Surely This Great Nation is a Wise and Understanding People

Our founding fathers set up our constitution and government putting a great amount of faith in a nation that had yet been born. A government of the people, by the people and for the people with the potential for going off course and making mistakes. They trusted however, that the American people would recognize and correct mistakes should they be made. Our election process is one of the mechanisms for such course corrections.

“Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” – Bible or Not?

So, is today’s quote something from Jefferson, or Washington, or Franklin? Or can it be found in the Bible?

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Great Men Are Not Always Wise, Nor Do the Aged Always Understand Justice

As the years go by, we get older and grayer, but do we get wiser? Is the gray head truly a sign of wisdom? A song from the 90’s by The Trashcan Sinatras (The Best Man’s Fall) has the line, “I’m old, not wise, just worried.” Hmmm… maybe gray hair is just a sign of worry and has nothing to do with wisdom… which brings me to today’s quote.

“Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice.” – Bible or Not?

Just because we have achieved a high level of accomplishment, or because we have reached a certain age, it does not mean that we are wise. Even though the Bible does teach that in youth we learn and in age we understand, that understanding or wisdom isn’t a given. The Bible is clear that the path to wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord (Psalm 110:11). See if today’s quote is Bible or Not…

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Ignorance is Bliss, Or Is It?

What you don’t know won’t hurt you – true or false? Do you believe that ignorance is bliss, or is it not? Suppose you had cancer, but you felt fine, and never went to the doctor even for a physical. Will the cancer not hurt you? Now suppose you had spiritual cancer, yes, that would be sin, but you ignored that in the same way? Should you be happy in your ignorance? Ok, enough of the rhetorical questions…here are some quotes on ignorance.

“Ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise.” – Thomas Gray, English Poet

“But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.” – Romans 5:13 NIV

So, according to Thomas Gray in his poem “Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College” it is better to be ignorant than to know the sorrow that may come. And, if you choose to read it this way, the Apostle Paul states that if there is no law (i.e. you do not know of the law) then there is no sin and hence no punishment for sin… Read the rest…

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