A Little Knowledge…

Do you agree with Alexander Pope’s famous words : ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ ?

We can get ourselves into difficulty when we have a little learning about something, but not the complete facts..

I once counselled a lovely young woman who found herself pregnant and unmarried in her senior year of High School.

As we talked, and developed rapport, I asked her how she felt about her situation in becoming a mother.

Her answer surprised me.

She said that she was happy and proud, and she felt that God must be pleased with her.

She knew about Jesus, and his teenage, unwed mother , Mary.

She had concluded that since God had chosen Mary as Christ’s mother, then surely God was proud of her for becoming a single mother too.

Her beliefs made me aware of how parts of the Bible, and indeed the message of Christianity can be easily misunderstood.

In Western Society, which is becoming increasingly pagan, many people have misconceptions about the Bible and the good news of salvation.

Christians are too often seen as legalistic and judgmental. We are sometimes thought of as narrow-minded, and old-fashioned. This is obviously not the case. Jesus came so that we could enjoy an abundant life, and He opened the door for humans to develop a personal relationship with God.

At the time, I didn’t explain to the young woman that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Perhaps I should have.

I didn’t want to come across as judgmental and harsh, but I think I missed my chance to accurately explain the Good News of the Gospel.

I hope though, that other Christians came into her life to guide her, and mentor her in her growth as a follower of Christ.

God asks us to always ‘expect the unexpected’ and to be ready to share our faith with those who ask us for the reason for our hope. Opportunities to evangelize may arise when we least expect them.

Let us pray that God will give us increasing opportunities to share our faith and our trust in our Lord.

The young woman kept her precious baby, a daughter, and raised her with the support of her parents.

I continue my work with the Pro-life Movement, or, as I prefer to call it, the LIFE Movement.

The photo is courtesy of Peter Oslanec on Unsplash

29 thoughts on “A Little Knowledge…

  1. Gosh, I never would have expected a teenage mom to reach that conclusion! How important it is that we show the truth of the gospel in our lives, and also clarify where there are misunderstandings and a lack of knowledge. Have a great day Sally.

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  2. I love this post. We have to share the truth in gentle love whenever we have the chance, such a beautiful reminder. So glad she kept her baby. What a powerful and important ministry.πŸ˜ƒβ™₯️

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    1. Thanks, Tonya.
      The challenge for all of us is to present the life-giving good news of the Gospel without sounding judgmental and harsh.
      May God give us continued grace to speak the truth in love. βš˜πŸ€—

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  3. There are indeed many misconceptions out there, unfortunately. I have heard general references to Mary as a single unwed mom but not in this capacity. Truth balanced with love is always a challenge to present. Very glad she kept her baby! Bless your ministry. Advocating for life is so important!

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  4. πŸ’œ I AM a little confused EveryOne; is Joseph (allegedly Marys Partner and Step Father to Jesus) in The Nativity and Raising Jesus with Mary a Lie, if “God is pleased” then would not the “Holy Spirit” have had something to do with the “young girls” teen pregnancy, what is The True Form of Christianity (Anglican, Catholic, Jehovahs Witness, Mormons, Pentecostal etc, etc, etc) and which of the numerous versions of The Bible is Correct πŸ€” ?

    …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

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  5. A good post this Sally, thank you for it. It is a very thoughtful piece which challenges our position in this world, and our willingness to be shining lights in the darkness. God bless you sister.

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  6. Perhaps the young lady in question sought to ease the shame surrounding an unwed pregnancy at such a young age. Although, this is less of a issue in this day and time. Hopefully, she later realized that her and the Virgin Mary’s circumstances were not the same. Blessings.

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  7. Lovely post, Sally, and it’s true, misconceptions abound. My cousin, who I’m fairly certain is an atheist, once told me she thought Mary was a prostitute. I’m grateful I could disabuse her of that notion, and share the truth with her, though I don’t think I was able to convince her of God’s existence. At least I was able to tell her what the Bible said about Mary ~ that she was not a prostitute, but rather an innocent virgin who had been chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus, the Messiah, God’s Son.

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    1. Yes, for sure, Temi. The opposite of life is death, not choice. I’m a member of Campaign Life, here in Canada. We are so thankful that the Movement is attracting more and more young people.

      Thank-you for all that you do to advocate for our precious little ones. May God keep richly blessing and rewarding you and your family. βš˜πŸ€—

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