Is life easier for the ignorant, and the oblivious? Do we choose to be oblivious or ignorant so that we do not have to change, but at the same time expect others to change to suit our wants and needs? Does being ignorant give us a hall pass through life? I can claim ‘I didn’t know’, but does this mean that I am not accountable when I do something that is wrong and harmful, or if I hurt someone, including myself?
What does it mean to be ignorant?
Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary
Full Definition of ignorant
1a: destitute of knowledge or education <an ignorant society>; also: lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified <parents ignorant of modern mathematics>b: resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence <ignorant errors>
ignorantness – noun
What the Bible says about ignorance.
Ephesians 4:18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
1 Peter 1:14
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,
“They say to God, ‘Depart from us! We do not even desire the knowledge of Your ways.
Romans 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
You can read Leviticus chapters 4&5 and see that sin committed even in ignorance has consequences. So being ignorant does not excuse you from punishment. Could you imagine a criminal court hearing if ignorance gave us a free pass to do as we wanted? Imagine someone standing before a judge and they say, “Sorry your Honor I didn’t know what I did was wrong.” Then the judge declares them innocent and frees them to go back into the world only to commit the same crime again. (Okay, unfortunately this does occasionally happen, but that is a flaw in our judicial system)
Ignorance does not excuse wrong, hurtful, and even criminal actions. Wrong is wrong and sin is sin. Can one be forgiven? Yes anyone who repents and receives Jesus as their Lord and Saviour receives His forgiveness. Repentance requires one to acknowledge their own sins. You cannot confess your sin if you do not acknowledge it. Pretending it is not real or did not happen will not make it go away, and neither will sweeping it under a rug or hiding it in a closet. Until you expose it to His Light it will stay inside of you and eat away at you. Until finally it leads you to your death. You see there is a way that seems right to a man but it only leads to death. Sin leads to death, but Jesus who died to forgive us all of our sins gives us eternal life. For the only way to the Father is through the Son, and the only way to Jesus is repentance.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,
For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men’s hearts; and then each man’s praise will come to him from God.
Do you not know that when you offer yourselves as obedient slaves, you are slaves to the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin leading to death, or to obedience leading to righteousness?
You are a student and this world and your life is your classroom. You cannot pas the exam if you do not study and do the lessons prior to the exam. Does this mean we are not allowed to make any mistakes? We all make mistakes, none of us is perfect. Not even the ones who think they are and who you might think are perfect are not. We all sin. The difference is that one person turns from their sin and to the Savior Jesus, and the other keeps on doing what please themselves.
In the end we will all face judgment and answer for our sins. There will be those who will receive mercy and eternal life, for they have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus. Then there are those who rejected Jesus and well you know their outcome.
So today if you have not yet decided to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior I pray that you repent and receive Him now. Do not waste another moment of your life without Him. Ignorance is not a safety net, and it will not save your life. Jesus is the only way!