Lack of Knowledge
Acts 5:7 -
And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
When God made man there was no evil in what God had created, for after creating each day [period] for the first 5 days God said ‘it is good'. Even on the sixth after He finished creating man He said all that He created was good. So we see there was no evil in the natural creation of God, of which man was a part of; the only evil that existed at that time as Satan and his fallen angels.
Satan deceived Adam and Eve to eat of the Tree of knowledge of good and evil which was in the Garden of Eden, so that Adam may know evil and that evil was none other than Satan himself.
God had made Adam and Eve pure and innocent to evil. Although Adam and Eve were spiritually made in the image of God but in the natural Adam was made in the image of God and Eve in the image of Adam for Eve was made from the bone of Adam and bone symbolizes nature or character (like our bones give shape to our body so also our nature gives shape to our inner-man). That is why Satan went for Eve first and not Adam. Adam due to his love for Eve fell to Satan's deceit.
Ever since Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of good and evil man became a corrupt being who lost the Fruits of Truth, Righteousness and Holiness.
In today's scripture we see Ananias's wife was not aware of what happened to her husband. Had she known what had happened, she would have repented and could have told the truth and saved herself. Here we see the lack of knowledge caused her to perish. Here the knowledge was not about scriptures (good) but was about the evil that happened.
In today's message the Lord is telling since we are corrupt being, those who eat solid food (not spiritual milk) need not to study evil things, but also we should not ignore it. We need to be aware of evil so that we can discern it. For example, we study about food and recipes. We study food which is good, but at the same time we also are aware of the things which are inedible or things that can cause problem to our dishes. We may not know the taste of the inedible but we are aware of the bad.
In the world today there are very few Believer Christians who do comparative study of other religions. Apologetics is a field which builds a Christian to be ready to answer other religions.
The Lord is not telling us to go into deep study of other religions but is telling us to be aware of the evil they believe in. But before we do that we need to have a firm understanding of the good that is our own belief.
In the Catholic seminary they encourage the student priest to study other religions but sadly without the foundation of Christianity / Bible, that is why all Catholic priests have a corrupt understanding of Christianity. Most Catholic priests do not know the characters in the Bible or have not heard even some of the names of the books in the Bible (surprisingly they do not fully study the Bible scriptures in the seminary).
Paul calls us to be protectors of faith, which does not necessary mean we need to be going for debates or represent the Church at events. We need to protect ourselves from the evil of other beliefs.
It may surprise one as to the amount of slippage from other beliefs that has infected our understanding just because we are not aware of them.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You have warned in the Bible how no one would be spared from the Beast except for your Elect who are spared by your grace. Lord, we pray that your people not only work to root themselves in the Truth of your Kingdom but also not ignore to be aware of the evil that threatens the plans of your Kingdom to be fulfilled in their lives...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Genesis 1:31 - And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely[die - the same word is translated as surely] die.
Daniel 1:4 - Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
Daniel 1:20 - And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
Luke 1:3 - It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Colossians 1:9 - For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware (Be-aware) lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
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