He’s only four, but he makes a lot of sense:
“Mommy!! Come here, quick!” the scream from Natalie, our 6 year old, seemed urgent so Amy sped into the kids bathroom where Natalie was standing over her 4 year old brother.
“Nathaniel said he doesn’t like Jesus.” Natalie said with disgust.
Nathaniel immediately started his explanation,“I like Jesus but I don’t like the big Jesus, I just like the baby Jesus!”
Amy was relieved there was no blood or real emergency to be dealt with but Natalie seemed a little scarred by her younger brother’s flippant attitude about the grown up Jesus. I have a Theology degree from a well respected University so I took over the inquisition of his issue with Jesus.
“So, what’s your problem with the big boy Jesus?”I asked in a firm voice.
“I don’t know. I just don’t like him. I like the baby Jesus better. He’s nicer.
As Richard Dawkins writes in The God Delusion:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
I wonder what prompted the child to say he didn’t like “big Jesus”…
The dad might be concerned about his son’s faith, but he’s not getting freaked out yet:
… No repentance was to be forced from him tonight. But I think we’re ok since he at least believes in the baby Jesus. I don’t think our preschooler can be considered an atheist…yet.
And perhaps the kid won’t be an atheist at all. He’s probably too young to have any idea what he’s really talking about. But it’s nice to see glimpses of his future. Let’s check in in about ten years and see what he’s thinking then.
[tags]atheist, atheism, Christian, Jesus, religion[/tags]