WHO IS GOD and WHAT IS HE LIKE?

(Our guest blogger this week is David Roper)

As I started work on the first Zoey book, I envisioned Zoey learning that God created everything and then asking, “But who is God?” I asked my Facebook friends how they would answer a four-year-old who asked them that question. I received many excellent responses. It was obvious that they had given this question serious thought. Let me share a few of their answers. Perhaps their thoughts will be beneficial as you explain God to your children or grandchildren.

Richard Lovinggood: “The world we live in was created by God: the birds, the fish, the animals, trees, mountains—and even you and me. God loves us and blesses us with food and the things we need in life. God is good and God is love.”

Jamie Davis: “God is the creator of everything—and can do anything. He made the world, the sun, the moon, and the stars. God made every person special and loves you and me.”

Margaret Brandon: “God is the creator of the world. Everything you see, feel, hear, taste, or smell was created by God—even the air we breathe. You and I and all people are creations of God and made by Him. We were placed here in His created world to please Him.  Everything we think, say, think, or do should please Him.”

Carrol Bullock: “God has always been. There is no beginning or end to God. He created everything. He is our heavenly Father. He knows all about us. He knows our name, where we live, our friends, what we think and what we are going to say before we say it. He knows how many hairs we have on our heads. He loves us and gives us what we need. He listens to our prayers. That is how we talk to Him. He is always with us.”

Micah Domina (to my child): “Option 1 – God made everything. He made you and He made me. He is our Father in heaven—just like Daddy is your father here. God loves you and wants you to obey Him. Option 2 – God is the perfect friend. He is always ready to play and sing with you. He is always ready to help you. He can answer any question and solve any problem. He always listens to you and, best of all, He always has time for you.”

John Domina (three approaches): “God is like the sun. He watches over us, helps us grow, and even reminds us that sometimes we need to cool off . . . Sometimes I picture God as a really cool Grandpa. He loves us, gives us gifts, can answer any questions and solve any problem, and always wants to spend time with you . . . God is the Father of Jesus. He created our whole planet: all the animals and plants and even us. God is all the good things in life. As you grow older, your understanding of what ‘good’ is will deepen.”

Coy Roper: “God is a person, but He is unlike any person you know. He is in heaven, but He is also near us, though we can’t see Him. He made everything. He wants us to be good and eventually will punish people for being bad. But He is more loving than you can imagine. He loves you as much as, or even more than, your mother and dad.”

Author:

I am a mother, grandmother, nanny, and writer—with a passionate concern about children, all children. With the help of my son Travis (who has a graduate degree in apologetics) I hope to share some thoughts that will be helpful to all who have the same concern.

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