Mar 8, 2012

Behind the big eyes...

Original sin is back. Well, not exactly the term "original sin", but the concept. It's about babies. You know, those cute cuddly, adorable beings that fill us with so much joy, they can't possibly be sinful. Some people believe that babies aren't born sinful but that babies acquire sin by living in a sinful world. Somewhere around age four or five they "learn" the art of sinning. I must admit this argument is quite appealing because these little tikes are so cute. I love nothing more than cuddling a tiny infant.

But scripture is clear that we are all born sinful.

Psalm 51:5 states, Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

1 John 1:10 says, If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and His Word is not in us.

Romans 3:23-24 says, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

But if these passages aren't clear enough, consider this: If babies do not have sin when they enter the world, then they don't need Jesus. And let me tell you something; Everyone Needs Jesus.

But as with many things in this world, we can take a helping hand from science. A few years ago, Dr. Vasudevi Reddy, of the University of Portsmouth's psychology department completed a comprehensive research project on infant behavior. In studies of more than 50 children and parental interviews, Dr. Reddy has identified seven categories of deception used by infants between six months and three years of age. Dr. Reddy stated, "Fake crying is one of the earliest forms of deception to emerge, and infants use it to get attention even though nothing is wrong".

Yes folks, as hard as it is to believe... these little angels have a little deceptive streak in them. They'll use anything they can to get their way. Sure they start with little stuff - like milk and food, but as they grow they move to bigger stuff like fashionable new clothes, iPods and the keys to dad's car.

This research just confirms what we have believed all along; all have sinned and fallen short. All need Jesus - grownups and infants alike. When Jesus came to this earth as a baby He had the fullness of God dwelling in Him. And when He died on the cross He did it for all sinful people - that includes babies.

Blessings,

Pastor David Hook