Listen to the Richard Urban Show # 18:
Cheon Seong Gyeong 576
Why do you all like me? Because I go through suffering to save you and liber-ate all of humanity. Unless I suffer, you cannot receive the Blessing, even if you wait for billions of years in the spirit world. I made the impossible possible through my suffering and enlarged the domain of this precious Blessing. This is something glorious and brilliant for the spirit world and for the physical world. (162-67, 1987.3.27)
The Seasons of Life
1. Childhood and Adolescence
Every child is born of the nature of purity and submission to God.
Hadith of Bukhari (Islam)
Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.
The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.
Mencius IV.B.12 (Confucianism)
You can only coil a fish when it is fresh.
Nupe Proverb (African Traditional Religions)
Elisha ben Abuyah said: If one learns when a youth, to what is it like? It is as ink written on new paper. If one learns when an old man, it is as ink written on erased paper.
Mishnah, Avot 4.25 (Judaism)
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need some one to teach you again the first principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food; for every one who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their faculties trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.
I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
1 John 2.14