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More Questions Kids Ask About God

By Ken Horn
June 20, 2010

Kids have lots of questions. So we didn’t come close to exhausting them in our first article of this nature, “10 Questions Kids Ask About God” (Aug. 30, 2009).

The simple, sincere — and important — questions children ask can teach us much about God and life. Again, we’ve attempted to provide answers that can build your faith and also be shared with your children.


1. How do I know God is real since I can’t see Him?

Molly, 9

Faith is probably the most important way to know that God is real. Hebrews 11:1 describes it: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (NIV).

That means that though we don’t see God, we can know He exists. When you confess your sins and ask Jesus into your heart, you begin a personal relationship with God. The Holy Spirit helps you to know that you are part of God’s family: “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16).

An old gospel song expressed it this way: “If God is dead, who’s this living in my heart?” You can know that God is with you.

Another proof that God is real is this wonderful world and universe around us — God’s creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1).

If you have a favorite toy or other possession, you know that someone made it. It’s the same for this wonderful universe of ours. It is so complex it couldn’t have just happened without anyone making it. It had to have a Creator.

The Bible says that to know God exists, you just have to look around; nature is proof of God’s existence. “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

You can look at a beautiful butterfly or majestic mountain and know there is a God.


2. How could Jesus be both the Lamb of God and our Shepherd too? How could a lamb be a shepherd?

Richard, 8

It does seem confusing when you put those images together.

When referring to Jesus, both “Lamb” and “Shepherd” are word pictures that help us to understand more about Him. There are many such terms used for Jesus in the Scriptures, and most of them have to be taken alone; they don’t work together.

For example, Jesus said He is “the bread of life” (John 6:48) and “the light of the world” (John 9:5). These are separate ways of explaining different truths about Jesus. As bread, He is spiritual nourishment that brings eternal life (John 6:51); as light, Jesus shines truth in places of spiritual darkness.

The Bible explains that Jesus is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He has taken the place of the Passover lamb that was sacrificed for sin in the Old Testament, and whose blood was a sign of deliverance for Israel. Jesus’ death on the cross provides forgiveness for sin and deliverance from the power of evil. He sacrificed himself and also rose from the grave.

As the Shepherd, Jesus cares for His “sheep” (John 10:11), which represent Christians. “Shepherd” is another word picture to show you how much Jesus loves you and cares for you.


3. I love Jesus, so why do I have to die?

David

God never planned for anyone to die. But when Adam and Eve sinned, death became the penalty for sin. Because Adam and Eve were the parents of all people on earth, death came upon everyone (Romans 5:12). But those who love Jesus, though they will die physically someday, you will still have eternal life (John 11:25,26). And one day, Jesus will put an end to death (1 Corinthians 15:26). It is always sad when people die. But someday, everyone who follows Jesus will be together again.


4. How do you know when God has said “no” to a prayer request?

Abby, 11

God always wants what is best for us. So we should start by praying the way God wants us to. The Bible says we can have confidence that God hears us when we ask according to His will (1 John 5:14). God doesn’t want us to pray for things that are selfish or not good for us. That’s why a lot of prayers are not answered (James 4:3).

God delights in saying “yes” to a prayer. But sometimes He says “no.” And at others times He says “not yet.” So even if you’ve been praying for a long time, it doesn’t mean that the answer is “no.”

The best thing to do is make sure you are praying in a way that pleases God and listen for His voice in your spirit. If you are sincere about wanting what God wants, He will send you the right answer at the right time.


5. Why can’t I see angels?

Scarlett, 3

Angels were created by God, just like human beings. But you can see humans; you can’t see angels — at least most of the time. (The Bible says angels have appeared to some people.)

The Bible says angels watch over children (Matthew 18:10) and minister to Christians (Hebrews 1:14).

But you can’t see them because they are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14), which means they are invisible. Jesus said in John 3 that we can’t see some things even though they are real, like the wind.


KEN HORN is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel.

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