September 11, 2015
(All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise indicated.)
In a September 25, 1949 letter to Albert Einstein, Guy H. Raner, a History and Government teacher at Canoga Park High School in Los Angeles, California, asked the great scientist, “…are you from the viewpoint of the dictionary an atheist; i.e., ‘one who disbelieves in the existence of a God, or Supreme Being’?” This was the second letter, the first being June 10, 1945 – both letters being answered by Einstein. So a connection between the two men had been already established.
In Einstein’s response to Raner’s second letter, he wrote:
I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a child-
like one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit
of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liber-
ation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer
an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual under-
standing of nature and of our own being.
“I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one.” Indeed it is, Mr. Einstein! For Jesus said so! The incident is found in Mark 10:13 through 16:
Then they brought young children to Him, that He might touch them; and
the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He
was greatly displeased and said to them, “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.” And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on
them, and blessed them.
According to the Lord Jesus Christ, you cannot enter the kingdom without Childlike Faith! Therefore you cannot accept Jesus as Savior and enter into eternal life without Childlike Faith!
But what is Childlike Faith? On The Christian Post website, CP Opinion, Dan Delzell writes in an article entitled, “Childlike Faith Isn’t Just for Little Children,”
How do little children tend to view what their parents tell them? Do they receive
it with simple faith, or with skepticism? Unless they have become jaded due to
unloving behavior directed at them, they almost always embrace what they are
being told as the truth. After all, why should they doubt the words of those who
love them? …Once you accept the fact that God loves you, you are getting close
to that place where you can begin to live with childlike faith, hope and trust. It
truly is a wonderful way to live. Since God tells us in His Word that He lovingly
sent His only Son to die for our sins, there is no good reason to doubt it.
But Childlike Faith is not just a leap from a height, knowing your daddy will catch you. That, in a sense, has to be part of it. It is a ‘leap’ to believe God will ‘catch’ you, especially when you have been taught by so many authorities in your life (teachers, scientists, philosophers, etc.) that you are a product of chance, progressing and getting better, but with a destination that is really unknown. You have to ‘leap’ into the biblical belief that human beings are all sinners, fallen from our original perfect state, estranged from our Creator God, but redeemed by the Son of God who gave His life as a redemptive sacrifice so we could gain His kingdom.
It helped me tremendously to learn from Paul that God is our Abba Father. He writes in Galatians 4:6, “And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, ‘Abba, Father.’ ” (See Mark 14:36; Romans 8:15). Roughly translated, Abba Father means “Daddy!” Now, wouldn’t your Daddy catch you when you leap, and not let you fall?!
Another Bible truth that greatly helped me to have Childlike Faith is in Ephesians 1:6: “…He has made us accepted in the Beloved.” The Beloved is Jesus Christ. Would God the Father accept God the Son? Of course He would! And if we are accepted in the Beloved, then we are accepted by the Father as much as He accepts His own Son Jesus! (See the April 19, 2013 blog, “Four Wonderful Words…..” ).
I stated above, “…Childlike Faith is not just a leap from a height….” But I have run out of space to explore this aspect of our subject. That will have to wait until Monday’s blog.