“The Bible is…”—What our kids need to know

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Here is a very helpful article from Jon Bloom: “Be Ready to Answer Your Kids’ Questions About the Bible.” Here is how he begins:

Kids are thinkers. They ask good and sometimes hard questions. My kids have asked me some of the hardest theological questions between ages 5 and 8. They’ve queried me on comparative religion, death, eternity, heaven, hell, Jesus and the cross, and what about all those people who have never had a chance to hear the gospel? Interestingly, these questions tend to come at bedtime. But frankly, I don’t care if they are at times bedtime-stalling techniques; such questions are always worth staying awake to talk about.

One of my children repeatedly pressed me with questions like, “How do you know that Christianity is the right belief?” That naturally led us to talking about the Bible. Who wrote it? How is it God’s word if men wrote it? What makes it different from other religions’ holy books? How do we know it doesn’t have mistakes in it? What does it not tell us?

Jon then goes on to answer the following questions about the Bible in a child-friendly manner:

How Do We Know the Bible is Reliable?
Who Decided What Should Be in the Bible (Authority)?
How Do We Know the Bible Has No Errors in It (Inerrancy)?
Who Can Understand the Bible (Clarity)?
Why Do We Need the Bible to Know God (Necessity)?
Does the Bible Tell Us Everything We Need to Know (Sufficiency)?

Read the whole article here and pass it on to other parents as well.

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Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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