge (gnōsis | γνῶσις | nom sg fem) puffs up, but love builds up.

1 Corinthians 12:8
For to one is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) according to the same Spirit,

1 Corinthians 13:2
And if I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem), and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never comes to an end. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge (gnōsis | γνῶσις | nom sg fem), it will be set aside.

1 Corinthians 14:6
But as it is, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I impart to you some revelation or knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem) or prophecy or teaching?

2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who is always leading us in triumph in Christ, and through us is making known the fragrance of the knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) of him in every place.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For it is the God who said, “Out of darkness light will shine,” who has flooded our hearts with the light of the glorious knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) of God in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 6:6
by purity, by knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem), by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love;

2 Corinthians 8:7
But as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem), in all eagerness, and in the love we have aroused in you — make sure that you excel in this act of kindness.

2 Corinthians 10:5
and every lofty idea that is raised against the knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:6
But even if I am an amateur in speaking, I am certainly not in knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem). Rather, in every way we have made this plain to you as to all.

Ephesians 3:19
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem), that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Philippians 3:8
More than that, I regard all things as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and regard them as rubbish, in order to gain Christ

Colossians 2:3
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem). hidden

1 Timothy 6:20
O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you, avoiding the unholy chatter and contradictions of what is falsely named “knowledge,” (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem)

1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, in the same way, live with them with understanding (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem), showing honor to the woman as a weaker vessel, since you are joint heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

2 Peter 1:5
For this very reason, make every effort by your faith to produce virtue, by virtue knowledge (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem),

2 Peter 1:6
by knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem) self-control, by self-control steadfastness, by steadfastness godliness,

2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and in the eternal day. Amen.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

10 years ago
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#903
Accepted Answer
Let us analyze that in context.

Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have γνῶσις gnōsis. γνῶσις gnōsis puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know... However, not everyone has this knowledge (gnōsis | γνῶσις | nom sg fem). But some, because in former times they were involved with [psychological] idols, eat this food [in their minds] as though it were an idol sacrifice, and thus their conscience [soul], being weak, is defiled [with pride].


Thus the meaning is clear: when we think (with our mind) that we have gnosis, we are wrong. that is a form of "idol worship" but the idol is psychological, and an image of oneself: pride.

Yet pure gnosis is very necessary:

Luke 1:77:
to give his people the knowledge (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem) of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins,

Luke 11:52:
Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem). You did not enter yourselves, and have hindered those who wanted to enter.”

Romans 2:20:
a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of little children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) and of truth —

Romans 11:33:
O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Romans 15:14:
I myself am convinced my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem), and able also to instruct one another.

1 Corinthians 1:5:
that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem) —

1 Corinthians 8:1:
Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “we all have knowledge.” (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem) knowledge (gnōsis | γνῶσις | nom sg fem) puffs up, but love builds up.

1 Corinthians 12:8
For to one is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) according to the same Spirit,

1 Corinthians 13:2
And if I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem), and if I have all faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never comes to an end. But if there are prophecies, they will be set aside; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge (gnōsis | γνῶσις | nom sg fem), it will be set aside.

1 Corinthians 14:6
But as it is, brothers, if I come to you speaking in tongues, how will I benefit you unless I impart to you some revelation or knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem) or prophecy or teaching?

2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who is always leading us in triumph in Christ, and through us is making known the fragrance of the knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) of him in every place.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For it is the God who said, “Out of darkness light will shine,” who has flooded our hearts with the light of the glorious knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) of God in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 6:6
by purity, by knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem), by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love;

2 Corinthians 8:7
But as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem), in all eagerness, and in the love we have aroused in you — make sure that you excel in this act of kindness.

2 Corinthians 10:5
and every lofty idea that is raised against the knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obey Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:6
But even if I am an amateur in speaking, I am certainly not in knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem). Rather, in every way we have made this plain to you as to all.

Ephesians 3:19
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem), that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

Philippians 3:8
More than that, I regard all things as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem) Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and regard them as rubbish, in order to gain Christ

Colossians 2:3
in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem). hidden

1 Timothy 6:20
O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you, avoiding the unholy chatter and contradictions of what is falsely named “knowledge,” (gnōseōs | γνώσεως | gen sg fem)

1 Peter 3:7
Husbands, in the same way, live with them with understanding (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem), showing honor to the woman as a weaker vessel, since you are joint heirs of the gracious gift of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

2 Peter 1:5
For this very reason, make every effort by your faith to produce virtue, by virtue knowledge (gnōsin | γνῶσιν | acc sg fem),

2 Peter 1:6
by knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem) self-control, by self-control steadfastness, by steadfastness godliness,

2 Peter 3:18
But grow in the grace and knowledge (gnōsei | γνώσει | dat sg fem) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and in the eternal day. Amen.

"Do not worry; cultivate the habit of being happy." - Samael Aun Weor

10 years ago
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#905
Certainly you're more knowledgeable on this topic than me. :D

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