Misinterpreting the Bible: A Preschool Undertsanding

OK, for those of you who expect an intellectual discourse about how we sometimes misunderstand Scripture when we are “baby” Christians, and God leads us into a fuller understanding as we study His word… you can stop reading now.

But for you parents whose preschoolers crack you up with their understanding of Scriptures, DEFINITELY keep reading!

This morning, I heard my 5 year old, Princess Pony (she made me change her blog name, because Princess wasn’t exciting enough) arguing with my 2 year old, Little Pea. When I asked her what was going on, she said, “Little Pea hit me, so I hit her back.”

When I showed my disapproval, she proudly exclaimed, “Well, in the Bible, it says you should do to others what they do to you! That’s what Daddy told me!”

Then, when I explained that you do what you want them to do to you, she said, “Well, she must have wanted me to hit her, because she did it to me!”

Um, that’s a slight misinterpretation of that Biblical Principle in Matthew 7:9-12.

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

I found a great website with a re-telling of these Bible verses for kids. I think we’ll be printing this out, and reading it for a few days!

What about you? Have your kids ever interpreted Bible verses… creatively?


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  1. Sarah-this is so sweet! I know this will sound a bit funny, but I can’t wait for my Pickle to get to this stage. She is so verbal now (at almost two)that she is already cracking us up! I know God has great things planned and more funny moments than I’ll know what to do with and I’m so excited to see where her little life leads!
    Thanks for the link. It is awesome. I think I’ll print it and start a file . . .


  2. elaine @ peace for the journey says:

    My daughter asked me recently…

    “Mom, who is Jesus’ son?”

    My reply…

    “Why do you ask?”

    Her reply…

    “Well, the Bible says that Jesus be gotten a son. Who’s he be gotten?”

    Enough said…we’ve lived in the South way too long.



  3. Sarah Mae says:

    Not so much of a creative intepretation, but a prohecy perhaps? 🙂 My little two and half old said, “when Jesus comes to see us, there will be a rainbow.”

    By the way, thanks for the compliment on my header. My father-in-law took the picture, he used to be a professional photographer. I actually did an interview with him for my blog on how to take a great picture – it will be up next week. 🙂


  4. Melanie says:

    I love this! One of my favorite things about kids is seeing their view of the world. I could read stories like this all day long. I’ll have to check out the link you shared.


  5. The story of Easter changes every year as they start to understand an extra piece each year as they get older. I wish I had thought to write them down each year.


  6. Too cute!

    And I LOVE your new blog design!



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