Like A Child
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Have Faith Like A Child?
The motto of many a Christian organization is “Have faith like a child”.
What does it really mean?
Let us consider it for a moment.
To really understand it, we need to investigate both parts. Firstly, we will look at faith in context from Scripture to determine the proper meaning.
The words “believe” and “trust” and their variants are used more than 240 times.
In the Exodus account we find this example of the human character of disbelief and what is needed to acomplish belief/trust:
Exodus 4:1–9 1And Mosheh answered and said, “And if they do not believe me, nor listen to my voice, and say, ‘YHWH has not appeared to you?’ ”
2And YHWH said to him, “What is that in your hand?” And he said, “A rod.”
3And He said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent. And Mosheh fled from it.
4And YHWH said to Mosheh, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” – so he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand –
5so that they believe that YHWH Elohim of their fathers, the Elohim of Aḇraham, the Elohim of Yitsḥaq, and the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ, has appeared to you.”
6And YHWH said to him again, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, and see, his hand was leprous, like snow.
7And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and see, it was restored like his other flesh.
8“And it shall be, if they do not believe you, nor listen to the voice of the first sign, they shall believe the voice of the latter sign.
9“And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. And the water which you take from the river shall become blood on the dry land.”
Exodus 4:30 And Aharon spoke all the words which YHWH had spoken to Mosheh. Then he did the signs before the eyes of the people.
Exo 4:31 And the people believed.
What we see here is that we have been created with eyes and common sense to discern truth. We also see that the Creator was happy to give 3 signs before He expected the people to believe.
In the following verse, we see once again that belief entails seeing and hearing which are two of our five human senses.
Exodus 19:9 And YHWH said to Mosheh, “See, I am coming to you in the thick cloud, so that the people hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.” And Mosheh reported the words of the people to YHWH.
In the following verse, the Creator makes it clear that He only expects the people to trust Him because of all the signs.
Numbers 14:11 And YHWH said to Mosheh, “How long shall I be scorned by these people? And how long shall I not be trusted by them, with all the signs which I have done in their midst?
How does this stack up to the “blind faith” indoctrination of Christianity?
But let’s look at some more:
Deuteronomy 7:7-9 “YHWH did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more numerous than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples,
8but because of YHWH loving you, and because of Him guarding the oath which He swore to your fathers, YHWH has brought you out with a strong hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh sovereign of Mitsrayim (Egypt).
9“And you shall know that YHWH your Elohim, He is Elohim, the trustworthy Ěl guarding covenant and kindness for a thousand generations with those who love Him, and those who guard His commands,
In this passage we see once again that the Creator is described as the trustworthy Ěl. Why can they trust Him? Because of what they saw. They saw how they were brought out from Mitsrayim (Egypt) and they saw how they have been freed from bondage. It is all physical signs (reality) that they could hold on to.
In the following verse we can see what “blind faith” accomplishes:
Job 6:19-20 Passengers of Tĕma looked expectantly, travellers of Sheḇa waited for them. 20They were ashamed because they had trusted, they came there and were disappointed.
After the Exodus, we find a lot of instances where belief and faith in the Creator is required, but it all refers back to the signs that were given in advance, as seen in this verse with Gideon:
Jdg 6:13 And Giḏ’on said to Him, “O my master, if YHWH is with us, why has all this come upon us? And where are all His wonders which our fathers related to us, saying, ‘Did not YHWH bring us up from Mitsrayim?’ But now YHWH has left us and given us into the hands of Miḏyan.”
We see another example where Gideon finds it tough to believe because of the current circumstances where the Midianites were winning the battle against Israel because of Israel’s backsliding.
Judges 6:17 And he said to Him, “Please, if I have found favour in Your eyes, then show me a sign that it is You who are speaking with me.
Judges 6:21 And the Messenger of YHWH put forth the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread. And fire went up out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Messenger of YHWH went from his sight.
Judges 6:22 And when Giḏ’on saw that He was a Messenger of YHWH, Giḏ’on said, “Oh Master YHWH! For I have seen a Messenger of YHWH face to face.”
Gideon asks another sign from the Creator before he believes. The Creator, knowing us, does not expect blind faith. He knows how silly a concept it is. He gives Gideon all the signs he asked for.
Once Gideon saw the signs, he believed.
Judges 6:36-40 And Giḏ’on said to Elohim, “If You are saving Yisra’ĕl by my hand as You have said,
37see, I am placing a fleece of wool on the threshing-floor. If there is dew only on the fleece, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You are saving Yisra’ěl by my hand, as You have said.”
38And it was so, and he rose early the next morning and pressed the fleece, and wrung dew out of the fleece, to fill a bowl with water.
39And Giḏ’on said to Elohim, “Do not be displeased with me, and let me speak only this time: Please let me try only this time with the fleece, please let it be dry only on the fleece, and let there be dew on all the ground.”
40And Elohim did so that night, and it was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.
Even with David, the beloved of YHWH, we see the same thing. David did not blindly believe and therefore got chosen to be king. YHWH first showed David signs while he was still a youngster tending sheep. After the victories, David believed and thus could make the statement in verse 37 below.
1Samuel 17:33-37 And Sha’ul said to Dawiḏ, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he a man of battle from his youth.”
34Then Dawiḏ said to Sha’ul, “Your servant has been tending sheep for his father, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,
35I went out after it and smote it, and rescued it from its mouth. And when it rose against me, I caught it by its beard, and smote it and killed it.
36“Your servant has smitten both lion and bear. And this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, seeing he has reproached the armies of the living Elohim.”
37And Dawiḏ said, “YHWH, Who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He does deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Sha’ul said to Dawiḏ, “Go, and YHWH be with you!”
This begs for an explanation from Christianity, supported by Scripture regarding “blind faith” or “faith like a child”.
Now for the second part “like a child”.
Christians often use the picture of a child standing on a high platform and his dad standing in front of him, encouraging him to jump into his dad’s arms. That is how they want you, the uninformed dumb follower, to behave.
According to scripture however, blind faith is on par with stupidity. We read as follows:
Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes every word, But the clever one watches his step.
Are you going step by step after the words of fools or are you watching your step?
According to Scipture, a child needs to be disciplined because of folly in the heart. So how can a child’s faith be an example to an adult?
Proverbs 22:15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline drives it far from him.
Proverbs 15:14 The heart of the understanding one seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on folly.
Decide for yourself where you fit into Proverbs 15:14 above and 23:9 below.
Proverbs 23:9 Do not speak in the ears of a fool, for he treads on the wisdom of your words.
The Scriptural Truths above will never be mentioned by missionaries and Christian leaders because it opposes their doctrines. For a more comprehensive study and origins of Christianity, please read “The Trial” on the website www.missionarynightmare.com
May you be blessed in your search for the Truth!