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What does Jesus mean by: you must become as a little child to enter heaven ?

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It means you should have the innocence and purity of a child.Your heart and spirit are open.

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Let us not forget humble!
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Good morning and thank you.
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be innocent

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It means you must trust implicitly.

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He means that children more often believe in Him, and we could learn from them.

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to be conceptless and without separation in thought and action.Heaven is a frame of mind. Your allways there, just sometimes you forget.

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How do you know it's a frame of mind? Children have the ability to believe anything is possible. They have faith, something most adults tend to lose.
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Jesus knew no more about heaven than anyone else. And this is a vague statement which really doesn't mean anything.

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Hence why he has to say be like the children, for some reason adults are blinded by the most simple things. Your answer is the best example of why this quote came about.
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Children are innocent

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Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible never exhorts us to have "childlike" faith, nor does it tell us to believe as children believe. Often misunderstood is Matthew 18:2-4, in which Jesus says that we must "become as little children." But Jesus was not referring to faith here, but rather to humility. Whoever "humbles himself" as a little child is the "greatest in the kingdom of heaven," and unless we are converted to become like little children, we will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said these things in response to the disciples? question, "Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" (v. 1). There was no discussion of faith in this passage. Rather, He was exhorting us to seek the humility of a child who is destitute of ambition, pride, and haughtiness. Children are characteristically humble and teachable. Childlike faith, while perhaps a good place to start, must mature into faith that leads to certainty and a heart filled with joy that only comes from an assured confidence in the object of our faith-Jesus Christ. Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/childlike-faith.html#ixzz2R6VuQDDP

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Exactly Jesus made it pretty clear
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Hmmm...have you ever seen a child humble themselves? They're always right! Parents are stupid haha!
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child feels that the big one knows better and stays in humbleness before him.
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it could be so that people should not be so smart with God, but listening to JESUS truths as little children not doubting or questioning what He says and being with God means to be little and needing Him.. there could be many meanings because of who little is in Gods sight. When i was little in my age i didn't want to grow up, i realize that it is a priority to trust not only to myself and being happy and that i don't have to act as i am big but it is good to just put all parenting stuff to those who are my carriers..ou, i felt good that Jesus said that...

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It means you have to be a innocent child at heart.

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You must do everything you're told and not really understand it but live as if you believe it just because he says so, like a child who doesn't know a lot and just blindly believes what their parents do.

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When the disciples asked Jesus who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus called a little boy from the crowd and had him stand among them as an example. "I tell you the truth," Jesus said, "unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." (Matt 18:3-4)
"Whoever humbles himself like this child..."
What is childlike humility? It's not the lack of intelligence, but the lack of guile. The lack of an agenda. It's that precious, fleeting time before we have accumulated enough pride or position to care what other people might think. The same un-self-conscious honesty that enables a three-year-old to splash joyfully in a rain puddle, or tumble laughing in the grass with a puppy, or point out loudly that you have a booger hanging out of your nose, is what is required to enter heaven. It is the opposite of ignorance - it is intellectual honestly: to be willing to accept reality and to call things what they are even when it is hard.

Hope this helps! - ManOfKnowledge

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that you are humble and needy

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You must become submissive and humble as a child is to his father

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A small child does not know as much as an older person and is willing to learn.

So Jesus was saying that his disciples need to be humble, as small children are.

We can all learn many things from other people.

We should realize that the teachings of Jesus are more important than our own ideas.

Matthew 18:1-5

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You need to be willing to listen and learn with open mind and spirit. Only the meek will inherit the earth.

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