Lack of Understanding=Fear

So it’s 2:14 AM and for some odd reason I am wide awake. Rather than laying in bed with wide eyes and wondering mind, I thought I would share with you my latest devotional “epiphany.”

This past evening I was reading from Jude. I have read Jude before, but I have never noticed verse 10 before. It reads

But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.

This verse got me to thinking – mankind sure doesn’t change do they? Jude was written between AD 65 to AD 80 and yet it is just as relevant today in AD 2010. People are afraid of what they do not understand and as a result attack it. Scientist do not understand the supernatural, and in their fear try to explain it away and attack Christians with claims of closed-mindedness. Post-modernist do not understand how there can be only one truth so they say all truth is relative and say that it is judgmental for Christians to hold people to one absolute truth. I mean look at local news just this month. Americans burn the Quran because they fear of different culture that they do not understand. Why does the unknown scare us?

I think it goes all the way back to creation. Genesis 1:26 says, “Let Us make man in Our image.” God in His infinite power is all-knowing. If, then, we are made in His image, we would surely possess an innate desire for wisdom. God has given us the ability to learn; He desires us to learn. Throughout His word wisdom and understanding are encouraged. So when we realize we do not know everything, we either attack it or shy away from it all together.

Mankind’s first brush with wisdom acquisition occurs with Eve and the serpent in the garden in Genesis 3.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ”

4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.

Here Eve realized she did not possess all wisdom, and because of some emotion (I am not sure which – desire, fear, etc) she ate of the forbidden fruit. Because of this action, sin became mankind’s instinct. Each and every one of us is now born into sin; it is at our core. And Jude 10 tells us it is those sinful instincts that destroy us. Sin causes us to attack that which we do not understand.

In moments of realization such as this I am even more grateful for God’s grace and Christ’s sacrifice to purify me from these sinful instincts.

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