When talking to kids about God, acknowledge that it can be scary

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Noah's Ark Box Cover, CMP Toys, 1970s. Photo courtesy Tom via Flickr Creative Commons.

Noah's Ark Box Cover, CMP Toys, 1970s. Photo courtesy Tom via Flickr Creative Commons.

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Noah’s ark is a favorite theme for nursery décor, and makes for fun coloring pages full of animals going two by two, but it’s a story of God nearly wiping humankind off the face of the earth.

  • Fran

    It could be scary for kids, especially if they are taught the hell”fire” doctrine, when a place of fiery torment does not exist, not even for the wicked.

    Both Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying his command not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and bad. However, after pronouncing judgment on them for their actions, God told them that “for dust you are and to dust you will return” (Genesis 3:19) after they died. That is what mankind has done ever since.

    In addition, Ecclesiastes 9:5,10 tells us the condition of the dead, that they know nothing at all (sleeping in death, as Jesus referred to at John 11:11-13 regarding Lazarus who had died) and go to the grave (King James Version), whether they are good or bad persons. That only makes sense since God is love (1 John 4:8) and a place of fiery torment forever would go against his personality. However, God is very just and will not always allow the wicked ones to make life miserable for meek ones (as in the days of Noah, even though he was a preacher of righteousness to those people, according to 2 Peter 2:5). Therefore, those wicked ones who refuse to repent and turn their lives around will meet a fate of death, not eternal torment.(See Psalms 37:10,11 re: the promise of the wicked one no longer existing).

    Another positive statement that can be made to children is that God will soon put an end to all sickness, disease, even old age and death, so that mankind will live forever on a paradise earth (Isaiah 11:1-10; Revelation 21:1-4). Even a child will be able to play upon the hole of a cobra, and the lion will eat straw like the bull, as Isaiah brings out. The animals will be at peace with one another, along with complete brotherhood of man worldwide.

    Even more fantastic is God’s promise to bring back to life on a cleansed earth those we have lost due to death due to accidents, disease, natural disasters, etc. (John 5:28,28; Acts 24:15).

    All of these Bible-based points can help our children to appreciate how loving and caring God really is about mankind.

  • Fran

    Correction: John 5:28,29.

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