Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Deep Afterschool Conversations

So I told you about my conversation with Mary Lyndsey on the way to school this morning... Let me tell you my conversation with Spencer on the way home. It went like this:

Spencer: Why can't they pray in public school? I wish they would just tear all of the public schools down. (He's passionate that way about everything.)

Me: Well, we don't need to tear them all down. If we did, then where would everyone get an education? We need to pray for them that they will someday allow children to be able to pray again in school. They don't allow prayer because not everyone a Christian and some people don't believe in prayer. Unfortunately those people were in charge when that rule was made.
(I'm not sure if this is answer is correct in it's entirety but figured it would make sense to him.)

Spencer: Why aren't some people Christians?

Me: Some people aren't Christians because they don't believe in God or that He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins.

Spencer: How can you not believe in God. He is everywhere.

Me: I wonder that too Spencer.

Spencer: Is Satan everywhere?

Me: The Bible doesn't say that Satan is everywhere... only God. But Satan does have demons working for him that can be anywhere. (I wasn't quite sure how to answer this one without scaring him to death but at the same time making him aware that evil is around us.)

Spencer: Are the demons the angels that left Heaven with Satan?

Me: Yes

Spencer: How did Satan trick them?... I mean how can one little angel cause so much nasty, dirty awful things to happen? (I told you he was passionate... and descriptive) And why did Satan get pride? Can't God control His angels?

Me: Yes, but He allowed his angels to choose to follow Him just like He allows you and me to choose. God doesn't make us love him and follow Him but He wants us to. And pride is something that Satan uses to get a lot of us to choose to not follow God.

Spencer: What was Satan's name when he was in Heaven?

Me: Lucifer

Spencer: Yeah Lucifer... why did his name change to Satan?

Me: Well, when we have a change in character, sometimes God changes our names. You know how Abram became Abraham and Sarai became Sarah and Jacob became Israel and Saul became Paul. When we change, we get a new name. The Bible says that God has a new name for each of us when we get to Heaven one day that only He knows. (Rev. 2:17)

Spencer: I hope my name has an S in it. I like names with S's in them... except for Satan.

Then he asked if he could play the Leapster when he got home. End of conversation.

I'm not sure how I handled all of these questions or if my answers were even entirely correct. He keeps me on my toes. Sometimes I have to tell him that we will have to ask the pastor or look it up because I don't know the answer. He sure is deep for an 8 year old.

We never know what their little minds are thinking do we?

9 comments:

Carol said...

That boy is a mess! God has some mighty plans for him - that much I know for sure!

Cheri said...

It amazes me how we can tell our children that there is evil in the world and they instantly believe it. Why can't grown-ups do that?

God most certainly does have mighty plans for him! Doesn't that just excite you?!! :)

Cheri said...

It amazes me how we can tell our children that there is evil in the world and they instantly believe it. Why can't grown-ups do that?

God most certainly does have mighty plans for him! Doesn't that just excite you?!! :)

Cheri said...

Don't know what happened there. Sorry!

Celly B said...

What a great conversation! I think you handled those deep questions so well!

DeAnna said...

Spencer never ceases to amaze me. God definitely is doing and will continue to do great and mighty things in and through that little soul. What a blessing!

Jenn Jenn said...

What a blessing he is. And you did a great job answering his questions. I agree with Cheri and Carol. God indeed has somethings for Spencer to do for the kingdom !! Wow

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

I love this kid. If we ever had he and Chloe in the same room, we would all have to leave because this sort of conversation would be non-stop.....!!!

Missy @ It's Almost Naptime said...

Don't you just LOVE that we have conversations like this with our kids?? I mean, PRAISE GOD!! I never had these kind of conversations with my parents. I am not exaggerating when I say that my 4 year old knows some theological concepts I didn't learn till I was pushing 30. I just LOVE these talks. Good job, Momma!