Explain G-d

Written by Danny Dutton, age 8, from Chula Vista, California, for his third grade homework assignment to "Explain G-d."

	"One of G-d'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.

	G-d'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.

	G-d 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.

	G-d 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 G-d.  I don't think there
	are any in Chula Vista.  At least there aren't any who come to our

	Jesus is G-d'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 G-d.  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 (G-d) 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 the times.
	You should always go to Church on Sunday because it makes G-d happy,
	and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's G-d.

	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 G-d, besides being an atheist, you will be
	very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like
	to camp, but G-d 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 G-d can do for you.  I
	figure G-d put me here and He can take me back anytime He pleases.

	And that's why I believe in G-d."

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