The greatest protection from error is knowing the truth. “What you do not know will not hurt you”—this does not apply to the Christian and his Bible. Much more applicable is Alexander Pope’s dictum, “A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.” Error stems from ignorance and superficial knowledge.
In the Scriptures we find Truth—a revelation of things man can never discover from any other source. How great, then, is the ignorance of those who do not know or willfully neglect the Scriptures, who capriciously question them or reject them outright.
The Sadducees, who denied the concept of the supernatural and miraculous, of course rejected out of hand the reality of the resurrection. On one occasion a group of them came to Jesus with an absurd hypothetical story about seven brothers who had died, one after the other, and who in accordance with the law of Moses had in succession married the older brother’s wife. Now the Sadducees asked triumphantly, “In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife” (Mark 12:23).
Our Lord’s reply must have been devastating for them, and it also speaks volumes to us today: “Is not this why you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God?”
The Sadducees were involved in a theological error about the resurrection because they were ignorant of the Scriptures. And being ignorant of the Scriptures, they were also ignorant of God’s power.
Within the Church today, even in many theological seminaries, the prevalent ignorance of the Bible is appalling. The modern-day Sadducees consider the supernatural and miraculous suspect. Many persons look upon the Scriptures as a more or less human document, and therefore discount ...1
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