A 4 year old kid asked: “How do You Know There Is a Heaven?”
Last Sunday Joan C. sent me this email:
I take years 3 and 4 for Scripture.
A question asked by a pupil was “how do you know there is a Heaven?”
I was in the middle of the lesson on the ascension, so I promised him that I would give a lesson on it when we returned for next term.
I’m about to start preparing the lesson.
Your suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I asked permission from Joan to send to you what I answered her, just in case you ever may encounter yourself in such a situation.
“How do you know there is Heaven?”
That’s really a good question! Even if it comes from a very young kid.
But it’s the kind of question that scares us if it’s done in the middle of a lesson.
I teach kids from 3 to 11, and I’m also in charge of training teachers as well so I’ve experimented such situations with difficult questions when we’re teaching other things.
In most cases, I answer exactly the same as you did, not trying to improvise the answer but promising a response in the next session. So I really know how you feel!
Here you have my early thoughts about how I’d teach a session about it with very young kids, using the question-technique. In the next list, the questions are for you, and the answers are just simulated responses from your pupils.
Any of you have been in heaven?
Do you think I’ve been in heaven?
Do you think a pastor or priest (or an authorized person for them) who has been in heaven?
Do you know anybody who has been in heaven?
Three answers possible:
- Someone who has died (grandfather, grandma…)
- Jesus (that’s the answer we’re looking for)
If they answer a dead loved one:
- Has your grandpa returned from heaven to tell you that there is heaven?
But I know a person who has been in heaven and has returned to tell us there is a Heaven.
You have to guess who he is.
Let them guess.
As they are in a Christian lesson situation, some of them will answer: “Jesus”.
That’s your moment, say something like: yes! Encourage them with a funny reward: You got 1,000 wisdom points, or extra bonus as you like.
But, how do we know that Jesus has been in heaven?
Because he told it to his friends.
And his friends wrote it in the Gospels for us to know.
Let me read you the text of the Bible where we find it:
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven, the Son of Man. John 3:13
Do you trust Jesus?
So we know there is a heaven because we trust Jesus.
And Jesus told us there is a Heaven, he told us he came from heaven and we will be in heaven with him after we die.
Have any of you lost your grandpa or grandma?
We know that they are in Heaven because Jesus told his disciples that he will rise from the dead, as well as everybody who trusts him, and will lead them to Heaven.
If you need a quote: For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. John 6:40 NIV
So we are not bewildered about the dead.
We know there is a heaven because Jesus told us.
And we know if we trust Jesus, we will be with him and with our relatives in heaven.
Do you trust Jesus?
Hope it helps; sorry if it’s not elaborated enough for you.
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