Quote For the Week

Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
Johann Wolfgang von Goeth


6 thoughts on “Quote For the Week”

  1. Goethe was a literary genius as exemplified by that quote, a wonderful truth as shown in the BIBLE. In Romans 10:3 Paul writes, ” for they being IGNORANT of God’s righteousness and GOING ABOUT TO ESTABLISH their own righteousness have not submitted themselves unto GOD’S righteousness…For CHRIST IS that Righteousness. THEN in 1Cor. 5:8, Paul says that he would NOT have us IGNORANT and so in Hebrews 5:2-6, in explaining how the high priest in the Old Testament made sacrifices and had compassion on those IGNORANT of the GOD’S salvation, so JESUS CHRIST had compassion on us, the IGNORANT, and sacrificed His life as our HIGH PRIEST after the eternal priestly order of Melchizedek. That means HE, Jesus is our HIGH PRIEST, forever. His sacrifice is FOREVER!
    James tells us to seek wisdom from our High Priest, Jesus Christ and He will give willingly if we are sincere in heart to acquire and utilize that wisdom so that we will NOT be IGNORANT.

  2. Just this morning I was reading Proverbs and in Chapter 4 in the MESSAGE it says, “Listen, friends, to some fatherly advice; sit up and take notice so you’ll know how to live. I’m giving you good consel; don’t let it go in one ear and out the other. When I was a boy at my father’s knee, the pride and joy of my mother, he would sit me down and drill me: ‘Take this to heart. Do what I tell you-live! Sell everythig and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding! Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch! Never walk away from Wisdom-she guards your life; love her-she keeps her eye on you. Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding! Throw yor arms around her-believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go-she’ll make your life glorious. She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.” The end of Chapter 8 says: “…those who embrace these my(God’s) ways are most blessed. Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listen to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work. When you find me, you find life, real life to say nothing of God’s good pleasure.” The end of 9 says “…it is through Lady Wisdom (God) that your life deepens, an the years of your life ripen. Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life; mock life and life will mock you. At the end of Chapter 9 it tells you that Madame Whore – brazen, empty-headed frivolous. She says: ‘Are you confused about life, don’t know what’s going on? Steal off with me, I’ll give you the time of your life.’ But they don’t know about all the skeletons in her closet, that all her guests end up in hell.'” It is certainly wise to walk with God, live a disciplined life than to live and walk in active ignorance forsaking God. Walk in life or walk in death, your choice?

  3. Regarding the above quote: Romans 4:17,18 seems to give an example of active ignorance. It says that if we walk (that is active)in the deeds of the flesh or old man than we are walking in the futility of the mind…”having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them; because of the hardening of the heart.” God tells us in this chapter to put these things away and walk actively in the light instead.

  4. Then is the opposite: nothing is better than active, never ending improving of your abilities and capabilities and self.

  5. Sara has been admonishing us in the Body of Christ and people everywhere who continullay shoot off OUR mouths about a host of subjects of which we have little, if ANY, knowledge at all. It might be an article we have read, once, or a phrase picked up from the media and we suddenly make this our own expert viewpoint and have a whole flock of opinions which we present authoritatively on the subject. This ranges from politics to religion (seemingly at odds or remotely connceted with one another, but actually quite related ….politics & religion!!) Sara warned us that this grieves the Lord because it goes against His Word which says to ‘let our yes be yes and our no be no’ and the rest is left to the Lord.
    So when our heads are full of opinions and assumptions and presumptions and estimations and guesses we are wasting our time, the Lord’s time and the time of those whom we are BORING with our verbosity and showing how really ignorant we are in allowing ourselves to conduct our conversations in this manner.
    Conversely, as Gary points out, active improvement of one’s mind, one’s proper handling of a situation or communication opens the door to healthy and helpful connections, which will be advantageous to all particiapants.

  6. When I read the quote and all the other responses I really thought on this…Cain in Genesis 4 He may have seen His father offer up sacrifices slaying them and putting them on an alter…so He knew of the slaying part..but it seems he was ignorant of the consequences that slaying his brother would bring…verse 8; and Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field that Cain rose up against Abel, his brohter, and slew him…and the Lord siad unto Cain, where is Abel,thy brother? and he said I know not; am I my brothers keeper? and God said what hast thoud done? the voice of they brothers blood crieth unto me from the goround, and now are thoud cursed from the earth, …..verse13 and Canin said unto the Lord, my punishment is greater than I can bear..( Im thinking had he known (wasnt ignorant of the out come of killing his brother) maybe he would have thought a little longer before his actions)….but it seems he also had a lot of trouble with rejection too..so it may not have helped him to think a little longer)…He just should have listened to God when God was talking to him in verse 6…..hard head and ignorance..what a pair….dj

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