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Can Ignorance Be Bliss?
Ignorance is not a quality of God, and it is no part of man, for all that man is emanates directly from God. If something does not come from God, then it can't be really good, or even true, so it can't possibly occasion any bliss. The only blissful condition it might engender would be precarious indeed, liable to be swept away at any minute because based on the premise that what we don't know can't hurt us. Plainly, this is a fallacy. Being unaware of threatening danger will not ensure being immune from it.
In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health by Mrs. Eddy, we read, "Ignorance of the error to be eradicated oftentimes subjects you to its abuse." Science and Health, p. 446; Being forewarned of error and recognizing it does not mean accepting error as real. It means being alerted to the opportunity and necessity of rendering it powerless by knowing its unreality.
Would we rather be considered innocent than ignorant? The former word carries kinder connotations. The meaning of each, however, is quite different from the other, and they can't be used synonymously. Innocence is the natural state of man in God's likeness. Humanly, we are all ignorant in some spheres, however knowledgeable we may be in others. The important thing is to make sure it is not God's law of which we are ignorant. The necessity is to know that we can't be ignorant of any truth of being necessary to our spiritual enlightenment.
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The Intellectual Challenge of Christian Science
JACK EDWARD FOSS
What Is Quality Education?
LIZABETH HERMINE FURST
Can Ignorance Be Bliss?
ESME A. GOLLSCHEWSKY
Graduated— Now What?
KENNY L. BAKER
JOAN ROBERTS KLIMA
TOURING VIA THE GLOSSARY
Thelma C. Tibbetts
We Need Lions
Kenneth H. McKelvie
A Saving Education
Geoffrey J. Barratt
The Ultimate Purpose of Education
My first several years in school were unhappy for me
Lloyd C. Hopkins
I wish to express my appreciation for the great good that Christian Science...
John P. Chamberlain
My mother was quickly receptive to Christian Science when she...
Greta Lagro Potter
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