An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ignorance Is a Choice

(Proverbs 11:9 KJV)  An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.

The comparison of the KJV and the NASB bring out an interesting association in the meaning of “hypocrite” (2611).  The choices given in the resource books are “hypocritical, godless, profane, hypocrite, irreligious.”  The NASB uses “godless” consistently; the KJV, “hypocritical.”  It would seem to me that there is no connection, but I am a child of modern pagan culture that ignores the deeper truths of the Bible.

The point I think that is important is that the godless really do know better but act like they don’t.  It is not a matter of ignorance or difference of opinion, it is hypocrisy.  For an explanation of the Biblical view read over Romans 1:18-22.  Let me just give you one verse to remind you of the teaching of Paul.
(Romans 1:20 KJV)  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
You see, the person who advocates homosexuality as just a different opinion knows in his heart that he is wrong.  The person who says that abortion is a woman’s choice is working hard to ignore what her heart has really said.

So?  Steep yourself in scripture and build your opinions on the eternal truth not the cultural standard of the day.  It makes a difference, for you and those around you. 


buddeshepherd said...

I have two different thoughts.
1. Those who choose sin have continual guilt and so turn against those who remind them of guilt. So they can't just do what they want and be happy with their choice. No, they continually need approval and support.

2. I think that the above is recognized to some extent and the idea is that we are shaped by our early belief system. So there is an effort to erase the traditional beliefs and replace them with a new belief system or no belief system-so people are easier to manipulate.
I don't see that as conspiracy led by some secret society, but rather a conspiracy of like minded people who went to the same schools, have the same values, have similar goals.

Gorges Smythe said...

Good post, Pumice. I agree with Budd's first point, but not entirely with his second. Most may NOT be part of a conspiracy, but I believe that SOME are.

Pumice said...

Budd, you are spot on.

As for the key word in the second point I came across this verse awhile back,

(Isaiah 8:12 NAS77) "You are not to say, 'It is a conspiracy!' In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it.

Now I simply say that they are not smart enough to conspire deliberately but if they are on the side of Satan and led by their sinful nature it comes out the same.

Good and thoughtful comments.

Grace and peace