I believe we use what I would call “observation vectors” to inform our belief.
For example some of us understand what it’s like being a parent and we can relate our understanding of being a parent to how God might relate to us. So our experience and understanding can be used as a vector pointing towards possible truth beyond our observable experience.
So “Faith like a child”: To me that now means I should never stop asking “why, why, why why…”. I’ll take that example from my children and pass it up the chain to God, even to the discomfort to those around me, (sorry family but we gotta keep it real) .
Also, from my experience as a parent, I know that telling my children to do or not do something should be followed with a clear and open ended explanation that then allows the child to probe deeper with the questions of “why?” My moments of bad parenting, which are many, are when I say “Because I told you so!” or simply force them into obedience without offering any explanation. These moments of weakness are when I don’t have patience or I don’t make the choice to be present enough to answer the little questions of the very inquisitive & curious minds. (Just reading what I just wrote makes me pity my children, I gotta work on this).
So, I personally find the literal leaning theologies to be more of the “Because I told you so!” variety, theologies that are not open ended, not ever evolving, not really open for discussion. They are the ones that have it figured out, they have it boxed up and would like you to now memorize it. Not really my cup of tea…but does that make it “the absolute truth” or simply “my relative truth”?