You could expect Him to answer now and then, because that's how children are. People do hear His, or His messenger's voice now and then, but mostly in extreme circumstances. I know of a girl, 22yo. had God speak to her ten or twenty times: I am glad it was not me! She was lost in the South China Sea for three days and two nights on a child's canoe. Her book is thrilling: "A Mighty Tempest" and she tells it all. She was not a Christian when she went out and was carried away by a strong ocean current. She is a Christian now. She was on TV, in newspapers and magazines, etc. On the third day she called out: "God am I going to die?" Voice: "You are not going to die." "How can you say that? This is my third day and I can not hang on any more" Voice: "You are not going to die." She ignored 'the voice' and paddled off towards an island and had the canoe turned around by a unseen hand - which bought about her rescue by a passing boat of Christian fishermen. They thought she was a mermaid. Yes they did! Finding a pretty girl with long blond hair, 100 miles from shore was quite unusual. I have heard that 'voice' four times in 78 years. I did not ask for it. Jesus knows "What we have need have before we ask." (Matthew 7:8). Also, today we have the Bible to guide us, friends to seek good advice from and lots of good books. Read one of my encounters with a 'voice' in the appendix of my book number 1. The 'voice' interrupted my Bible reading to tell me over and over to go see a lady until I said, "Alright, I'll go." My visit stopped the lady from killing herself. God is there all right and He knows your thoughts too.
All people who can think have a need to worship something. Every race of people has their idea, or system of worship. They know there is something up there or out there. With no god to see or touch they make one and the people endow it with godlike power. That is why Christian missionaries are all over the world telling anyone who will listen the 'Good News' about Jesus. Many of them are killed in some way every year in countries that are hostile to the 'Good News' of Jesus. Many choose to follow the God of the Christian people and are very happy. In some countries converts to Jesus have to keep it a secret so as not to be killed. And that is true!
Yes, He is the creator of humans all right. I believe that when a newly married couple have their first baby, it is a beautiful miracle. He/she is 50% mum and 50% dad and to them – the most beautiful baby in the whole world. Come back in twenty years time and see the result of what has gone into that child’s mind and body. Lots of good things...or drugs, alcohol, and maybe damaged DNA (from drugs) by mum or dad before the child was born. Add to that good pure food and clean air - or polluted air and chemically laden food and drink - and you have the result in the 20-year-old boy or girl. Could be a brain surgeon, or a drug addict. All depends on how the parents raise and feed the child. Let me quote Zig Ziglar again. (A song put to the tune The Hokey Pokey.) “You dump garbage in You get garbage out, You dump garbage and you spread it all about. You’re into ‘Stinkin thinkin’ and kickin’ cats around, That’s what losing is all about. You put ‘Good Stuff’ in, You get ‘Good Stuff’ out, You put ‘Good Stuff’ in, And you spread it all about, You quit your ‘Stinkin Thinkin’ And kicking cats around. That’s what winning is all about. (Zig Ziglar, Perth, 1984) We are all a product of our parents, homes, schools, and work, Friends, ‘rellies’ and our choices. Yes we all make choices every day to do right or wrong. God did not make us robots but people with a free will to choose right or wrong.
Part of the answer to this one is in the last question Q51. Trouble is too many kids do not get enough hugs from a mum and dad who truly love and cherish them. And, this really grieves me – some kids know that they are not really wanted. They get almost no affection or hugs at home and many are abused too. That is very, very sad to see. Without care and affection many kids take to alcohol and drugs to: “Take away the pain.” What pain? The pain of knowing that nobody really cares if they have been abused, or if they live or die. In World War Two (1939 to 1945) Germany’s leader, Adolph Hitler, thought he would raise a generation of ‘Super Aryan Germans’ who would grow up to run and rule the world after the war. The babies were to be brought up tough - with little care or love. With no mother to hug and love them - the children mostly became mental defectives. Listless and without any real spark in their hearts. I would say to you that a loving mum and dad with time to give to their children is a priceless gift to a child. Without it resentment and anger could be the result and too many may become hateful and with no respect. Sorry this page is a sad look at society in Australia today. May you set your heart on being a good mum or dad when your time comes?
Yes, God did, in the beginning, create everything that was good. However, when Adam and Eve’s children grew up there was a murder. Yes! Sad to say, out of jealousy Cain murdered his brother Abel. God warned Cain that: “...sin is crouching at your door and desires to have you but you can beat it.” Advice ignored; and when Cain was banished far away, what did he say? “Oh, my punishment is too much to bear.” He was warned! And there was no “Sorry.” (Gen.4:1-16). We can be a difficult lot, and selfish at times. God did create ‘good’ things but we choose to use them to our own advantage too often. We are all ‘slow learners’ in life. I do not think there are many exceptions and getting to know God takes a lifetime – a bit each day. ‘Fighting?’ If aliens have been watching us for very long, they must shake their heads and say: “Will they never learn – always fighting and they have the prettiest planet of all – but insist on fouling it up!" We are a weird mob. True or not? Feel welcome to add YOUR comment.

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The Answerer - Peter Harris, answered children's questions from his many years of teaching "Scripture" classes.
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