Found this today, made me smile. It was written by an 8-year-old
who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain God.’
‘One of God’s main jobs is making people.
He makes them to replace the ones that die,
so there will be enough people to take care of things
on earth. He doesn’t make grownups,
just babies. I think because they are smaller
and easier to make. That way he doesn’t
have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk.
He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.’
‘God’s second most important job is listening to prayers.
An awful lot of this goes on,
since some people, like preachers and things,
pray at times beside bedtime.
God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.
Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears,
unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.’
‘God sees everything and hears everything and is
everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy.
So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over
your mom and dad’s head asking
for something they said you couldn’t have.’
‘Atheists are people who don’t believe in God.
I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista.
At least there aren’t any who come to our church.’
‘Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard
work, like walking on water and
performing miracles and trying to teach the people
who didn’t want to learn about God.
They finally got tired of him preaching to them and
they crucified him. But he was good
and kind, like his father, and he told his father
that they didn’t know what they were
doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.’
‘His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had
done and all his hard work on earth
so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore.
He could stay in heaven.
So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening
to prayers and seeing things
which are important for God to take care of and
which ones he can take care of
himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary,
only more important.’
‘You can pray anytime you want and they are sure
to help you because they got it worked
out so one of them is on duty all the time.’
‘You should always go to church on Sunday
because it makes God happy, and if there’s
anybody you want to make happy, it’s God!
Don’t skip church to do something you think will be
more fun like going to the beach.
This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come
out at the beach until noon anyway.’
‘If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you
will be very lonely, because your parents
can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can.
It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared,
in the dark or when you can’t swim and you
get thrown into real deep water by big kids.’
‘But…you shouldn’t just always think of what God
can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can
take me back anytime he pleases.
And…that’s why I believe in God.’