"God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him in the midst of loss, not prosperity." --John Piper

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kids believe the darndest things

I teach in an elementary school.

One thing that always amazes me is how kids think about God. Kids that I think have no church exposure or relationship at all know about God. And if you question their belief they are quick to show you their offense. No guilt, no second guessing. They believe.

John 3:36 "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but hte wrath of God remains on him."

Why did Jesus make the switch? At first he says we must believe. I am okay with that. I made a confession in front of the church, so I am in, right?

But then he says that "whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life." Why add obedience. I was okay at believe. Sure, I don't act like those school kids, sometimes I get a little embarrassed when it comes t omy faith. I don't always get offended or come to your defense. Maybe I even second guess sometimes.

Just how far do you want me to take this?


Kansas Bob said...

Can one believe and not obey the gospel?

Spherical said...

I believe that one can, because even the demons believe, but at least they have the sense to shudder!

But I think the real answer to your question lies in the definition of belief. If by belief, we mean a mere acknowledgement, then yes, you can believe and not obey. But if by belief we mean a true understanding, then I don't see how one could believe and not obey!

Kansas Bob said...

Reminds me that the Greek word pisteuō is translated belief.. a Greek dictionary defines pisteuō like this:

to have faith (in, upon, or with respect to, a person or thing), that is, credit; by implication to entrust (especially one’s spiritual well being to Christ): - believe (-r), commit (to trust), put in trust with.

Interesting enough the verse that you reference (James 2:19) uses this word twice - once for us and once for demons.

I guess context is the key to understanding and interpreting what it means to believe in God.

I think that your last paragraph is spot on.

FYI: Took me 4 tries to get the word verif right.