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Portals to Heaven: Innocence


By Robert J. LaCosta

For Capital Region Independent Media

Robert J. LaCosta

A recent family-and-friends baptism at church renewed an obvious and profound conclusion: babies aren’t influenced by the world.

Besides her obvious physical needs, her mind isn’t plagued by the lust of the flesh and eyes, the boastful pride of life and the crazy magnetic draw of the world’s systems.

She doesn’t know what her peers look like by comparison, what they have that she doesn’t have nor what she has that they do not. 

She’s not checking social media or the news.

She’s not being lured in by fashion, competition and any of the demands of the world.

The profundity of her joy is striking. The spreading of that joy is even more remarkable. Others are attracted to her. She is like Baby Moses drifting in The Nile: everyone wants to pick her up.

If we were to battle off the world, would all these incredible traits and attributions be said of us? 

…Minus the picking-up part.

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Can we see Eden in the eyes of the newborn?

For everything in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world… When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit… She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him… Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”

1 John 2:16 NIV, Luke 1:41 ESV, Exodus 2:5,6 NIV, Luke 2:12 ESV, 1 John 3:2,3 NIV 

Robert J. LaCosta has been helping people hear as a hearing instrument specialist for over 30 years while assisting pilgrims with their spiritual hearing through his daily devotional “Portals to Heaven,” which is free and comes to your email…yours for the asking at

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