Out of the blue, my five-year old son asked me a series of philosophical and moral questions which kept my mind pondering on how the world is viewed by a young toddler.
Child: "Papa, why did God made the world?"
"God created the world so that we can glorify Him."
Child: "Why are Christians so important?"
Father:"Christians may not be important to other people but we are very important to God because we can build a better world and help other people be saved by God."
Child: "But Papa, why did God create a world that has bad people?"
(Silence as he pondered what I said.)
"In the Garden, God also created a world where the lion and the lamb can lie side by side in peace and be friends with each other. If you go to Paradise in Heaven, you will see all the animals living there."
From what I can recall, these are the pieces of the conversation which we had over ten to fifteen minutes. I shall treasure these moments with my son, who is seldom so lucid and focused in his enquiries about God and the world.
And it is my prayer to God that our son will always have that heart-felt wonder and inquisitiveness about his creator and the world.
They are truly the future and the promise of a new world.