Ignorance is Bliss

The Prophet Hosea, by Duccio di Buoninsegna, in the Siena Cathedral (c. 1309–1311) (from Book of Hosea – Wikipedia)

Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance

“Ignorance is bliss.” How often people plead ignorance when they’ve been unaware of an unpleasant fact or situation that, therefore, did not trouble them.  Or try this one on for size: “What I don’t know can’t hurt me.”

Remaining ignorant or uninformed about something allows a person to not have to worry or feel responsible for it. Ignorance is a cop-out people use to avoid becoming involved in matters they prefer letting someone else resolve.

But what about ignorance? Is it all that innocent? A generation or two ago parents heaved a sigh of relief when their high school graduates headed for college. Dad shelled out hefty tuition and room and board payments, while the kids lived it up at the university. Moms and Dads rarely asked their students about their courses and what they were learning. After all, their kids were of age.

Yet they wondered why their young adults dumped church attendance for beach booze parties or refused to listen when Mom or Dad talked from a conservative outlook about a local community concern. Was ignorance bliss at times like that?

Finally, parents have wakened to find that teachers educated in their own kids’ generation or before have been inculcating the minds of elementary, middle and high school classes with Critical Race Theory (CRT) right under their noses—and they never suspected!

CRT didn’t just raise its ugly head in 2021. It’s been permeating college and university curricula under the radar for years. Now those graduates as teachers, administrators or school board members are poisoning the innocent younger generation. The parents’ mistake was to trust the schools with the minds of their children without questioning the content of their lessons. Spell that IGNORANCE…willing ignorance.

People choose to be ignorant. Listen to what God said through Hosea, the Bible prophet: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6 NASB – My people are destroyed for lack of – Bible Gateway). Most persons who quote the verse stop there, thus illustrating their ignorance about the context of the verse. Instead, they feel sorry for folks who suffer as a result of not knowing something.

Well, Hosea didn’t stop there. He went on to quote God: “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

God’s people in Hosea’s day weren’t in danger because no one warned them about something. They were in danger because they didn’t want to know what God said would protect them and their offspring. Their ignorance was deliberate and intentional.

Why would anyone not want to know what to do to be safe or protected? Perhaps we need to look at ourselves and then ask that question! Either people know the truth and ignore it or they reject the idea of learning the truth about something.

We in America have a spiritual heritage like no other nation on earth ever had! Our forefathers established a new nation founded on religious liberty; we were free to worship God as we chose, not according to a prescribed national church. America in her prime sent missionaries across the world to declare the Good News of Jesus Christ: His atoning death on the cross, His miraculous resurrection from the dead, and His being seated in heaven at God’s right hand to intercede with God on our behalf. What a heritage we had!

Since World War II we have witnessed a steady decline in our national moral and spiritual fiber. Liberal theologians declared that God was dead, that the Bible is filled with error and is a myth. The drug scene spawned a generation of hippies who threw caution and God’s word to the wind and indulged themselves in free love and rejection of much of what we used to call morality.  Madalyn Murray O’Hair rose up in an atheistic rampage and succeeded in seeing that the Bible and prayer were removed from schools. It seems the Church did little back then to fight that horrendous slap in God’s face!

Most tragic of all, as the nation declined, so did the Church…or was it the other way around?  Jesus said it would happen. Read Luke 21 NASB – Bible Gateway, Matthew 24-25 NASB – Bible Gateway and study His parables to understand that the Church would ‘fall asleep’—and it has. While the decline of the world has occurred, most of the Body of Christ has been oblivious to it.

Oh, physically the Church still assembles every day or week to sing hymns or choruses, pray, and listen to a message or homily from their minister or priest. Yet, the Church has lost her power and motivation to serve God. She is no longer concerned about being holy and pure. She is not interested in knowing what lies ahead according to the Bible’s prophecies.

Some say, “But I don’t study prophecy. It’s too speculative!” Strange. With one third of Bible verses being devoted to future events and how to discern their significance as they unfold before us, it sounds like once again the Church is choosing IGNORANCE. This time, though, it isn’t about what kids are learning in school. It’s all about reading the signs of the times and being prepared for what is coming.

Hearken back to Luke 21, Matthew 24, the book of Revelation and other passages scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments! Our globe is fast-heading to enshrining a one-world government—exactly what globalists and the Left pursue right now, CRT being one vehicle. And rising from that totalitarianism will ascend a solitary man so commanding, so powerful, so winsome that the majority of people on earth will pledge their allegiance to him. They will be so deceived that they will opt to forfeit their right to go to heaven by joining ranks with the man the Bible calls the antichrist. Their loss will be due to their IGNORANCE!

Remember that Hosea said: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…because they have rejected knowledge…” It isn’t because the information is not available. Rather, it is because people refuse to listen, to read, to study, to humble themselves. And, just as Hosea said, “My people are destroyed…”

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2 Responses to Ignorance is Bliss

  1. Tom,

    You commented” “Most tragic of all, as the nation declined, so did the Church…or was it the other way around? Jesus said it would happen. Read Luke 21 NASB – Bible Gateway, Matthew 24-25 NASB – Bible Gateway and study His parables to understand that the Church would ‘fall asleep’—and it has. While the decline of the world has occurred, most of the Body of Christ has been oblivious to it.”

    I surmise many have read Mark 21 in the past and related the prophesy to their times?

    However, while wars and oppression existed in former times, there was never a time when religion waned as what is now occurring in our times in my opinion. Mainly in my opinion, when generations of children never taught religious values grow up into adults, their children’s religious values will wane.

    In my time, at least it was affordable to attend a private religious school to be taught in depth religious values and discipline that all learning requires.

    Hopefully, school vouchers may be the path to reverse the signs of Mark 21.

    The present shortages of pastors and priests as they age are apparent same as declining private school closings and Church consolidations are now occurring all over the USA.

    And in my opinion, crime is rising in the USA especially evident in poor urban areas in Chicago where youths are shooting each other without having any reservations about what they are doing in accordance to either civic morally or in violation of religious precepts.

    Which intelligence is lacking, the youths shooting, or the governors governing, Governors who have never themselves been taught in their childhood in delph religious morality and true Wisdom and Love?

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

    • Tom Salmon says:


      This is Doris’ post. I agree with it, but I don’t necessarily agree with all the details. I think Luke 21, for example, has more to do with the destruction of Jerusalem and the ending of the age of the Jews and the beginning of the age of the Gentiles. Nevertheless, there will be a Second Coming of Christ, and we had better be ready. If nothing else, we will die, and we will be judged. If we have not repented and accepted Jesus as our Lord, we will suffer the second death. Not good!

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