While reading Nate at Finding Truth today, I came across this post, where one of Nate’s readers asked him to ask one of his children a few questions about where some things came from. I thought it an interesting idea and decided to ask my two kids who are both 5 some questions.
We don’t discuss religion with them unless they specifically ask a question, which they have done before. However, they ask questions about all kinds of things all the time. Sometimes I have to go look the answer up and sometimes I ask the AH and he knows, but their thirst for knowledge of how things work and how they came about is growing daily.
So here’s what I asked and how they answered.
Me: “Where do trees come from?”
K2: He answered first and said “They come from seeds or acorns that birds drop.”
K1: “Hey I was going to say that!”
Me: “Where did the sun come from?”
K2: Answered first again. “The sun comes from meteors a long, long time ago.”
K1: “Meteors lighted the sun.”
Me: “Where do birds come from?”
K2 & K1 at the some time: “Eggs!”
I believe that the person who had originally asked Nate @ Finding Truth to ask his 3 year old child questions similar to these, was truly and fully believing that the child would say God, even though the child had never been told of God before. Nate’s child answered in about the same manner mine did. With no mention of a god.
Had my children gone to church longer than they did(we stopped when they were about two) or had I asked them these questions before, their answers might have been different.
Did K1 and K2’s answers surprise you? They didn’t me.