This line of speculation started a while back when a friend posted a Quick Faith Quiz on his blog, wherein he asked:
- When Jesus talks about “faith like a child,” what does he have in mind?
- Is “child-like faith” different from “normal faith?” (Assuming, in this case, that normal faith is the healthy, 100% supernatural stuff that was good enough for Moses, Elijah, David and everyone else who has been, will be, or are being saved by grace.)
- Or should we assume that faith like a child is, well, the one kind of faith that God is after?
- That is, either you have this kind of faith, which Christ said will inherit the kingdom of heaven, or you don’t have faith at all?
I think of “faith like a child” to mean obedience without context. Scripture says that we add to faith, virtue. This suggests to me that faith comes before we can understand sufficiently to choose/discern goodness. Before that point, we are obeying without understanding. I tell my son in church to sit down and to be quiet, but he does not yet know that his activity and his noise is disturbing others. But if he is obedient, the effect is the same as if he saw he was disturbing and closed his mouth. Later on, he’ll know and can choose to act virtuously (or not). But faith must come first or else it’s my son’s own brand of filthy rag righteousness. Or in other words, without faith, it is impossible to please God (through obedience to his Word).
Does this make sense to anyone else? What is your take on “faith like a child”?