Posts Tagged "Immutability"
When I started the “Questions Kids Ask” series a couple of weeks ago with the question, Who made God?, I didn’t realize how popular that post would become. Indeed, in less than two weeks, it has become the most popular post ever on my blog. It has also sparked some interesting discussion including one commenter who asked, “So what made him up and decide to create the planets and life?” I don’t know how old this person is, but the question seems like a logical follow-up question in the “Questions Kids Ask” series, so I thought I would deal with it in a separate post. In short, I suppose the question is:
Why Did God Make Us?
This question has been asked over and over throughout history. In fact, King David asked essentially the same question in Psalm 8:
“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” [Psalms 8:3-4]
The fact of the matter is that the Bible does not give us explicit details about why God chose to make us as opposed to not making us. Genesis 1:1 clearly tells us that God created the world, and Genesis 1:27 tells us that he created man (and woman) in his own image. Beyond that, it does not talk much about the why of creation. Accordingly, this question rightly falls under the umbrella of the “secret things” discussed in Deuteronomy 29:29:
“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” [Deuteronomy 29:29]
Fortunately, the Bible does give some insight even if it doesn’t come right out and directly answer the question. Let’s start with some of the mistaken theories that are often offered for why God created us. Let’s look at some of those notions and see why they are not true.Read More
One thing I have learned, both as a Dad and as a volunteer in Children’s Ministry, is that kids ask some of the deepest and most profound theological questions. In the answers, they are not looking for a demonstration of your profound knowledge but a clear, concise and satisfying response to their inquiry. The purpose of this series of blog posts titled “Questions Kids Ask” is to answer some of the questions I have received both from my own kids and from the kids I work with at church. Although I always try to answer every question in as scripturally grounded a manner as possible, I do not always have the appropriate verse ready at my fingertips. One of the things I hope to accomplish with these posts is to ensure that the answer I did give is scripturally sound by inserting verse references where appropriate.
I decided to start this series with a question kids, and most adults, usually ask at some point either in investigating Christianity or in their walk with God. I know it was one of the questions I had when I was investigating Christianity. That question is:
Who Made God?
This question was posed to me recently by a fifteen year old boy struggling with his faith. He lives in a Christian home and has been exposed to Christian thinking for years. This is the one thing that he is really still struggling with. The way he posed the question was, “if everything is created, who created God?”Read More
“The Blog Patrol” enters its second month of existence with this week’s post. I hope that everyone is finding it a useful summary of relevant blog articles. The response I’m getting is overwhelmingly positive, so I plan to continue “The Blog Patrol” indefinitely. There were two big conferences on Children’s Ministry this past week (Orange and Children Desiring God), which may explain the heavy Children’s Ministry content this week.
Wednesday (April 29, 2009)
- Terry Delaney provides insight into how to get your children to pray – both your own children and children you interact with in ministry.
- This article from Geoff Ashley looks at God’s love under the light of sovereign election.
- From Stuff Christians Like, this article looks at the age old question of why God allows suffering and what our response to it should be.
- This article looks at Dennis Gundersen’s booklet “Your Child’s Profession of Faith” which deals with the issue of knowing whether or not your children are truly saved.