How to explain God (written by an 8 year old)

Posted: September 19, 2011 by Vinay Jalan in Touching Stories
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How to Explain God was written by Danny Dutton, age8, from Chula Vista, California, for his third grade homework assignment”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 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.

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  1. Sadly, he misses the point about Jesus dieing to pay for our sins.
    Though this story is cute, it’s a bit sad that the kid does not really understand.
    This church needs to work on that.

  2. Nick Watkins says:

    Maybe if this child had been allowed to wait until he was able to make logical decisions to choose a religion he would have different views. Children should wait until they understand the power of research and weighing evidence to decide the religion, if any, that they choose to follow. Brainwashing.

    • stephanie :) says:

      haha thats true!^ give it 9-10 years, && praying, & god will mean nothing to him.
      his school will have told him all this’ & hes too young to decide anything else for himself!

      • vikz says:

        so quick to judge and plan out his future when you ain’t God. and if you got issues with him saying that your lonely if you dont believe in God, then he probably hit home for you, like you said everyones entitled to their own opinions so leave his alone whats it to you? unless its true! sheesh people!

  3. julie says:

    cant beleive the comments above sad …..why go so in depth its a view from an innocent 8 yr old child and what he is taking from the lessons he is learning ,he is learning to care for others and too have respect for himself

  4. I feel that it is great a 8 year old is not offraid to speak his or her mind…. having faith at a young age is good. My family didnt believe in god when i was 8 and i went to church on my own will…give kids more credit they are not stupid at all…children believing in a higher power accually keeps them out of trouble so why make them wait?

  5. stephanie :) says:

    im more amazed at the fact he basically said whoever doesn’t believe in god will be lonely. Everybody has the right to their own opinions and beliefs’ that doesn’t make them a bad person, or lonely! & for somebody his age’ how does he know about Secutarys, & ‘big’ meaning full words.. it was all simple talk when i was that age!

  6. SARAH says:


  7. Sarah Rocha says:

    This is an 8 year old child who although might not have all the “correct” info has put great thought and effort. Maybe if we as adults had the views on God as this child does, the world wouldn’t be as tarnished as it is. This just goes to show why children are the best creatures alive.

  8. Stephanie says:

    i think it was really cuite and grate even thow he may not of new it all right it was still grate cuz most kids at that age would not of even thougth of god like that boy did and just some of the thing he said u woul not of thougth of that at all so that was really grate and he has a grate mind and some good things in life to him and even head of him good things will happen to him with a beliver like he is

  9. Absolutely amazing….TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

  10. Amazing thoughts for an 8 year old. He might not have all the exact concepts figured out yet, but he is trying and he is learning. This is an 8 year old boys thoughts not an adult …Many cynical comments from others .

  11. I think is a wondrfl thing God bless him

  12. monk says:

    This eight year old knows all these “big, meaningful words” because he reads. Something more people should invest their time in. Maybe then they wouldn’t be so offended by something they claim not to believe in. Remind me again how something that doesn’t exist can effect you in any meaningful way?

  13. I think that god has bless him with a gife

  14. Lora davis says:

    That was absolutely precious!! And how date you cynical jerks judge a baby like that…. Instead of looking at the fact that he was talking about his Lord, also party return to the moral backgrounds of his writing!! I can only hope my children have this steep a grasp on morals and our God when they reach 8 yrs old!!

  15. linda says:

    i think this is a wonderful story and i hope he always has this much can anyone judge a child?

  16. Kathy Lucas says:

    WOW!!! How can one precious, loving little young man cause so many people of different man-made theologies become so critical & synical of a little guys thoughts? What ever faith you follow, I would believe that your faith states in some way, “Judge not lest ye be judged.” This sweet little boy is doing his best to witness to his fellow man on the internet which is something that wasn’t available when I was baptized at seven. Yes, seven. I may not have understood everything that my Sunday school teacher taught, but I certainly knew when the Holy Spirit entered my body; I tingled all over & tears wouldn’t stop streaming down my face. I was so overwhelmed with the love of my God, Lord & Savior, and the love, forgiveness, mercy & grace that was being shared with me so that I could share it with others. Yes, I also shared my feelings in the best way that I knew how, and I also fell flat on my face a thousand times or more as I grew up. I am 62 now, have studied with each faith, know that the King James Translation of the Bible has been translated into many languages, many books have been left out, been baptized five times because each new faith said I wasn’t going to Heaven or “The New System” unless I converted to their faith. If I remember correctly, Jesus tells us in Revelations & other books, that when he returns, he will take children from all of his flocks, and all it takes is the faith of a little child, smaller than a grain of a mustard seed to enter the gates of Heaven (where ever it is). Does it matter in the general scheme of things – all of the things that people of all faiths fight over? I am a child of God, I read my Bible, go to a lovely little church that has members that don’t believe everything that I do, but I feel the wonderful flow of the Holy Spirit when I go; I leave feeling full of love, forgiveness & mercy which carries me through this crazy world we are living in until I can go again the next week. I pray several times a day and talk to God & Jesus all of the time knowing that they know what my families needs are before I think or say it. I wish this little boy was mine; I’m so happy for his parents who must be so proud of him. My own grandson who is 14 doesn’t believe in God because his other grandparents have SHOVED their religion down my daughter’s five children, and she and her husband have done nothing to expose my precious grandchildren to the wondrous teachings in the Bible & of Christ. Thankfully, I adopted the two oldest and love the fact that they have faith and know what they believe. How many of you critics have taught (or will bring up your children to explore religeon so that they can make their own decisions, but follow yours until they are old enough to explore and make educated decisions of their own? I look forward to meeting this little fellow of faith in Heaven some day. God bless you, Sweet One; may you always have such a strong faith – you will learn more as you grow – don’t let any of these negative comments hurt your feelings – you have many people out here in the electronic world that love & are very proud of you. Go in love with God. Your Sister in Christ, Kathy

  17. alfred says:

    what a wonderful 8years old kid,,(compare to those who didn’t appreciate what he/she wrote)
    most grown ups cant make an explanation like that,,why?acting that as a ”BIG” ones who think that he/she knows anything and everything,,,

  18. ekene says:


  19. Fahad alm e2. says:

    guys jst stop actin like jerks & appreciate the message he is tryin 2 give u,dnt b so pessimistic,sometimes its best actin frivolous…

  20. Fahad Alam E2. says:

    guys jst stop actin like jerks & appreciate the message he is tryin 2 give u, dnt b so pessimistic,sometimes its best actin frivolous…

  21. dean redd says:

    Have you forgotten God Loves The Little Children. He’s an innocent child and he’s God’s own child. Good that he knowes about God at an early age.

  22. valerie says:

    i think he has done a wonderful thing nd has bn blessed with d gift of d holyspirit at ds age,i pray he keeps t up nd he wld know nd understand d bible more………as for those of u critisizing him,wot dd u do at hs age? he has chosen to walk in d path of Christ from a tender age so let him be nd do sumthing meaningful with urselves or better still get ur kids started before ts too late…………and i tell u give him 10 yrs from now f he continues like ds,he wld go places nd wld even be above ordinary people without Christ………without Christ the worl will be full of crisis nd yes i support he sayin on u will be lonely f u dnt v God! Let the boy be nd reflect on ur lives!

  23. Gloria mibaam says:

    This is wonderful coming from a kid.

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