ChildISH or ChildLIKE?

The Bible tells us that we are told to put away “childish” things.  Jesus’ cure for “childishness” is “child-likeness.”  What is the difference between the two?


   First off, let’s try to figure out what each word means. The word “childish” could be defined as being immature. Someone who is simple-minded and foolish and incapable of making good decisions of what is good or evil. Someone who is childish would also be self-centered. 

   On the other hand, the word “child-like” would mean a person who is innocent and trusting, having a simple faith and beliefs; someone who has no prejudices or judgments of others, and is yet untainted by sin. 1 Corinthians 13:11 says, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things” and Matthew 18:1-6 tells us,  “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”….. “And Jesus called a little child unto Him, and set him in the midst of them,….. And said, ‘Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven….. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the sa ...

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