Ever heard the term “Ignorance is bliss”? I’m sure you have as I have when it’s often used to cover the fact that someone didn’t know the rules. They tend to use this phrase as a cop-out, thinking they can then avoid the consequences of their actions simply because they didn’t know their actions were wrong. I’m sure that I’ve even evoked this get out of jail free card a time or two without even truly understanding what it was that I was saying. Lately though I’ve been thinking much about this phrase and I wanted to really comprehend and determine if there is something blissful about ignorance?
In order to reach an answer, I of course had to define the word bliss, which means: heavenly, wonderful, delightful, perfect, peaceful, pleasurable and enjoyable. Additionally, I had to define the word ignorance, which means: lack of knowledge or unawareness.
Hence putting these two meanings together when we claim that ignorance is bliss, we are saying that it is heavenly not to know about something or that it can be pleasurable to be unaware. Can this be right? Something about this in my mind or rather my spirit says there is something not quite right about this saying. Its one of those oxymorons (two contradictory terms) that doesn’t seem to work for me.
After all, it’s only the awareness of something unpleasant that can motivate us to move in the right direction. For example the awareness of pain motivates us to discover it’s cause so as to eliminate it, thereby also eliminating any further future pain.
In reality when someone lays claim to the ignorance is bliss phrase, what they are really attempting to do is avoid the consequences of an uninformed decision and in particular the negative consequences that result from a negative albeit an uniformed decision. But simply claiming not to know or not to be affected by any ramifications does not by its self eliminate the results of any action or inaction taken. It is a proven fact and dimensional law in the physical realm we live in that every action has an equal or opposite reaction. This is a constant that no human can break. You push something and it moves away, you pull it and it comes closer, you place an object in motion and it will stay in motion until a greater force acts upon it. For every up there is eventually a down etc…
So what in the world makes us think we can get away with simply investing ourselves in a contradictory phrase such as being unaware is heavenly or pleasurable? The answer is in the fact that although every action has a reaction, it is often true that many consequences are not immediate or not readily seen. In other words it is the space of time that fools us into thinking that some actions are null and void of our dimensional laws and hence may not have consequences associated with them. But just because we can’t see the immediacy of the action doesn’t mean that there will not be any consequences felt down the line. For example when you strike a drum, air is pushed in a way that creates a boom. Even though most of the time you can’t see the air shift you still hear or sense the boom anyway. Further, it could be such that your position to the drum may cause a delay in the hearing of the sound but you still hear it.
It’s interesting to know that scripture declares to us these thoughts:
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Hebrews 11:24-25 KJV)
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” (Hebrews 12:14 KJV)
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11 KJV)
“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 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: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:19-21 KJV)
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2-Timothy 2:15 KJV)
Here’s what we can gather from these puzzle pieces (which happens to be the same things that life will show us over time but experience is only for the stupid, meaning why not learn it when someone credible tells us rather than having to experience it on our own):
1) Sure, sin is pleasurable at first, or as we may initially want to say that ignorance is bliss. In other words there is a sense that our wrong doing will go unnoticed. However,
2) Unless we live a life of holiness, which simply means living the way God desires us to live that we will not be able to be in His presence in eternity. In other words, there will be consequences to our sin even if they don’t appear immediately.
3) God has made known that He is the one to save us from our sin and He has given us clues to point us toward Him almost everywhere we look if we will take the time to look.
4) When we look for God and begin to try to understand His ways we will find truth.
I believe that it’s from these scriptures and our understanding of the things outlined above that we can honestly say that not knowing is anything but bliss. In fact when we try to claim that ignorance is bliss we are actually fooling ourselves (just reread that quote above from Romans). Therefore, I would encourage you today that if you need to have bliss in your life it will actually come from knowledge and not ignorance.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me (God) thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.” (Proverbs 9:10-11 KJV)