Some six-year old theology

Omniscience

Parent (the responsible one): ‘I was just going to ask you something Sinead …’.
Sinead: ‘Well ask God. He knows everything, even if he is a boy! … Well actually, we don’t know if he is a boy!’

7 thoughts on “Some six-year old theology

  1. An irresponsible parent working in a responsible Presbyterian position – what is the world coming too? I apologise to the responsible one for making unwarranted assumptions!

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  2. Alistair, the Book of Order, by which I live and move and have my being, tells me that I only need to be responsible for the following:

    – to study the Scriptures
    – to expound the Scriptures
    – to preach and teach the Word and administer the sacraments
    – to lead a life consistent with my profession of the Christian faith
    – to, as far as I am able, join in the worship, life, and mission of the congregation
    – to, as far as I am able, contribute to supporting the worship, life, and mission of the congregation
    – to accept the spiritual oversight of the Church
    – to accept the discipline of the Church
    – to guard the Gospel and, along with the elders, concern myself with the spiritual rule and pastoral oversight of congregation
    – to participate in leadership in mission and the government of the Church through its courts
    – to carry ultimate responsibility for the conduct of worship and sacraments
    – the content and form of worship despite the functions of the church council
    – nurturing and practising my own spiritual life and for undertaking ministry development in accordance with supplementary provisions
    – to the presbytery in relation to the performance of any power or the exercise of any function. [Read in isolation, this one is very weird!]
    – et al.

    So, nothing there about responsible parenting. In fact, parenting doesn’t even rate a mention in the BOO.

    BTW, while I’m thinking about the BOO, did you know that it uses the word ‘love’ once, ‘Holy Spirit’ and ‘law’ 7 times, ‘Holy Communion’ 12 times, ‘Jesus’ 13 times, ‘God’ 38 times, and the word ‘power’ 55 times? For the record, the word ‘grace’ does not appear at all!

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  3. No room for grace in the BOO – how ungracious! No wonder our debates get overinfused with “power.” I feel the need for an amendment coming on.
    Meanwhile with all that responsibility – I’m sure you can slip in a bit of responsible parenting full of grace in there somehow! And you’ll enjoy it, and so will young Sinead. :))

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