Last week, as I drove my boys and their friend home from AWANA, they began asking questions about the state of their body after they die. Will they have a body in heaven? Only on the new earth? If they’re a soul while they await their body, will they be able to eat (a question of great importance at this age)? On and on. It reminded me of the importance of discussing these things, and also of the need to revisit topics my husband and I thought we already sufficiently addressed. Kids just need repetition.
In light of that, this week I’m revisiting Jason’s series on the soul and where it *comes* from. There’s a lot of food for thought here, so grab a cup of something warm, and have a think.
If you have children, or work with children, or have spent five minutes with a child, you know that they ask a lot of questions. A LOT of questions. Sometimes my children ask me questions that really stretch my brain as I try to answer them in a satisfying and understandable way. Sometimes I don’t want to make the effort. There is a comedy routine by Jim Gaffigan that underscores this pretty succinctly:
“Of course, these never-ending questions require answers you are not qualified to give…When my son Jack was four, he pointed to a car antenna and said, ‘Look, Daddy, stick.’ I clarified: ‘Actually, that is an antenna.’ Jack then asked, ‘What’s an antenna?’ After realizing I had no idea how an antenna worked, I explained, ‘It’s a…stick. A metal stick. You nailed it, buddy.’”
Recently, when discussing what a person is made from with my son(when asked, he answered ‘meat.’ Monism…we are working on it!) he asked me what a soul was, where it comes from, and how we get it. My answer was that God created the soul of Adam when he first created mankind. For now, that is all he is prepared to understand but I look forward to discussing some of the views on exactly how we get our souls; a topic that I never pondered until fairly recently.