By The Wiz
So, I was giving a little Family Home Evening lesson. I hadn’t prepared anything, so I thought I would just tell the story of Noah, what with the two-by-twos, we’d do a little mooing, a little baaing, we’d color some animals, and voila!! Family Home Evening.
Well, my simple little lesson turned into mayhem. My daughter was screaming hysterically in the middle of the story. Her problem? All the poor wicked people in the world. Specifically, all the poor wicked people’s children. What about all the little kids?
Well, she got me thinking. We are taught that the ark-dwellers were the only righteous beings on the earth at the time. We are ALSO taught that children cannot sin until they reach the age of accountability. So….no children under the age of eight when the earth was destroyed in the time of Noah. Right? Did I do that logic correctly?
I tried to explain to my daughter that young children cannot ’sin’, even though they do things sometimes they know are wrong. I am trying to walk a fine line between teaching that you can’t sin until you can be accountable, but it’s still not OK to eat ice cream bars in the living room.
Sniff. “So, no babies were drownded?”
“No, honey. No babies died. Only mean, grown-up people.”
As her tears dried and she happily began to color her animals (what kind of noises do ostriches make?), I wondered - Did I just lie to my child? Were there young children who were destroyed? Did they die so they could testify against their fathers in the judgment? (My friend’s theory). We know that the Lord loves his children, especially his younger children. But that doesn’t mean He always let them live. I went to Genesis for help, but seeing as it’s part of the Old Testament, it wasn’t so helpful.
Maybe the whole story is just one big metaphor, anyway (waiting for lightning to strike…..)
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