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The concept of faith is woven through the pages of Scripture and is essential to a personal relationship with God. In fact, “without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). It is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9) and not only is it necessary for salvation it is part of our daily walk and warfare as believers (Ephesians 6:16).

Contrary to popular Christian opinion, the Bible neither exhorts us to have childlike faith nor does it tell us to believe as children believe. The idea that we are to have childlike faith is an incorrect inference based on several passages of Scripture. “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:14-15; Luke 18:15-17 NIV).

These passages don’t tell us what receiving the kingdom of God like a little child means so it is wrongly assumed to be referring to the faith of a child. In Matthew 18:2-4 Jesus spells out what He means. “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Our goal as believers is not childlike faith. Instead it is to grow to be “mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:4).

Videos on this Topic

Take a Rest

Lots of work with no rest doesn't follow the example God set when He created the heavens and the earth. In this video, Chuck Swindoll focuses on day seven of creation.

Can't versus Won't

Is it just a poor word choice to say you can't when you really won't? In this Video Insight, Chuck Swindoll suggests it could really be a statement about God.

A Wise Person

Would you like to be wise? How can you avoid being foolish? In this month's Video Insight, Chuck Swindoll describes the differences between the wise person and the foolish person.

Walk Well

Want to know how to walk in triumph in a world that's lost its way? In this Video Insight, Chuck Swindoll gives three essentials to help you walk well.

This Can Be Addicting

What is our greatest obstacle to faith? You might think it would be unbelief, but Ney and Chuck name something else that tends to stand in our way more, capturing our feelings.