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For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. I Thess. 5:2-4

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11:1 (Other translations use the words “certain,” “assurance,” “confidence,” “conviction” of things hoped for and not seen. Does evidence, logic, investigation, and reasoning enhance our confidence and certainty and thus strengthen our faith? Or should we blindly accept truths we’ve been given without question and investigation?

Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19 (It’s clearly not enough to simply believe because “the devils” or demons also believe. We must also obey.)

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Tim. 1:12-15 (Paul obtained mercy because his sins were done out of ignorance.)

“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:47-48

Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows his master, the donkey his owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Is. 1:2-3 NIV(This is not open defiance, but ignorance, a deceived people who do not know or understand.)

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2 (What is the point in praying to God for help if you refuse to listen to and obey God?)

Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. Prov. 15:10

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him. Prov. 18:13

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. Eccl. 1:9-10 (We shouldn’t think that things are so much different today than they were in the Bible days.)

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. Eccl. 1:18

Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? Micah 6:11 (This is condemning money manipulation. Printing money today is currency devaluation causing goods to cost more in dollars, just as manipulating the weights of coins back then did.)

Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land, saying, “When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”—skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales, Amos 8:4-5 (Another verse condemning currency manipulation.)

The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. Amos 8:11

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, Is. 40:22 (Those that used to believe in a flat earth should have read their Bibles.)

For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: Deut. 10:17
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever. Ps. 136:2

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8
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