by Danny Dutton, age 8, from Chula Vista, California,
third grade homework assignment to "Explain 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 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 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 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.
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
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 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 for you. I figure God put me here and He can take me back anytime
And that's why I believe in God.
So far, today,
I've done all right. I haven't gossiped or lost my temper.
I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, or self centered. I'm really
happy about that so far. But in a few minutes I'm going to be getting
out of bed and then I'm going to need a lot of help. Thank you!