While at the Home School Expo a couple of weeks ago, I spent some
time at the Answers in Genesis booth and attended one of their
workshops. With my 5 year old son being so fascinated by dinosaurs,
I have been trying to get my hands on whatever I can to teach him
from a Biblical worldview. He really likes to go to the library and pick
out dino books. However, most of the dino books we have checked
out focus heavily on evolution. The books state many things as fact
that have either not been proven or have in fact been disproven.
The books really didn’t bother me so much until the boy started
reading. He was soaking in all that the books had to offer. He was
telling me things that he read that really didn’t sit well with me.
Like that humans and monkeys evolved from a common ancestor. I
started researching what the Bible has to say about all this. Answers
in Genesis has been a HUGE help. I picked up a couple of books and
videos that I am more comfortable with the little man reading. Of
course, I still let him check out library books… But now I am better
equipped to handle the issue of dinos in light of the Bible.
If you are confused about why this is even an issue, here are a few
thinks for you to ponder (yes, I wrote thinks, not things):
– God created land animals and Adam and Eve on day 6 (the word “
day” in Genesis means “an ordinary day”. It is used throughout the
Bible and should be taken literally)… Therefore, God created dinos
and man on day 6.
– Death and suffering did not enter the world until after Adam and
Eve ate the fruit they were told not to eat (see Genesis 3). If dinos
lived millions of years before man and died out before man came on
the scene then there would have been death and suffering before
said eating of the fruit.
Ok…you may be thinking…”But I don’t believe the Bible to be more
than mere stories.” Here’s something more for you to chew on:
– The word dinosaur wasn’t used until the late 1800s. Before then,
these creatures…these large lizards were referred to as “dragons”.
Many historical records of many countries include dragons (look it
up). There are cave drawings in America with creatures that look
like… Guess what…dinos! People drew these before fossils, internet,
text books, etc. Perhaps dinos and people actually lived together!
– Recently, a T-Rex fossil was found to have red blood cells in it… It
is impossible that this could be millions of years old.
If you trace Biblical history back to the time of creation, it can be
assumed that the world is not millions of years old, but rather only
a few thousand years. Mind blowing… Isn’t it?
I also picked up the movie Expelled, starring Ben Stein (I highly
recommend it). He confronts leading scientists and universities on
the issue of “intelligent design”. This is the idea that life of earth
was designed… It did not just happen or appear or come from a big
bang. I was so surprised with how utterly against the idea of
intelligent design (not even mentioning God or the Bible) these
people were. The theories that some of the scientists were spouting
out were unbelievable… I’ll let you watch the movie for yourself.
However, I will share that at the end, Ben Stein interviews Richard
Dawkins (well known evolutionist). When pushed on the issue of
how life began, Dawkins danced around the issue and even at one
point suggested that maybe it was “seeded” here by beings from
another planet. (Um… Wouldn’t that fall under the catagory of
The way I see it, you can believe that life just happened… You live,
you die…that’s it. Your very existence is nothing more than a
random collision of molecules.
You can believe that life is sacred and was created by a very
intelligent, very loving and very creative God. In this version, your
life was not an accident. You are the handiwork and most special
creation of God and your life has purpose.
Thanks for sticking with me. All this started because my 5 year old is
one smart cookie. He’s going to keep me on my toes. For the record,
he wants to be a paleontologist when he grows up!
Check out Answers in Genesis if you want to know more about
Dinosaurs, Genesis and the Gospel (they are way more knowlegeable
about this than me!)