I'm not too sure that much of the Church has lost it's childlikeness. Now, those that have dogmas but no real study and practice of the Word and the Spirit, then they've unquestionably lost the childlike. But it recently occured to me that children are not only more prone to be trusting, but they're also the ones the most heavy burdened with homework and that's all the Bible's ever prescribed with Proverbs 4, Mark 4, and all of the related passages related to reaping and saying as Dad says (Colossians 3:17). I've heard some people try to balk that the systematizing of the truth of God's Word isn't childlike, but is it only adults that learn their multiplication tables? There's no difference. It's usually children that have all of the academic burdens from age 3 to age 36 minimally. It's usually children that have to practice, practice, practice, and practice, and practice some more when they're past the point of wishing to throw the piano through the window or are wishing to give up the dance and martial arts classes so badly. There was no change in contexts between Jesus affirmations towards children and His determined purpose that we continue in His Word in the precise same way as He continues in the Word of our Father (John 8).
No, you are misunderstanding me.
These are the "child-like" qualities I am referring to:
-sense of wonder and awe
The child possesses the very things that we NEED in order to SEE TRUTH. That "child" in us is the very foundation of TRUST, WONDER, AWE. God gave us this foundation to BUILD UPON. So many "houses" COLLAPSE because the foundation has been RIPPED AWAY.
Life is a circle.
We come here with the purity and innocence of the child. We grow and mature and continue our walk through this valley of the knowledge of good and evil, LEARNING what LOVE is. It's a rough road. For all of us. For every human being. We are returning to that wonderful state of purity/goodness... but we will be BETTER than innocent. Innocent is not knowing. We will KNOW what LOVE really is.... We will see the big picture and be ABLE to understand.. LOVE (GOD IS LOVE.)
This is how eternal life is possible. The KNOWING, the SEEING. Seeing and KNOWING God.
We must walk this life.
In order to live in absolute, beautiful, loving harmony for eternity with God.
The meaning of life, I believe, is so simple, even a child could understand.
I truly believe this with all of my heart and soul.
It doesn't have to be so difficult and full of puzzles and mysteries.
Mankind makes it that way. I suppose because there is so much chaos in this world...
We see SO LITTLE.
But the Little that WE DO SEE... becomes so hazy, and muddied and out of focus.
It doesn't have to be that way.