There is an article in the Washington Post today about Atheist Parents and how they talk to their children about death. What amazing insight in to what trying to explain the complexity of life without including God.
You see we want things to be simple, and we want explanations to be easy….but there is no such a thing. Here is one parent’s explanation to their child, “Something horrible happened, and we feel sad about it, and you are safe.” Which could very cause the following questions….
1. Why was it horrible? Based on what? Is there good and evil, if so, based on what?
2. Why would you “feel” sad. Where do emotions come from?
3. What does happen when you die…
Any of those questions without God give you nothing. No answers, no speculation, no hope….you just die and that is it.
I have very good friends who tell me that they want their children to make up their own mind…which of course leads me to the following questions….
- Do you let them make up their mind on everything?
- Do you let them make up their mind on crossing the street?
- What about what they eat…or how the handle poisons?
- What about doing drugs?
You see…there is no easy answer, and as a parent…our job is to shape our children to be able to handle life. Well, if life terminates in death….100% of the time…don’t you think that it is ESSENTIAL for kids and adults for that matter to know what happens.
So be encouraged….you have the most important job in the world….and that is shaping the next generation. The bible tells us….
Deuteronomy 6:5-9 –5“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.9“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Grace and Peace, Dan