Ignorance is Not Bliss

A Common Expression

The phrase “ignorance is bliss” is commonly used to refer to the situations in life where some things are better left not known. For instance, knowing the process by which food is processed and handled at a fast food restaurant might leave one with little appetite. Witnessing a surgical operation is not as important as knowing a surgeon that can perform one.

Seekers and Finders

A Great Promise

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7 (NASU)

This verse describes a great promise of Jesus Christ that, if taken at face value as He intended, means that those who are honestly seeking out the truth will indeed find it. This should be a source of comfort for those who worry about the fairness of judgment, the question of ignorance, etc.

New Testament Key Words: Truth

Extra Meaning

The word from the New Testament most commonly translated as “truth” in English is the Greek word aletheia. Although the common usage of this word is similar to English, signifying that a particular idea or fact was not false, the New Testament in particular added extra force to this word’s usage.

A Man of the World

A Confused Term

The term “man of the world” or “worldly” is used to describe someone experienced with the world at large. This type of person may be called refined or sophisticated, well connected to those of importance in the world. Such a person is sometimes admired for their experience or social stature. This type of a “worldly” man focuses upon the positive aspects of the world in which we live (at least at face value).

Emotional Hedonism

Standing firmly for the truth is a primary responsibility of a Christian, and especially the responsibility of the evangelist who preaches the Word of God. Among the many challenges to the truth which exist in the world, the self-destructive philosophy of hedonism has caused a lot of damage for thousands of years. As we continue into the 21st Century, there exists a new form of hedonism which has the potential to be highly destructive to the body of Christ.