This was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton,
who lives in Chula Vista, CA. He wrote it
for his third grade homework assignment, to 'explain God.' I wonder if any of
us could have done as well?
[..... and he had such an assignment in California, and someone
published it, I guess miracles do happen!... ]
EXPLANATION OF 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.
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
'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.
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
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 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.