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.