Do you struggle with your kids’ Bible questions? Answers to tough questions about the Bible are out there. But how do we respond to children?
Yet, as parents, tough questions about the Bible can be frustrating. Usually our children want to know the meaning of the universe right as we are prepping dinner, waiting on hold for the doctor’s office, and trying to mop a gallon of apple juice off the floor.
It’s so important for us to remember that our kids are asking question because the world, the way it works, and the God who created it are all new to them. Children are often honestly really interested in finding the answers to their questions, and they care a lot about our response.
When we’re talking about God, his Word, and Jesus’ expectations of his followers, the answers we give to our children’s questions about the Bible are important. Often, our answers become the basis of their theology—their understanding about who God is and how we serve him.
Kids’ Bible Questions | Answers to Tough Questions about the Bible
Sometimes, the Bible doesn’t tell us the answer to kids’ Bible questions.
I remember one day when my boys were arguing–a lot–while brushing their teeth.
They were six and seven, so I naturally assumed they were upset because someone crossed his eyes or squeezed the toothpaste tube too hard. They came bursting out of the bathroom with foaming toothbrushes in hand, insisting I solve a debate for them.
My boys wanted to know if God the Father or God the Son was in the burning bush when God spoke to Moses.
Our pastor had been talking about Christophanies and Theophanies in Scripture—the Old Testament appearance of Jesus or God—and the boys picked up enough of that to apply it to a story they knew really well—Moses and the burning bush. I told them we really don’t know. The Bible doesn’t tell us.
Later, I spent time researching what I’d told them to be sure my answer was correct.
Many times, the questions my kids ask aren’t things I know the answer to.
There may be a clear biblical or theological answer that we may not be poised to give right away. It’s OK to tell our kids we need to do some research and get back to them. When we do that, we communicate that we don’t know everything, and that the Bible is important and worth investigating.
Kids’ Bible Questions and Answers
As parents, we can tailor our answers to the way God has blessed our individual children.
Kids are usually gifted by God to be either analytical or global thinkers.
That means, they either really care about how a detail or story fits into the main, overarching themes of the Bible—or, they care a lot about details of the story, such as geography, the way the temple was structured, or the type of armor a soldier was wearing.
We have a wonderful opportunity to give our children answers that will help them better understand God’s Word–and will challenge them to consider new concepts.
- We can help our global thinkers really identify where a story fits into God’s narrative of salvation, who he is, who we are and our need for a Savior, and Jesus’ commands for his followers. We can also help our global thinkers see the finer points of a particular story.
- On the other hand, we may be able to help our analytic thinkers understand how each story fits into God’s great narrative of salvation.
When we take the time to really answer our children’s questions—even when we are unsure of the answer—we honor God by becoming approved workers presenting ourselves to God, with no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15, ESV
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