IGNORANCE VERSUS INNOCENCE


The other night, my husband and I were watching a movie…I don’t even remember the name of it, but one line struck me, and I have been pondering on it ever since.  It was this, “Ignorance is not the same as innocence!”

Here are a couple of comments on this statement:

  1.  Innocence = not knowing…Ignorance = not wanting to know.
  2. Innocence = the lack of knowledge (like Adam and Eve before the fall.) …Ignorance = you have time to form an opinion, and chose to be misinformed, rather than explore the truth.

The Bible has quite a lot to say about Ignorance and Innocence:

They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart.-Eph. 4:18

31The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?-Jer. 5:31

30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.-Acts 17:30

If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?-Proverbs 24:12

You are to do the same on the seventh day of the month for anyone who sins unintentionally or through ignorance; so you are to make atonement for the temple.-Ez. 45:20

Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.-Romans 10:3

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.-Romans 1:20

All the above verses show us that there are different sins…those that are deliberate, and those that we do unknowingly…unintentionally… ignorantly, but still are an offense to God; but sacrifice, or in this present day, repentance is still needed to atone for those sins.  Romans 1:20, and Acts 17:30,  says it all…We are without excuse, and are commanded by God to repent.  When we stand before God on Judgement Day, the excuse of, “I did not know…therefore I am innocent.”, will not hold up. In Romans 5:12, it says,  “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

I found this while searching, and studying this subject.  It explains things very well.

God says repeatedly in His word that He “would not have us to be ignorant” (Romans 1:13, 11:25; I Corinthians 10:1, 12:1; II Corinthians 1:8, 2:11; I Thessalonians 4:13; II Peter 3:8).  Yet many times we allow ourselves to be willfully ignorant by picking & choosing what we will accept as truth from God’s word.  We even do so with regard to the very character of God, divorcing from Him those attributes which make us uncomfortable.  As is often said, “There is none so blind as one who will not see.”

We cannot love God without loving the (whole) truth, for He is Truth.  The love of the truth is what will protect believers from end time deceptions to which even God will turn some over (II Thessalonians 2:10-11).

A message below from Min. Art Katz.

Let’s search the Word, and ask for wisdom, so that we will be ready to stand before a Holy God!

By:  Anita Mondragon-2016

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