Ignorance

April 15, 2021

Ignorance

By Russell George

Not much good can be said for ignorance. The only advantage might be that if you are accused of doing something wrong you would be justified in saying, “I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to do that.” You would still have to suffer the consequences of your wrongdoing so that wipes out the advantage.

Let me caution you against thinking you have arrived because you have learned to dress yourself and tie your shoes. I’m sorry, but you still have a long way to go. All our life we go on gaining knowledge. The harder we work at it the more we learn. I still remember the day my mother took me up the road to the little one room country school to get me registered to start to school in the fall. I’m sure I wasn’t thinking, “Now I’m going to start getting an education.” I just thought that “it’s just something that all children do.” Somewhere in my childhood I began to understand the great advantage I would have by increasing my knowledge.

The ignorant person, that is without an education, is greatly handicapped in life. He is among the poor. He can’t get a job, or if he has a job, it doesn’t pay enough to give him much of a life. He is handicapped for no fault but his own. When people are asked to help the poor, they feel much more inclined to help those who are poor because of something that happened that hinders them from working. They don’t feel much inclined to help one who made no effort to get an education.

It is possible to be educated and yet be ignorant. The Apostle Paul was educated in the school of a man by the name of Gamaliel (Acts 22:3), yet he had to confess in I Timothy 1:13 that he was ignorant. “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.” It is unfortunate in our day that so many are even graduating from college and yet they are ignorant. They are ignorant because they haven’t been taught to think for themselves. That leaves them at the mercy of others when it comes time to make decisions. People who can’t think for themselves accept what they are told, even though it doesn’t make common sense. For example, many today are willing to believe that we should defund the police and open our borders and let whosoever will come in. Those who can think for themselves can forsee the tragedy that will result from doing this.

We need to be constantly motivated to add knowledge. You can’t get too much of it. It is God’s will that we add knowledge. II Peter 1:5-8 says. “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

These things give us worth. “They make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful.” We have something to offer people. The ignorant person is good for nothing. Not the one who has these things. People will look up to us because of what we do for them.

An excellent way to add knowledge is to read. Not only should we read the Bible, but other books written by mature servants of God. They have learned a lot, and they have a lot to teach us. There are lots of good books that can be found in secondhand stores. They can be yours for a fraction of what it would cost to buy them new. Electronic books are also available that you can read on your tablet or smart phone. Used books and electronic books are much cheaper.

No one can say that they have all the knowledge they need. It’s always to our advantage to add more. We need to be familiar with who the good authors are. As you read good books, you will often find quotes from other good authors. Make a note of them and look for books written by them.

If you are motivated to learn, it will be easy to sacrifice time watching television and spend it reading. You will gain much more from it than you will from watching television.

In spite of all the good that can be said for knowledge, there is one precaution that the Bible gives us. It is found in I Corinthians 8:1. “Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” “Knowledge puffeth up.” That means it can make us proud. No one ever boasts of his ignorance. Be careful about being proud of your knowledge. God doesn’t want us to have knowledge so we can glory in how much we know. He wants us to have knowledge so that we can better glorify Him.

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