Arrogance of  Faith

My first thought,usually, is that God is always right. Just that.  It never means I am always right.  It never means I’ve got it all together.  It never means I know what God is thinking or doing at any given moment. My authority is limited by my knowledge. So I study.  This paper is not about apologetics or the 100x billion reasons to believe in the existence of  an infinitely intelligent God.  The words here are only meant to convey the childlike relationship required to unlock the mysteries of the Almighty.

Matthew 18:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)

3 and said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless you repent [that is, change your inner self—your old way of thinking, live changed lives] and become like children [trusting, humble, and forgiving], you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Before a child reaches the age of one, life is all about him/her.  There is not even the ability to consider the needs of others. They are 100% reliant on faith. The baby has an unseen, unknown, unconditional faith in the goodness of others.  Coming to God is exactly the same.  Simple, childlike faith is all that is required.  The child does not consciously realize they have no control. They are in a state of total reliance for every need.  As human beings, we are absolutely in the same situation.  Humbled by our inability to maintain all that is required to preserve our precarious life-existence, we are in a state of helplessness.  We are dependent on the goodness of a loving heavenly Father.

There are so many examples of our helplessness.  Air, water, food, sunlight, protection from diseases (immunity), bodily functions, birth, death and mental stability are the simplest needs that are primarily out of our control.  Yes, we can manipulate these needs to a certain extent much as a baby does with crying.  But we do not have ultimate control.  Science is very clear that all molecules work in a mysterious symbiotic relationship. Ever moving, never solid: the atoms of life are beyond our ability to fully comprehend, let alone keeping them functional.  This emphasizes our dependence on the homeostasis of our entire existence to function properly without our help.

So is it arrogant to think a dependent infant must control the properties that maintain its life?  No.  So it is with Faith in God, total reliance on Him is necessary, even mandatory.  Humble submission to His loving care is a beautiful engagement of His master plan.

I submit that simple faith brings us into relationship with Papa-God.  His Goal.

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