11 JULY 1931, Page 17

THE IDEA OF GOD [To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

. SIR,—In the course of my religious inspection of day schools, being interested in your articles on "The Idea of God," I set a paper to the children on "What I think of God," and the following was written by a girl of thirteen, attending an elemen- tary school.

"God is a supreme being, a wonderful mind which is behind all the movements of the' universe. He is the Creator of all things, and bean a Father's love towards them. Nobody has seen God, but He sent His Son to reveal to us what He is like. Jesus Christ once said 'If ye have seen Me, ye have seen My Father also.' God is good, and everything he creates He makes good and beautiful. He is the great giver of life, everything is created in God's plan, and everything must obey His wishes. God is eternal, and mankind cannot under- stand it, when we die and go to Heaven we shall have eternal life, It is only very gradually that God lets us know about Him, but in about ten thousand years' time man will understand much more about Him and about His wonderful doings. God guides men's hearts by the Holy Spirit."

Could anything be truer, or more simply expressed ? It seems to me worthy of a place beside the other articles on "The

Idea of God."—I am, Sir, &c., H. CROSLAND BELL. Assistant Diocesan Inspector of Schools. Empshott Vicarage, Liss, Hants.