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How do you explain the Christian faith to children?
June 9, 2008
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Hey I have a quick questions for you all. I believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the holy spirit. Im having a hard time explaining this to my kids. I wouldn't bother to try to yet cause there so young but im getting tired of them arguing about Who heals what and Who made what. Like was it God or Jesus that heals people. Did God make the flowers or did Jesus. My children are 18 months 4 and 5. Is there anyway that I can explain this to where they would understand. They already know so much and its so awesome cause they will break out in Jesus loves me and the BIBLE. I just dont know how to get the Trinity across. I should know how to do this cause im a sunday school teacher but I dont.

June 9, 2008
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lol.. kids ask good questions huh! the flower thing. Tell them Jesus made the flower and God made the stem while you.. shipped it using UPS and Tom was responsible for the insurance.

honestly i hope your kids are not indoctrinated. Although you're a nice person but thats what it is like in all families. An athiest mother would be sad to see her child taking interest in Jesus and she'd aoo she could to make him see the light, so it goes both ways.

Tell them not to make you angry or else.... this will happen:

Christian mother finds out her son is an athiest

June 9, 2008
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RW:

How about using an ice cube? It starts out as water, can be frozen into an icecube, or it can be steam. All water, different function. Otherwise, just let them say what they want right now, they will eventually understand.

June 9, 2008
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The Holy Spirit heals people through the power of Jesus given to Him by God the Father. It's so much easier to believe that they are 3 individual beings. lIke when Jesus was baptized, God the Father spoke from Heaven and the Holy Spirit was there as a dove. save the stuff about them being 'one' when they are older and can understand metaphors.

June 10, 2008
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Another easy explanation is to use an egg. One egg has 3 parts the shell, the white and the yolk but yet all 3 parts are 1 egg.

June 10, 2008
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those are great ways I will have to try Im just so tired of them aruging over it. Im not a super strict person. So im not really worried about a rebelion as of yet anyway

June 10, 2008
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guest guest,

You've said before that you are an athiest. I think I remember one of your reasons was because of so much pain in the world, so much cruelty. You wondered why God would allow such things to happen to some pretty good people.

But where would God start? Would he start with elimination those who murder? Then what about those who accidentally murder, such as killing someone in a traffic accident or out of self defense?

But then He would have to elimate those who have thought about murder since the Bible says that if you think about such things you have already commited it in your heart. Guess that would eliminate me bc there was a time in the midst of my abuse that I wished my mom would die so that I would not live in fear. That would be a shame bc I consider myself a pretty good person in society, helping the poor, following the law, etc etc.

Should he start by eliminating those who have been drunk, since the Bible says that getting drunk is a sin? Guess that would eliminate most of this room.

My point is, all of us have sinned, all of us have broken the 10 Commandments or Gods laws at some point. If God started eliminating the "really bad sinners", it would be like peeling away the skins of an onion... it would start with the worst of the worst, and end up elimanating us all eventually.

God promised that He will take care of the unjust, the ones who refuse His teachings and follow selfish desires, but first He wanted to save them, by dying on the cross and then giving as many of us people as possible, a fair chance to turn to Him and away from their own selfish and sinful ways. God keeps His promises... in God's time, not ours.

Your comment to randomwoman was not funny.

June 10, 2008
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hi Random,
I admire the fact that you want to teach your children. The blessed trinity is a mystery to us all. When I was a youngster I asked the very same questions and a lovely old Italian nun told me the story of St Augustine.

The story goes that Augustine was a great scholar and leader of his time. One day he was walking along the beach meditating on the mysteries of God. He emplored the Lord to empart to him the knowledge of these sacred mysteries. Augustine happened upon a small boy, the boy had dug a hole in the sand and with his little water container he was running into the serf, filling it with water and running back for more. After a time St Augustine said to the boy What are you doing? The boy replied I am going to put the ocean into this hole in the sand. Amused Augustine began to explain to the boy that you can't fit the vast body of water into this tiny space. Then the spirit of the Lord spoke through the and replied WHY then do you think you could fit the mysteries of God into your tiny head?

That was fourty years ago and I remember as if it were yesterday. The fact that God is mystery is what keeps me seeking ever more allways with the childlike ferver of wonder and awe. If I thought i could have all the answers it wouldn't be faith.

I am glad to know there will allways be more to discover more to see more to love.

God bless you and your children.

as an aside when people mock us, we must understand their inability to believe.

to those with faith no amount of proof is neccasary. to those without faith no amount of proof will suffice.

jv63

June 11, 2008
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"honestly i hope your kids are not indoctrinated. Although you're a nice person but thats what it is like in all families. An athiest mother would be sad to see her child taking interest in Jesus and she'd aoo she could to make him see the light, so it goes both ways.

Tell them not to make you angry or else.... this will happen:"....

I usually don't do this , but I don't think this was very nice, first of all how would you know what it's like in ALL families? Unless you were a part of them? I feel that everyone is entitled to their own opionion and that nobody should feel as if they cannot share it, however I think this went a little too far.
We are talking about innocent children who have not been tainted by this world, and how to tell them about christian faith. Not "tell them not to make you angry or this will happen".... that is just wrong. It really has nothing to do with RW's question. Everyone is entitled to their own religion and beliefs, nothing should be forced, being as religion is a choice. However, I myself would LOVE for my daughter to have God to turn to , instead of the world. I believe that you have asked a great question RW, and have gotten alot of good responses.
JV, excellent response! I couldn't agree with you more.
God Bless you and your family RW and everyone on here.
Maybe by teaching our kids about God, and having faith, we can help them cope with life through their faith, instead of turning to the wordly temptations (ie: drugs,alcohol,etc)... we just don't want them to repeat the cycles, what better way than to have GOD!
Great thread!!

June 11, 2008
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thewall, come on now, sense of humor, no?

>> My point is, all of us have sinned, all of us have broken the 10 Commandments or Gods laws at some point.

Um, I dont GO by the 10 commandments. I go by one: Live life as you want to live it without

I'm not going to see people bible thumping here, I'm sorry. I'm going to speak my mind and say what I feel about God.

If someone comes and says how much they like the color Blue, well I have a right to come here and say I dont like it, right? Yea so there. If you hate me for being an athiest, I cant do anything about that, sorry.

>> God promised that He will take care of the unjust, the ones who refuse His teachings and follow selfish desires, but first He wanted to save them, by dying on the cross and then giving as many of us people as possible, a fair chance to turn to Him and away from their own selfish and sinful ways. God keeps His promises... in God's time, not ours.

Forget all the murderers who are living a scott free life right now - how about the murdered babies and little girls who are being assualted right now? Atleast he could stop that, right? Nope, he doesnt. He doesnt care.

Lets all talk about interesting stuff, like evolution (ooohhhh. the word, it burnssssss).

I print out "Evolution rules" on paper every night and leave it outside near the backdoor. Ever morning the word is crossed out and replaced by 'sucks'.

To prove that it was God who did it, I placed the same paper in a safe vault one night and there, it was still crossed out.

What was that quote: The devil cannot stand to be mocked. If anyone resists being made fun of, something is just not right with it.

June 11, 2008
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Typo: as you want to live it without hurting anyone.

And oh believing books that tell its non-believers will burn in Hell, is hurting others, so please ...

June 11, 2008
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Giggles.... it was a joke, an excuse for me to link the movie. Its a very popular one. I understand if religious people hate that movie being shown. But the serious point I also wanted to make is: Kids who dont want to believe in God face negative resistance and reactions from their parents.

>> Not "tell them not to make you angry or this will happen".... that is just wrong.

June 12, 2008
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Guest, That is NOT true. I would never force my child to believe in something that she doesn't want to and I would NEVER react to that negatively. It is her choice. Do you have children? I think you should just speak from personal experience and stop generalizing. I am sorry if that's what has happened to you, but it's not the case in all families.

June 13, 2008
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asking questions does make you an atheist. all children are 'indoctrinated' one way or another in the values of their parent. teaching a child about God or anything elese religious is not a crime. Listening to their questions and explaining them isn't either.

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If you wanna be fair, buy them the God Delusion and the book OMW mentioned.

Let the kids live the way they want to live and make it clear to them that its their own choice. Whose gonna bell the cat?

June 15, 2008
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Guest Guest, IMHO,

To be fair, this thread is asking how to do something NOT how NOT to do it. Another thread could be started with the title How not to do this something.

Then, if your belief is so tied to what you dont believe in, maybe what you don´t believe in is what is really being questioned in your mind...

I mean, even religion apart, could what you believe in have an existence without the existence of what you dont believe in and take shape into a thread of its own?

Believe it or not, Im not 100% sold on the mysteries but that may be an issue of my overall faith than my belief. Until I get that settled, I´ll be the last one to put down the mysteries. And Im not Catholic.

hugs and peace, everyone

June 15, 2008
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NOBODY should ever let kids just live how they want to leave. we would so many kids in need of baths because they didn't want to take them. We would have kids not going to school because we didn't want to 'indoctrinate' them by tell them that education is valuable. We'd have kids touching hot stoves because we want them to learn on their own about dangerous things.

I like what sininho said.

June 17, 2008
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Explanation of the Trinity? Go to Genesis and creation, as your example. The Father WILLED it into existence; the Son (Jesus - the Word of God) SPOKE it into existence; and the Holy Spirit empowered it into exitence. The three persons are ONE.

- Ma

June 17, 2008
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Ma Strong,

I love the way you explained this!

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