Ignorance and cowardice can be regarded as cousins. The display of cowardice can be precisely viewed as traceable to ignorance. In cowardice are people extremely dangerous to other fellow humans. Cowards can even treat allies as enemies. Cowards have a propensity to feel comfortable when adopting defensive positions that make others wrong and the self, right—thereby, becoming combative against common survival.
Hosea 4:6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. – Bible Offline
How possible could mere rejection of knowledge be destructive? Does this imply that rejecting knowledge should be regarded as deliberate? Cowardice is the only channel towards knowledge rejection. We can use a few examples to illustrate the confirmation of that reality. Cowardice causes knowledge rejection, leading towards destruction. The first example of cowardice was displayed by the Israelites.
God fulfilled His promise of taking them out of Egyptian slavery. The majority of those Israelites never appreciated the reality of coming out of Egyptian slavery, due to security considerations. They were under slavery, but they had adjusted, to conforming with remaining under the condition of Egyptian slavery. They never envisioned themselves ever possibly being set free from Egyptian slavery.
God provided several miracles, designed to help them appreciate that they were, actually, God’s children, per their ancestor Abraham’s promises. Ignorance cannot necessarily be eliminated by observing miracles. The Israelites gave Moses a very hard time, along the way to the Promised Land. On several occasions they attempted to persuade Moses to return them to Egypt, insisting life was better, under the Pharaoh.
Their last test was when twelve men were sent to spy at Canaan. God had been their pillar of strength, since their deliverance from Egypt. However, they refused to accept the greatness of God. They failed the test of being trusted with blessings to carry God’s name and reveal His power to other nations.