My young son will have it hard. Not only does he have to live with the atheism of modern culture, but with me being married to a christian who goes to church, he is going to be faced with the idolatry present there. So it is up to me to teach him in a way he can understand what makes God different to His creation.
The opportunity presented itself for me to teach my son and two other children about the Bible account of creation and about what happened to the man and the woman after they were created. I asked them to draw a picture of the account of the temptation and its aftermath. In the drawings of two of them, including my son, they had drawn a man called “God,” this man was talking to the man and woman in the garden.
I paused the class and asked a simple enough question: in that portion of scripture, what does it say God looked like? What were the physical features described? At first the children made up features that were not in the text to conform to the pictures they had drawn but soon after, after looking at the text, they realised there was no physical description given. So I asked, “then what can you draw?” The uniform response was “nothing.”
Upon that platform, in accordance with other scriptures from the Jewish Bible, I shared with them the concept of being present but not being seen, invisibility, to help them see the fact that if something is seen then it is not God.
If something is seen, then it is not God.
I even got the chance to ask whether any part of the text said God was a man. Again, they could only conclude that it did not, so they had no grounds to draw a human being.
Why was this helpful?
Later on, when one of the children said in front of my son that Jesus created everything, I could point to those teachings to challenge my son to remember the lesson, to ask him whether Jesus was ever a visible man. He answered “yes.” I then asked if he could possibly draw Jesus. The answer had to be yes. I then asked whether he could draw God. The answer was “no.” I asked him why and he said, Because God is invisible.
I know this is a simple lesson. I know christians may have supposed explanations for it. But the boy was only 5 years old. I’m not going to get into all the complexities yet. But it’s a beginning, right? A simple explanation why Jesus being God makes no sense at all.