Surprising Questions from a Seven-Year-Old: Part One

“Why did God create Adam and Eve if He knew they were going to sin?”

That was what Jason, our seven-year-old, asked me the other day as he was on a small wooden stool leaning over our kitchen sink, washing the dishes. I had been zipping around behind him, wiping down counter tops and trying to get everything clean before we entered homeschool, both of us working in a joyful silence until his question – asked so purposefully and clearly – left my jaw dangling wide open.

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I immediately put down the dirty rag in my hand and sat down on the counter top a few feet from where he continued peacefully and methodically washing the dishes. I said, “Wow, what a great question. I don’t know if you’ll really be able to understand this, but I’ll try to explain it to you. God created Adam and Eve, knowing that they would sin, because He also knew that He would send a Savior into the world to save the people from there sin. There would be some people – like you and me and many others all around the world – who would one day choose freely to love and follow Him. If we are not free to choose evil, to choose sin and darkness, neither are we free to choose good, to choose His truth. It all has to do with freedom.”

His eyes never left mine as I annunciated each word carefully and clearly, his little hands still washing various colorful plastic cups and old metal spoons.

I continued. “For example, Pa and I love each other because we choose to. We chose to get married and thus love and serve one another the rest of our lives, and because we had the freedom to choose not to, it makes the love that we did choose more real. For example, if I did not have the freedom to choose to love Pa – if I had to love him – I would be his slave. It is like that with God. God wants us to choose to love Him in our freedom, because if we weren’t free not to choose Him, then we would be like His slaves and we would only be loving Him and walking in the light because we had no other choice. He respects our freedom and wants our genuine love. What a good question you had, Jason. There’s much more to the answer, and we can keep learning together as you have more questions, but I think for right now we’ll stop there. Does any of that make sense?”

He nodded his head, smiled, and said, “Thanks, Ma.”

This same little boy who loves to play with toy trucks, sings opera at the top of his lungs in the kitchen, is shy to introduce himself to new people, and mispronounces many words, verbatim asked me that question along with various others in the last couple weeks. Let us give thanks to God that his little heart is hungry for Truth and that he has been put in an environment where he is surrounded my numerous adults who can lovingly and accurately answer his questions. Please pray with us for Jason’s future, that the Lord continues to mold him into a brave, compassionate man ready to be used by God in Jesus’ name.

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