The story of Noah's Ark in the Bible is not a children's story. I realize now it should never be taught to children. Do we tell the stories of OT slaughters cheerfully in Sunday School? Only adults who understand God is not vindictive should really delve into it.

@conrad “Humanity had been around for a few chapters, so naturally God was ready to drown all but eight of them...” (Why are the kids crying—better get to the animal boat.)

@conrad I teach Sunday School to 4-6 yr olds. I had to totally re-frame how I tell this story. I don't say that God wanted to destroy creation, but to save it from a cataclysm. Basically, my message to the kids is that a small group of faithful people were able to save life on earth, and each of us can care for the earth & each other, as Noah and his family cared for the animals & each other. I say that this is the only way we have hope. In the face of climate change, I truly believe this.

@conrad As an adult, I understand that ancient people thought of natural disasters as a show of the wrath of a god. I am moved that in the collected poems and myths of the ancient Hebrew people, the wrathful god offers mercy to some & hope for creation to be renewed. That's a little to complicated for kids. I agree that it is most meaningful to adults with understanding. Frankly, tho, a lot of modern adults are still drawn to a wrathful god more than a merciful one.

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