- Written by Harold Carswell, Jr.
In our country there is the understanding that ignorance of the law is not justification for violating it. No judge that I've ever seen or heard allows the "ignorance of the law defense" as a justifiable defense in a courtroom. Why, because every citizen is responsible for knowing the laws of his state, county or municipality. When it comes to the Scriptures, there are many who believe that Biblical ignorance equates spiritual innocence. This idea is utilized often in the area of marriage, divorce and re-marriage, although attempts are made to justify this in other area's as well. The premise goes something to the effect, that because people were not aware of God's law regarding a specific subject or better stated a sinful practice, God will not hold them accountable to that sin, and as a result are allowed to remain in that sinful practice and retain the fruits of it.