40 Years in America
An 8-Year-Old Explains God
Danny Dutton, age 8
One of Godís 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 here on earth. He doesnít make grown-ups, just babies. I think itís because they are smaller and easier to make. That way, He doesnít have to take up His valuable time teaching them to talk and walk; He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.
Godís 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 besides bedtime. God doesnít have time to listen to the radio or TV on account of this. Since He hears everything, not only prayers, 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 shouldnít go wasting His time by going over your parentsí head asking for something they said you couldnít have.
Atheists are people who donít believe in God. I donít think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there arenít any who come to our church. Jesus is Godís Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didnít 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 didnít know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said OK. His Dad (God) appreciated everything that He had done and all His hard work on earth, so He told Him He didnít 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, of course. You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to hear 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 thereís anybody you want to make happy, itís God. Donít skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong! And, besides, the sun doesnít come out at the beach until noon anyway.
If you donít believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents canít go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know Heís around you when youíre scared in the dark or when you canít swim very good and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids. But you shouldnít 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 thatís why I believe in God.
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