A short time ago, Monique Desorcy, Southland’s Children’s Ministry Pastor sent me an email explaining that a grade 3 girl had approached her and asked “What do you say to a boy when he asks you: ‘how do you know the Bible is true?’”
What a great question… that is seriously hard for children (not to mention many adults) to answer. Most kids before grade 4 or 5 have never even considered that the Bible was anything but true; until some kid approaches them on the playground and pops the question that is. What do you do? Clearly there are many sophisticated arguments for why we can trust the Bible. But for most kids I would just use these five arguments in the acrostic P.E.A.C.E.
P – Prophesy. We can trust the Bible because it has tons of prophesies. For example Isaiah wrote about Jesus 800 years BEFORE Jesus was born! There are hundreds of prophesies that have come true already!
E – Evidence. We can trust the Bible because we have lots of pieces of evidence that have been dug up in Israel that show that the stories in the Bible really happened.
A – All about Jesus. We can trust the Bible because its all about Jesus! 40 different authors wrote the Bible and it took over 1000 years for all the stories to be written but they are all about Jesus! That’s a miracle!
C – Copies. We can trust the Bible because there are loads of copies of very old pieces of the Bible and all of them agree – there are no major differences!
E – Experience. We can trust the Bible because when I do what the Bible says I experience peace. That’s a pretty good reason to believe what the Bible says is true.
Even if your kids can only remember two of the five reasons to trust the Bible the next time they face that question they will at least have a piece of the answer! And always remind your kids that smart people don’t have all the answers, smart people know where to look for the answers. In other words if they remember that you taught them the P.E.A.C.E answer at one time, chances are good that they will remember the word if not the details and come back for a refresher! Teaching them this will preempt the questions they will face!
Incidentally shortly after the email from Monique, the grade 3 girl’s mom emailed back.
My daughter loved this. The points that seemed to resonate with her were prophesy and experience. I love that it is reinforced for her that she doesn’t have to have all the answers – rather that she knows where to look!
This question comes from a peer in her class whom she says she has been trying to evangelize to for 3 years… the Deeper* kids in the class have been challenging his unbelief. This is one question in their ongoing debate. I have to smile at the thought that this child would have to harden his heart not to be persuaded over time! The Deeper kids in his class are unrelenting in their efforts to bring him to know truth and be saved!! Pastor Thom would love the apologetic debate going on in context of a gr 3 class.
*Deeper is a mid-week discipleship program for kids at Southland. Technically it is called “Going Deeper With God.”