Naïve Faith?

This week I was looking at a planter pot that I put a variety of wild seeds in this Spring. There is a tall plant growing out of it that looks like it might have the potential to add some nice variety to our landscape. My wife and I have had a friendly debate on whether it is a “flower” or a “weed”. I started the project so I’m not willing to give up just yet—so that tells you who is on what side.

Well, I decided I was going to do what we do when we need information in our current society—I Googled it. I thought what I typed as a search phrase was pretty simple and straight forward “How to tell if a plant in a pot is a flower or weed?”

If any of you reading this live in areas where marijuana is legal, let me know—I got a bazillion references for you! My problem was I could not understand why Google suggested sites about growing cannabis based on my search phrase. Then it dawned on me, two words were triggers: “pot” and “weed”. As I was researching what I was looking for I was naïve.

The Oxford Dictionary describes “naïve” as “showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgement.” I have never used marijuana so for this subject I have no experience or wisdom and my judgement was just to never use it.

That got me thinking about faith, specifically is Christianity a naïve faith? Some who do not share this belief have claimed that only the naïve would believe the story of Jesus Christ. That of course is a personal decision each individual has to make and then be willing to live and die with.

Numbers sometimes give us amazing insight. I want to share part of chart I came up with while in seminary. It looks at some ancient writings, as in who wrote it, believed date written, time span between the original and the earliest copy, and the number of copies in existence today.

Author                               Date Written           Time Span            Number of Copies
Plato                                   427-347 B.C.            1,200 years                            7
Demosthenes                     4th Century B.C.       800 years                              8
Suetonius                           A.D. 75-160              1,300 years                           8
Caesar                               100-44 B.C.                1,000 years                         10
Homer (Iliad)                     900 B.C.                     500 years                          643
New Testament Writers    A.D. 50-100               Less than 100 years       5,686

Scholars give the Iliad a 98% accuracy rating for the 643 copies, so I’ll agree that what we have today is pretty much what Homer wrote. The New Testament has a 98.5% accuracy rating for those 5,686 copies

Hebrews 4:12-14 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

With the facts and the convicting words found in the New Testament I feel confident having experience, wisdom, and judgement in my faith!


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