My wonderfully scientific 15-year-old son recently asked me, “How do you know God is real?” I’m afraid my answer was inadequate. I talked about trust, goodness, peace, comfort and the ways in which God has revealed Himself to me. My son said, “I like what Christians believe, I just don’t know if I believe it, too. I think it’s just a nice way of explaining things.”
I then used the analogy that you can’t prove love, but you know it’s real. His response, typical of my delightful son, was, “Yes, you can. It’s a neurological and physiological response.”
My wonderful, artsy 12-year-old daughter covered her ears with her hands and said, “Stop! You’re ruining love for me!”
How do you answer this question? How can you help your children realize the great wonder and grace of God’s love? A friend told me about a video that resonated with my son and we finally found a framework with which he could relate. It’s often attributed to Albert Einstein, but that is folklore. The argument still stands though.
Some say that evil is proof that an all-loving God doesn’t exist and that Christianity is a myth, a framework, so to speak, to explain things in a way that makes us feel good: a definition not far from my son’s argument. Here’s the thing, just because you can’t explain something, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Check out this video. While it wrongly quotes Einstein, it proves the point beautifully. Cold is the absence of heat. Dark is the absence of light. Just because heat and light are absent doesn’t mean cold and dark don’t exist. Just because there is evil in the world doesn’t mean God’s not real or all loving. Yes, God is real my sweet boy, even in a scientific worldview.