“St. Jerome visited by angels”
by Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, pd 17th century.
“Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ,” are words that echo to us through North Central Florida. These are words that echo through America now more than ever. These are words that echo through an entire world in strife.
“Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ” rings through the halls of history. These are words from Jerome’s Commentary on Isaiah. Jerome is a scholarly father of the Early Church who is second in prolific writing only to Augustine. Jerome translated the Bible in Bethlehem, 388-405, word-by-word from the Hebrew for the Roman Christians and wrote many significant documents as well.
Why do claimed-Christians ignore his words? True Christianity is not in reality a religion divided into visible high and low liturgies, sophisticated and fundamental doctrines, big cathedrals and little church buildings. Religion will not save you.
Christianity is more a spiritual family of different flavors and colors united in God. There’s only one gate to heaven. True Christianity is a love bond with Jesus.
v4 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:4-6 NKJ).
Religion is deceived by rote in ritual. What if you greeted your spouse, a real person, every morning with the same identical words in some other style of English or language? What if you repeated the same lines over and over all through the day every time you encountered your spouse? The door would slam on the way out. Jesus, too, is a real person.
No wonder much of the world ignores religion grown stale!
To freshen your mind, your heart, and your spirit in a new empowered bond with Jesus, heed the words of Jerome. Shine like a new light! Dedicate yourself to reading “the Book.” Then, talk with the real Jesus, the Son of the Living God.
To be a true Christian is to know Jesus. “Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ.”
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