The concept of Childlike faith is a lot like believing in Santa Clause: “seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing.” (Santa Clause 2) The idea is that we believe something even if there is no evidence to back it up. Childlike faith is devoid of reason and implies inexperience and naivety (hence childlike).
Biblical faith, on the other hand, is defined as understanding truth, and being active in your trust and commitment to God.
In Hebrews 11, the "hall of faith", it describes men in the Old Testament who followed God with their lives. The recurring theme in Hebrews is faith defined as trust- it is assurance and commitment acting out through evidence. As believers, we need to ground ourselves in God’s word, and search for what it means to have real genuine faith.
We need to ask ourselves: "Is there evidence to support this belief system, or is it just based on "feelings"? When you deny principles that are grounded in reality, your faith is wishful- it’s child-like faith. But faith is not wishful thinking; it’s based on reason.
The illustrations in Hebrews 11 give perfect examples of how people put their trust in God by being obedient to what He promised. Everyone at some point in his or her life ends up making a choice on what they will believe. The question is: is their faith based on feelings or reason? Do they have child-like faith or real faith? You may comment below…
written by Melissa Prieskorn