An 8 year-old Explains God
By: Danny Dutton
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
here on earth.
He doesn't make grown-ups, 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 besides bedtime. God doesn't 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 shouldn't go wasting His time by going
over your parent's head asking for something they said you couldn't
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 OK.
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, of
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 times.
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 very good and you get thrown into real deep water
by big kids. But you shouldn't just always think of what God can do
I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases.
And that's why I believe in God."
*Written by Danny Dutton, age 8, from Chula Vista, California, for his
third grade homework assignment: "Explain God."