Answers to Your Kid's Questions (100 questions d'ados sans réponses ?)
What to answer to a teenager who has a question about the Christian life?
Your daughter comes home from class with a question that leaves you perplexed… You don't know how she came to it, but you are aware that her Christian life could be changed if you do not provide her with an adequate answer. You are caught off guard and need help. You hold in your hands a resource designed by one of the leading Christian intellectuals. It deals with complex issues such as ...
Does God Really Exist and Where Does Evil Come From?
Can we trust the Bible?
Does modern science provide evidence to refute Christianity?
Is homosexuality genetic?
How to manage school, values, violence?
This book is a valuable resource from which parents can draw lucid answers to the questions of their teenage children. Its presentation in question and answer form makes it easy to use for parents, teachers and those who work with young people. It answers a hundred questions that teenagers ask: God, evil, evolution, gender, culture, school, the future ...
Preface to the French translation
From a parent of a teenager
A word from Chuck Colson
FIRST PART :
FAITH AND THE BIG QUESTIONS
CHAPTER 1: DOES GOD EXIST AND CAN WE KNOW HIM?
GOD AND CONTEMPORARY THOUGHT
- Q.1: Does life really have meaning? Sometimes it all seems so vain and unnecessary.
- Q.2: How do I know and love God if I am not even sure that he exists? Does it really exist?
- Q.3: What if people invented God from scratch because they needed someone to take care of them?
- Q.4: Why does the universe exist?
- Q.5: Okay, so who created God?
- Q.6: Why doesn't God reveal Himself more clearly?
- Q.7: If everything you say is true, then why aren't there more believers?
CHAPTER 2: IF GOD IS GOOD, WHY DOES EVIL EXIST?
EVIL, SIN, AND GOD'S LOVE FOR HUMANITY
- Q.8: Did God create evil?
- Q.9: If God did not create evil, where does it come from?
- Q.10: Why has God allowed us to disobey?
- Q.11: So why does God, who is good, allow the consequences of evil? Why does it not erase evil as soon as it appears?
- Q.12: Why does God, who is love and goodness, use suffering to transform us and make us grow spiritually?
- Q.13: But isn't man naturally good, or at least morally neutral?
- Q.14: Couldn't the world's problems be solved through better education and new social programs?
- Q.15: How can murderers like Jeffrey Dahmer be capable of such crimes without being sick?
- Q.16: Does hell exist?
- Q.17: Are there really such creatures as angels and demons?
CHAPTER 3: DOES MODERN SCIENCE PROVIDE EVIDENCE AGAINST THE BIBLE AND CHRISTIANISM?
SCIENCE, EVOLUTION AND INTELLIGENT DESIGN
- Q.18: Apart from the visible universe, is there nothing else?
- Q.19: Didn't scientists experimentally prove that life was the result of chance?
- Q20: Even though the scientific community has not precisely demonstrated how life came to be on earth, does it not have enough evidence to say that evolution is a certainty, not just a theory?
- Q.21: Can't evolution and creation both be true?
- Q.22: How do you differentiate what happens naturally from what is created?
- Q.23: Isn't that just imputing to God what one does not understand?
- Q.24: Apart from the DNA code, are there any other arguments in favor of creationism?
- Q.25: If science hasn't really been able to demonstrate evolution, why do we still accept it and teach it in school as a certainty?
- Q.26: Why would admitting the existence of a creator be a threat to teachers?
- Q.27: Are you sure Christianity is not opposed to science?
- Q.28: Doesn't the persecution of Galileo by the Catholic Church prove the latter's opposition to science?
- Q.29: If we discover life on another planet, are Christians completely wrong about God?
CHAPTER 4: CAN WE REALLY TRUST THE BIBLE?
REASON, HISTORICAL EVIDENCE AND SCRIPTURES
- Q.30: Isn't the Bible, like many ancient writings, full of myths and superstitions?
- Q.31: The Bible was written by so many different people; what is its degree of authenticity?
- Q.32: Why are people so skeptical about the authenticity of the Bible?
- Q.33: What about miracles? Did they really happen?
- Q.34: Do I have to believe the whole Bible? Do I have no choice but to believe what works for me or what harmonizes with my own way of seeing life?
CHAPTER 5: WHO IS JESUS CHRIST, AND WHY IS HE IMPORTANT?
THE REALITY, THE MISSION AND THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST
- Q.35: How do you know if Jesus really existed? Maybe the disciples made it up?
- Q.36: Weren't most of the so-called “historical” proofs of Christianity outright fabricated by Christians?
- Q.37: It may be that Jesus really existed, but was he God for all that?
- Q.38: What is the proof that Jesus was God?
- Q.39: Why did Jesus have to die?
- Q.40: What about other monotheistic religions? Are they not worth Christianity?
- Q.41: What happens to those who die without ever having heard of Christ? It seems unfair that they go to hell.
CHAPTER 6: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
LIFE BY FAITH
- Q.42: Besides eternal life, what is so wonderful about being a Christian? Aren't all Christians fanatics obsessed with rules?
- Q.43: Isn't Christianity a religion for the weak?
- Q.44: Christians say they are “saved”. How come some are so mean?
- Q.45: How can I become a Christian?
- Q.46: I have said the prayer. Now what has changed in me?
- Q.47: I don't remember ever having believed. Is it wrong?
- Q.48: How do I know God's will for my life?
WHAT TO DO WHEN ... ADOLESCENTS FACING CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 7: WHY CHRISTIANS…?
Shedding light on common misunderstandings
- Q.49: My friends find that Christians always try to impose their morality on others. Why can't everyone decide what is good or bad for themselves?
- Q.50: Do Christians not pass judgment when they say that the feelings of the other are not legitimate?
- Q.51: Shouldn't we be tolerant of what others believe?
- Q.52: Does this mean that Christians are completely rigid?
- Q.53: So why do people often view Christians as fanatics?
- Q.54: Why does Christianity oppress women?
- Q.55: How can Christians condemn homosexuals when it is God who made them so?
- Q.56: How can we defend Christianity when it is responsible for so many wars and atrocities? What about the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition?
- Q.57: Why are Christians anti-intellectual?
- Q.58: Why are Christians not getting involved in ecological matters?
CHAPTER 8: WHY IS IT NECESSARY?
SEXUALITY, LOVE AND MARRIAGE
- Q.59: Don't all these negative rules that Christians have regarding sexuality correspond to a form of rejection of the body? Why treat the body as if it is "dirty"?
- Q.60: Why do Christians make a big deal out of it when it comes to sexuality?
- Q.61: Why wait to be married before having sex?
- Q.62: But everyone finds it normal to have sex before marriage. How can a whole society be wrong?
- Q.63: But a man needs sex. Isn't that a natural function?
- Q.64: Why is the problem of rape when dating is so prevalent today?
- Q.65: Shouldn't we be free to end our marriage when it no longer meets expectations?
- Q.66: Since you got divorced, mom and dad, I can't respect you anymore. Why would I be wrong to make my own decisions when you made such bad ones?
CHAPTER 9: SHOULD I LOOK AFTER MY BABY? LIMITS OF LIFE: PREGNANCY, ABORTION AND BIOETHICS
- Q.67: Why make such a big deal out of abortion? It is only a fetus, not a person.
- Q.68: Opponents of abortion often compare the abortion policy to the Nazi holocaust. Isn't that going a bit far?
- Q.69: If a young woman has an abortion, the problem is solved. She and the father can go on with their lives, right?
- Q.70: Why do associations like family planning campaign to make abortion accessible to all?
- Q.71: Mom, I am pregnant. What should I do ? Do I have to keep my child?
- Q.72: What to do when the medical examinations show that the child is not normal?
- Q.73: Without abortion, wouldn't we quickly be faced with overpopulation?
- Q.74: What about genetic manipulation?
- Q.75: What about cloning?
- Q.76: If people want to die, isn't it more humane to grant them the right to suicide rather than to let them suffer?
CHAPTER 10: GUESS WHAT I LEARNED TODAY?
SCHOOL, VALUES AND VIOLENCE
- Q.77: Public schools don't have the right to teach religion, so they can't be relied on too much, right?
- Q.78: My school is so anti-Christian; what can I do about it?
- Q.79: In my school we distribute condoms. If young people are having sex, isn't it important that they protect themselves?
- Q.80: My textbooks (or my teachers) say so. They must know more than you, right?
- Q.81: Why have our public schools become so dangerous? What went wrong?
- Q.82: I will never be violent myself, but I like to watch movies where they kill each other. What harm can there be in this?
- Q.83: I have to vent my anger somehow, though!
- Q.84: I'm not interested in internet pornography or anything like that. So why are you always behind me to limit my computer use?
- Q.85: My best friend has just died. I'm not going strong, and I need help. How to overcome this grief?
CHAPTER 11: WHAT AM I ACCOUNTABLE TO THE GOVERNMENT?
GOVERNMENT, POLICY AND CITIZENSHIP
- Q.86: Why do we say that the nations in the West are "Christian"?
- Q.87: Are Christians for the separation of Church and State?
- Q.88: Should nativity scenes and other religious symbols be allowed in public places? What kinds of religious expression can we tolerate there?
- Q.89: If the law is incapable of making people better, why legislate on morality?
- Q.90: Should the private life of a leader have a relation to his public life?
- Q.91: Why bother to vote when I'm eighteen?
- Q.92: Why do Christians advocate revenge? “Lock them up” seems to be their only answer to all problems. Isn't there a better approach to justice?
- Q.93: How to behave when you are in total disagreement with the policy of a government?
CHAPTER 12: HOW CAN I NOT BE AFRAID OF MY FUTURE?
WORK, CAREER AND SUCCESS
- Q.94: Why is work so important, if not for a living?
- Q.95: But the work is so often boring. Does it always have to be like this?
- Q.96: What if I want to become an artist?
- Q.97: What if I want to work in the private sector?
- Q.98: If I work in the private sector, in politics or in another profession, it is not because I am a Christian that I should put God everywhere?
- Q.99: But not everything revolves around God!
- Q.100: How do you measure success?
A FINAL WORD TO PARENTS ABOUT THE AUTHOR ...
Original title : Answers to Your Kid's Questions
Author : Chuck colson
Publisher : clé
Format: 14 x 21 cm
Release : 2004