There is this prevalent notion among some believers that one can have too much Bible knowledge.
“I would rather have love than Bible knowledge. After all, ‘Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies‘ (1 Corinthians 8:1)?” they would say, as if knowledge and love are mutually exclusive.
But is that what the verse is really saying? Does Paul indeed teach that having Bible knowledge somehow reduces one’s ability to love?
Let’s take a look at how he starts the letter.
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift.
(1 Corinthians 1:4-7)
It should be apparent that the apostle does not think there is any problem with knowledge or too much of it (if there is even such a thing). In fact, he thanks God for enriching the Corinthians in “all utterance and all knowledge“.
Think about it… if knowledge is such an impediment to love, why is he thanking God? Is he not doing the Corinthians a great disservice by imparting so much knowledge to them throughout the entire letter?
Thus, contrary to what those “anti-knowledge” guys are asserting, 1 Corinthians 8:1 does not say knowledge, or having too much of it hinders love, but rather we should have both knowledge and love.
In fact, it is impossible for one to have true biblical love until one has the knowledge— knowledge about God’s love.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
(1 John 4:9-11)
And guess what? This is Bible knowledge!