Two friends decided to go into the produce business together. They put their money together and bought a pickup truck to get started. Everyday they would drive 100 miles into the country and buy watermelons for fifty cents each. Then they would drive back into town and sell them “two for a dollar.” At the end of the day they would count their money only to find out they had just as much as when they started. After several days of disappointment, one man finally yelled out in frustration, “I told you we wouldn’t make a profit unless we got a bigger truck!”
It’s funny how knowledge and experience in a situation can make something look so incredibly foolish. These ignorant men clearly had no idea what to do to turn a profit. Sometimes when we look back into history our jaws hit the floor because of how stunningly ignorant the people seemed to be. We once believed the earth was flat. At one time people thought the earth was on the back of Atlas, while others thought it was on the back of a giant turtle. People once had many insane ideas about cleanliness and medicine. Even though all of these things were considered to be “science” and “fact” at the time, it’s clear that they were very ignorant.
What is particularly amazing is that the Bible already gave the answers to these topics thousands of years before people discovered them. The Bible said the earth was a circle well before man discovered this (Proverbs 8:27; Isaiah 40:22; Job 26:10). The Bible said the earth hangs on nothing, while the people of the day had all kinds of theories (Job 26:7). The Bible also gave many specific commands about blood and staying clean so they would live and avoid diseases (Leviticus 17, 13, etc). No matter what the “science” of the day thought, the Bible has always been supported true science.
This causes us to think about the theories our culture believes today (evolution, the gay gene, abortion, etc). Certainly the future generations will look back and laugh at our ignorance. God’s thoughts, knowledge, and understanding have always been far beyond our own (Isaiah 55:8-9). We could save ourselves a lot of trouble if we just went to Scripture to find the answers on these topics (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God has given us access to truth, knowledge, and wisdom. He has provided us with everything we need to know for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Listening to God’s conversation with Job really brings our own ignorance and insignificance into perspective (Job 38-42). Let’s pull away from the unproven and ignorant theories of our time and stick close with Scripture (Ephesians 4:14; 1 Timothy 4:7). There is no better guide for truth.