(ver 1.4) Are there any modern benefits for knowing the Bible? Are there any consequences for not knowing the Bible today? Being independent from the Bible is where many people reside currently in the world. These people choose to establish their own definitions of good, evil, normal, abnormal, morality and immorality and they continually push the envelope and cross the line of common decency repeatedly. The prisons of the United States are unable to hold everyone like this so they let them out to do it again and again without understanding the problem or the solution. Even in many churches you can find people who call themselves Christians and they do not demonstrate any proof in their external behavior as being different than everyone else in the world. It is like when I heard one minister say “If some Christians were tried by the world there would not be enough evidence to convict them of being a Christian”. These types of Christians exist in a vacuum of ignorance being dominated by the people in the world and their godless influences. There is a modern belief rising of tolerance and an all-inclusive acceptance that is leading people to a new coming one world religion apart from God. Why is this so dangerous? What are the consequences for being ignorant of the truth? You do realize that everything you do in life has consequences? Ignorance is not bliss, it is a destructive lifestyle that will cause far greater hurt and harm than you can ever imagine. There is a popular saying of the world that says “What you don’t know can’t hurt you”. But that is a satanically inspired philosophy designed to deceive people that there are no consequences for not learning the truth. If you would like to read Part 1 of this lesson series first, you may go and read “Understanding the Value of the Word of God” and then come back and continue reading here for Part 2.
There has been a news report recently in the U.S. about a woman who went to Aruba with a man that she apparently did not know and she has been missing for a long time now. Does it matter now if she made a decision to go to Aruba with a man that she really did not know? The news said the man took out a million dollar insurance policy on her and even tried to collect on it without there being any proof she was dead yet. If this man killed this woman for the insurance money do you think this woman thinks this trip was still worth going on now? Since we cannot ask her, it would seem very obvious to me that her ignorance mattered, but there is always room for your doubt. I think you can learn from stories found in modern times that what you don’t know can cause you great trouble, harm, hurt and even death. To think otherwise is to ignore the facts and live in a fantasy make believe world. I could give you hundreds of other examples found in the news of people being in the wrong place at the wrong time where someone tried to kill them, rape them, steal from them or other negative things. Truly what you don’t know is much more important than you can comprehend fully right now. There is another popular saying that I like to quote that says “People do not know what they do not know”. This saying is a comprehensive description of the missing lady in Aruba and it describes everyone who does not know the Word of God also.
I am going to go through the Bible and give you an overview of some of the verses that reveal what God says about people who intentionally or unintentionally ignore His Word. If you go through and look these verses up and study them for yourselves you should better understand the importance of learning everything that you can about the God’s truth as fast you can possibly go to get it. I also want you to see that sometimes scriptures are self-declaring and direct and other times the truth has to be indirectly observed by determining the opposite counterparts of the words being discussed. For example, if the Bible says “They (my words) are life to all that find them and health to all of their flesh” you can learn from that verse there are clearly benefits of health and life for knowing the Word of God. But we can also surmise the inverse truth as being “ignoring God’s word can result in sickness and death”. There is a major difference between just reading the words on the page and actually seeing what the words on the page declare. I hope you understand that! Let’s go through the Bible and learn what God says on the subject of living in ignorance of His Word.
Living Independent from the Word of God will Result in:
- Not Knowing the Messiah (Jo 5:46, Acts 18:28)
- A Lack of Understanding of What God has already Accomplished (Mat 26:56, Luke 4:21)
- Being Ignored by God (Pro 28:9)
- You being Rebellious (Isa 30:9)
- No Happiness (Pro 29:18)
- Sickness or Ill Health (Ps 107:20, Pro 4:22)
- A Shorter Life on the Earth (Deu 6:2, 1 Kings 3:14, Pro 3:1-2)
- A Life in Spiritual Darkness (Ps 119:130, Pro 4:19)
- You Being Lost (Ps 119:67)
- Grief (Ps 119:158)
- Ignorance of the Truth (John 20:31, Rom 15:4)
- Easy Acceptance of Lies (Proverbs 7, 1 John 2:21)
- Unrighteousness (Ps 119:172)
- Sin (Ps 119:11, Jo 7:19)
- Lack of Wisdom ( Pro 2:6, Pro 28:7, Jer 8:9, 2 Tim 3:15)
- No Faith (Jo 20:31, Romans 10:17, 1 John 5:13)
- No Spiritual Fruit; love, joy peace… (Luke 8:11-15)
- Error (Ps 119:21, Ps 119:110, Ps 119:118, Mat 22:29, Gal 2:14)
- Crime, Mischief, Wickedness, Evil (Ps 119:101, Ps 119:150)
- Being Cursed (Gen 22:18, Ps 94:12, Ps 119:21, John 7:49, Gal 3:10-13)
- Missing God (John 5:39, Acts 18:28)
- Missing God’s Promises (Rom 1:2)
- Missing God’s Power (Luke 4:32, 1 Th 1:5, Heb 1:3, Heb 4:12)
- Not Knowing what will Happen in the Future (Gen 49:1, Isa 42:9, Eze 12:25-28)
- Missing God’s Blessing (Rev 1:3)
- Missing Salvation (Ps 119:155, Eph 1:13, 2 Tim 3:15)
- No Hope (Rom 15:4, Col 1:5)
- Confusion (Jer 3:25)
- Self-Destruction (Ps 107:20, Hosea 4:6, 2 Peter 3:16)
- Defeat by Satan (1 John 2:14)
- Death (Pro 4:22, Pro 7:1-27, Pro 13:14, 2 Tim 1:10)
I could not find anything positive in the Bible that can result from not knowing God’s Word. Maybe you can search your Bible and see if you can find it. Truly from these verses we discover that what you do not know can be very destructive. I know I did not give you every verse that I could have. I limited myself to only a few things that I could find easily and I stopped. But, I believe that the evidence is overwhelming that knowing God’s Word is of the utmost importance for having anything positive occur in your life. After the United States Supreme court disallowed the Bible being taught in our public schools to our children, the end result was a new generation of people who did not know anything about the Word of God and thus we have an immoral society that lacks any redeeming qualities. In the last 40 years the shows on television have digressed into a sewer of what is referred to now as reality TV, but in actuality they are godless fantasy shows without any truth. These are the blind leading the blind into new paths of deception and destruction. If you do not know the truth, then everything looks good at first. It is like the old saying “When you do not know where you are going, any road will take you”. Sin always has an attractive allure attached to it for a season (Heb 11:25).
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
I have seen many people who call themselves Christians that simply ignore the Bible to establish their own independent version of Christianity. Their teachings usually sound very religious and even pious on the surface but yet they deny the power of God and they are actually teaching the doctrines of devils (1 Tim 4:1). Did you know that Satan had doctrines? I personally believe he has more doctrines than God does. The variations of his deceptions are vast. To not correctly balance the Bible using ALL related passages causes errors in doctrines. For example, when you ignore the verse that says God is Love and teach only a God of Judgment and Condemnation you are teaching the selective doctrine of devils that promotes confusion using a man-made picture of a God filled with inaccuracies. The natural reasoning of man is a slippery slope of deception that can cause you to fall into places of deep theological error that you should not even be near. The naturally thinking mind of man is an enemy to the Spirit of God (Rom 8:7). Matthew 15:9 is Jesus warning us that people worship God in vain. The word translated as “vain” in Matthew 15:9 means “vanity” or becoming “vain” and is defined to be a man’s unsuccessful search for the truth. The word also means they have no purpose and follow no plan of God. You see there are many people in the world that seek truth, but yet are looking for it all the wrong places. The Bible is the only trustworthy source for ALL truth. To ignore the truth according to God has severe negative consequences and I hope you understand that now.
If you know of other verses in the Bible that speak of things we should know about the consequences of people not knowing God’s Word please share them with me. Thanks for reading my short Bible lesson today about “What You Don’ Know Can Kill You” and I hope it helped someone to grow spiritually. God Bless until next time!