"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Proverbs 1:7
"For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6
Knowledge is sought after like gold. Yet today, many who think they have found it have only found fool's gold.
Many people seek knowledge via science or mysticism or Eastern religions and philosophies, etc. Some of modern science holds humanity in low esteem, equating our value to that of creation when God created us in His image and crowned us with honor and glory, giving us dominion over His creation. Mysticism subjects humans to constant evaluation of experiences without any absolutes. Eastern religions and philosophies deny God, our Creator, the only true Existing One. Their philosophies focusing on human accomplishments. The knowledge gained via science, mysticism, Eastern religions and philosophies (and other sources) cannot gain you eternal life nor true peace. They are limited by man's perceptions and by the eighty plus or minus years we have here on earth.
Only the knowledge that begins by being in awe of and having reverence for God (fearing the LORD) can give you the most 'interest' for your investment. Only when we humble ourselves and understand who we are in light of who God is can we begin to understand this life and all things included in it. Through knowledge of God we gain a perspective that is eternal. God is the one true source we can turn to for all our needs, for all that we need to know.
The greatest knowledge you can invest in (the one that will give you true returns) is the knowledge that Jesus died for your sins, was buried, and rose again so that you may have eternal life. All that we need to know in order to survive this world can be found in the Bible. In every situation we face, we can find the answers in God's Word because it points us to Him who is the Creator, the Almighty, the Sovereign One. Some of Scripture we may not like, because it requires us to give up our pride or lustful pleasures. However, if we are willing to submit today to Him thus loving Him than we will receive our rewards in Heaven.
Benjamin Franklin has been considered one of the greatest thinkers of all times, and yet his statement falls short of truth, because he didn't acknowledge where perfect knowledge must originate. Praise God we do not have to rely on mankind to find knowledge. We can turn to the One who created it.
"I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation....Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way." Psalm 119:99,104