Re-examining Our Faith Through The Eyes Of A Child (Part 1)
By sis Jacqueline Wee
There is so much going on in the minds of little ones and so much we can learn from them. I used to be intrigued by what Jesus said in Mark 10:14-15:
Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
How is it easier for a child, who is yet unequipped for life in our eyes, to enter the kingdom of Heaven, when it takes a lifetime of perseverance for an adult? In fact, Jesus has said that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:25).
Being a mother myself, my faith has been strengthened over the years by my children. I hear so much from them and, by re-examining my faith from a child's perspective, I have gained a deeper understanding of God and the obedience He requires of us, His children.
Here are some questions compiled from my children and the children of other Christian mothers, which have helped me to step back and receive the truth again, from a child's perspective.
Q1) Why can’t we see God and how do we worship Him if we can’t see Him?
Parent’s response: “If we can see God, then He is not God anymore, isn’t it? If we can see Him, then He is just like us, then why would He be worthy of our worship?”
This is a fundamental question asked by adults and children. This answer seems good enough for a child but may not suffice to convince a skeptical adult. Often, adults tend to over-complicate matters. Could skepticism built up over the years cloud our minds so that we find it hard to accept answers like the above which are answered with absolute clarity and simplicity? Jesus says that there is nothing complicated about it; in fact, He answers in fourteen words:
John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him, must worship in Spirit and truth.
Q2) Why did God create the world?
Parent’s response: “Because He wants to. God does not think like us. We do things so that we will benefit from them but God doesn’t. He does things without expecting any reward or return of investment. We may never understand why it pleased God to create the world and all the things in it, but we just have to accept that He is happy with what He did, as written in Gen 1:31:
"Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”