How would you answer tough questions kids ask about God? Sometimes in children’s ministry, kids ask hard questions. So today I’d like to tackle three tough questions kids ask about God. Hopefully these will help guide you the next time a child asks a stumper.
Three Tough Questions Kids Ask About God
1. Why does God let people die?
Preschoolers are learning to deal with separation—Mommy comes back when she leaves me—and may not understand the permanency of physical death. They do understand sadness and someone going away. Explain that God is sad when we’re sad and that people who know Jesus go to heaven to be with God.
Following a death, elementary-age children may be scared they will die, too. Reassure your child that although death on earth means the person is absent from us, he’s present with God. It’s hard when we can’t be with someone we love, but one day we’ll be together in heaven. It’s okay to be sad or even angry at God.
Preteens can understand that God never wanted death. Death is a result of sin and, since we’re all sinners, God sent Jesus so we can have eternal life. People who know Christ go to heaven. Although we’re sad when someone we love dies, we have to trust God. It’s hard to understand that our time on earth is insignificant compared with our eternal life in a perfect place forever.