KID'S QUESTION ARCHIVES

 
Historic Christianity asserts that God has spoken to humanity throughout history, initially through the prophets and ultimately through the incarnation of the Word made flesh, Jesus of Nazareth. (Hebrews 1:1-2). For this reason, we have great confidence in the power of scripture to speak authoritatively about life's most important questions. Over the past several years, as I have been collecting questions from elementary students,  the explanatory power of the Bible to "teach, correct, rebuke, train, and equip" (2 Timothy 3:16-17) has continually amazed me.
 
The table below presents student questions along with scriptural passages that we have applied in seeking to determine biblical responses to those questions. In some instances I have edited the questions for clarity or rephrased them to incorporate several related questions, however they represent the thoughts and concerns of students on a wide spectrum of issues.
 
Occasionally a question is built on false assumptions requiring clarification (e.g. "Why did God make sin?") In those cases, it is often preferable to look to scripture and allow ourselves and our kids to see our error in contrast with the truth of God's Word.
 
The passages I have supplied for the questions below are not exhaustive and are meant to spark thought and conversation. For this reason I have not supplied "answers" to the questions, but hope these will be used as a jumping off point to encourage thoughtful, scripture-based conversations as your family learns from the One in whom "we live and move and have our being".
 

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CREATION

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  • Why did God make day and night? Genesis 1:3-5, John 3:19-21, John 1:9-12, 1 John 1:5, John 12:35-36, Revelation 21:22-27, Matthew 8:12
  • Why did God make us so we needed to eat and sleep?  Deuteronomy 8:3, Psalm 121:1-5, Ecclesiastes 3:1, James 1:17,  Psalm 78:15-19, Psalm 107:9, Hebrews 4:9-11, Exodus 33:14,  Matthew 11:28
  • Why did God make the Earth? Isaiah 6:3, Acts 17:26
  • How did God make the Earth? Genesis 1, John 1:1-5, Hebrews 1:1-3, 11:1-3, Colossians 1:13-17
  • How did God make everything? Genesis 1:3, 1:6. 1:9, 1:11, 1:14, 1:20, 1:24, John 1;1-2,  Hebrews 1:2-3,
  • Why were planets and stars made? Psalm 8, Psalm 19:1-4, Romans 1:20, Genesis 1:14-18
  • Why did God make it so that we need to eat and drink? Acts 17:28, James 1:17, Luke 12:24-34, Deuteronomy 8:3, Psalm 127:2, Jeremiah 31:26,
    John 11:12-13
  • Why did God make us now? Ephesians 2:10
  • Did God create atoms? John 1:1-3
  • Why did God make bad stuff (i.e. poison ivy)?  Genesis 1:11-12, Genesis 3:17

NOAH'S FLOOD

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  • Why did God make a flood? Genesis 6:5, 6:11-12, 8:21 
  • How many animals on the ark? Genesis 6:7,17,19-20, 7:2-3
  • How did God make all the animals get in the ark? Genesis 6:19-20
  • Were sea animals killed in the flood? Genesis 6:14-20

 GOD

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  • Why can’t we see God? John 4:24, 1 Timothy 6:15b-16, Exodus 33:17-23, Isaiah 6:2
  • How is God alive but never born? Colossians 1:15-17, John 1:1-3, Isaiah 44:8, Hebrews 9:14, John 17:24,
  • Is God big or small? Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:15-17
  • How did God become God? Did God make himself or was he made by somebody? Isaiah 43:10, Isaiah 45:18, John 1:1-3
  • Why does god tell people to do things if he know what will happen? Genesis 1:28, Ezekiel 3:16-19, Isaiah 6:8, Acts 9:15
  • How was God there to make the Earth? Malachi 3:6, John 1:1, Colossians 1:15-17, Isaiah 43:10, Romans 1:20
  • Does God laugh? Job 8:20-21, Genesis 21:6, Zephaniah 3:17, Luke 6:21, Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 59:8
  • Why does God give us what we do not deserve? Romans 5:8, John 3:!6, Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 48:9, Psalm 78:38, Psalm 103:8, Romans 3:25-26, Ephesians 2:3-5
  • How can you know that God is real? Matthew 11:29, Psalm 19, Romans 1:20, John 20:30-31, 1 Corinthians 10:11, Deuteronomy 18:21-22, Revelation 3:20, Psalm 46:10, Isaiah 40:30-31,  1 Corinthians 15:3-7, 17-20, Hebrews 1:1
  • How old is God? Deuteronomy 33:26-27, Isaiah 40:28
  • How did God get the powers he has? Hebrews 1:3, Isaiah 40:10
  • Why is God violent sometimes? Nahum 1:2-3, Romans 1:18, Psalms 5:4-6, Luke 13:3, 2 Peter 3:9, Romans 10:9
  • What if God just wanted thinking time and didn’t want to deal with people on a specific day? Hebrews 13:5-8, Psalm 121
  • Why didn’t God destroy everyone in the flood and start over again with new people? Genesis 3:14-15, John 3:16, Job 42:2, Exodus 34:6
  • How can God be in two places at once? John 1:1-2
  • How does God hear us? Matt. 10:29-31, John 9:31, 1 John 5:14, Rom. 10:13
  • How does God make miracles? Genesis 1:1, Matt. 8:26-27, Psalm 78:23-24, Matt. 19:26, Dan. 4:34-35
  • Why did God go to the cross rather than just getting rid of our sin? Romans 6:23, Romans 3:25-26
  • Why is God such a special person? Psalm 102:12 , Hebrews 13:8, Exodus 34:6-7, 1 Samuel 2:2, Revelation 4:8, Jeremiah 23:23-24 , Acts 17:27-28, Malachi 3:6, 1 Peter 1:17, Romans 8:35,39 , Jeremiah 32:17, 1 Kings 8:27, Psalm 90:1-2 , 1 John 3:20 , Psalm 19:7-9 , John 5:26, Isaiah 55:8-9
  • How come we can’t hear God? Psalm 19:1-4,  Hebrews 1:1-2, Matthew 24:35, Romans 1:20
  • What does God look like? John 1:18, John 4:24, John 14:7,
    1 Timothy 6:13-16
  • Who made God? Isaiah 43:10, John 1:1-3
  • Why doesn’t God save everyone? Ezekiel 18:23, 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, John 1:9-13
  • Since Jesus was about 33 when he died, how old was God when he died? Psalm 90:2, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 2:9, John 1:1
  • How was the Trinity Made? Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8, John 1:1, Hebrews 1:2-3, Colossians 1:15-17, Isaiah 43:10, Genesis 1:1-2, Romans 1:20

HUMANITY

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  • Why did God make us humans (not animals)? Genesis 1:26-29, Psalm 8:3-8, Exodus 19:5, Deuteronomy 7:6, Psalm 83:3, 1 Peter 2:9
  • Was Adam created knowing how to speak? Genesis 2:19-20, 23
  • Why did God make us human (not animals)? Genesis 1:26-30
  • Why did God make people Good and Bad? Genesis 1:26-30. Genesis 1:26-27, 31, Genesis 2:15-17, Genesis 3:11, James 1:13-14, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, John 1:12-13, Jeremiah 29:13, 
  • Why did God make humans the way they are? Genesis 1:26, Romans 8:23, John 1:12, 1 John 3:1, Psalm 8, Revelation 21:3, 2 Samuel 7:23, Revelation 5:9, Romans 9:20-26
  • Why did God give us a brain/[mind]? Genesis 1:26, Isaiah 1:18, Romans 12:2, Deuteronomy 6:5, Psalm 8:3, Romans 8:5-6

RESURRECTION

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  • How can God raise people from the dead? Genesis 2:7, John 11:25-26, John 5:21, Luke 7:11-17,  Acts 20:7,24, Acts 2:28, John 10:18

 JESUS

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  • Why did Jesus have to die for us if God could just stop it himself? Hebrews 9:22, Romans 6:23, Hebrews 2:9, Deuteronomy 32:4, Exodus 34:6-8, Deuteronomy 30:19
  • How was Jesus with God, but also born as a human? Philippians 2:3-8, John 1:1,14
  • How powerful is Jesus? John 1:1-4, Hebrews 1:2-3a, Colossians 1:15-17, Philippians 2:9-11
  • What did Jesus look like before the incarnation? Was he a baby or full-grown? John 1:1-2, Philippians 2:5-8
  • Why did Jesus have to die on a cross? Hebrews 9:22, Romans 3:21-26, Isaiah 53:5, Galatians 3:13,  Galatians 4:4
  • Why don't people like Jesus? Genesis 3:14-15, John 8:42,44, John 3:19-20, Luke 20:19, 1 John 3:1-2,  1 John 3: 9-10, 12-15
  • Why didn’t Jesus have a brother? Matthew 12:46, Matthew 13:55-56
  • Why did Jesus do miracles? John 20:30-31, John 10:25-26,  John 10:37-38, Luke 7:20-23
  • Will Jesus have hole in his hands & feet? John 20:19-29
  • When is Jesus coming Back? 1 Cor. 15:35-42
  • Why does Jesus not heal all the blind people? Luke 11:17-20, 1 Cor. 15:56, John 19:30
  • Why didn’t Jesus open up to the guys on the road to Emmaus? Mark 16:12-13, Luke 24:13-35,  John 21:3-14
  • What language did Jesus speak? John 19:20, John 20:16, Luke 4:16-19
  • Will we see Jesus when he returns? 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
  • Why did Jesus have to die on a cross? Romans 6:23, John 3:16-17
  • Why didn’t Jesus ever marry? John 3:17, Matthew 20:28, Luke 4:43, 1 Cor. 7:32-33, Revelation 5:25-33, Revelation 19:6-9
  • Why couldn’t Jesus come as a grown man? Hebrews 4:15, Genesis 3:!5, Hebrews 2:17, Genesis 12:3, 2 Samuel 7:12-13 
  • Why did Jesus die on the cross instead of God? John 3:16-17, Philippians 2:5-6, John 8:58, Titus 2:13, John 20:27-28
  • Why isn’t Jesus on Earth right now? John 19:30, John 14:3, John 16:7, Hebrews 7:35
  • How was Jesus alive before he was born to Mary? John 8:58, John 1:1-3, 14, Philippians 2:6-8, Luke 1:35, Isaiah 9:6, John 3:13
  • Why did Jesus cry? Luke 19:41-44, John 11:33-38
  • Why did Jesus get baptized? Matthew 3:13-15, Isaiah 42:1, Matthew 3:16-17, John 5:19, 30,  Hebrews 10:7, Matt. 4:14
  • What is Jesus' real name? John 1:1, Matthew 1:18-23, Isaiah 9:6, Revelation 5:4-5, Daniel 7:13, colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:2-3
  • Why did Jesus say confusing things? Matthew 13:10-17, John 6:48-68, John 8:39-45, John 12:37-40, 47-50,  John 16:29

TRINITY

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  • How are God and Jesus equal? Heb. 1:3,  John 1:1-4, 8:58, 10:30 14:9, 17:22, Col. 3:8-9, Rev. 22:3-4

 THE BIBLE

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  • Why is the Bible in different books? Hebrews 1:1, 1 Kings 17:2, Zechariah 4:8, Ezekiel 16:1, Jonah 1:1, Exodus 34:27, Revelation 1:1-2
  • Why does God need to write the scriptures down? 2 Cor. 3:3, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, John 20:31,Revelation 21:2, Ezekial 43:11, Isaiah 30:8-9
  • Why did God write the 10 commandments on stone? Exodus 24:12, 2 Corinthians 3:3
  • Why is the Bible in different books?  Hebrews 1:1-2, Daniel 8:1, Isaiah 1:1, 1 Peter 1:1
  • Can you add books to the Bible? Hebrews 1:1-2, Galatians 1:8, Revelation 22:18
  • Why did God create the Bible? Hebrews 1:1, 4:12, Ephesians 6:12-17, Luke 24:27, 1 Cor. 10:11
  • How do we know the Bible is true? 1 Corinthians 15:3-6,14-20, Deuteronomy 18:22, 2 Peter 1:16, Romans 1:20, 2:14, Psalm 19:1-4
  • Who wrote the earliest parts of the Bible? Exodus 34:27-28, Deuteronomy 12:28, Exodus 34:27-28, Mark 10:3, Luke 5:14, Luke 16:29, Luke 20:28, Luke 20:37, Luke 24:27, 

SALVATION

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  • Why didn't God just save us from our sins instead of Jesus dying on the cross to save us? Romans 6:23, Romans 3:21-26

HEAVEN/HELL

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  • How do we actually go to heaven? Genesis 2:7, Matthew 27:50, Luke 23:43, 2 Corinthians 12:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Luke 16:22, 2 Kings 2:11
  • Do people have boyfriends and girlfriends in heaven? Luke 20:24-26
  • Are there any bad things in heaven? Isaiah 11:6-9, Revelation 21:3-8, 22:1-5, 14-15, 1 Cor. 6:9-10
  • Will we look different when we go to heaven? Luke 24:31, 1 Thess. 4:14-18, 1 Cor. 15:35-44
  • What will we do in heaven? Rev. 21:1, Isaiah 61: 4, 65:17, I Cor. 6:2-3
  • Won’t heaven get crowded? Matt. 7:14, Rev. 21-22:5
  • How long will we live in heaven? Revelation 21:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, 2 Corinthians 5:1-5
  • What is hell like? Matthew 13:41, 50, Revelation 20:10-15
  • If your best friend doesn’t get saved, how can you be happy in heaven? Rev. 21:3-4, James 1:17, Acts 2:21, Matt. 10:37
  • Do babies go to heaven if they die? Romans 1:19-20, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Samuel 12:18-23, Matthew 18:14
  • Can you come back to earth after going to heaven? Hebrews 4:9-16, 9:27
  • Can we bring toys to heaven? Eccl. 3:23, 1 Timothy 6:7, Matthew 6:19-21
  • When we go to Heaven will all our Sins be left behind? 2 Corinthians 5:17, Psalm 51:7
  • Why don’t we get sick or hurt in heaven? 2 Corinthians 5:1-5, 15:40-57, Revelation 21:4
  • Are we ghosts in heaven? 1 Cor. 15:35-42
  • Will we pray in Heaven? Revelation 21:1-4, Matt. 6:9-13
  • Do people know everything in heaven? 1 Corinthians 13:12, Isaiah 58:8-9
  • Can you die in Heaven? Revelation 21:4, 1 Corinthians 15:26,55
  • What would you look like after death in heaven?  1 Corinthians 15:37-45
  • Will we see God in heaven? 1 Timothy 6:16, John 1:18, John 14:9, 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Isaiah 6:2

ANGELS

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  •  Why do angels always show themselves as men?  Luke 1:30a, Luke 2:10a, Isaiah 6:2

SIN/ EVIL/DEATH

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  • Why doesn't God wipe out sin from the world? Romans 6:23, Jeremiah 17:9, 2 Peter 3:9
  • Why is there sin in the world? Romans 5:12, Jeremiah 17:9
  • Why is it so hard not to sin, even as a Christian? Romans 6:6, 12-14, Romans 7:14-25
  • Why did God make sin? James 1:13-15, Romans 5:12, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:4
  • Why is there no sin in Heaven? 1 Corinthians 15:40-57, 1 John 3:4-5, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23
  • Why do all living things die? Romans 8:19-21
  • Why did God make natural disasters? Romans 8:19-21, Col. 1:16-17, Deut. 11:17, James 5:17, Num. 16:30-34, Rom. 8:28
  • Why do people want power? James 1:14-15 
  • Why are there “bad” words? Luke 6:45, James 3:9-11
  • If God knows the future, why didn't he kill Satan in the beginning? Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 55:8, John 14:15, Matthew 25:41, 2 Timothy 1:9,
    1 John 3:8, Hebrews 11:6
  • Why does God judge us when we die?
    2 Thessalonians 1:6, Daniel 9:14, Ephesians 2:3, Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 21:5, Revelation 16:7, Isaiah 2:2-4, John 3:17, Matthew 1:21, Romans 6:23/Genesis 3, 2 Corinthians 5:10, Deuteronomy 32:4
  • Does God like that people are being blown up by landmines?
    Psalm 17:4, Psalm 140:1, Titus 1:7, Genesis 6:5-6 & 11-13

SATAN

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  • When is Satan going to die in the lava? Revelation 20:10
  •  Why hasn’t God defeated Satan? Luke 11:17-20, 1 Cor. 15:56, John 19:30, Rev. 20:7-10, 1 John 3:8
  • Why is Satan evil? James 1:13-15, Isaiah 14:25

ISRAEL

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  •  Why did God make Israel his chosen people? Genesis 12:1-3, Deuteronomy 7:6-10, Romans 9:4-5

PRAYER

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  • Why should you fold your hands when you pray? Luke 18:9-14, Psalm 134:2, Psalm 88:9, Acts 6:6
  • Why do we "do" prayer requests? Genesis 20:7,17, Genesis 25:21, Exodus 8:8, 1 Samuel 12:19, Matthew 5:44, Acts 8:24, James 5:13-18

FAITH/SALVATION
DISCIPLESHIP

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  • How do you know if God is in your heart? John 20:31, John 5:25-27, John 16:7, Acts 2:38
  • How do we always remember God when we sometimes forget God? James 4:7-10, 2 Peter 1:1-11, Hebrews 12:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  • Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 3:17-20, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, John 5:13, Romans 10:9-11
  • Why am I part of God’s plan? Ephesians 1:11-12, Ephesians 4:11-13
  • Before Jesus, how were people [saved from sin]? Galatians 3:23-25, Romans 4:1-6
  • What if somebody would like to follow God but they don’t know how? Romans 10:9-10
  • How do you become a good Christian? Philippians 1:6, Romans 10:9, John 6:26
  • To be a follower of Jesus, do you have to believe with an adult? Joel 2:28-32, Matt. 18:3, John 10:9
  • Why do some people not believe in Jesus? Romans 1:18, Mark 4:13-19,

MISCELLANEOUS

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  • What will happen when all the people in the world die? 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
  • What is an altar? Genesis 22:9, 1 Kings 18:23-29
  • How can we help the world? John 3:17, Acts 8:12, Isaiah 61:1, Matthew 5:16, James 1:27
  • How did the old lady [Sarah?] in the Bible give birth to a baby? Genesis 20:18, 32 Genesis 25:21, Acts 3:15,Luke 1:36-37
  • Why did people have to be anointed with oil? Exodus 40:15, 1 Samuel 10:1, 1 Kings 19:16, Psalm 105:15, Isaiah 45:1, Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18, Acts 10:38, Mark 6:13,  James 5:14
  • Why are there "Bad Words"? John 8:44, Numbers 23:19, Leviticus 19:12, 1 Samuel 2:3, Job 15:5, Psalm 50:19, James 3:3-12, Matthew 12:34, Ephesians 5:1-2,4, James 1:13-14, Isaiah 53:9
  • What religion did the Samaritans believe? 2 Kings 17:29-40, John 4:19-20
  • Why is the word "fear" used in Acts 9:31? Acts 9:31, Acts 2:43, Romans 3:18
  • Why did God leave so many things a mystery? Proverbs 25:2, Acts 17:26-27, 1 Corinthians 13:12, Romans 16:25-26
  • Was Jonah's heart ever softened? Jonah 4 (keep in mind how we came to know about Jonah's story, i.e. who wrote it down?).
  • Do aliens exists? Genesis 1
  • What do Angel’s look like? Do they really have wings? Isaiah 6:23, Exodus 25:18-20, Acts 1:10-11
  • Was Jonah really swallowed by a whale? Jonah 1:17
  • Would God come to us with an offer like he did to Solomon? John 20:31, Proverbs 3:5, Matthew 6:28-33
  • How does your soul get out when you die? Genesis 2:7, Job 12:10
  • How did people come up with the name Christian? Acts 11:25-26
  • What will happen when everyone in the world dies? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Heb. 9:27, Romans. 3:2
  • Why does a dove represent heaven? Mark 1:10, Genesis 1:2
  • Why are there natural disasters? Romans 8:20
  • Did people have pets when Adam & Eve were alive? In Bible times? Genesis 9:1-2, 2 Samuel 12:3, Matthew 15:26-27 
  • How did the prophets know what was going to happen? Ezekiel 1:3, Zechariah 7:1, 2 Peter 1:21, Hebrews 1:1a
  • How do you know God is telling you a message? Deuteronomy 18:21-22, John 10:34-36, 1 Corinthians 14:36-38, Ephesians 2:19-20, 1 Corinthians 12:3
  • Why do Hindus believe in false gods? Romans 1:21-23, Ephesians 2:1-2, Deuteronomy 4:15-19, 1 Corinthians 8:4-7, Acts 17:29-30, Galatians 4:8-9
  • Why does God give us what we don't deserve? Romans 5:8, John 3:!6, Psalm 100:3, Isaiah 48:9, Psalm 78:38, Psalm 103:8, Romans 3:25-26, Ephesians 2:3-5
  • Why did God make so many planets for no life? Genesis 1:14-16, Isaiah 45:18,
  • Why can’t we see God? John 4:24, 1 Timothy 6:15b-16, Exodus 33:17-23, Isaiah 6:2
  • What does Heaven look like? 1 Chronicles 16:26, 1 Kings 8:27, Exodus 20:9-10, Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 4:2-6, Hebrews 12:22, Hebrews 8:5, Revelation 21: Revelation 22:1-5
  • How was Jesus with God, but also born as a human? Philippians 2:3-8
  • How is God alive but never born? Colossians 1:15-17, John 1:1-3, Isaiah 44:8, Hebrews 9:14, John 17:24
  • Why weren’t we born perfect? Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Genesis 1:26 , Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 5:3
  • Why did God make so many planets for no life? Genesis 1:14-16, Isaiah 45:18,
  • What does Heaven look like? 1 Chronicles 16:26, 1 Kings 8:27, Exodus 20:9-10, Ezekiel 1:28, Revelation 4:2-6, Hebrews 12:22, Hebrews 8:5, Revelation 21: Revelation 22:1-5
  • Why weren’t we born perfect? Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Genesis 1:26 , Genesis 2:16-17, Genesis 5:3