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Certificate of authenticity

Certificate of authenticity

Visit a jewellery store and see if you can distinguish between real and fake jewels.

Discussion point: Sometimes we can fool people, but we can’t hide the truth from God.

Visit a jewellery store with your children. Compare both real and artificial pearls, diamonds, gold and/or silver.

Explain that sometimes it is not obvious – even to an expert – if precious metals and stones are authentic (real), or merely imitations of the real thing (fake). Tell your children that when you buy the real thing, the jeweller gives you a “certificate of authenticity” to prove the article is genuine. (If you request it, the store’s assistant may be willing to show you a certificate of authenticity.)

Questions for discussion

Review these questions to further the discussion on real (God-made) versus synthetic (man-made) jewels and metals:

  • Sometimes people cannot tell the difference between real and artificial jewellery. Who always knows the difference? (Psalm 90:8, Ecclesiastes 12:14)
  • When we use our mouths to speak truth or falsehood we can sometimes fool people, but who can we never fool? (Psalm 139:4)
  • Can we say the same thing about your words that God says about His own words? (Isaiah 45:19)
Relevant Scripture

Psalm 90:8 “You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.”

Psalm 139:4 “Before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely, O Lord.”

Ecclesiastes 12:14 “For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

Isaiah 45:19 “…I, the Lord, speak the truth; I declare what is right.”