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.


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. ❀

22 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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  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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