Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Jesus states “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3 Obviously we need to know things. More importantly we need to know the Lord. However this knowledge of God is a tricky thing because it cannot be given to us in just any way. In fact without a relationship their is no transmission of truth. At the very least we need a relationship with God.
Perhaps this is why Solomon said, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”Proverbs 1:7 In relationship with God we can receive divine truths that could not be given to humans in any other way. Therefore it is wise for us to realize that not only can we not receive truth without a relationship with God we cannot impart truths to others without a relationship with God.
As we seek to give what is been given to us we need to also remember that we cannot transmit truth to others unless we and they are both in personal relationships with God. Through a relationship with God we can receive truth directly from Him. This is also true of others that continue to submit themselves to their savior. But while each person can receive truth from God through a walk with Him, in order to impart what we have learned to others, who are in a relationship with God, we must also be in relationship with that person. There is no other way around this concept.
In today’s society the mental condition of autism often precludes an autistic person from learning through relationships depending upon the severity of the condition. Studies have shown that autistic people have difficulty interacting socially. As a result they have difficulty receiving information that is transmitted socially. Do we as Christians behave in a spiritually autistic manner when we approach God or others? Perhaps we simply try to take a shortcut with God and others. Whatever it is we cannot avoid the spiritual concept that truth is transmitted through relationships.