Ignorance is bliss to some people. It’s bliss because they don’t have to think deeply about the meaning of life. The movie, “The Matrix” illustrated this excellently with their ‘do you want the blue pill or the red pill’ scene. The blue pill of course, allowed the subject to stay in his comfortable induced dream-reality state, while the red pill would open his understanding to what was really happening. It’s symbolizing the choice each of us make between ignorance and truth.
I can understand that sentiment. For most people, life is hard. There are fleeting moments of fulfillment and satisfaction, but it’s also full of disappointments, heart-breaks, financial pressures, relationship issues, enduring physical catastrophes, wars, crime, sickness and death. Even the most successful suffer in this world, but for those elite who don’t suffer, to them ignorance truly is bliss. They’re having their day. But it’s just a day.
Ignorance is Deadly
I say ignorance is deadly. Take an obvious example. The light ahead is green, you’re going the speed limit and you get hit broadside in the middle of the intersection. Somebody ran a red light. They were either ignorant of the red light, or they made a conscious decision to run it. But you were ignorant of their action. Perhaps you didn’t look to the right, left and right again as you entered the intersection. Whatever the situation, ignorance caused that accident, perhaps multiple instances of it.
Ignorance is deadly. But let’s discuss what so many people are ignorant of.
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
Ignorance Comes from Hardening Your Heart
Wow. What a powerful observation. This observation is from the spiritual point of view. People are in spiritual darkness, separated from God because of ignorance! And what is the reason for their ignorance? They hardened their own hearts.
We understand what hard arteries do. They cause massive heart attacks. They kill you. Hard arteries are deadly. So is ignorance. It’s caused by hardening your heart against the truth.
Take a moment and think about this. Don’t ignore it. Hmmm… ignore… ignore-ance. There is it again! Don’t IGNORE the truth or you will remain IGNORANT!
Ignore the Truth and You Shall Remain Ignorant
Have I made my point?
How does one harden their hearts? By saying no to truth when they hear it. What causes this? It could be a million reasons, and I’m not saying any of them or any combination of them isn’t enough to trigger that ‘no.’ Man is born ignorant. God greets him through the world around him (Romans 1:20). He has to learn about God, and God teaches him. At some point he has to come in contact with the truth about Jesus Christ if he is to be saved and gain true spiritual knowledge. But all the while, man has the choice whether to perceive and believe the information he’s presented with or whether he chooses to ignore it. Ignoring it hardens the heart. Ignoring it leads to ignorance.
Open your mind and heart to more of God and by all means gain an accurate spiritual awareness in your walk so you shine as brightly as God wants you to, flooding darkness with light so others can also come to know and love our Lord Jesus Christ.