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Conversations From The Back Seat

Yesterday I picked Maddie and her friend
Elise up after school, and due to the weather we rode in the car
rather than walking. After concentrating on maneuvering through
kindergarten traffic and getting safely out of the school zone, I
tuned into a conversation between Maddie and Elise that was already
in progress. Apparently they were discussing the creation of our
solar system, and I started listening right around the following:

Maddie: “But, Elise, if God didn’t create the Earth
then the moon wouldn’t exist because there would be no way
for it to come into being.”

Elise: “No, no, that doesn’t
necessarily follow, Maddie. Just because God chose not to create
one, he still might make the other.”

Maddie: “No, that’s not what I’m saying is the
problem – I’m speaking of the way the moon-“

Elise interrupts: “Oh, oh, Maddie, I see where you’re
going with this. Since the moon is actually a piece of the Earth,
then it stands to reason that if God didn’t create the Earth
there would be no moon! After all, there’d be no Earth from
which it could come.”

The two went on to discuss other planets: If, for example, God had
not created the Earth, would there still be a Neptune or a Uranus?
Would removing one planet from our solar system disrupt the
delicate balance of orbits and leave an insurmountable hole in the
way the system was created? Or would God simply work around that?
The debate continued the entire way home.

They’re only in kindergarten, right?


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