Raising kids in today’s world, you have to learn to answer things twice... once as it pertains to what they learn in school or in society and once as it pertains to what the Bible tells us.
It’s hard trying to raise little Christians to give the Lord his proper honor at times when we get so many different answers from so many different “experts”.
I remember that we took our kiddos to see a dinosaur museum... nothing says “cool summer field trip” like dinosaurs. We were the only ones in this little museum when one of the curators came out and started giving us a personal tour.
It was fascinating... until one of my kiddos asked how old a specific bone was and this curator went on a long rant about how it was millions of years old and then began lecturing my family on how unlike the museum across town... this one wasn’t Biblical farce.
Hold. The. Front. Door. First off, you don’t just randomly involve religion beliefs in a random conversation... second, you don’t do that to my husband and his family. He was polite but firm... my husband... not the curator. He simply asked... what is this other museum?
It turns out that across the town, there was a creation museum that identified dinosaurs and other historical animals... and explained it according to the Biblical timeline.
Then he literally turned his back on this man, and told us to load up. We headed out. Sure enough, there was a creation museum right down the road. It’s very blunt about it’s purpose... it is based on the fact that God created the Earth, the Bible is his divine word without error and creation was done in six days.
I will be completely honest. At no time before we visited this museum, did I ever have any credible answer for my kiddos if they were to ask me about dinosaurs and the Bible. I literally had no idea what to expect.
I’m still no expert but I will say this... I left that museum with a deeper belief in the Lord’s amazing work. The answers that were there... just blow the mind. So what exactly are they?
If you open a popular search engine and type in the words “how old is the earth” the answer comes up as 4.5 billion years old. Just a fact in a little box... like there is no question. Just like the if I were to plug in “what is 4+2”. The answer just pops up in a little box. A fact.
Except it’s not. It’s not a given fact... even though science and people of science would have you believe that. It’s an opinion. People once thought the world was flat... that was science and people of science that thought that too.
So when explaining it to us... I reminded the guy that he was teaching it on my kids’ level... (cause hello, everything told at fourth grader level is easier to understand). On the very basic level... science measures age by carbon dating.
Carbon dating is used to tell you the age of anything according to the radiocarbon dating. Scientists tell us with a straight face that something is millions of years old... verified by carbon dating. Yet consider this... Biblical information tells us that the before the Fall of Man (looking at you Adam and Eve) there was no death... animal and man were both vegetarian.
The Fall of Man, sin, brought about death. It also brought about the time that animals would begin to decay. Oil is produced in hundreds of years... not millions. Petrified wood produced in hundreds of years... boggles the mind.
Yet, the Flood drowned the Earth... and the wicked. There were two of everything on the Ark and there are animals today that harken back to their dinosaur ancestors... the rest... drowned and after the Flood... the bones were buried under mud and soil and receding waters. To be dug up and found later on...
To spread it out logically, it’s quite simple... you can believe the Word that was left for us or you can believe the men of science.
Kalynn Brazeal is a conservative, Christian wife/mom/country girl carrying around an MBA, several decades of business experience and a strong opinion. Dividing her time between Grand Lake and North Dakota, she continues to share her column on life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and cake. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.