“Ignorance is bliss.”
–Saying popular among the worldly
“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”
The world has been known to give advice from time to time.
“Ignorance is bliss” is just a little sliver of the world’s recommendations.
And actually, on the face of it, Ecclesiastes 1:18 APPEARS to agree with the world’s assessment on this subject.
However, there are slight–but IMPORTANT–differences between “Ignorance is bliss” and Ecclesiastes 1:18.
1- The world is making NO judgments on the information the ignorant is passing by. The world is merely advising the ignorant to stay in the dark to stay happy.
Ecclesiastes 1:18, on the other hand, advises the reader that knowledge pursued will NOT bring the pursuer happiness, but sorrow. Ecclesiastes 1:18 reveals that true wisdom and knowledge lead to grief and sorrow–likely because TRUE wisdom and knowledge run counter to what much of the world believes.
2- The world promises ‘BLISS’ in exchange for ‘ignorance.’ Does the reader suppose that this is a REAL circumstance or just another of the world’s broken promises?
3- The reader has been given–as part of his personal warning system–a number of sensory inputs in order to keep the reader beyond the reach of danger and other inconveniences.
Does the reader believe it is wise to IGNORE this personal alert system?
4- Ecclesiastes 1:18 warns the reader that the pursuit of knowledge will likely bring the one chasing it, unhappiness–as the one pursuing wisdom and knowledge realize that the world is NOT your friend.
Actually, the reader is faced with a CHOICE between the world’s “ignorance is bliss” and Ecclesiastes 1:18.
That choice is between the world’s ignorant, oblivious smile and the much more mournful realization that “TRUE knowledge brings grief.”
WHICH choice does the reader prefer?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: December 13, 2021.]
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