Over a nutritious meal of McDonald's, (hey, don't judge me) my daughter and I somehow get on the subject of Adam & Eve. (background: Last week I was explaining that she was starting Sunday school the next day & filled her head with the few Bible stories that I know. That subject always scares me, just because I am scared that she's going to ask me questions that I can not answer, but the night was successful, she was excited and I had built up my confidence in the fact that I could teach her a thing or two.)
So back to the Garden of Eden. In telling her the story of creation, her eyes get huge, worried that Adam is running around somewhere today with a rib missing. (Oh crap, this isn't going well at all, but we are in the thick of it, surely I can just move on without any more dramas.) Well, the fact that a woman can talk to a snake just added a whole element I was not expecting. How in the world do you explain it? Her response was precious, holding her hands out she says "Who are you going to listen to? God (putting one hand out) or a snake, (the other hand) That's so dumb, who would pick the snake?"
Then it was, "Well, Adam didn't do anything wrong, it was all that lady's fault, what was she thinking?" I found myself stammering all over the place, wishing there was some sort of theological hot line I could call. 1-800-G-O-D-H-E-L-P. So then she asks if they are still alive, um, no... well, why are we talking about them then? (My thoughts exactly, let's get back to talking about our Star Wars Action Figures from McDonalds.)
But then she just keeps going on & on and all I could do was go get my Bible and start reading. (That did NOT clear things up for a 6 year old, but it did get her mind off of the story and onto all the things I have placed in my Bible over the years.) She then asked, "Did you put all this stuff in here millions of years ago, like when you were a kid?" Me, "Yes, millions of years ago that was my childhood." I swear!!!!
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