The monkey boy drew this today. It is Adam and Eve hanging out in the garden with dinosaurs… before Adam sinned.
I wish that I had a more scientific mind. I want so much to “get” science… but I don’t. I barely squeaked by biology and chemistry. I was never interested and knew that my mind was designed for literature and art issues.
However, about a year and a half ago, my son became interested… no obsessed with dinosaurs. I know that a lot of little boys love dinos… so nothing weird there! I actually welcomed the obsession because with two little sisters, there’s a lot of pink around here and the boy needs some boyish interests. (Disclaimer… I know girls can like dinosaurs too). Am I rambling?… I feel like I am rambling.
Anyway… this new found obsession began with the PBS show Dinosaur Train. My son was instantly drawn to the show. He soaked up everything that it had to offer. My husband and I try to be discerning with what we let the kids watch. I was uncomfortable with the obvious evolution teachings and the things that the show were claiming as facts rather than just theories (such as dinosaurs evolving into birds). With not much mention of dinosaurs in the Bible and so much controversy in the scientific world surrounding dinos and the timeline of their existence, I started looking for ways to temper what the kids wanted to learn about dinosaurs with Biblical perspective.
I was so excited to find Answers in Genesis. As much as I fall short in the area of science, they excel… and they do it for the glory of God. I never thought about the fact that God created all the animals and man on the same day. As Christians, we believe that sin and death entered the scene when Eve and Adam ate the forbidden fruit. The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.” So, we can know that death was not a factor until sin was. Dinosaurs could not have lived millions of years ago and then died long before people… death didn’t happen until sin in the garden.
I don’t expect those who don’t accept the authority of God’s word to accept this teaching, but for me… as one who accepts and submits to the authority of the Bible, I had to rethink a lot of what I was taught concerning “millions of years” and dinosaurs. I accepted everything I received in school as true (until I got to college)… and now I am realizing that I need to pray for my children to be able to discern truth from theory and fiction. One reason we chose to homeschool is to give a firm Biblical foundation. Another reason is to act as a filter for what our children are taking in. Another reason is to prepare them for battle. They are growing up in an increasingly hostile world and I don’t want them going into it unarmed.
I hope all this makes sense. I have learned more about dinosaurs in the past year than I ever wanted to know. I am so proud of my son though… he reads the books he checks out from the library with discernment. He will come across something that says “millions of years” and say…”that’s not true… dinosaurs were created on the sixth day. Or he’ll read about evolution and say, “Mom… God created those animals just the way he wanted them to be.” He is so passionate about the Bible and wanting things to be in line with the truth. I am excited to see where God takes him in life.