The Five-year Old and Theology

Last night, we told the boys the story of the Garden of Eden, man’s fall, original sin, baptism, etc. Of course there were lots of hard questions. Where is the Garden of Eden, is it in America? Why didn’t God give Adam and Eve a time out? Was the snake big or little? Can we call Adam to see if he is still mad at God?

Today on the way to school, this conversation happened.

Five-year old: I wish that snake was still around. I’d get him and keep him, because he can talk.
Me: Wait – you mean the snake that got humans kicked out of paradise, that cursed all men and women ever born in all of history to original sin, you want to get that actual snake and keep it for a pet because it can talk!?
Him: Yeah Dad, that’d be really cool!

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