How to answer hard questions that children ask about God?
We are in the information age where smartphones are attached to our body and any answer to our question is just a tap away. Do we want our children to ask google these questions or do we want them to hear from us and the Bible what God has to say about these questions? You can’t anticipate every question they have and if your kids are like mine they will think of thirty more beyond what I can. But we can start the conversations and give our children tools to help them investigate, when we aren’t around. Here are some commonly asked questions from kids, my guess is you may have some of these questions as well. What a great thing to investigate together.
Why does God allow suffering, pain and death?
Why should God send someone to burn forever? Isn’t that too harsh?
How do we know the Bible is true?
What about someone who never heard the name of Jesus? Will they be sent to hell?
Why did God allow evil to become part of our lives here on earth?
Why would God allow an innocent, young child to get cancer when there are drug addicts, murderers and other criminals who don’t get cancer?
Wow, tough questions. Well, you don’t have to work these out on your own. You have the best resource in your heart, the Holy Spirit. He will give you the words when you need them. Here are some additional resources to help you prepare answers as you work through these hard questions with your children.
Blessings as you talk with your children this week.
Michelle Gerlachm family life coordinator