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One of the most deadly issues facing the church today is that of ignorance. In many churches here in the rusted buckle of the Bible belt one’s “godliness” is measured in direct proportion to one’s ignorance. This “doctrine” is taught based on a fallacious interpretation of Acts 4:16, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” An entire subculture has grown-up around the veneration of ignorance. All you have to know is Jesus and you don’t have to have any higher learning… (according to the proponents of Ignorant Christianity {IC} there is no higher learning than Jesus). [aside: I will agree with them there is no higher learning than Jesus… but the first and great commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This means you don’t continue in your ignorance wearing it as a badge of honor.  You cannot love someone you do not know and the more you know about all of God’s creation the more the ignorance melts away. ] In fact, to emphasize the unlearned and ignorant part of the passage takes away from the implicit awe that the rulers saw in Peter and John. Knowing that Peter and John were unlearned according to a formal education, the passage implies that they were offering a magnificent apologetic regarding the Christian faith to the academia and intelligentsia of that time. Yet we have men standing in the pulpits of Churches here in America, who declare their ignorance with arrogant pride as if that makes them more godly. When we get to heaven I don’t see these men standing before God, and the Lord saying, “Wow, you were really, really ignorant! Here is a “special” crown for you.” Remember: Ignorance is curable… stupidity is not.
Oh, and contrary to popular belief… education and faith are NOT mutually exclusive issues in the Christian’s life. Education does not kill faith… it kills blind faith, but not Godly, righteous, just, or saving faith. It enhances right faith because it reinforces reason, and in turn we are better able to articulate the reasons for the hope we have within us.

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