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#78051 - 11/16/05 06:46 AM becoming like a little child
Derdlecar Offline
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Below are some questions i have in regards to somethin Jesus said.

He said, "Unless you become like a little child, you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven."

Could becoming like a little child refer to the little child (boy) inside me? Isn't he innocent? Isn't he trusting? Doesn't He smile and laugh alot? I can almost remember what he's like, the little boy inside me. If the kingdom of heaven is full of people like him isn't that the place to be?

If it is, I want to go there.

Darrel

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#78052 - 11/16/05 07:19 AM Re: becoming like a little child
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It might be referring to the unquestioning faith that a child has. Peace, Andrew

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#78053 - 11/16/05 09:05 AM Re: becoming like a little child
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I don't think this passage is about the psychological concept of our "inner child," but that does not mean that Jesus is not speaking to the inner child.

The quality Jesus is calling us to is not necessarily innocence, but trust. The way children hold their parent's or teachers' hands when crossing a street, the way they believe what they are told. They way they accept that their livelihood does not depend on their greatness or even worthiness.

If we can trust God in that same way, the kingdom of heaven is ours.

Actually, my explanation here overlaps with Andrews, because in the Greek New Testament, the word we often translate as "faith" (see Andrew's answer) is sometimes translated as trust.

But trust is scarier for us, isn't it. I mean, for me. For now, though, I take comfort in that I don't need to be innocent, because I'm not. And I wasn't as a child either. I'm not talking about my abuse here, just about the rest of life.

Childlike smiles and laughter? A noble goal, and a nice picture of heaven.

learning2remember

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#78054 - 11/16/05 03:37 PM Re: becoming like a little child
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Jesus, remained like a child thru his life.
He created a kingdom that's really a kindergarten, a child' garden.
So let's all join him in his play.

\:\)

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#78055 - 11/17/05 02:48 AM Re: becoming like a little child
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Andrew and learning2trust, yes, i think you are right. However, adults tend to make things much more complicated than they really are. Morning Star, i think you hit the nail on the head. A kindergarten, a place where everyone will have the positive traits of children, trust, faith, etc. I see Gods kingdom as being a place where we will have fun like we did before SA.

"So let's all join him in his play."

Darrel

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