The Bible gives numerous warnings for those who would continue in a life of sin. In the Old Testament, prophets such as Jeremiah and Isaiah constantly warned Israel to repent or perish. And the nation frequently ignored the warnings to their own peril.
Likewise, the New Testament implores the sinner to repent and trust in Christ for salvation. But, given the natural depravity of man, the warnings go unheeded. Ignoring warnings can be deadly. Eternally deadly sometimes.
In the mid 1800s, a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis worked at a hospital in Vienna, Austria. The hospital had two maternity wards. One was used to train doctors to deliver babies as a part of the numerous other medical procedures they learned. The other ward was used to train midwives, who would do nothing but deliver babies. Semmelweis noticed that the morality rate in the doctors ward was twice what it was in the midwives ward. This became so well known in Vienna that expectant women would refuse to go to the medical student's ward, insisting on being cared for by the midwives. Semmelweis set out to find the reason why the mortality rate would differ so greatly between the two wards. Both departments had the same training, in the same city, by the same teachers, using the same methods. It was perplexing to everyone as to why the medical students lost so many more patients. Then Semmelweis had a “eureka” moment.
While the midwives spent the entire day delivering and caring for babies and their mothers; the medical students would spend the mornings studying cadavers to learn about the human body and study various diseases. They would then leave the morgue and go into the maternity ward....without washing their hands......and attempt to deliver babies. Dr. Semmelweis concluded that they were carrying germs from the morgue to the maternity ward, thus infecting the mothers and babies. He started requiring his students to simply wash their hands before entering the maternity ward, and the results were fascinating. The death rate plummeted and lives were saved.
But many doctors refused Semmelweis's conclusion and furthermore refused to wash their hands. They were offended by the very notion. It wasn't until Semmelweis had been dead himself for many years that doctors came to accept the practice and medical history was changed.
Ignoring warnings can be deadly. To lose your temporal life is tragic. To lose your eternal soul is worse. Don't ignore what the Bible teaches about sin and salvation. Trust in Jesus and be saved; or ignore the warning and perish.