Dear Dr. Bill,
My 6-year-old son is very smart and analytical. He attends a Christian school and we’re active in our church. My husband and I have been intentional about talking with our kids about our faith.
But last night during our prayer time, my son tearfully confessed that he’s having trouble believing in God. How should we address this? I don’t want to make a big deal out of it because our son is already prone to fixate on things. What should we do?
My advice to you is RELAX. Let your son know that it’s okay to have doubts about God. Tell him that God loves him more than he could ever know, and that our questions and doubts don’t bother him. Even biblical heroes like David and Job had questions about God, and they expressed them directly to him.
Don’t let your son’s questions discourage you, and don’t think that you have to come up with all the answers. Instead, you might ask him to ponder some questions.
Take him outside on a clear evening and have him look up at the millions of stars in the sky. Ask him “how do you think all of those stars got there?” Buy him a children’s book on the human body and read it together. Could it be that our amazingly complex bodies were designed by an all-knowing, all-powerful God?
An excellent book that you might find helpful is“The Case for Faith for Kids” by Lee Strobel.
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