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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

"Hey ... Teacher ... Leave Those Kids Alone!"

"Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

Jesus said, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.' When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there

Matthew 19:13-15

As most Christians know and as Theologian Don Carson agrees, "Jesus does not want the little children prevented from coming to him (v. 14), not because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them, but because the kingdom of heaven belongs to those like them (so also Mark and Luke, stressing childlike faith): Jesus receives them because they are an excellent object lesson in the kind of humility and faith he finds acceptable."

Sadly, certain Sydney Episcopalians fail to demonstrate the humility and faith our Lord finds acceptable because of their treatment of the word of God in Genesis 1. Worse still, they discourage and isolate those who bring humility and childlike faith to understanding Genesis 1. Like the misguided disciples exposed in the incident described by Matthew, Mark and Luke, certain Sydney Episcopalians would sooner put away those who have the humility and faith our Lord finds acceptable.

It's as if they have marched in unison out of their oh so precious Moore Theological College to put obstacles in the way of faith. Instead of reading and understanding Genesis 1 as it reads the children of faith are urged by these men and women to look elsewhere for understanding. The children of faith are urged to seek a hidden message invoked by rhythm, parallelism, repetition, chiasmus, number symbolism. Further, Genesis 1 is to be stood alongside the pagan myth "Enuma Elish" and interpreted in the light of the 'wisdom' emitted by the latter.

Little children don't be deterred by these troublers. Blessing from our Lord awaits. Hold firm in your humility and faith. Our Lord is true. His word endures forever against all assaults of his enemies. Trust his word as it reads in Genesis 1.

Sam Drucker


John said...

Yes, this baseless belief that only by intellectualising Genesis 1 and sifting it for hidden literary devices and then favourably comparing it with pagan myths and poems is surely the indication that a whole lot wrong is coming out of Moore College.

A further clue to this insanity is when a man or woman, who has been indoctrinated into this pagan worldview by their Anglican minister, claims that Genesis 1 is poetry and you ask them what constitutes Hebrew poetry and all they can do is to just stare at you with a blank look.

neil moore said...

They abuse the integrity of the clear message of our Lord in Genesis 1 while not subjecting the gospel accounts to the same criticism.

These people act as Mystics.


Critias said...

John, that's pretty funny: they claim it is something that they can't define. A clear case of rote learning, no understanding, and therefore no possible means of making application to our lives. And this is how they train clergy?