Except ye be converted…
March 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
This morning in Bible study, I read the beginning of Matthew 18. It is a verse (or series of verses) that we all know, but struck a resonant chord within me.
Here is the passage:
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
These relatively few verses spoke to me in a very profound way. I couldn’t read past them, I just kept on reading them over and over. After reading them and meditating on them for a time, I ‘d like to express the conclusion(s) I came to and hopefully start a discussion on the topic(s) surrounding these verses.
In today’s world, Christianity is being attacked on all sides. Some who claim to be rationalists try to dissuade Christian thought using (il)logic. One prime example of this is the repeated trend in contemporary times to prove or disprove God’s existence. Many people fall prey and have their faith shaken due to the seeming foolproof nature of science.
I understand the verses to be quite literal. Think of it. Christianity, isn’t a difficult concept, nor are its tenets. Children don’t need lengthy dissertations that are cryptic and overly complex. We speak to children in simple terms, just as Jesus spoke to us while on earth. The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible to speak in simple terms; so why are the roadblocks to God always so complex? They don’t have to be, nor should they be.
When Moses came down from the mountain, the impatient people were worshiping a false idol. Today, we are waiting on tangible evidence, or fancy wordplay and succumb to worshiping the new golden idol: science. We need to be patient, develop the right soil, and like the mustard seed, our faith will grow strong…in time. Too many times, we try to plant the seeds in rocky soil, and the light of rationalism creeps in and withers our faith. We cannot allow this to happen! We need to first work to expose the rocks (and thorns too!), and remove them from our hearts; some will be easier than others. Only then, can the seeds hope to gain root and grow strong.
Satan did the same thing in Garden of Eden, he promised them they would be like god, with knowledge of good and evil. This is similar to science today. We are striving after knowledge, in a pursuit to disprove God’s existence, all the while thinking of ourselves as Gods ourselves.
One last point I’d like to make is that we don’t want to just be as children in matters of faith only. The word “converted” mentioned in verse 3 means “to turn, turn around” (source). This implies that we are to become as children, in all parts of our lives, not overly complicating matters. All matters are simple matters when God is involved.
God bless you!