Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Learning How To Learn

The Objective of Learning 

And Applying To Studying The Bible

  • The objective of learning is the acquisition of knowledge or skill of something by study, practice or experience or by being taught.

  • These are the rules I use to acquiring knowledge or skills of anything I have ever learned.  Including studying the Bible.

  • Any one can use these rules in learning just about anything one will set focus on.  Including studying the Bible.


The acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, practice, or study, or by being taught.
Knowledge acquired in this way.
knowledge - scholarship - erudition - science - lore

The devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, esp. by means of books.
Devote time and attention to acquiring knowledge on (an academic subject), esp. by means of books.
noun.   research - learning - investigation
verb.   learn - read - examine - investigate

Gain or acquire knowledge of or skill in (something) by study, experience, or being taught.
Commit to memory.
study - hear - find out - teach - read

stable datumWeb definitions
one datum, one factor, one particular in a confusion of particles that keeps things from being in a confusion and on which other things can be aligned. Any confusing motion can be understood by conceiving one thing to be motionless. The one thing selected and used becomes the stable datum for the remainder.

Lack of understanding; uncertainty.
A situation of panic; a breakdown of order: "the shaken survivors retreated in confusion".

disorder - muddle - mess - bewilderment - muss


An object of the study maybe said to be in confusion -- lack of understanding or uncertainty, hence the goal of the study is to gain understanding and certainty of an object or knowledge of an object. So knowledge for this purposes may also be defined as the absence of confusion.

Now, there are three barriers to learning and once we know what they are we can improve our learning ability significantly in any areas, including studying the Bible.

We know that computers sometimes get stucked up, a condition we now termed "hang" or "freeze". Luckily, computers have a reset button. Humans get into this condition too. Now humans do not have a reset button like computers do. When a computer is reset, the old cycle of instructions are discarded and it restarts afresh. Humans must resort to doing some things to be able to move on.

Computers at certain times need information to continue to branch out, to perform another task, to go back to the beginning and the like. This input information can cause the computer to go into an infinite cycle or loop or could be waiting for input from another code indefinitely. And we perceive it as freezing.

Humans go into circles in this wise, in confusion, too, in the absence of understanding or certainty. And there is no reset button. Because humans are intelligent, it goes into the cycle of multiple choice mode to pick up an information so that he/she can move on.

Although humans are intelligent, in this condition of confusion, humans would succumb to the use of incorrect, unintelligent or false information just to be able to move on.  And this is unknowingly or unconsciously automatic for most people. You might say "Stupid is as stupid does." -- from the movie Forrest Gump.

Learning or study is also a form of communication. And one who is studying is the recipient of the communication. So, in this wise, if one does not get a confirmation or acknowledgment, one is said to be in a state of confusion. Where a computer is said to have "freeze".

For example:
If one says "Hi!" to somebody and did not get an acknowledgement, one would go into circles in one's mind like this: "why didn't I get an acknowledgement? Ah, perhaps I was not heard.  Maybe he/she didn't like me at all.  Is it my clothes?" And the list can go on and on, until one decides to pick up one unintelligent answer most likely, just to be able to move on. And this is all in auto-pilot without one's volition.

Another example: 
A child goes to her mother to show her drawing and her mother tells her "I'm busy / don't disturb me / go back / later! Ok!!" The child would go on into circles in her head like so -- "maybe my drawing is not good, maybe mom didn't love me, maybe I'm not a good artist," and the list can go on until she decides to pick up any of these made-up, unintelligent information so she can move on.

When she does move on, her actions are now influenced by the information she picked up. Do we wonder why some children are happier and some aren't? How about some adults? There are many examples, but I guess these two drives the point already.

Now, getting back to learning and studying, when we come across any of the Barriers To Learning, understand that we fall into this cycle of confusion.  And if we do not recognize them we fall into the trap of picking up incorrect information unknowingly.

Thereby succumb to false conclusions, considerations, judgments, decisions, beliefs--doctrines.  And most specially when studying the Bible. If one does not have the right tools and apply the right rules one is vulnerable to adhering to false data or for this matter -- doctrines. One must have the right tools and the right instructions. To get to the absolute truth. Yes, there is an absolute truth.

This is very important consideration specially today because we are in the age of deceit. And We can build up false considerations, conclusions, decisions, judgments, beliefs, doctrines -- I would now call from here on -- "dogmas" -- based on deceit unknowingly. And when we fall into this trap we can be very dogmatic about it, believing it to be true, when otherwise it is false.  ~ Truth In The Age Of Deceit.

This condition when one goes into circles of confusion have been identified to be caused by The Barriers To Learning.  They are three:

  • 1. Absence of Mass and Significance,

  • 2. Too Steep A Gradient and

  • 3. Misunderstood Word.  

Fortunately there is a way that we can recognize them through our reactions during our study time and we can then do something about them.

The Gateway To Knowledge

Before we can get into the mode of study, there is one big obstacle we must remove. Once removed the gateway to knowledge is opened. And we can then start our few steps.

This gate is normally closed and must be opened with a key. This is the obstacle we must remove. The Key to this gateway is in our mindset. The key is to get into the correct mindset.

(1Cor 8:2 NIV) The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 
(1Co 8:2 ISV)  If anyone thinks he knows something, he has not yet learned it as he ought to know it.
(1Co 8:2 The Scriptures 1998+)  If anyone thinks that he knows somewhat, he does not yet know as he should know.

The obstacle that makes the gateway to knowledge locked is the thought that one knows something already that one does not yet know. When one is in this condition of mind, it is impossible for one to learn anything at all.

Please note: that all "dogmas" create this blockage. For this is the very purpose of "dogmas" -- to create blockage of new information and knowledge. Remember, "dogmas" are based on false data, or data that is not verified, personally, firsthand.

First we must empty our cup so we can fill it up with something new. This means to set aside our preconceived ideas, including our judgments, conclusions, considerations, and beliefs--doctrines. This sounds simple enough now that we are made aware, but when in this condition without knowing how to remove the obstacle it is not so simple at all.

Fortunately, there is a way how to remove this obstacle in an instant, we'll get there in a moment. This is the key to open the gateway to knowledge.

When one gained the knowledge, one is more equipped to sort things out with the new knowledge acquired against the data one already have. And the new knowledge will either stand or fall upon investigation.

Therefore, in establishing stable data or absolute truths one must receive the new data first and then test it with the stable data just like the Bereans did with the teachings of Paul.

(Act 17:10 RNKJV)  And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
(Act 17:11 RNKJV)  These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that **they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.**

The Key to Open this gateway to knowledge is to ask this question:

**How can I use this thing I am studying?**

(Pro 12:1 The Scriptures 1998+)  Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.
(Pro 13:16 RNKJV)  Every prudent man dealeth with knowledge: but a fool layeth open his folly.
(Pro 15:14 The Scriptures 1998+)  The heart of the understanding one seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
(Pro 18:15 RNKJV)  The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

The key to open the gateway to Knowledge, Therefore, is the Willingness To Learn and Knowing Its Practical Uses. Without this, one will already go into circles of confusion in one's head just outside the gateway of knowledge.

Now that the gateway to knowledge is opened we can begin our journey to learning. And we must now from here on also watch out for the barriers it will present us on this journey.

Please continue on to **The Barriers To Learning**.

YHWH Bless you!!!

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