An Explanation of God by Danny Dutton aged 8.

I found this video on facebook which I found touching. Young and inexperienced persons often can be remarkably wise at times. I particularly liked the video which I’ve transcribed for you to read, as it explains things so simply like a Christianity 101 —the basics— and I believe this is why Jesus said ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it’ [Luke 18:15-17] Here then is the transcript of an 8 year old’s essay named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA. Please read Note 1 for more information on the authorship.


An explanation of God by Danny Dutton third grade Homework assignment

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.’

Notes:

  1. Origins: We are unable to assign the precise origin or date or veracity of this essay (On the web since May 1993), nor can we definitively confirm that an eight-year-old called Danny Dutton in California actually wrote this.  From what I understand about the American educational system and the separation of church and state it would seem highly unlikely that a third grade teacher would set this kind of essay topic.  Furthermore the composition and language structure are of someone older that 8 years of age. We though you should be aware of this.
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