Christianity.com: Why doesn't the Bible say very much about the childhood of Jesus?-Charles Dyer

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  • 2012-07-23T03:44:35

Joseph, if my memory is correct, in the folk tales, Jesus killed nobody but a child just died of sickness or accident and He raised him to life. The boy Jesus wasn't that different from the grown Jesus in the Catholic tales. We'd pass out if we discover one of our childhood friends has been actually a royalty of some sort. Can you imagine one of our classmates, a quiet and mysterius One, has been in fact the Son of God who created the universe? Yet, you know, each child has been God's special image bearer. How did we treat them? How do we treat our family members and fellow humans today? I think the question always comes down to Jesus saying to us, "I took human flesh on earth to become just like you. How do you treat each other?"

  • 2012-07-23T03:42:56

Marilyn Hill : I love the Catholics. If you don't want to be judged, read the Holy Bible and throw away all the junks.

  • 2012-07-23T03:12:26

I am Catholic ! Please don't judge us !

  • 2012-07-11T03:51:04

This is too interesting a topic to ignore. I can tell you what I know. I meditated on Luke 2:52. And I knew that I needed this scripture in my life. I am a guy. And like many guys, I try to behave like an adult. That often means I tend to lose all the humility I should have even as an adult. I think I know the difference between childlike and childish. And being chillike is not a bad thing. Jesus tells us to be childlike. As for the childhood of Jesus Himself, there is no evidence that Jesus was any different from other boys as he was growing up. He obeyed his parents. He went through all the Jewish rituals that evey Jewish boy goes through. And I think one of the reasons why there is so little information about the details of his childhood in the Bible is because there were some weird books that did not end up becoming canonical and at least one of them included a story of young Jesus in which He killed a friend and brought him back to life or something. I for one am comfortable with the idea of using our wildest imagination to see, hear, feel, smell and taste Jesus. Then you can see young Jesus in your spirit as well. I don't see why not.

  • 2012-07-11T03:35:14

Joseph, amen. But you see, we crave much more details. It's a die-hard wish much stronger than the dreams to find out the end of the universe. Romancing in life has no limits because Jesus was born, grew and walked upon the Planet Earth. Sometimes I wonder how God feels about our imaginations of Jesus' childhood...

  • 2012-07-11T03:19:38

1 Samuel 2:26, Luke 2:52

  • 2012-07-11T03:15:24

Amen. And it is also for us to have freedom not to be like the Catholics in everything, and not to give children hard time by saying, "Why can't you behave like Jesus?" The present Bible text has eternally abundant materials to study that lifetime on earth is never enough; we'll be consumed if it has details on Jesus' childhood! And I think God gave us a room to wonder about the totally wondrous things such as the childhood of our dearest Lord Jesus!

  • 2012-07-10T21:00:36

I believe it's because it had nothing to do with His ministry or glorifying the Father. His ministry began when He was baptized by the Holy Spirit. I believe that's when He was anointed with power to begin the work that He was sent by the Father to do. He was sent to minister, to seek and save the lost, to lead the way to the Father, to show what the Father is like, to heal the broken hearted, to set the captives free, to restore sight to the blind, to restore hope, to reconcile us to the Father, to give us peace with God, to restore our relationship with God and show us the monumental love of God. For this He had to live as a man, but in the power and holiness of the Spirit, so that He could take the authority that was given to the god of this world and put it back in its rightful place. - From God to man, the devil doesn't belong in the equation. He’s a trespasser, a thief, a liar and a deceiver. The focus is on Jesus ministry because it is a model of what the believer's life is supposed to look like once we receive power from the Holy Spirit and begin our ministry in Christ. We are to do the things He did, because He has given His authority to all those trust in Him. I believe God is showing us that life for the believer doesn't begin until we make a conscious decision to give our lives to the LORD. His ministry is a prime example of what we as the body of Christ will encounter, but He has shown us that our outcome will be victorious, because He has won the victory for us. All we have to do is believe and trust in Him and wait on His power, because He has given us the power to overcome. And we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. Jesus ministry is a living testimony of that and that is what we must focus on. That is the essentials of the Christian faith. I believe that’s why the rest of His life was excluded.

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