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Chapter 12

Additional Thoughts on Faith

Childlike faith.  I would like to posit that "child-like" faith has to do with obedience rather than content.  This obedience should be is quickly and unquestioningly accomplished.  It does not apply to the content of faith. 

Throughout this book, I have defined faith as action based upon some knowledge.  Virtually the whole New Testament is about "maturing in the faith."  James 1:4 says "that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."  Hebrews 5:12-6:3 speaks of "milk for young Christians and "meat" for the mature.  I Corinthians 14:20 says that we are to be "mature" in our understanding.  So, child-like faith cannot mean a simple understanding of our faith (knowledge).

A child who is taught to jump into his father's arms, does so quickly and even laughingly.  Properly taught, a young child will quickly obey.  A child learns not to question his parents commands.  A child learns to accept readily whatever a parent says.

So, I posit that "child-like" faith is quick and unquestioning obedience.  It is not simple in not having much Biblical knowledge.

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