What do YOU do when your child asks questions about God and religion? How do you answer when they say, “But Mom, I can’t see God. So how do I know He is real”
Kids are full of questions and some of them are easier than others to answer. But if you want to raise your kids in the faith, you have to be prepared to answer their questions, even if your answer is very simple.
A few nights ago Junior, my five year old son, and Julia, my four year old daughter, were talking about God and Jesus and how they relate to one another.
This is not an easy thing to grasp!
“God is Jesus and Jesus is God, right, Mom?,” Junior said.
“Mom, Junior said that Jesus isn’t God. But He is,” Julia said.
I could tell that somehow in their young minds God should be God and Jesus should be Jesus, but Jesus can’t be God because then who is God?
Teaching theology to little people
Explaining the trinity to adults is no small feat. Part of it has to do with trying to figure out what something we have never seen looks like. How can you have three people in one God-head without having a scary, three headed monster? Seriously.
But their question is very valid, and after the conversation went on for a few nights, I could tell the question was very much on her mind. Is Jesus God? Is God Jesus? She wanted to know, and I needed an answer, soon.
We were out by our apple tree when I remembered a book we read years ago at Christmas, the Legend of the Christmas Tree, and I used the description of the trinity in there as my starting point. I asked Julia, “Do you see the trunk of the tree here? Is it part of the tree?”
“What about this branch. Is it part of the tree?”
“That’s right, the branch is also part of the tree. It is different from the trunk, but it is still part of the tree”
“Do you see this root? Is it part of the tree?”
“Yes, of course!”
“Right. The root is different from the trunk, and it is different from the branch, but they are all part of the tree. God is like that. We have God the Father, who created the world. We have God the Son, who came to earth and died for us so we can be forgiven and live with God in heaven forever. And we have God the Holy Spirit who is still with us even now, working in the world and in our lives. So God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are all God, just like the trunk and branches and roots are all part of the tree. Does that make sense?”
And she bounded off to play. Sometimes, simple is best.