Day 6: Childlike Faith? Really?

where in the bible does it say that my everyday faith has to be like a child?

i was going to write a whole big post on this, but as i was studying this, i found that the bible does not say we are to have an everyday faith that is child-like. now let's prove it by turning to 2 synoptic gospels, Matthew and Mark.

Matthew 18:2-4(ESV)
2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3and said, "Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven

Mark 10:13-16(ESV)
13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." 16And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

so, after first glance this obviously says we need a childlike faith... but the context is about entering the kingdom of heaven, on judgment. the greater context is that Jesus has just revealed to the disciples that he will be killed, and the disciples are worried about their outcomes. Jesus is saying, believe and you enter in the kingdom of heaven.

yes. child like faith, on judgement.

i'm probably on this ground here but my personal revelation is that this text is misused here to say things that aren't said in the text. the text is referring to our eternity. we aren't to worry about judgement, we are trust that Jesus has taken our sin on the cross.

we are not to conduct ourselves like children, in regards to our faith. only in regards to our eternity.

I guess i stand on Paul's well documented verse:

1 Peter 2:1-3(ESV)
1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

sigh... i hope i'm not offending anyone.


Cel said…
hmmm... isn't 1 Peter written by Peter? :P
Alison S said…
Hullo DPMA! I wondering about your thoughts on the kingdom of heaven, because recently I've stopped thinking of it as a future-Heaven... i've been turning over how jesus talks about it, and the Kingdom is here, isn't it? It's in the process of coming, even now? I've been thinking that the act of choosing Jesus, my salvation (what, 11 years ago now), opened the door to walking in the Kingdom and my purpose as a Christ-follower is to usher the Kingdom of heaven/glory to earth. Anyway, thoughts? we can skype too, maybe easier than typing. bye!
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