Tuesday, June 21

Ask your kids questions

This morning one of our children made a theological statement, obviously overheard and repeated, that caused me to stop and pause and think, "hmmm...wonder where he heard that?" When our kids pipe up with something that I know they didn't hear in our home (!) or ask a question that makes every nerve in my body stand on end ~ I do everything within my power not to freak out. I want our home to be the safe place for questions and answers and so, there aren't any topics which are off limits here.

We were in the van on our way to the library this morning when said child stated such and such, the statement not so much the issue as the question behind it ~ of whether or not there is an absolute truth or whether we can meld our beliefs with the Bible, though they be contrary to one another.

I like to have my kids think out things for themselves and so I ask them a lot of questions, because I know they will be asked tougher questions than the ones I ask them, and I want them ready to give an answer whenever they're asked and by whomever is curious or challenging them.

Here are some of the questions I asked them:

1.) Is there absolute truth? Absolute truth being defined as something is unarguably, undeniably true, for sure and certain.

2.) Is there danger in believing in personal truth?

3.) Is it wise to look to our minds/human reason/intelligence to determine whether the Bible is true?

4.)Why do we look to the Bible to determine how we view and understand the world?

5.) Why is the way we treat people who don't believe in absolute truth so very important?

I'd love to hear your answers, if you've a moment to share in the comments. Our younger kids were tossing me more and more questions left and right as we discussed this and our older two, especially were great at thinking things through. I'll share some of the answers we came up with next.


Marsha said...

A scholar in my own faith tradition has borrowed a phrase from an indigenous people that encapsulates nicely for me my answers to each of these questions: "Things may not have happened this way, but I know that this story is true."

That's a catchy way of explaining what we believe are God's three gifts to us - scripture, reason, and tradition - as well as what I believe is sound with regards to Biblical truths.

This is a fascinating topic and I thank you for sharing these questions here. I'm very much looking forward to learning from the responses you receive.

Homeschool on the Croft said...

Scripture, reason and tradition..... but only Scripture is God's Word. Our reason, like all our faculties, is sinful; and any tradition - unless 100% backed up by Scripture - is man-made.
'The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, is the *only* rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him (God)' Shorter Catechism (emphasis mine)...

Isn't having the opportunity to discuss and debate *everything* with our children such a blessing?!

Anonymous said...

Asking my kids questions is something that I am learning to do, and they are learning to respond. When I started down this road of parenting, I had a very different view of my children, and children in general. They should not question, that would be disrespectful! Oh, what a sad mistake that attitude was. I shorted us from relationship that was enjoyable and participatory. As our family grew, we began down the road of home education, and ultimately came back to Jesus, my eyes have been opened to the importance of being able to know that you know something is truth. Most often you have to sort through questions and answers to have that assurance, and I want my children utilize that skill. To quote the Moore's Successful Homeschool Family Handbook, "...you must help them be thinkers, not mere reflectors of others' thoughts."

Unknown said...

Great questions to ask!!!