Re-writing the Bible

The 10 Commandments are a pretty solid bit of Biblical teaching, aren’t they? I mean, most people, even without a church background, could probably name at least half of them (or at least ‘Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s ass’…).

When I realised that it was the theme for my session with the under-6’s yesterday morning, my initial reaction was one of relief – a familiar story, rather than the occasionally spurious ones the notes come out with – plus, a fairly easy concept to get across to small people: there are rules, but it’s because ‘God helps us to know how he wants us to live’.

As I perused the various activity options, I noticed that the week’s accompanying activity sheet was mentioned as including a picture of people illustrating the 10¬†commandments. I was (naturally) intrigued…how would commandments #7 (adultery) and #6 (murder) be depicted??

Disappointingly, both were excluded. In fact, for the benefit of the tinies, the laws were re-written as:
1. Worship me.
2. Think about what I want first.
3. Smile when you say my name.
4. Have one special day a week.
5. Make your parents happy.
6. Be kind to other people.
7. Look after your family.
8. Ask before you take anything that’s not yours.
9. Always tell the truth.
10. Be glad for what God has given you.

Hmmm, nice and child friendly, but are we not meant to be teaching good Biblical knowledge too? Couldn’t we have left the decalogue until a more grown-up age?

In actual fact, yesterday could have done with some peacemakers and dragon slayers. One boy decided to build aerial bombers out of Lego in an attempt to destroy the Sullivanian Family home a group of children were happily furnishing – later he used Lego bricks as bombs – beautiful.

I spent much of the session steering clear of an imaginary dragon another child insisted was sat on the edge of the rug. Hopefully some of his imagination and creativity will have rubbed off on me…

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