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 section 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".