Monday, October 02, 2006

Child Theology: Snake

When my eldest daughter was three years old, she posed this question...

"Why do you think Adam and Eve listened to the snake?"

Trying to be an affirming parent, I said, "That's a good question. Why do you think they listened to him?"

"I think it's because he was amazing," she said. "Snakes don't talk, so that probably amazed them... so they listened."

I had never thought about it quite like that. So we went on to have a rousing theological discussion about evil... how it sometimes lures with big displays, circus tricks, if you will, like the kind Satan asked Jesus to perform during the Wilderness Temptation. At times, evil tries to amaze the socks off you, so you'll step into waves that'll carry you away.

And, to think, my three year old opened up this discussion... "Jesus rejoiced...and said, 'I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes...'" (Luke 10:21)


Blogger Katrina said...

Aren't kids amazing? I think sometimes I over-complicate things with all my "analyzing." Then along comes a child (usually my son) who brings everything right back to the basics.

10:40 AM  
Blogger CyberCelt said...

Kids are cool until they grow up to be teenagers.

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2:22 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Gosh, cybercelt, I rather like teenagers myself. They are often brave, passionate, idealistic... all those things that having a mortgage and a lawn to mow seem to strip away from us "grown ups."

6:38 PM  
Blogger the woman said...

Once my son asked, how did God came about in the first place... It's sorta difficult to explain to a young child at times.. they will find it hard to comprehend certain things.

4:19 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

To "the woman"...

yes, it's especially hard to explain all the things I still don't understand myself! (of which there seem to be many... and I discover more every day).

12:05 PM  

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