Mark 10:13-16

10:13 They were bringing to him little children, that he should touch them, but the disciples rebuked those who were bringing them. 10:14 But when Jesus saw it, he was moved with indignation, and said to them, “Allow the little children to come to me! Don’t forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 10:15 Most certainly I tell you, whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, he will in no way enter into it.” 10:16 He took them in his arms, and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

(World English Bible)

n.b.: Verse 15 is not in the Matthew version of the story (Matt. 19:13-15), and verse 16 is not in Luke (Luke 18:15-17).

In this and in many other of their appearance, the disciples seem like just ordinary guys. They don’t seem special in any way. That is probably their role in the story — to be a kind of proxy for the reader.

10:15 is the verse that speaks to me the loudest. Children are not chaste, they are innocent: they are morally pure without knowing it. An adult, one who is no longer innocent, can strive for moral purity and become chaste, but how can one regain innocence?

I should think that someone who has achieved moral purity would not feel temptation: it’s not about discipline, it’s about reconfiguring one’s mind, one’s tastes. From that perspective sin might begin to look different, not tempting or revolting but, like a strange alien disease.

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