Q: Where did God come from? Our 6-year-old son keeps asking me, and I don’t know how to answer him. Or should I even try? — A.N.
A: I’m thankful your son wants to know about God, and I hope you’re encouraging him and doing all you can to answer his questions. The Bible says, “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).
God has always existed, and he always will, because he had no beginning and he will have no end. I know that’s hard for us to understand, because everything around us had a beginning, and some day everything will die or come to an end. But that’s not true of God. He has no beginning or end; he alone is eternal. As the Bible says, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:2).
Why is this important? It’s important first of all because it teaches us that God is far greater than we are. And because he is so great, he is worthy of our worship and our trust. We are limited, but he is not, so why not put our lives into his hands?
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But it’s important also because it reminds us that God never changes, and neither does his love for us. The proof is that he came down from heaven and became a human being: Jesus Christ. He did this so we could be forgiven of our sins and go to be with him in heaven forever. The greatest gift you can ever give your son is to tell him about Jesus, and encourage him to believe in Jesus and follow him the rest of his life.
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