I'm also aware that these words tend to give an excuse to individuals not to know (knowledge about) God. When I say you do not need to study to know (experience) God I mean things like the following:
You do not need to study to:
- Know what God specifically wants you to do. (... like if God wants you to apply for a certain job)
- To hear God speak to you through Scripture. (... some morning God affirms his love to you while you are reading Scripture)
- To have a personal relationship with God. (... experience feelings and emotions in communion with him)
I have not always made the second half clear, though. You need to study to:
- Know the original meaning of a biblical passage with certainty.
- Be able to critique how likely your own impressions of God's will and speaking are.