Is Your Child Skeptical about the Bible?

As a Sunday school teacher, I often see when children grow up in churches knowing all the rules and how to behave correctly in the church in front of people’s eyes.

But do they know God?

This is the hot point of discussion. Don’t we need to teach kids the rules? Yes, we do. 

Moreover, the Bible says the law is the tutor to Christ. When kids are small and they are overwhelmed with all kind of emotions and desires. It is so difficult to control them in a small age.

So we teach them the commandments and rules. And they learn it, but there are always kids who take very word skeptical.

First of all, remember that it is not in our power to save a child. God has given a commandment to lead and to teach children every time when it is possible. 

Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

However, the main part of the job we have to trust in God’s hands. Yes, I know it is hard.

Through the word of God, the Holy Spirit has access to those rebellious hearts.

What can you do?

1) Equip yourself with answers

There are lots of resources to help you! While you are not supposed to know everything, it is better if you could be prepared to answer some of the questions children typically ask. Moreover, there is a great possibility to turn skeptical mindset into curiosity when you propose to find the answers together. You can say something like “Let’s read this book and find out how science can prove what the Bible says”. This model works for Sunday School teachers as well especially with kids in primary school.

For me, it is even hard to name and order all the books you can find on the topic. I wouldn’t say that you will love every on the list as it depends on personal reading preferences, but you can choose some for sure.

For Parents:

This is classic by a leading Christian apologist from New Zealand that answers the questions about Christianity and provides a strong argument and basis for belief. Here are just some of the questions that you will find answers.

  • Does God exist?
  • If there is a God, why is there evil?
  • Is atheism rational?
  • Is the Bible the word of God?
  • What about other religions, including Islam and the New Age.

The book is very easy to read with full-color cartoon-style illustrations.This is an ideal read for a skeptical friend, family member, or co-worker.

Here you can have a look at the first chapter and check it for yourself 🙂

If you are not against reading something more in scientific language, this book is for you.

Within these pages you will find responses to the questions of faith, helping to build a confidence in God’s Word and inspiring your daily walk in His grace and peace. These powerful biblical insights are soundly presented by more than a dozen respected defenders of the faith, including Ken Ham, John MacArthur, Terry Mortenson, Jason Lisle, Brian Edwards, Tommy Mitchell, Jobe Martin, Georgia Purdom, Bodie Hodge, and Roger Patterson

This powerful book (illustrated in full color) exposes the fatal flaws of evolutionary thinking. Like no other work that we are aware of, it is authored by nine Ph.D. scientists to produce a coordinated, coherent, powerful argument.

All of the authors received their doctorates from similar secular universities as their evolutionist counterparts. Each is a specialist in a field relevant to the subject written about: Natural selection, the origin of life, geology, genetics, radiometric dating, the fossil record, cosmology, and ethics.

“No real scientist believes in biblical creation?” The 30 Ph.D. scientists interviewed in this book disagree!

See why specialists in astronomy, biology, chemistry, genetics, geology, and physics affirm that science supports a straightforward reading of Genesis, and why they believe that evolution contradicts both science and Scripture. They stand in the long tradition of the biblical creationist founders of most branches of modern science, which historically and logically grew from a Christian world view.

Some other materials

2) Pray

There is no better tool in your toolbox than prayer. It will give you the understanding a perfect time to say something in love, or share the knowledge that you gained through the life. 

Prayer is also important because you do not know what God knows. You do not know the heart and inner thoughts of your child. You may be guessing the reasons for the struggle but God knows for sure. Especially if we are talking about teenagers, often times they do not know what is wrong with them and how to express their feelings. Educating your teenager is not the best idea but God  will give you wisdom and guidance what to say and how to say.

Maybe God will bring another person to your child to be a mentor. You never know how God can turn the situation. 

That’s why prayer is the best way what you can do to support a child. It makes you responsive for the Holy Spirit and His work in your heart. 

3) Build relationships

The main problem that building a relationship is that you should start early as soon as your child is born. Do not wait until your child will grow and you will be able to communicate better. But when they grown up without you by their side at every stage of their development they lack this connection with you. And I know this from my experience, when I was all by my own as a small child dealing with my meaningless small problems.I grew up without any necessity of having any connection with my parents. I got used to solve all my problems with the help of my friends, church and God but without my parents. 

Even knowing this situation it’s hard for me to be open with my parents. Moreover, they don’t know how to handle my stress. When I share something with them they don’t know what to do with this knowledge because they didn’t develop right reactions while I was growing. So when your child is growing, you learn how to let go with their problems and sometimes you learn how to control your emotions for your child to be able to handle the situation. It’s also a very important skill because when a child is small you take care of every situation but as your children grow you learn how to let them go. When you skip some period of development of your child, you skip the few of your own development as a parent.

Because when your adult child come to you with some problem, you don’t know how to give them good advice because you are overwhelmed with the fact that your child has problems because you have never had the situation when your child is coming to you for advice. You were not growing with your child along the way. 

Especially, if you want your children to follow Jesus you have to build a relationship because based on your relationship they will make a decision and learn how to build a relationship with the church and how to treat people. Your role model is the most crucial factor for them to choose Christ or not to choose Christ.

 

The final thought: if your child is sceptical about Christ and about the Bible do not lose hope but in faith trust the Lord that He is in His own time will do His work. 

Do not be lazy or too busy for your children! 

The final thought: if your child is sceptical about Christ and about the Bible do not lose hope but in faith trust the Lord that He is in His own time will do His work. 

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