My youngest daughter had a burning question on her mind last week: are God and Jesus really the same?
She had been told that they were. But here was her response:
"If they're the same, that means that God died when Jesus died. How could God die? If God died, did God come back to life again too? And why was Jesus talking to God when he was on the cross if they're both just the same? He couldn't do that if he was really God."
It's hard to me to know how to answer these questions because I don't really know what I believe sometimes. I'll admit it: I'm a doubter at heart. I don't like pat answers. It's easier for me to explain what I DON'T believe. But who wants to pass on unbelief?
But I LOVE questions as a way to dig deeper, and it makes me happy to see questioning minds in my kids.
This God/Jesus research project involved asking several key adults what they thought about the question of Jesus and God being the same.
She brought it up again at supper one evening. Then my older daughter recommended putting it all into a Venn diagram to figure out if, in fact, God and Jesus were the same. This is what they came up with:
If it's hard to see, here it is:
Jesus - human (person), died, 12 disciples, made Easter, son of God
Both - special, people pray to them/bow down, calm storms, loving, talked about everywhere (famous), heal people
God - created the earth, things grow, separated the Red sea, first spirit on earth, sent a flood
This is what I love to see: searching, questioning, asking different people for their opinion/belief, and trying to piece their own interpretation together. This is faith forming/building to me.