Is ignorance bliss?

There’s an old, country song that says, “but I really don’t want to know”. We know the song is a lover talking about their significant other and wondering how many arms have held them “oh so tight”, each verse lists a new deed they wished they knew about, but the final answer is always that they really don’t want to know. There are people who will not, who absolutely refuse and will do anything to keep from getting on a scale to see how much they weigh! My question is this, does not knowing change the fact that you have either gained weight or lost it? There are people who throw bills away without opening them so that they “never received” them and don’t want to know how much they owe, does it keep the debtors from coming after them? No it doesn’t.

There have been things I didn’t want to know about but the facts would show up in my dreams and I would know anyway. When the dream is so plain that you can describe the clothes and hairstyle of a person then you are faced with the dilemma of whether you face the one about whom you dreamed with the facts or choose to ignore it, it’s not an easy choice either way. Before I learned to edit what I said, and let me say that youth is so wasted on the young, I told a person about a dream I had about them and it was not a good thing to have said in front of others! I told a lady I had dreamed that she was pregnant and congratulated her! I noticed she was speechless and red-faced, I felt so embarrassed I just walked away… later on I found that while the pregnancy had been shown to me, the fact that her husband had a vasectomy therefore making the chances that it was his very slim to none had not! OOPS!

Another time, being a little wiser, I called a young woman and told her that I dreamed she had a baby, I described the baby completely from the sex, the hair and eye color down to seeing the child wearing little high-topped white shoes. I told her that if she didn’t want that dream to come to pass she needed to be very careful. She got so angry with me that she slammed the phone down and left my ears ringing! This was when it really wasn’t socially accepted to be pregnant “out-of-wedlock”. In a few weeks I got a call from that girl and she told me that she hadn’t known it but she was already pregnant when I had told her the dream.

The first person was having an affair and the second had already done the deed that got her that way, so what good did it do to tell them? Does having this gift really help or hurt? It has been my experience that both are true.

When my dad was a young evangelist working in a steel mill for ten cents an hour to earn money to buy a tent in which to hold his revivals, he would take the opportunity to witness to all the men where he worked. One day he was talking to a guy that was particularly rough about Jesus when the man held up his hand and said “Stop talking to me about Jesus, the more you know the more you are held accountable for!” My dad chuckled at him and said, “My friend, if you know that then you already know too much!” I will tell you that in the end before my dad had enough money to purchase his tent he had won his fellow-worker over to the Lord and had prayed the Sinner’s prayer with him!

The point is this, ignorance is not bliss it only puts off knowing the inevitable, and whether it concerns a relationship, your bills, your weight or your salvation, what you don’t know can indeed hurt you.


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