Questions Kids Asked đź¤”

We may not always have the best answers, but we should always take the questions kids ask seriously, and try our best to answer them fully.  Kids are deeper thinkers than we sometimes realize.  They may be contemplating issues of faith, trying to decide if there Bible is something they really believe, or are the other ideas, with which they are being bombarded, more appealing.  Following, is a list of questions asked by the fifth and sixth graders at West Sayville Christian School.

1) Is Abel the first person to go to Heaven? Abel would have been the first person in, what became known as, Paradise. But he would not go to Heaven, in the presence of God, until the death of Christ.

2) Is Cain in heaven or hell? There is not enough known about Cain to be able to say with any certainty. This is because the real question is whether or not Cain repented for his rebellion against God, and the murder of his brother.

3) Are their pets in heaven? Theologically, there is more reason to say No, than to say Yes. However, God loves His creation, and certainly has the right to do so. There is no scripture to indicate that He will, cannot, or will not.

4) Do animals have souls? Man was formed by God from the dirt, and animals were commanded into existence from the dirt. God breathed life into the man, and he became a living being, a living soul. Animals were commanded to life. Man’s soul directly resulted from the breath of God, animals do not have the breath of God, and therefore, do not have, what we understand to be, a soul.

5) Were there dinosaurs on the ark? Dinosaurs walked with Man. Therefore, the question is, When. Did Man and dinosaur exist together, before the Flood only, or did they exist together both before and after the Flood? Since Man would likely have been a major predator of dinosaurs, they could’ve been rendered extinct before the Flood. Also, the dinosaurs could have died off by some other means before the Flood. If that was the case, the dinosaurs would not have been on the Ark. However, it is just as reasonable to believe that the dinosaurs, that were still alive before the Flood, had appropriate representation on the Ark. There is still very little that is actually known about dinosaurs, given all the great claims made about them. If they were reptilian or bird, they could have been on the ark in the form of eggs, if mammal, then in the stage of infancy. Either way, if they existed at the time of the Flood, those that lived on land/breathed air, were represented on the Ark.

6) Was the holocaust punishment to the Jews because they didn’t recognize Jesus as Messiah? No. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God (John 3:17–18). If God were to punish people in this life for unbelief, He would not have stopped with the Jewish holocaust. No,this is not God’s character, nor is that what OT prophecy tells us. We learn from the prophets that God loves Israel, will make her His bride, white as snow. These are not intentions of judgement and punishment, but of love, mercy, and patience. Judgement for Man’s rebellion against God will come at the end of time, the last day, the day of the Lord. The rejection of Jesus is sin, sin that will result in eternal damnation.

7) Why is Jesus building us mansions, will we need places to live in Heaven? “Mansions” is a poor and unfortunate translation, the word presents the wrong image. The text in the Greek actually says, “In my Fathers house, there are many dwelling places….” A better translation would read, “In my Father’s house there are many Rooms….” This puts us all in God’s house, not in separate houses. We will have physical bodies in heaven, and wiĹ‚l occupy physical space. Furthermore, I believe that having a room in the house of God will be a good place to keep our things.

8) Will we eat in heaven? Yes, see Matthew 26:29, Revelation 19:6–9, and Luke 24:36–43. However, not for survival.

9) Did humans marry angels (in the Old Testament) which is why there were giants (like Goliath, Nephilim)? Not angels, but demonic creatures or demon-possessed humans. Goliath is a different case all together. Goliath is a post-Flood human, whereas the account of Nephilim is pre-Flood, which means that the Nephilim and Goliath are of different blood-lines. Goliath was a descendant of Noah, whereas Nephilim, along with any descendants, would have been destroyed in the Flood.

10) Will we get all our questions answered in Heaven? Yes, but likely not all at once. I believe we will learn as we go. See Ephesians 2:6-7, 1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV): For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

11) Should male Christians be considered as a bride of Christ? The short answer is, No. No individual should be considered to be a bride of Christ. Christ does not, and will never have, multiple brides. He has, and will always, and only, have one Bride. The Church is the Bride of Christ. Human marriage, as God designed it, is a picture of the relationship between Christ and His Church. Christ and His relationship with the Church is the Form, and we (the biblical human marriage) are this image of the Form. This picture of Christ and the Church is also represented by the image of a body, the Church is the Body of Christ, whether male or female, Christian believers are members of the Body of Christ, as well as the Bride of Christ.

11/16/18


 
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