I love being a dad and teaching my children about life. It is an honor and a joy to be “the man that knows everything” in their eyes.
My favorite questions are the ones the kids ask about God. I love to see that they are thinking about the reality of God, about the lessons and concepts we discover together in the Bible. However, some of the toughest theological things to answer come from the great questions my kids ask.
This morning, my 5 year old daughter came to me and asked, “Dad, do people who don’t believe in God go to the Church of Satan each week, like we go to God’s church?”
Her logic is brilliant. The simplicity of a child’s understanding is so refreshing. And I thank God for opportunities like this one to help explain more clearly God’s plan of salvation.
I explained to her that very few people actually attend the church of Satan. Sadly, though, there are millions of people who have rejected God’s salvation and will face the same fate as if they had literally entered the church of Satan.
I showed my daughter what the Bible teaches – that the only way to be saved from hell is through faith in Jesus Christ.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” (John 3:36)
“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
We talked about some of the misconceptions people have about God and salvation. I helped her see that those who attend churches that do not teach the truth of the Gospel, of salvation by grace and through faith alone, are missing God’s plan. I showed her that other religions are not just a different, equally valid choice that people can make, but that they are a false religion that leads just the same to hell. And we discussed how there are so many people who think just by being a “good” person, they will get into heaven.
But the truth taught in Scripture, God’s true standard, is that the only way to be saved is by faith in Jesus Christ. I talked with my daugther about how Satan can still trap one’s soul, not by convincing someone to be Satanic, but by just getting them to ignore God’s truth and rely on their own definition of what is good enough. The danger is the same.
Kids ask great questions. God is so kind to provide the right answers. It is such a privilege to renew our faith together as she grows in her knowledge of God.
What do you think? Is there only one road to heaven?