Life is like calculus problem. Knowing the answer may not get you through life’s path. If you go back to calculus in high school or college, remember when you had the answer to the problem from the back of the book. You knew the answer, but you had to write down how you got the answer. The formulas and theorems were given to you, like the truths given to you by your religion. You had to apply these formulas and theorem to a given problem to arrive at the answer. It was not the answer that was important, but the path you took to get there.
I believe this is why, some followers and religious leaders fall from grace. They know God’s truths like the theorems and formulas of math. But because they have evil (greed, arrogance, and self love) in their hearts, they are not able to apply God’s truth when circumstances and challenges appear before them. They espouse God’s truth in public, but take the short path of greed, arrogance and self-love.
It is the experienced and hardened person who goes through his or her life applying God’s truth that finally gets to experience salvation, or joyous life. It is the selfish mind that will have difficulty attaining this salvation. Like the calculus problem, both know the answer, but only one gets there.