Ignorance Is Not Bliss

This is part three of a short series. The first being I Let Them In and the second being Mighty To Save, but you don’t have to read those to understand this. πŸ™‚

During a Q&A with a pastor, this topic came up and I really wanted to address it. I was a bit shy about making posts like this at the time I heard the question and answer, so I don’t remember exactly how this went. Therefore, I’m going to paraphrase. The question was something like, β€œWhen I was young, I committed a sin. If I didn’t know that something was a sin and I did it, does it still count as a sin?” The response?

“You were young and didn’t know it was sin. God forgives you, you have nothing to worry about.”

This messed me up as a teen. I believed if I avoided reading parts of the Bible or researching if certain things were sin, then it wouldn’t be sin for me since I didn’t know it was sin. I still did Bible study for end times stuff because I was fascinated with that subject, but I didn’t really read other stuff. Like this would keep me from being accountable.

SIN IS SIN.

Whether we know it or not, sin is sin. When we know something is sin and we have been doing it, the appropriate response isn’t thinking I wasn’t held accountable because I didn’t know. (Sorry for the triple-negative. 😜) The correct response should be repentance. Remorse for the sin. Realizing how God sees sin. Turning away from sin.Β  Thinking that I don’t have to repent because I didn’t know, and then not doing it in the future is enough – it isn’t enough. It leaves Jesus out of the equation.

It’s like finding a bill that is overdue. You don’t think, “Oh, I didn’t know I owed that so I don’t need to worry about it.” Someday, you’ll have to pay it. But we can never pay for sin. However, the good news is that Jesus can. And He did – if we will just go to Him. ❀

27 thoughts on “Ignorance Is Not Bliss

  1. This is so well put, and easy to understand Grace πŸ™‚ You have described so well things that I hear people say, and even argue about all the time. A lot of wisdom here. Your honesty is so refreshing, and speaks volumes about your true heart πŸ™‚ I thank God for continuing to bless you πŸ™‚

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      • Praise the LORD for those blessings πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I love to hear the LORD is working, it is a blessing for me and a hopeful testimony because when things are not going as I would like this is a reminder that God is on the throne. Not to say things aren’t going the way I want because He has been so gracious and giving me tons of blessings too lately πŸ™‚

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        • πŸ˜€ ❀

          I get what you mean. πŸ™‚ Right after I sent you that message, my 15 1/2 year old cat passed away and it was a sharp contrast to the blessings, haha. And in reality, that was probably a blessing too because it was quick. It wasn't what I wanted – I wanted her healed – but He is always good, and knows what is best. ❀

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            • Aww, thank you. πŸ™‚ ❀

              I miss her so much, but I know only time and God can heal a broken heart. Even Jackie's a little sad that she doesn't have anyone to hiss at anymore. (Well, she does hiss at me sometimes… but it's not the same. πŸ˜‚)

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              • Hahaha that was too funny about Jackie πŸ™‚ The LORD will always give us something to make us smile, does He not πŸ™‚ Yes, time and God will help. It is a blessing too that soon you will have such wonderful smiles thinking about things your sweet kitty did that you didn’t even remember. Or at least that has been the way it happened with us and our sweet little furry friend. I see him in a lot of things now, and will remember things he did that I had completely forgot. It comes at times when it is most needed too, to pick me up. Praying for that time to come for you too πŸ™‚

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                • Amen, He does. πŸ™‚ Oh yes, definitely. One thing I miss is she always waited by the door for me to give her a pet. Her absence there hurts a lot. (Jackie must have picked up on it because now in the same spot where I would pet Angel when entering the room, Jackie reaches under the door and attacks my foot. πŸ˜‚)

                  I was looking through photos and found so much more that I didn’t remember. I can’t wait to share those with everyone here. πŸ™‚

                  I’m glad you have a lot of sweet memories of your precious kitty. ❀ And thank you! ❀

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  2. I’m pretty much echoing what Ruth said, but I had to leave a comment on how brilliant that overdue bill analogy was, CCLF! It really drove your point home and made it so easy to understand – and therefore much harder to escape, haha. Thanks so much for this post, dear sister πŸ’œ

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  3. “The correct response should be repentance.” Amen!!
    Adding to what you said just a little, in Romans 1 we read that all of us, no exceptions, are without excuse, for God revealed himself and his divine character and will through his created works. So, it isn’t that humans don’t know, it is that they choose to reject what they know about God, and they choose to go their own way instead. So, Grace, you are so correct in what you said here. Thanks!

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