The creation from the eyes of a child


This is how a nine-year old would view the story of Genesis regarding the creation using the simple logic of a nine-year old.


Raja Petra Kamarudin

(Act 1, Scene 1: Father sitting on a sofa reading his newspaper. His nine-year old son walks in).

Dad: Hi, son. How was Sunday school today?

Son: Cool, dad.

Dad: Cool? You never liked Sunday school before. Now you find it cool? That’s nice. I am glad you are beginning to enjoy Sunday school.

Son: No, I meant they finally got the air conditioning working. So it was cool today.

Dad: Oh, okay. You had me worried for a while. I thought you were someone else masquerading as my son.

Son: Dad, can I ask you a question?

Dad: Why not ask your mum?

Son: I did and mum said to ask you.

Dad: (Sighs and puts down his newspaper). Okay. What is your question?

Son: We learned about the six days creation today.

Dad: That’s good. So now you know about Genesis.

Son: Yes. Phil Collins left the group in 1996 to go solo.

Dad: I don’t mean that Genesis. Oh, never mind. So what do you want to ask me?

Son: The teacher said the world was created in six days.

Dad: That’s right.

Son: The teacher told us, “And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”

Dad: Wow! You can remember all that? Even I can’t remember it.

Son: I know. Mum said you are not a good Christian.

Dad: Mum told you that? Oh, never mind, so what do you want to ask?

Son: The teacher said that the sun was created on the fourth day.

Dad: Well if the teacher says so then it must be true.

Son: But day and night were created on the first day and plants and trees were created on the third day.

Dad: Is that what your teacher told you?

Son: Yes.

Dad: So it must be true then.

Son: But how could you have day and night on the first day and plants and trees on the third day if the sun was created on the fourth day?

Dad: I don’t get you, son.

Son: You need the sun to have day if not it will always be night and you also need the sun for plants and trees to grow. Without the sun there will be no chlorophyll. But the sun was created on the fourth day.

Dad: I don’t know son. God can do anything I suppose.

Son: But there was light on the first day and the sun was created on the fourth day so where did that light come from?

Dad: I don’t know, son. But that is what the Bible says so it must have happened then.

Son: When was the Bible written and who wrote it?

Dad: I don’t know son. Just that someone wrote what happened 6,000 years ago, that’s all.

Son: But paper was invented in China only around 2,000 years ago so how could someone have written the Bible more than 6,000 years ago when there was no paper at that time?

Dad: I did not say the Bible was written 6,000 years ago. It was probably written later.

Son: After the time of Noah and the Great Flood?

Dad: Yes, probably after the time of Noah and the Great Flood.

Son: But everyone died in that Great Flood. Only Noah and his family survived. So is this story from Noah?

Dad: Yes, the story probably came from Noah.

Son: Where did Noah get these stories?

Dad: I don’t know, son. Maybe God told him these stories.

Son: So this means the Bible was written by Noah then?

Dad: Yes, probably it was since he was the only one alive.

Son: 4,000 years ago?

Dad: Yes, 4,000 years ago.

Son: But they did not have paper….

Dad: Yes, I know, you told me, paper was invented only 2,000 years ago.

Son: And what about the dinosaurs?

Dad: What about the dinosaurs?

Son: Dinosaurs lived 65 million years ago but the world was created only 6,000 years ago.

Dad: Look, son, why don’t you run along? Go to the mall or something like that.

Son: Thanks, dad. I asked mum whether I can go to the mall and she said no.

Dad: (Sighs). Okay, tell mum I said you can.

Son: Thanks, dad. Bye!