What you don’t know can’t hurt you – Really???
This statement along with “Ignorance is bliss,” could not be further from the truth and more damaging to us than we realize. Biblically ignorance may be one of the most dangerous and debilitating of all human nemeses’. We have this idea that we are not responsible for what we don’t know. This is a highly volatile mental outlook, actually it is extremely dangerous…. Ignorance an insidious trap of satan to devour and destroy humanity.
“What you don’t know can’t hurt you!”
FALSE!!! Actually - it can kill you!
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. ‘Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children’” (Hosea 4:6 NIV).
Destruction comes because of what we do not know. And alarmingly, ignorance has generational repercussions! Under the Jewish worship system outlined for us in the Old Testament sacrifice was required to cover sins committed in Ignorance (Leviticus 5:18, Ezekiel 45:20).
" And he shall bring to the priest a ram without blemish from the flock, with your valuation, as a trespass offering. So the priest shall make atonement for him regarding his ignorance in which he erred and did not know it, and it shall be forgiven him. It is a trespass offering; he has certainly trespassed against the Lord" (Leviticus 5:18-19).
We have this false sense that if we didn’t realize it – it didn’t count……nothing could be further from the truth.
Here are some Biblical characteristics and repercussions of ignorance:
It is tied to our carnal nature (Psalm 73:22).
It affects our understanding, the recognition of our relationships, and our spiritual perception (Isaiah 63:16).
It harms community which robs us of the commanded blessing (Psalm 133).
It is connected to spiritual blindness (Romans 11:25).
At least 4 times in the Epistles Paul writes….”I don’t want you to be ignorant” (Romans 11:25; 1 Corinthians 12:1; 2 Corinthians 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13).
Satan gains advantage through ignorance (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Ignorance steals our hope and causes us to sorrow as the world (1 Thessalonians 4:13).
Ignorance is tied to unbelief (1 Timothy 1:13).
It generates strife and is the cause of disputes (2 Timothy 2:23).
This list of the Scriptural repercussions and damaging effects of ignorance is chilling to say the least. In the face of the heavy ramifications that bear upon our soul we must remember that God always has a remedy. He has given us His Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth and Scriptural directives that will move us away from this lethal, lethargic perspective and into the conquering ways of God!
Heavenly Father, I acknowledge my need for Your precious Holy Spirit in even greater measures. I repent for thinking more of myself and my knowledge than I should. I don’t want to be comfortable and complacent. I need You! I need revelation! I desire to walk in truth. God grant me the hunger for your Word and truth. Increase my capacity to learn, know, and discern in this age. In the matchless Name of Jesus…Amen.