There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews... [Nicodemus said,] "How can these things be?" Jesus answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?"
~ John 3:1,9-10 (NKJV)
All too often, a person is so satisfied to be informed of the Gospel that such knowledge is considered sufficient. Content to think Heaven is secured through knowledge alone, further learning is resisted. Perhaps one doesn't want to be responsible for knowing too much.
Ignorance is no vice. But the one who chooses to remain ignorant is called "stupid" and "fool" by Scripture.
Belonging to Jesus comes not by knowledge of the Gospel, but in knowing the Savior. Knowing Jesus comes with a cost—but not nearly as high as the cost of gaining a little knowledge and turning away from more:
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "a dog returns to his own vomit," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire."
~ 2 Peter 2:21-22 (NKJV)
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