Help With The ‘Tough’ Questions

6 08 2015

Smile God Loves You

For You…

Key Christian Teachings, Insights, and Explanations.

I began this site in 2011 hoping to help teachers and parents help children with their children’s questions. Since then it has grown in popularity so that I’m also aiming to help adults help themselves.

It’s just a carefully-selected quotes-collection. For everyone.

  • For Christians, meaning followers of Jesus, here’s hoping it’s useful to me and to others, so that it helps us all deepen our faith and live our faith. And that it helps us all do what Jesus urged, “You must love your neighbour as yourself,” all the time remembering the wisdom of St Teresa of Avila’s words, “The important thing is not to think much but to love much.”
  • For non-Christians, here’s hoping it helps in some way reach a deeper truth about whatever it is you’re wondering.

It is inadequate — but I hope it’s helpful when it comes to the ‘tough’ questions children—and adults—ask, such as:

  1. “Tell us about the devil!
  2. What’s God like? Is he just an old man?
  3. Are all religions the same really?
  4. What was Jesus like? Why did he die by being killed?
  5. Why bother praying? What I pray for I never get anyway.
  6. As a Christian I’m meant to be not too bad and then I go to heaven: is that what it’s about?
  7. What’s so special about communion anyway?”

It’s simply here to help us adults understand all this.
If you’re a parent or a teacher, it’s up to you to adapt the insight to the child’s/children’s level of understanding.

Dip in/Click in whenever it feels right, wherever it feels right. Maybe bookmark the site to make sure you can come back to it another time. Take your time with it.

This site was created and is regularly updated by a primary school teacher, Martin Stuart, at Scoil Talbot National School in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland, which is a public (state) and Catholic school for children from 3rd to 6th class (age 8 to 12).

The site has a Roman Catholic focus. Yet the aim is for it to be useful to all Christians, Catholic or Protestant or Orthodox, as differences in belief and understanding are so little compared to the treasures we share. In that light, it includes useful quotes from all types of mainstream Christians. (Only one page, on Science, includes quotes from non-Christians.)

By the way, if you see any ads on this site, they are not from this website and they do not benefit this website. WordPress.com hosts this site for €26 a year, which is good, and they seem to sometimes add ads, which is not good.

If you wish to email me, use helpwttq and then the sign @ followed by gmail followed by dot com (I’ve split it up here in an attempt to prevent spam). I’ll reply whenever I see emails but it might not be very quickly.

Could I ask you a favour? If you like what you find, maybe you could somehow spread the word of it? Many thanks!

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and, if true, is of infinite importance.
The one thing it cannot be is moderately important.”

—CS Lewis

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2 responses

22 10 2015
SJng

So where can I find help with a tough question?
I really do believe in God but I can’t access it I feel cut off, stuck. I don’t know how to get through this place and back to the place of confident faith that I’ve lived in for so long.
We have had tough things happen but they are certainly not beyond God. I don’t understand why I feel so cut off from everybody and everything. Maybe it’s my trying to cope that shuts everything down.

30 10 2015
adaywithoutlaughterisadaywasted

Hi SJng,

Sorry for taking so long to answer. You are asking a great question; and I’m not a spiritual advisor so the best I can do to hope to help you is to highlight some quotes and some pages for you to consider:

First, John-Paul II: “When we find life difficult, when we face a painful decision or when we struggle with temptation. At times like these, Jesus prayed with all the greater intensity. We must do the same! When it is difficult therefore to pray, the most important thing is not to stop praying, not to give up the effort.” (Take a look at all the quotes on this page: https://helpwiththetoughquestions.com/c2-prayer-and-the-power-of-ritual/) (and/or the Prayer page: https://helpwiththetoughquestions.com/c1-prayer/)

Second, take a look at the Faith page (https://helpwiththetoughquestions.com/c3-faith/): there might well be a quote or two there that ‘ring true’ or ‘provide light’, for example maybe this one: “Faith is believing in what cannot be proved, but which we choose to accept” (Sister Wendy Beckett)

God bless you.

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