Perfect Knowledge is rooted in God's omniscience. God knows all things. He knows all things before they happen. What He knows He knows perfectly. Completely. He knows every contingency and variable. He knows not only the circumstance, but every minute detail; from the leaf blowing down the street to an asteroid tumbling through the farthest universe. He knows the hearts, minds, and motivations of men. Nothing that He claims to know, which is all things, can be questioned. He is the authority on all things. His word is final and binding. Contrast God's Perfect Knowledge with out finite knowledge. We know only those things God allows us to know. Even then our understanding and comprehension is limited. The Bible tells us that we know in part only. We are unable to consistently anticipate contingencies and variables. They often take us by surprise. Minute details often escape us. We have a difficult time with understanding our own heart never mind the heart of others. Everything we know, or think we know, can be questioned because we are often wrong. Our word is not the final authority. God's word is the final authority. Calvinists and Arminians on this board have definite opinions. Both groups think they are right. Those board members who eschew both terms believe they are right. No one thinks they are wrong or else they would not hold to the position they hold to. I have yet to encounter a person who said to me, "I believe what I believe because I think it is wrong." But for all our firm opinions about theological correctness, we possess much error. Think about that for a moment. How does God tolerate us if we misrepresent His word? Well, His mercy and grace know no limits. God understands our imperfections and finite nature because He created us. He loves us in spite of our short comings. Let me be careful not to be condoning a soft form of antinomianism. We cannot throw our hands up in the air and say, "Well, God loves me in spite of my errors, so why care?" That line of thinking was dealt a fatal blow by Paul in Romans 6:1. "What shall we say then? Shall we continue to sin that grace may about? May it never be!" No. We should seek to rightly divide the word of truth. We should labor at it. But even at our best we will be incomplete in our understanding. We may even have arrived at wrong conclusions and misinterpreted God's word. Our prayers may not be consistent with what God wants. Are any of you parents, or can you remember back to your early childhood? How many children ask for things that seem silly even though they ask with a sincere heart? How many children ask for things prematurely, before they are able to handle those things? What does the good parent do in those situations? He loves the child and gives the child what is best for him, not necessarily what he requested. God acts in similar fashion. Since He possesses Perfect Knowledge, He knows what is best for His children even if His children do not know what is best. In our quest for doctrinal correctness it is good to keep in mind that even the most correct among us is like a colander trying to hold water compared to God. May that instill in us a true spirit of dependence and humility.