Does God Want Christians to be Ignorant?

I am amazed by how many people disagree over this subject. Some people use this verse as their proof text that God wants Christians to be uneducated and ignorant: “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus” (Acts‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬). Sounds like God makes ignorance sound spiritual, right? But look closely at this. The emphasis is not on their lack of education but on the fact that they had been with Jesus. Something in their life and conduct indicated that they had encountered and had learned from the Lord Jesus. The time you spend with the Lord supersedes any education a textbook or professor can give, but Scripture does not condemn education.

Paul was a very educated man. During the days of his education, he was also religious (not a follower of Christ). Apollos was another person in Scripture whose education is addressed. “And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus (Acts‬ ‭18:24‬ ‭KJV‬).” Both, along with some of the other disciples, were educated and skilled. The big picture is that God uses all people with all varying levels of education and backgrounds to accomplish His purpose. 

My grandmother is a prime example of someone who understood the balance here. She had an eighth grade education, but she never used that as an excuse to refrain from learning and being knowledgeable about life and current events. She understood what Paul said to Timothy: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬).” She did the grunt work and studied to be the best she could in every endeavor, especially in her relationship with Christ.

A lack of education does not indicate ignorance, nor does a number of college degrees indicate intelligence. The importance thing is that you walk with the Lord and allow Him to teach you what only the Spirit of God can teach you through the Word of God.

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  1. Nice post! However, I believe what the scripture was trying to say is that because Peter and John hung out with Jesus , they were perceived to be uneducated and ignorant. Many didn’t like or believe in Jesus. It is the same as when someone judges another based on what others say about them without getting to know the person themselves. Yet, this is my opinion on the meaning and like many we all have our own interpretation of scripture. All said, nice post.

      1. It doesn’t mean what I said has any truth to what the scripture truly means, for I just read the part where it stated they perceived them to be that way. I do love how Jesus hung out with a variety of individuals regardless of their backgrounds, etc. That is the only true way to get to know others is by spending time and communicating. Have a blessed evening!

  2. ( I Thessalonians 5:16-18 KJV ) “Rejoice evermore. Pray Without Ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the Will of GOD in Christ Jesus concerning you.”!!

  3. I agree. Thanks for sharing this post with us. We are learned men and women when we allow the Holy Spirit to teach us the Word of God, because that is one of His mandates. Having little or lots of formal education is rubbish in my understanding of the kingdom of God. I’ve had to unlearn a lot of my university education, so that God can teach me kingdom principles which are far more valuable in their understanding.

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