This piece picks up where [Stupid] left off. For there is more to the word that is commonly used to describe a state of not knowing something than what is generally understood.
For quite a while, I considered being called ignorant a great insult. For it implied that one did not have the capacity to know and understand something.
Then, somewhere along the way, I came to embrace the notion that being ignorant of something was nothing to get too upset about. For to be ignorant was actually nothing more than to be without knowledge and understanding, and that no one from amongst us can be expected to know and understand everything.
Yeah, “I” really liked that revised definition of ignorance. For it allowed me to feel better about myself when I was the one who did not know and understand something, and to not be so judgmental of others, which holds all sorts of other personal benefits. For when you are willing to give others a break, it is often returned when dealing with the right kind of people, and even when it isn’t, you get to feel like a better person than them.
All of that is naturally-speaking, of course. For ALL knowledge and understanding about EVERYTHING comes from our Heavenly Father [John 15:26], and when someone truly is in a state of ignorance, they are ignoring what He wants them to know and understand [Hebrews 5:11-6:3].
Subsequently, being in a true state of ignorance is actually wickedness. For it is written: Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the Lord has spoken. Give glory to the Lord your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom. If you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the Lord’s flock will be taken captive. [Jeremiah 13:15-17 NIV]
Yes, it would be different if we had to depend upon others not so unlike ourselves to know and understand what our Heavenly Father wants us to. For even the most dedicated amongst us are prone to failures, but since our Heavenly Father will make sure that no one can honestly say that they did not fully understand everything that He wanted them to, come Judgment Day, all are without excuse [Romans 1:18-20].
Nonetheless, do not assume that it is the same for all. For it all depends upon what our Heavenly Father wants to accomplish in and through someone that determines when (and to what extent) He will allow and enable them to enter into His absolute truth, and in some cases, it may not be until just before they take their very last breath in this world that He will remove the scales from their eyes while others will be able to see things through His eyes from the time they take their very first breath in this world.
Ah, but who is so blind as the one who does not want to see? For it is also written: It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. [Hebrews 6:4-8 NIV]
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