Important Questions for My Children
I recently asked my two eldest children the questions listed below. Most are adapted from The Bible, the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed.
- Do you believe that there is a God?
- Do you believe that the Protestant Bible—the sixty-six books spanning from Genesis to Revelation—is the written Word of God given to men that they might know God and know how to live to honor God?
- Do you believe that God is the holy, holy, holy Lord–perfect in all of His character and in all of His ways?
- Do you believe that you—a human—are a fallen creature, prone to sins of every kind?
- Do you believe that there is one Savior—one Perfect and Successful Savior—Jesus Christ?
- Do you believe that Jesus was God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God?
- Do you believe that Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary yet always remained the Son Eternal?
- Do you believe that Jesus lived a perfect life, fulfilling all righteousness?
- Do you believe that Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate?
- Do you believe that Jesus died, was crucified and buried, not for His own sins, but for the sins of His people?
- Do you believe that Jesus rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures?
- Do you believe that Jesus appeared to more than five hundred witnesses?
- Do you believe that Jesus ascended into heaven and now sits on David’s throne at the right hand of God the Father Almighty—a glorified and reigning King of kings and Lord of lords?
- Do you believe that Jesus will come again in glory to judge the dead and the living?
- Do you believe that the Apostle John was correct when he said that those who receive Jesus—those who believe upon His name—are adopted by God and made His children?
- Do you believe that God’s children will prove to be His children by their faith and their fruit and—as a result of their faith with fruit will go into life everlasting?
- Jesus is THE Lord and THE Savior. He is your Lord. Is He your Savior? Have you repented of your sins and asked Him to forgive you?
- Do you want to love God and hate sin?
- Do you desire to get to the point in your life that you love God more than anyone or anything?
- Do you desire to get to the point in your life that you hate your sin more than the sins of others?
- Do you desire to get to the point in your life when your supreme passions include the glory of God and the blessing of others?
- If you died this day and God asked you: Why should I allow you to enter heaven? How would you respond?
- Should we trust in our good works, or should we trust in Jesus’ good work for us?
Their answers encouraged me. However, I am not convinced that they have fully appropriated the truths. Of course, that is my intense prayer–that they might believe and cherish that which is truth and that their believing truth and their cherishing truth might be easily seen by others.
If you have the time, meditate upon your answers to the above questions. Since truth isn’t relative, there are correct–right–answers to the questions. Answer them honestly. And–if you are curious–see if your answers are in line with the teachings of Scripture. It is definitely worth your time.