Faith Like A Child
Posted by Vogeler on December 20, 2006
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4)
I have often been taught that becoming “as little children” involved blind acceptance, a blind faith.
I do not believe this.
God gave us minds for a reason. I believe that this passage refers not to ignorance, but to innocence.
I think that willful ignorance is a big problem in the Church today.
Erwin Mcmanus was recently quoted as saying, “Studying the Bible doesn’t change people. Just look at seminaries.”
While I respect Mr. Mcmanus’ work, I would say that this statement is misleading, because studying the Bible and a changed life share a correlational relationship, not a causal relationship.
Let me put it this way: studying the Bible does not change people. I agree with that statement. But, studying the Bible doesn’t not change people. In other words, while Bible study in and of itself doesn’t change people, it is not detrimental, as that statement seems to imply.
I believe that daily, serious study of the Bible is vital to a healthy Christian life, in addition to daily prayer.
Now, I know that not everyone is gonna jump for joy because they just bought an 824-page book called Historical Geography of the Biblical Lands. (which, by the way, is excellent so far!)
Not everyone has a burning desire to know anything and everything they can.
But that does not relieve us of the responsibility to learn, and grow, to expand our knowledge about God (which does not, of course, replace actually knowing God).
Faith like a child involves innocence, not ignorance.