DS Told me tonight that a friend at preschool had told him there was a man who built the whole world and his name is God. He then went on to tell me that God made all the houses and the animals and the people and even all the Lego.
It really bothered me because we (DH and i) are both atheists. I've talked to my son about things like dinosaurs and extinction and touched on elements of evolution (at his level of comprehension), which is already hard enough, but now this girl is telling him stories about a man who built Lego and our House etc, it's kind of overwhelming how to respond.
It was difficult to express to him that what she told him is her "belief" but doesn't necessarily make it true. I don't want to say she's a liar or whatever because then that will come back to her and that would be incredibly mean and unfair to her and her family.
I tried to say something along the lines of "she believes that God made those things but actually Lego was made in a plastic factory by machines, and our house was built by lots of people with bricks and wood and paint... Not God". I didn't say "there's no such thing as God" although DH was a lot more incredulous and harsh about it..
What would you say to a 5yr old in this situation? (He's 5 next month).