Who is God – How to Answer this Question as a Parent
Who is God ? or What Does God Look Like - are questions I often get from my year three scripture class children.
These questions from children could be difficult to answer for some parents or catechist teachers. You want to tell your children how God is Spirit dwelling within our soul, but yet want to explain to them in a gentle way that they would understand.
The best way to answer the question Who is God ? is to answer it from your heart.
I would answer, God is my Loving Father. God is your loving father too.
God is our best friend who will never leave you or let you down no matter how worse your situation may be. God’s love for us is unlimited.
God made YOU - the beautiful person you are. Some children might think that they are not beautiful or not worthy or not useful. Some children don't value themselves. It is your responsibility to explain to them how beautiful they are: that they are made in God's image (Genesis 1:27.
Once they realise that they are made in God's image and that God Loves them, then they become the beautiful person God wants them to be.
All the wonderful gifts and talents you got are gifts from God our Father. God loves you in a way that you cannot imagine.
God lives in your heart and therefore you could speak to him at anytime, specially, when you are scared and confused. God will never leave you, even if you forget that He is in your heart.
When an adult asks me Who is God or How do we know that God loves us, I offer them the little booklet The Father Speaks to His Children.
To the question, “Who is God?” it is important to explain that God is Forgiving.
God is a loving Father who cares for his children unconditionally.
He is always forgiving, and does not keep account of our faults.
According to the Gospel of Luke Chapter 15:11-24, Jesus explains, how loving and forgiving God our Father is, through the story of the Prodigal Son.
The father runs to welcome the son, when he saw him at a distance. The father welcomes the son with open arms. The father takes no notice of what the son had to say about his past mistakes, but instead orders his servants to ready a feast. The father is just overjoyed that his son has come back to him. God our father is the same. He loves us unconditionally. God’s mercy is in abundance. God does not worry about the wrong decisions we made in the past. But wants us to come back to him, so he can lavishly shower his blessings upon us.
God loves us so much that he sent us His Son, Jesus to the world, so Jesus will teach us about God’s love for us. More importantly Jesus would pay for our sins through his sufferings and death, so we will be free to return to God.
Therefore, when your children ask you Who is God, you can always say to them God is our loving father who loves us so much without any condition.
If children ask Who is God in relation to Jesus, then you may explain the Trinity.
God is three persons in One.
God the Father is our Creator. He is our loving, forgiving heavenly father.
God the Son, is our Saviour Jesus Christ who came to earth as a human, who suffered and died for our sins. Jesus resurrected from the dead and lives forever.
God the Holy Spirit, is our Counsellor and wonder worker who gives us the gifts of the spirit so we can be like God to other human beings.
Sometimes, it is difficult for children to understand how God could be three persons. The best way to explain the Holy Trinity is, to explain water in its three forms.
Water could be as a liquid where we could drink, water the plants, use for washing etc.
Water could be in a crystal form as ice, where it could be used to cool drinks, reduce pain when injured etc.
Water could be as steam once it reaches above the boiling point where it could be used to cook food, sterile medical equipment etc.
Now children might be able understand Who is God in the Holy Trinity.
Other common questions that children might ask in relation to Who is God:
- What Does God Look Like?
- How great is our God?
- What does it mean by ‘Lamb of God’?
- Is Communicating with God a possibility?
Gospel of Luke Chapter 15 verses 11-24
Then he said, There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, "Father, let me have the share of the estate that will come to me." So the father divided the property between them.
A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery.
When he had spent it all, that country experienced a severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch; so he hired himself out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed the pigs. And he would willingly have filled himself with the husks the pigs were eating but no one would let him have them.
Then he came to his senses and said, "How many of my father's hired men have all the food they want and more, and here am I dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father and say: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired men."
So he left the place and went back to his father. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him. Then his son said, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son."
But the father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we will celebrate by having a feast, because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found." And they began to celebrate.
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