October 20, 2017

The Real Meaning Of “Suffer The Little Children”?

Years ago I heard one of my friends quote the saying “Suffer The Little Children To Come Unto Me” and I took it that she thought it was actual suffering, but not being a theological scholar maybe my interpretation is off a bit. I found this definition on the Macmillon Dictionary page:

an old word meaning “to allow something”

American English synonyms or related words for this sense of suffer

So, while I thought my friend was thinking it’s the fate of children to “suffer” and go to heaven with God, she really did understand the true meaning to be to allow the children to go and be with Jesus.
Here’s just one instance  King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
I hope I’m making myself clear here.

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