Truth so often comes from the mouths of the young. They are not yet so fully drawn into the world’s way of thinking that they have lost their simple belief in God. God is very concrete to them-a person, not an idea. Although they hear the world’s complicated explanations of things, they operate from a trust level that leads them to defer to God’s explanation. What the adult world sees, they see beneath and beyond.

As adults we often scoff at their naivete. “Experience will teach them life lessons that make them more discerning,” we say. Yet who says simple truth is undermined by complex information? Maybe simple truth is a way to sift through the complexities and cut to the heart of the matter?

Rudolph Bultmann, a liberal theologian who often confused people with his byzantine doctrinal explanations, was once asked the most important lesson of his life. Even this complex thinker had to say, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

It is for no small reason that Jesus said the the adults who scoffed at a child’s understanding and religious value, “Unless you become as a little child, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Does this mean that faith is really for children and that mature people should go elsewhere? No, it just means the door to genuine faith begins with the simple trust of God and His explanations that a child readily embraces. We read our world through eyes of faith. We do not read our faith through the eyes of the world.

(C) 2010 by Stephen L Dunn

  1. steffen said:

    I read a article under the same title some time ago, but this articles quality is much, much better. How you do this?

  2. I assume you’re asking about trusting God. Trusting God starts with a prayer, “God, I believe. Help my unbelief.” Then with an understanding that God wants you to believe start looking at your days with an expectation of Him at work. Begin to read the Bible (New Testament–Gospels, Philippians, for example) to see how people developed a pattern of faith.

  3. I didn’t understand the concluding part of your article, could you please explain it more?

    • People sometimes say that faith is for children because only children will trust without evidence. In the “real world” they say you only trust what you can prove. Unless you can “connect all the dots” so to speak, you are foolish to believe anything. But this is not faith. Faith always involves trust as a mode of operation. Since nothing can be completely understood or can only be understood after long and painstaking examination, this a formula doing nothing.
      Faith says, there’s more than you can imagine. You can never know all the answers, but you can know the One who does.

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