How much can a two-year-old understand? How do we teach them? They are usually walking independently by that age, and driven by a need to explore all things around them. It spells trouble for parents. Child locks are placed on cabinets. Everything that can be potentially dangerous to a child is contained and put out of reach in an attempt to “child-proof” the home. Why do we do this? We do it because we love and want to protect them. They have a very limited capacity for understanding. They have not learned by experience what will hurt them.
As they grow older, their comprehension of language makes it a bit easier to control their behavior. They begin to understand consequences of their actions by being told about those consequences. It is no longer necessary to run and grab them out of the way of danger. We can simply call out to them to leave the ball in the street and not run after it when a car is approaching. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street.
Gradually children become more and more independent and, as their ability to understand allows, the parents grant them more independence. For at least 18 years, the guidance of parental supervision is necessary according to most rational thinking members of our society. But learning doesn’t stop at age 18. It certainly is not unreasonable to say responsible navigation of life only begins as children become adults.
God is our Father. Is it reasonable to say His relationship with His children is similar? Does He reveal to mankind truths which expand our comprehension of how infinitely majestic He is as our Creator as we develop over time? I believe He does.
If humans have been inhabiting the Earth for 6,000 years, as we understand through the Word, has our comprehension of the world improved greatly? Most certainly it has. Civilization, as we know it, has grown with tremendous strides into an industrial and now even faster growing technological society. But how responsible are we when it comes to using the revelations given to us by God?
It has only been in the last half-century that DNA has been revealed to us as the perfectly unique makeup of us individually. To believers this knowledge demonstrates God’s immaculate plan for each and every one of us to be who we were designed to be by Him. It answers the question, “Who am I that God should be mindful of me?” It is our own responsibility to learn who we are by how He made us. Someone once said, “Be true to yourself.” We cannot be happy trying to be who we are not.
God is limitless. We still have intellectual, physical and psychological limits in the flesh. But our spirits are limitless. Yet we seem to feed the mind and the body and often starve the spirit. That is the greatest problem facing us today. When we deny our spiritual nature, we depend more and more on our mental capacity to answer the problems we have as a society. That has only created the chaos we find ourselves living in now.
God used to be in our schools. Now, our government pays lip service to Him, while practicing lies and deception in the political arena. We have strayed miles from the intentions of our founding fathers who intended for us to be protected not from God, but for God to protect us.
We should ask ourselves every day, “Am I serving God and my fellow man?” Jesus taught us, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” As long as we as believers do not stand up for religious liberty, we will continue to suffer under the ruling hand of unbelievers. There will be no spiritual growth to counter the maddening philosophies of the limited mental capacities of those who are intellectually narcissistic.
The time is now to reclaim our right to promote and defend our obligation to our own individual spiritual aspirations and preservation. That is not to say we should allow those who use religion to promote their own warped ideologies to control others. They will always be among us. But those who know the Way, the Truth and the Life, should continue to share and not hide Him from the lost children who are demanding we follow them.
© Phyllis Weeks Rogers 05/01/2018