*by Wes Moore
We believe a very special book called the Bible. The Bible is a book that tells us the truth about God, people, and the world around us. It also tells us how the world was made, why bad things happen, and God’s plan for the future. Most importantly, it tells us God’s plan to save people from their sins through a man named Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible, and that’s very good. But not everybody does. God is working in some unbeliever’s hearts and they have questions about what the Bible teaches. Others hate God and the Bible and will do anything they can to make us stop believing. Their questions come out of an angry heart.
Either way, we must be able to answer the questions others ask about the teachings of the Bible. We need to know why we believe what we believe. This will not only help others believe in the Bible and Jesus Christ, but it will also make sure our faith stays strong even when we meet someone who wants us to stop believing.
Learning to answer questions about the Bible is called “apologetics.” You might want to say that word out loud a few times to get used to it. It is a very important word.
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So, what kinds of questions do people ask? Let me give you a few examples. As you read these, think about how you might answer them if someone asked you.
• How can I know God is real?
• How did Noah get all the animals on the ark?
• Why do Christians do bad things sometimes?
• How do we know God wrote the Bible?
• Is the world millions of years old?
• Why does God let people get sick?
You may not know the answer to these questions. Your parents might not even know. But it’s important as you grow up that you learn the answers so you can defend your faith.
Don’t be afraid. There are great answers to every question on this list. God has worked in many smart people to write books and make videos that give answers to these and other questions.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll try to answer questions just like these in my weekly article. I hope you’ll learn along with me as I do.
For now, just keep saying that word: apologetics. It’s very important! And what is it again? Yes, that’s right. It’s all about answering the questions people have about the Bible.
*Wes Moore is a conservative Christian author and speaker, and the founder of Evidence America, an apologetics and evangelism training ministry. Wes is the author of Forcefully Advancing, a book designed to equip the average Christian to engage the lost; The Maker, a futuristic apologetics novel; and The Spiritual Top 50, a non-fiction apologetics book designed to help Christians answer the questions their lost friends are asking. You can learn more about him at www.wesmoorenow.com.
From interaction with their peers to the instruction and correction that they receive at home, children interpret their experience from a worldview that seeks to answer their fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I exist for? Where can I find joy?
As parents, we need to be providing our children with a consistent, persuasive, and biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it. The instruction that we provide for them should not only inform their mind; it should be directed towards persuading their hearts of the wisdom and truthfulness of Gods ways. We must impress truth on our children’s hearts, not to control or manage them, but to point them to the greatest joy and happiness that they can experiencedelighting in God and the goodness of his ways.
Instructing a Childs Heart is an essential follow-up to Tedd Tripp’s previous bestseller, Shepherding a Childs Heart. This book gives practical instruction aimed at helping parents instruct their children in ways that will persuade them of God’s wisdom. Instead of focusing solely on changing a child’s behavior, the authors help us to look at the heart of the child. Point your child toward the happiness they will find from doing things God’s way!
“This book brings the Bible into the parents’ lives in a fresh way. It is one thing to say that parents must use the Bible for parenting. It is another thing to show how that is actually done. Instructing a Child’s Heartprovides practical, real life instruction on how to do just that.” John Younts (Author of Everyday Talk)
“Tedd and Margy Tripps Instructing a Childs Heart is a biblical and practical sequel to Shepherding a Childs Heart.” Marvin Olasky (Editor-in-Chief, WORLD Magazine)