Excerpt from
The Jensen Family

Probably he got caught in a steel trap like this one over here," their dad said, pointing to an exhibit in the next case.
"But how could he get free from that?" Julie asked.

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– posted 12.04.2009

Questions from Kids (1)

A Character story about diligence.

Several years ago I had the privilege of speaking to the junior-intermediate age (7-13) children at the Hampton Bible Camp Winter Retreat in New Brunswick, Canada. The 80 campers packed away a lot of activities and food, and not much sleep during our 42 hours together!

Traditionally, the Sunday school time on Sunday morning is taken up with the camp speaker answering questions the children write out and place in the Question Box. This year, I was overwhelmed with the number- 49!- and profundity of their questions. Written in their own handwriting and spelling, these questions express a depth of thought you may have assumed was lacking in our youth today. articles, I will share many of these questions and for some, God's answers from the Bible. Pastor Jim

What is a mommy?

Did god write the Bible?

The answer to this question is both 'yes' and 'no'. The Bible claims that every word is given to us from God. II Timothy 3:16-17 says, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." However, God did not take a pen in hand and write the actual words. Instead, He selected godly men to write the Words for Him. These men were controlled by God's Spirit so that they wrote the very Words of God. II Peter 1:21 says, "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."

Who came up with all the stories in the Bible?

Most of the events in the Bible are things that really happened. A few of them are made up stories (like parables). All of them were selected by God to show us what happens to those who obey His Word, or disobey His Word. The stories of the Bible are God's testimonies.

How did the people who wrote the Bible know exactly what to write?

God used a number of methods to reveal His Word to the Bible writers. To some He spoke in visions during the day, to others in dreams at night. Some seem to have heard God's voice out loud, while others perhaps heard His voice within. Others, like Paul, wrote letters to his friends and may not have even known that God was directing his every word and would include these letters as part of the Bible.

What form did God use to write the Bible?

God directed the writing of the Old Testament to be in the Hebrew language. This language is especially suited for story telling, and stories of the last make up a large part of the Old Testament. By the time the New Testament was written, most of the world was speaking and writing Greek. This is one of the world's best languages for expressing technical terms. Much of the New Testament is devoted to profound teaching concerning the meaning of Jesus' death to us.

The writers of the Bible probably wrote the first copies on either parchment or papyri. Papyri was a writing material made by pressing leaves together. It did not often last very long, but was inexpensive and good for writing a letter to a friend. Parchment was a dried and stretched skin of a goat or sheep. It was much more permanent (like the Isaiah scroll in the Dead Sea collection), but more expensive. Their ink was made from olive oil with lamp soot added. Though we don't have any of the original copies of the books of the Bible today, God has protected the copying of His Word over the years so that the copies we have today are trustworthy.

How did people translate other languages after the tower of Babel, since they did not understand each other?

Perhaps someone in one family wanted to share some things about God with someone in another family. He would have to go spend time with that other family in a type of "immersion" program of his own, wouldn't he? Many people since the tower of Babel have had a desire for the people who speak another language to be able to read the Bible for themselves. Missionaries today move into a jungle tribe of people. They spend time listening to them until they pick up enough words to communicate. Then they work to make an alphabet for this unwritten language and then to write a grammar book. The missionaries not only must translate the Words of the Bible into this new alphabet, but they must also teach the people, even the adults, how to read it! Some people give their whole lives so that one tribe of people can hear that Jesus died for them and have the Bible in their own language. Do you think this is a good investment of their lives? (I Cor 2:9) In the world today there are 6528 known languages and only one third of them have any portion of the Bible on this language. Only 4.2% of the world's languages have the whole Bible. There is much work to do! Maybe God will use you to help some of these people.

Why doesn't God speak out loud to us like he did for others?

Many feel that it would be a special privilege to hear God speak to them out loud, and I guess it would be! But if God spoke to you that way, and you didn't write it down, you might soon forget what He said. And people would forget after you died if you didn't write it down. Writing is a better way to make sure a message is accurate and remembered. When Jesus was on earth, His Father spoke to Him one day in clear Words that everything could hear. Jesus said, "Father glorify thy name." His Father answered from heaven, "I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again." (John 12:28) That seems pretty clear. Yet some of the people who heard this voice said, "It thundered." They didn't want to understand what God was saying. Then too, if God spoke out loud we might have to wait for some time until God spoke to us. How long would you be willing to wait, if you needed an answer right away? When God put His Words in writing, and then helped people translate them into our own language, He made it possible for any of us to hear God speak any time. All we need to do is to open the Bible and read!

Why is the Bible called the "Holy Bible"

The word 'holy' simply means "separated from sin." The word 'Bible' means 'book.' Thus we have a book which is separated from all sin. It is pure and trustworthy. David wrote in Psalm 119:130, "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth under standing unto the simple." He also wrote, "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes." (Psalm 19:7-8) David, in Psalm 119:9, asks a question and then answers it: "Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word." The Bible is a holy book because it is the Word of our Holy God, and, when obeyed, it leads to holy living.