Disclaimer: It's come my attention that some people thought I was preaching universal salvation. That is not the case! I'm merely trying to explain God to a child. I mean, seriously, how do you explain hell and damnation to a seven-year-old anyway?
Recently my dad asked me if I could clear some things up about God to my seven-year-old half-sister Jett. He said she couldn't understand why God would be so full of hate. After doing some thinking, here's what I came up with (reprinted with permission):
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Dad wanted me to talk to you about God. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a good job, since I’m not a pastor. I’m just a regular guy trying to figure it all out as much as the next guy. But maybe I can clear some things up.
First of all, despite what people like Pat Robertson or Fred Phelps might say, God does not hate anyone. He loves everyone, from the Pope to Osama Bin Laden. He hates some of the things we do though, like lying and killing people. If you lied to some one, Dad wouldn’t like that, but he would still love you, right? That’s how God is.
Some people say that God hates Uncle Frank because he’s gay. That’s not true at all; God loves Uncle Frank and Kevin. In fact, some Christians believe there’s nothing wrong with being gay. They believe that the parts of the Bible supposedly say being gay is wrong were taken out of context and misinterpreted. Me, I haven’t studied the Bible enough to know for sure, but I do know that it would not be right for me to single out Uncle Frank, because none of us are perfect.
We’ve all done things we’re not proud of. For example, in the past I’ve said things that have hurt people’s feelings. But that’s where Jesus comes in; He came to show us how to live, and gives us strength to live better lives. And on the cross He paid the price for all our sins, so we don’t have to worry about being perfect. It is through Him that we can be better people.
Hopefully that makes some sense. Like I said, I’m still trying to figure it all out. But hopefully I’ve cleared a few things up. Can’t wait to see you again!