Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

     Proverbs 2:7, "he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity," Not long ago, I wrote an article about knowing the truth (here's a link to it if you want to read it: http://marvelouslymodest.blogspot.com/2012/09/knowing-truth.html) today's article kinda goes hand-in-hand with it. About a week ago, I was in Bible class, and we were reading in Proverbs. One of the things that came up was about how some people are afraid to know the truth, because they're afraid of responsibility. Is ignorance really bliss? Proverbs 1:22, " “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?" This is saying that we should arm ourselves with knowledge, and not try to be ignorant.

     What a lot of people don't understand is that, even if you don't know what you're supposed to do, you will still face the consequences that you would if you  had known about it. John 3:5, "Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'" Arm yourself with knowledge because this goes for everyone. Not just those who choose to read the Bible. Now, this does seem unfair, because some people don't have to opportunity to hear God's word. But, in Matthew 28:19, it says, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," This is showing us that we should go out, and find those who do not know God, and teach them the truth. Their blood is on our hands if we see someone stumbling, and refuse to help them. Now, I'm not saying that everyone has to me missionaries, but the least you can do is talk to a friend about God.

     How are we supposed to teach God's word, if we refuse to learn? If you are ignorant of something, it can be a luxury, but at the same time, we should arm ourselves with knowledge. How are we to follow God, if we don't even know what we're following? We don't have to have blind faith, because God has shown us, on several occasions, that He is alive. If you don't believe me, just look outside. What are the odds that that happened by accident?! We don't have to be ignorant. In fact, we shouldn't. How are we supposed to put on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11) if we refuse to use our swords? And even if we do have our swords, how are we supposed to go into battle, if we don't sharpen our swords? Is ignorance really bliss? In the end, ignorance will get you nowhere. Thank you for reading. :)