Become childlike

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Just like anything in the bible – I can ask of that statement many questions:  what age is “childlike” … what culture … what social demographic … what educational level … what time and place … does ALL THAT apply to me or not … ?

And isn’t that the main reason we interrogate the bible:  Does that apply to me or can I ignore it?

Become childlike.

If my definition of “childlike” is of a spoiled brat always wanting and manipulating others to get their own way – then I think I am missing something profound.

Likewise, if my definition of “all that” requires the evidence and correctness to allow myself to be instructed to comply – I am missing something profound and simple and commonsense.

Like Love. 

Without condition.

Become childlike.

Is the essence of something simple.

Something beyond “innocence” – beyond “youth” – beyond “education” – beyond “naivety”.   Beyond all those “conditions” we surround ourselves with (as barriers to the perceived vulnerability of Love without Condition being childlike).

But isn’t “childlike” to have no vulnerability – to be unsurrounded (by all the stuff we surround ourselves with)?

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I am prone to facial spots.

A teenage affliction – not a “six-decader” affliction.  It marks me out(!!) – colleagues and family and friends … their eyes are irresistibly drawn to look/glance/away.

We mature grown-ups cannot help but be drawn to impediment and/or difference.

But it isn’t the glance.

It is the absence of anything but the glance.

And in the absence are the conditions:

I mustn’t mention this or I’ll be seen to be rude.  I’ll ignore this impediment and/or difference and pretend I haven’t noticed.  We’ll continue as if there is no impediment and/or difference – even though we both know there is.

Childlike?

Children don’t even notice or if they do they ask, “What’s that?”  And I answer – it’s a spot.  And they say “Oh.”  And that’s the end of it.  The impediment and/or difference is no longer even visible to them.

It no longer registers.

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Isn’t that what we all seek from love?

The unconditional de-registering to all the impediments and/or differences we all carry through life?   Our scars, weaknesses, preferences, blemishes, strengths that become liabilities, good stuff that becomes tarnished through living, bad stuff that becomes our self-defence responses –

Isn’t Love someone who doesn’t register any of that stuff to see the real me inside?

Like a child.

A child doesn’t register if I am rich or poor, handsome or ugly, competent or fearful, bigoted or inclusive, gay or hetero, religious or atheist … But a child knows if I am happy or sad, angry or calm, ill or healthy, connecting or withdrawn, fun or boring … And THOSE “registers” are immediate AND immediately reversible …

Because in the moment is what I am.

Nor is that connection tarnished in them as in our accumulated “baggage of living”.

Children are blind to so much we are not.

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So too the bible.

Bible-blind is not to dismiss the bible – but to embrace the bible in the moment.  Is not to find a counter argument.  Is not to research what is correct and what is not.  Is not to find what I must do – what I can avoid doing – what I must defend as incorrect – what I must defend as correct.  That is not the bible-blind I am becoming.   The bible-blind I am becoming is to see Love always.   To see imagery – poetry – parables – religion doing what religion must – and not let it register over and above Love.

And I have come to think that we are all bible-blind …  like this –

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“I am biblically AND scripturally correct!”

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Is also bible-blind.

Just a grown-up educated qualified institutionally correct conditional blindness to Love.

And whichever blindness we choose or allow – we will find the “evidence” and “fact” and “truth” and “correctness” in the same bible.

Because just as Love does not instruct but invites and desires – so too the bible.

Just as You have seen it written but I say … ” 

Just as in every moment we have a choice to allow or to disallow.

To Love with condition (which ain’t Love) or without (which is).

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Become childlike.

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Isn’t that the same as …

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“The greatest of these is … “?

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