Here’s a summary of another idea for a chapter in my book about Bible What-Ifs.
In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he gives us some insights that I respectfully would like to challenge. Yes, I have my issues with Saint Paul, as do many women, but I’d like to learn as much as I possibly can from him.
When we look at the King James Version, in Chapter 11, Verse 1, we are told to be followers of Christ. We have all heard this many, many times. We try our best every single day to do so. But when we look at other Bible versions and other translations, we see a different command. The Amplified Bible, and others, tell us that Paul said: “imitate me, just as I imitate Christ”. Same thing? No way!
Babies learn to walk and to talk through the process of imitation. When interacting with infants, we find that they study their adult subject’s facial expressions, sounds, and other movements. They are observing reactiveness, tone, and other mannerisms. Then they do their very best to imitate, through a purely instinctive process.
As children we played “pretend”. We were free and could decide who we wanted to imitate at that moment…superhero, police officer, teacher, parent, actor, magician, etc. There was no limit to the choices we could make. We learned, as infants do, by imitating and role-playing. When did we stop doing this? Why?
Later on in this exact same letter, Paul writes: “…but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. What childish things did he mean by this….specifically…at the moment he was writing this.? Was he thinking back to a time when he was a carefree child, playing outdoors, role-playing with friends, pretending? Had he forgotten the joy of learning through imitation? Had he ever been allowed to play freely, and experience learning by experimentation? These are the questions I will address over the next few days, and then post the full paper. Final thoughts: Matthew 18:4, in the red letters. “Whosoever shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” You’ll see more about that.
Stay tuned…and think about it!