A "Mature" Faith

J. D. Conley
May 26, 2013

As a person grows in age, his understanding of the world grows as well. The brain is trained from experience to think and react in a certain wav and to develop a certain attitude. But what if the understanding of the mature adult is all false? Paul discusses the difference between God's wisdom and the wisdom of the world in the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians. "Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe" (1Cor.1:20-21).

The Christian is asked to believe in things that seem foolish to the mind that has been trained by worldly wisdom. The only way to learn God's wisdom is to unlearn and reject the "wisdom" the world has inculcated into us. We must accept new instruction as a humble child. (cf. Mt.18:2-4).

A mature faith begins with a childlike faith. Until we throw away our preconceived notions of truth, we cannot accept God's message, a message of "foolishness" that begins to make perfect sense to those of us who live by it.