- Foolish Practices
- Spiritual Ignorance (I): Causes and Results
- Spiritual Ignorance (II): Knowledge Lacked
Foolishness and spiritual ignorance are the antitheses of godly wisdom and knowledge. Moreover, foolishness and spiritual ignorance are very closely related to ungodliness; for ungodliness is the prime cause of them and further ungodliness results from them. Foolishness and spiritual ignorance with their consequences, stand in stark contrast to wisdom and her blessings.
Fearing the Lord is the beginning of moral knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 NET
Wisdom is unattainable for a fool; in court he does not open his mouth. Proverbs 24:7 NET
Then Samuel said to Saul, “You have acted foolishly. You haven’t obeyed the commandment of the Lord your God, which he commanded you. 1 Samuel 13:13a ISV
A foolish person enjoys doing wrong, but a person with understanding enjoys doing what is wise. Proverbs 10:23 NCV™
A person who has a quick temper does foolish things, and a person with crafty schemes is hated. Proverbs 14:17 NET
[A wise teacher:] Listen, my child, and be wise, and guide your heart on the right way. 20Do not spend time among drunkards, among those who eat too much meat, 21because drunkards and gluttons become impoverished, and drowsiness clothes them with rags. Proverbs 23:19-21 NET
[A wise teacher:] I said of partying, “It is folly,” and of self-indulgent pleasure, “It accomplishes nothing!” Ecclesiastes 2:2 NET
He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself. Proverbs 6:32 ESV
The one who conceals hatred utters lies, and the one who spreads slander is certainly a fool. Proverbs 10:18 NET
Those who trust in themselves are foolish, but those who live wisely will be kept safe. Proverbs 28:26 NCV™
[Jesus:] The light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light because their actions were evil. 20Everyone who practices wickedness hates the light and does not come to the light, so that his actions may not be exposed. John 3:19b-20 ISV
Due to people’s evil deeds, they spurn the spiritual light that is Jesus Christ and his truth. For this light exposes their deeds for what they really are – evil. Spurning Christ’s light means spiritual ignorance.
They [godless people] are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. Ephesians 4:18 NET
This hardness of heart indicates that such people have “shut their minds” (NLT) – being stubborn (cf. CEV, GNT) and refusing to listen (cf. NCV).
The assertions contained in the subheadings in this section are typically true of ungodly people. Having said this, not all ungodly people and unbelievers are totally ignorant of all the things mentioned here.
Then they [the Pharisees] began asking him, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either me or my Father. If you knew me you would know my Father too.” John 8:19 NET
[Jesus, to the Jewish religious leaders:] You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me, 40but you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life. John 5:39-40 NET
Although they diligently studied the Scriptures, the Jewish leaders – who had in fact become in many ways ungodly – did not comprehend that the Scriptures spoke about Jesus, the way to life.
An evil man is rebellious to the core. He does not fear God, 2for he is too proud to recognize and give up his sin. Psalms 36:1-2 NET
This is the way of an adulterous woman: she eats and wipes her mouth and says, “I have not done wrong.” Proverbs 30:20 NET
[God:] At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ Zephaniah 1:12 ESV