Question. After being told you have acute appendicitis and require your appendix to be removed would you:
a. Say ok to surgery
b. Say heck no and leave the hospital
...oh and they also told you that you could die if it wasn't removed.
At work the other day I watched a 20-something year old guy walk out of the ER after a visit from the surgeon who told him the above statement. He reasoned that he felt no more pain therefore he was fine. He said he was more scared of surgery than death.
After watching that play out I was just struck at how this guy's actions represents us as humans. You'd probably say you'd never be that stupid, that you'd never suppress crucial knowledge like that hoping that if you just ignored it, it would just disappear. I think we're actually very good at doing this, to our own detriment.
I've always hated math. I remember in grade 3 there was this one assignment I was dreading. I had the paper with all the questions on it, and since I didn't want to do it I shoved it as far back in my desk as I could. I figured I'd forget about it and the teacher would too. Quite the opposite. I couldn't stop thinking about it and the teacher definitely didn't forget. Eventually I learned long division.
Suppressing our emotions, duties, guilt is something we excell at as humans! We can be so skilled at lying to ourselves that we believe it. In every day life and in the academic world suppressing truth can have eternal consequences...depending on the truth you're suppressing.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Like I was saying...suppressing certain truths can have huge, eternal consequences. Let's be honest with ourselves.