Amanda - posted on 06/05/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )
Well... we don't go to church half as often as we probably should. I will totally admit to that.... but we used to go every Sunday.... my oldest remembers. Well at nearly 7... I somehow got wrapped into explaining heaven and hell.... and the conversation started with "what is a soldier".... not really sure how we got to the other part. She cannot wrap her mind around the idea that some people are mean.... in the sense of evil. Her biological mom was quite neglectful and abusive toward her... so she bases everything off of what a "bully" she was. So trying to explain evil and hell was quite a challenge... especially when she starts asking what the devil is... and why. She can understand heaven... and that it's a place of good... but she really doesn't understand the concept of hell... and I don't really expect her to. After all... she is only 7.It was very interesting... especially since I have never really sat down and thought about the idea that my kids don't really know what hell is. They know that when people die they go to heaven and that heaven is for people who are good. And that God created the world. Especially in a situation of prior abuse and neglect... she just can't imagine anything worse... and as far as I know... her biological mom may be a follower of the devil... I'm not going to argue with her about that. I have met her biological mother... only a handful of times when she had nothing better to do than show up for a court date now and then. Anyway.... I'm sure my 5 year old will question me soon enough... when my 7 year old tries to explain it to her... so anyone had to try to explain hell???? Because I have NO idea how to answer when my 5 year old asks!