Childlike Faith

JESUS SPEAKING

               Then they also brought infants to him that he might touch them; but when the disciples saw it they rebuked them.  But Jesus called them to him and said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18: 15-17.) 

INSPIRED THOUGHTS

               Jewish mothers commonly asked Rabbi’s to bless their children (and Jesus, being a rabbi was no exception.)  To prevent him from being thronged by the crowds, the disciples acted as intermediaries; on this occasion they allowed their cultural perceptions to influence their judgment.  In the Hebrew culture wisdom was more valuable than gold; since wisdom came with age, the old were treated reverently; the young however, were often viewed as insignificant.  The disciples mistakenly attempted to deny children access to the messiah.  Jesus rebuked them and proceeded to turn the world upside down.  He shockingly proclaimed children to be the teachers, and adults to be the students.  But why would he do something so radical?  Because infants are free from manmade wisdom and human understanding.  They have not been educated by a world that denies God.  They trust completely and believe without question.  Faith in Christ is simple, and only those who become simple will enter God’s Kingdom.

               For most of my life I was taught that the evolutionary model of creation was a scientific fact.  The vast majority of intellectuals today faithfully believe the earth is billions of years old.  Yet, the earth, according to God, is less than 10,000 years old; two conflicting answers, from two conflicting sources.  As my faith in God began to grow, I came to a crossroads; believe in man, or trust in God.  I had to let go of everything I had ever learned […] much of my supposed wisdom and human understanding were sacrificed.  Over time I became an infant; ready to learn the truth from a loving Father.  Today God commands all of my faith; I have come to trust his word without question.  God is reliable, he does not lie, and he does not mislead.  He speaks the truth [NOTE:  Should the intellect be discarded?  Certainly not; God has given us a mind to help us discern what is true.  I used my mind to examine the claims of those who contradicted the creator.  I discovered many brilliant people that did not support the theory of evolution (both Christians and non-Christians); I found the facts did not support this theory either (For example, Darwin believed the cell was quite simple—like a blob of j-e-l-l-o; in turn, for nearly 200 years, college professors have been teaching that life originated by means of spontaneous generation, or ‘a-biogenesis.’  ‘A-biogenesis’ is the belief that millions of years ago, in an ancient sea, random chemicals, and lightening combined to create the first living cell (or unit of life capable of self-replication) they further believed that all living things on earth came from this one cell.  Unfortunately modern technology has made it possible to look inside of a cell (it is nothing like j-e-l-l-o; the cell is extremely complex.)  The simplest cell capable of replicating itself has more working parts than the space shuttle—not something that can randomly come together in an ancient ocean; most microbiologists have conceded that life could not have arisen on its own; ‘bio-genesis’ has been confirmed; this means no living thing can come from a non-living thing; without a foundation, the entire theory has crumbled.  The fossil record is another area of contention because it lacks any intermediary forms; an intermediary form is a link  between different species—for example, many scientists speculate that the elephant evolved from the manatee; or that the manatee evolved from the elephant (or that they are related somehow by means of evolution.)  Unfortunately, in nearly 200 years since evolution was popularized, Paleontologists have yet to discover a half manatee/half elephant.  They have yet to discover one single intermediary form linking any two distinct species.  Every species appears to be distinct and separate; as if they were all created at once.  Such evidence supports the biblical account of creation in the book of Genesis.)]

               In a world where intellect is honored and glorified, childlike faith is rare.  Where human understanding reigns, the truth of God is treated with disdain.  Those who refuse to believe and trust in God with their whole hearts will not enter His eternal Kingdom.  To understand the truth, you must let go of the lie.  Let go of what you have been taught, and become willing to learn from God.  Be reborn and put your faith in Him; put your trust in Him; and He will guide you in to everlasting life.

               “Lord Heavenly Father, we desire to trust You more fully.  Remove any learning that stands in opposition to Your truth.  Help us to become simple; to become little children; ready to be taught by a wonderful Father.  We commit ourselves entirely to You.  May we completely trust Your word; may our faith in You be undivided, and may we have full confidence in all of Your promises.  We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You; and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name.  Amen.”  God bless all of you.

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