Just thought I'd share a recent conversation I had with my 5 year old boy on the topic of God. I'd also appreciate any advice on fielding these types of questions in the future, I generally apply a shamefully, hypocritical, cop-out strategy.
Conversation runs something along the lines of this...
Kid: "Daddy who's magic is the strongest, Wizard, witch, fairy... etc."
Me: "Wizard, then... etc"
Kid: "What about The God?"
Me: "That's different"
Kid: "What powers can The God do?"
Me: "Some people say he can do anything"
Kid: "Why can't he touch us?"
Me: "I don't think it works like that."
Kid: (Taunts God) "Turn on the oven little baby, laughs...Wasn't that funny?."
Me: "It's not a good idea to make jokes about God."
Kid: "I wasn't, why is it not good."
Me: "Some religious people get insulted...(cringes at this one) they think God might get angry....Look I don't know too much about it you'd have to ask religious people."
Kid: "Is Mummy religious?"
Kid: "Why is she and your not?"
Me: "I didn't really learn much about this stuff growing up, Mummy's family are more religious, they read books about this sort of thing."
Kid: "Why are her family religious?"
Me: "Some people from different parts of the world are more religious than others."
Kid: "Daddy . . . I don't want to wear my rain suit today......"
I always tell my kids
"Some people believe..." and then I give them a couple of choices.
I do let them believe in God. But I make sure that they know that no one defines God, that God is personal to them and their relationship with God is their own.
Like God is their buddy that they can't see. I do tell them that not everyone believes in God.
Like most parents, I work with what comes up. I try to give the broadest response possible.