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The first Christian was an idiot

Updated on February 9, 2014

That is really a church down there.

Peace
Peace | Source

So from all accounts

Peter was his name. Or Simon Peter. I reckon.

How cool is it that us stupid Christians have this idiot as our forefather?

The dude fell asleep in a garden then woke up and took a sword and whacked off a dudes ear. Then he ran around town denying that he was he.

Sounds just like me.

What? You think you are perfect or that I am?

I am an idiot. And that is OK.

Sometimes it is just one cliff after another. I am cool with that.

I come to this place to climb that. I have no need to climb that, but I do it.
I come to this place to climb that. I have no need to climb that, but I do it. | Source

Well if you are still here I have you hooked and so let us do a little preaching.

What is it about being a Christian that makes us idiots? Technically an idiot is one of an old category of intelligence much like our IQ tests of today. Although at the time they rated more on a level of intelligence based on age criteria.

This is very real stuff. Psychologists pretty much abandoned the terms Idiot, imbecile and moron although they still feel comfortable with "genius". The reason was that society adopted the terms outside as derogatory - not because of a change in science. I include this off of Wiki for verification purposes to what I am saying.

"Moron" was coined in 1910 by psychologist Henry H. Goddard[3] from the Ancient Greek word μωρός (moros), which meant "dull"[4] (as opposed to oxy, which meant "sharp" (see also: oxymoron)), and used to describe a person with a mental age in adulthood of between 8 and 12 on the Binet scale.[5] It was once applied to people with an IQ of 51–70, being superior in one degree to "imbecile" (IQ of 26–50) and superior in two degrees to "idiot" (IQ of 0–25). The word moron, along with others including, "idiotic", "imbecilic", "stupid", and "feeble-minded", was formerly considered a valid descriptor in the psychological community, but it is now deprecated in use by psychologists.[6]

Following opposition to Goddard's attempts to popularize his ideas,[7] Goddard recanted his earlier assertions about the moron: "It may still be objected that moron parents are likely to have imbecile or idiot children. There is not much evidence that this is the case. The danger is probably negligible."[8]

So I use idiot here for a reason. It is the age mentality of Peter with regard to Christ. And so you can see in my harsh first assertion, we hope it is correct and not derogatory. For Christians are meant to follow Christ as children. And that is a two edged sword.


So in essence little children are idiots.

This guy denied three times that he had eaten the chocolate cookies. Sound familiar?
This guy denied three times that he had eaten the chocolate cookies. Sound familiar? | Source

So are we called to be idiots?

Kind of we are and kind of that is cool. Drop the cares of the world, stop over thinking it and just accept that we are disciplined, held safe and accountable and loved by God.

Does that make us idiots? Yes. And I am good with that.

Here is a term that is often misunderstood: "We are all born equal". Excuse me but that is a lie. It is flagrantly wrong. You have to add - "in the eyes of the Lord" or it is pure hogwash. I simply was not born equal to Einstein, except in the eyes of the Lord. And a hardcore criminal 4 time offender is not equal to my wife, except in the eyes of the Lord.

And so it is we approach our Lord as idiots, but only toward our Lord. Not toward doctrine and dogma and day to day practical concepts. And it does not mean idiotic readings of the scripture. It means we are children before our Lord. Not toward our fellow man.

Can you be an idiot before the Lord?

Can you stay brilliant in the world but a child before God?

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Little children shall lead us.

And so we might find ourselves . . . .

Praying to be an idiot. How funny that sounds to us, but also how true to conviction.

So the big mean non-believer asks us "why do you believe?" we can truly answer it is because that we are idiots. And we can smile.

Have you ever looked into the sky on a partially big cloud day? And sometimes you see shapes of things in the clouds. Truth be told sometimes we just see clouds. But a four year old never just sees clouds. Have you ever been out walking and just seen a bird. Well a five year old never just sees a bird. And so on and so on.

We have a fish tank with 9 Rosy Barbs. They are fun fish and communal although aggressive toward other fish. Sometimes days will go by where I really do not pay attention to them. But somehow every day my son (4) notices something new or changing. We drive down the street and he is amazed at some of the stuff he sees, yet I just do not notice until he points it out.

Thank God that my son is an idiot and is amazed at the glory and beauty of the world. And then leads me to also see that in all of creation.

Now please go be an idiot!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I excel in my idiocy....and I'm proud of it. LOL

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      ziyena 3 years ago from ... Somewhere Out There ...

      lmbo

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Bill save me a seat on that bus!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ziyena

      I just love that acronym thank you

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, he was. So am I. Luckily the new pope seems to have gained some wisdom from the idiocy of the past however. Love what you wrote Eric.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It is both interesting and healthy when we can all rejoice in our idiocy and still know we are OK. :) Theresa

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa I just finished writing a piece to my older childs.

      Perhaps we are not OK.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jodah, I think our new Pope is awesome. Oh I am not Catholic but I really like Popes. I think we are moving forward.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, I'm not Catholic either, and I even have atheist friends who his is touching, so he's doing something right for the church, Christianity and the world in general.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think yousa and meesa just need to be happy. That is a really good job.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 3 years ago

      This was totally not what I expected but I found it very interesting nonetheless. I'm not a Christian but I think it is good for people in all religions to remember that our leaders and founders were imperfect humans just like we are. All humans do stupid things sometimes. This is a good reminder of that. A unique hub. Nice work.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Honey witch, you are welcome in my little home any day. I think you make me happier than without you.

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      Deborah Sexton 3 years ago

      He was a chosen Apostle and learned from Yahshua. His love for Yahshua is what made him cut off the ear of a servant of the high priest.He denied him but he didn't run around town doing it. He was truly sorry afterwards.

      He was not an idiot

      But you love Paul

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Deborah, I am not talking about his IQ! I am illustrating that we are just human. And even the Great among us do stupid things for stupid reasons or even right reasons.

      (technically "Idiot" is an actual statistical term indicating a certain level of intelligence)

      Jesus to my understanding loved Peter very much but still rebuked him and even suggested he harbored some of Satan as in "get behind me Satan". Peter is us. Even in our daily lives we "deny" God by our actions.

      But this great Love is not restricted to geniuses and the virtuous in all things.

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