May 4, 2021

Weekly Reflection – Jesus Loves Me This I Know

Weekly Reflection – Jesus Loves Me This I Know

“Jesus loves me this I know…” is the first line of a children’s song that many of us were taught at a very early age. It goes on with, “Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so…”

I have pondered this week about how often the child is molded to unquestioningly assume that something is true “because the Bible tells me so.” In due course, the child will become more mature and may well ask the question, “Says who?” How many adults are out there living good Christian lives but have never wrestled with the question of, “Is the Bible a believable source for truth?” When we do come face to face with the question, then there is often a crisis of faith.

In today’s world, evangelists often preach salvation based on the assumption that “the Bible tells me so.” It has been said, “The Bible says it. I believe it. And that settles it.” Is this a relevant truth in today’s postmodern culture? I would venture to say that the bulk of today’s younger generation (at least in the West) have little knowledge of the content of the Bible. Much less than this, basing their faith on a text inspired by God (if they even believe there is a God) and an authoritative source for faith, morals, and living life.

That said, there may be a need to focus more and more on why we believe the Bible is God’s inspired word. On what basis am I compelled to live and die as Jesus lived and died? Can you answer the question, “Do you believe because the Bible tells me so?” If so, on what basis is that belief founded? Think about it.

Blessings and peace,

Chaplain Allen


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