Hello and thank you for taking the time to listen and answer my question…
Recently, my family and I suffered a tragic loss. My wife went into preterm labor earlier this year, and gave birth to our son Daniel who did not survive. My wife and I held our son for hours at the hospital before coming home and breaking the news to our family. We have two beautiful daughters (5yrs and 2yrs). Watching my oldest daughter comprehend what happened, and watching her go into a state of immense grief, was almost harder for me than going through the initial loss of our child.
Since then, we’ve been processing through this season of grief as a family. I’m taken back by how Good God is to us. I’ve never experienced so much authentic joy in the midst of immense sorrow. God truly is a redeemer and healer. My wife and I are both Christians, and we full heartedly believe and trust in the teachings of God’s Holy Word.
My oldest daughter loves Jesus, and constantly impresses me by her eagerness to learn about Him. She recently asked me at a very random moment, “Dad, How do we know if Heaven is real if we haven’t seen it?”. This is such a basic question, but it really threw me off. I know that she’s thinking a lot more about Heaven due to losing her brother, and I didn’t want to give her a generic “because the Bible says so” answer. That is the answer I gave her though haha, but added to it. I explained to her the 4 questions that we all must ask (origin, meaning, morality, and destiny), and explained to her that the Bible meets all of these topics, which is why we should trust what it says. But I still feel that as her father, I need to give her a more in depth answer. The question threw me off, because I typically think of these questions, if they were being asked by some one who is an atheist or of another belief structure, to where they would need to ask themselves the same questions they’re demanding from the Bible. But coming from a 5yr old christian, the question has a different meaning.
How would you answer this and make it so a young child could comprehend the answer? I so appreciate you taking the time to read this, and I pray that your are being richly blessed in whatever season our Lord has you in.