This afternoon I took Tim, Ben and Ezra shopping for birthday presents for Abby (because, if she hasn't told you yet, she will be 11 tomorrow).
As we were leaving the shopping centre Ben asked if Jesus and God are the same person, or is Jesus God's son. It's actually a very difficult question to answer, especially since Ben won't accept a simple, "yes, both of those statements are correct". I ended up referring him on to Simon but I'm not sure whether he has it figured out yet or not.
Ben has a habit of coming out with difficult questions and since doing some study, I am no longer comfortable to offer the simple, childish (and often theologically incorrect) answers that grown-ups generally give to children. Each of my children have demonstrated the ability to understand the more complex answers and Ben in particular often asks questions that are way out of my depth. Last week Ben accused me of not answering his questions often enough. He thinks I tell him to "ask daddy" or "ask your Sunday School teacher" too often. (Sorry Susan, last year David was his Sunday School teacher.)
I think my kids are pretty normal and not little geniuses who ask especially bizarre and difficult questions. So I have to assume that other kids ask these kind of questions also and I am left wondering how other parents deal with them.
How would you answer a seven year old who wants to know how Jesus can be both God and God's son at the same time?