2 Peter 3:5-7
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old…
Nelson, at St. Vincent, putting the telescope to his blind eye, and swearing that he could not see the signal to cease firing, affords an apt illustration of ninny who, for less worthy motives, will not, because they wish not, see the truth.
I. THE AVOWED INFIDELS AND ATHEISTS. They are willingly ignorant —
1. Of the teachings of the Bible which they affect to despise.
2. Of the evidences of its Divine origin and inspiration.
3. Of the evidences of the being, wisdom, and love of God.
4. Of the evidences of the Divine origin of Christianity.
II. MANY MEN OF SCIENCE AND CULTURE.
III. MULTITUDES WHO PROFESS AND CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS. All those who habitually neglect the sanctuary, and to whom the Bible is an unknown book.
Parallel VersesKJV: For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: