10 Questions Kids Ask About God
By Ken Horn
Jesus had a heart for children. On one occasion, when His
disciples tried to keep some children at a distance, Jesus commanded them, “Let
the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:16, NIV). Children have a special connection
with God’s kingdom, Jesus explained, because their untarnished faith makes them
particularly receptive to the truth of the gospel (Matthew 18:3).
We can learn much from children and the gravity,
implications and simplicity of their questions about God and faith. We invited
children to send their questions to the Pentecostal Evangel. The following
questions may be worded simply, but they force us to explore some of the most
profound truths. We’ve attempted to provide answers that can build your faith
and also be shared with your children.
Why did God make us?
God made human beings for three main reasons: to be His
friends, to give Him glory, and to take care of the earth.
God created the first man and woman in His image (Genesis
1:26,27). Because they were made like Him, they would be able to have a close
relationship with Him.
This image was passed down. God considers all the descendants
of Adam and Eve to also have been created in His image, even though they were
not created by a direct act of God as Adam and Eve had been (Genesis 9:6).
That means you and I still bear the image of God.
We, like Adam and Eve, are made to have a relationship with
God. God would visit the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve lived there (Genesis
3:8). God’s goal for all people is to be their Friend, through salvation in
Jesus Christ. As friends of God we can talk to Him every day. This is called
As friends of God, we can then give Him glory. That means we
honor Him as we praise Him and as we represent Him before others.
God called upon Adam and Eve initially to take care of the
Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15). He also gave them dominion over the earth and
its creatures (Genesis 1:26,28). That means we are to be caretakers of God’s
If God made everything and everybody, then who made God?
This question is easy to answer but very hard to understand.
Nobody made God. He has always existed. There was never a time before God or
without God. In fact, God’s existence isn’t connected to time at all.
The Bible points to God’s existence in its opening sentence:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God was
there at the beginning of all creation.
In Exodus 3:14, God reveals His name to Moses as “I AM WHO I
AM.” One way to understand that name is “I AM the One Who Always Is.” In other
words, God doesn’t have a beginning or an end.
God has life in himself (John 5:26). He never needed anyone
to give Him that life.
How come we can’t see God?
First Timothy 1:17 gives us the direct answer to this: “Now
to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for
ever and ever. Amen” (NIV).
God is invisible. But why is God invisible? Because “God is
spirit” (John 4:24) and “a spirit does not have flesh and bones” (Luke 24:39,
But Jesus, who is the Son of God and is God himself, did
take on a physical body that could be seen. “The Word became flesh and made his
dwelling among us. We have seen his glory …. No one has ever seen God, but God
the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known” (John
So why can’t we see Jesus today? After His resurrection He
returned to heaven and is with God the Father (1 Peter 3:22).
How big is God?
The Bible tells us that God is everywhere (Psalm 139:7-12).
He is limitless, infinite. That makes Him pretty big. But since He is spirit,
He does not have a large physical body. His size is spiritual.
Stuart Hamblen wrote a song titled “How Big Is God?” that
sums it up well: “How big is God? How big and wide His vast domain? To try to
tell, these lips can only start. He’s big enough to rule His mighty
Yet small enough to live within my heart.”
Does God like everybody?
The answer is yes. And even more than that, God loves
everybody. The best known verse in the Bible speaks of this: “For God so loved
the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall
not perish but have eternal life”
God even loves people who don’t love Him. “But God
demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ
died for us” (Romans 5:8). In fact, “God is love” (1 John 4:8); it is His very
Does God have a family?
Yes, He does. But not in the same way that you and I have a
First, the Trinity — God in three persons —
includes God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
But there is also the family of God, which is all the
followers of Jesus. How do you become part of that family? By receiving Jesus
as Lord and Savior. Then God adopts you (Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:4-7).
You’re still part of your earthly family, but now you are in a much larger
family too. That’s why we sometimes call other Christians “brother” and
It’s a wonderful thing to be in God’s family. These words
from a gospel song say it well: “I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God.”
Does God listen to my thoughts?
Yes, He does. God knows everything, and that includes your
thoughts. “The word of God … exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God” (Hebrews 4:12,13, NLT).
God doesn’t just look for the bad thoughts you are thinking.
What’s really important to Him is knowing if you love Him. Because God knows
your thoughts, you can talk to Him silently and He will hear every word of your
Will God help me play sports better?
You can count on God to help you with every good thing you
try to do. The Bible talks about how we should want to do what God wants us to
do. “What you ought to say is, ‘If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do
this or that’ ” (James 4:15). “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the
Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23, NKJV).
If you want God’s help with sports, be sure you are honoring
Him by how you play. Be sure you have a strong Christian testimony during every
game. That means you’re honest and fair, and that you’re as good a Christian on
the field as you are at church. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God”
(1 Corinthians 10:31).
But don’t ask God to help you win; He cares as much for the
people on the other team as He does for you. Ask Him to help you do your best.
What does God’s voice sound like?
We don’t know. Though God has spoken to believers out loud,
most of the time He speaks in a “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), an
impression on your spirit. Anything God says to you this way will always be in
agreement with what He has said in the Bible, which is His written Word.
When is God coming back to get me?
God is preparing a place for all His children (John 14:2,3).
He will come for each of us — either when we die or on the day He comes
for all His family, a day called the Rapture.
Death should not be a fearful thing for the believer. Second
Corinthians 5:8 tells us that if we leave our bodies at death, we are
immediately with God, and that is something we can look forward to.
The Rapture is the other possibility. This is when Jesus
returns to take His church out of this world. (See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17.)
But no one knows the day of his or her death and no one
knows when the Rapture will take place. “But of that day and hour no one knows,
not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36).
KEN HORN is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at
Editor’s note: We received many good questions beyond these
10. Let us know if you would like to see more answers to kids’ questions.
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