If you are part of social media or a news follower you have no doubt seen this already. This science quiz from a student at a private Christian school went viral not long ago and has sparked a rather ugly debate.
This is the curriculum that the test was over that has triggered such harsh comments from the atheist communities.
You can click here to link to the article from the Huffington to get a glimpse of what the evolutionist opinions have been http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/26/4th-grade-science-test-creationism-questions-dinosaurs_n_3163922.html
I love the response from Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis. They are inviting everyone to view their video, download a booklet, and take the quiz themselves, all at no charge. This offer is only good for a limited time. You can link to their site and free downloads here http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/05/23/families-use-atheist-attack-teach-kids-truth.
Being a lawyers kid, I love debate. And as a Christian I love the Word of God. As wonderful as it is to have faith and belief that the Biblical account of creation is true, quoting the Scriptures from Genesis chapter 1 won’t get us anything but ridicule from non believers when it comes to the Creation vs Evolution debate.
“24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.”
Proper science examines all evidence claimed and critically researches different theories before reaching conclusions. This is how we “do” science in our homeschool. I feel this is how all science should be studied, whether in homeschools, private schools, or public schools.
As Christians, I feel we need to arm ourselves and our children with scientific evidence. We need to understand the correct scientific lingo and vocabulary and use it accordingly. It’s time to take a stand and join in the debate.
Sadly, young earth creation evidence is not mainstream although there is much available. Below are my other favorite sources for exploring creation evidence:
If you enjoy a good fiction read, you should take a look at The Fossil Hunter by John B. Olsen, This book is loaded with the scientific community opinions and is available in libraries or can be purchased from most book retailers.
I encourage you, no matter which side of the creation/evolution debate you are on, that you will debate with respect and factual evidence.
The Lord has recently planted within my spirit a lesson that will have to do with Christians putting our Heavenly Father AND Creator in a box. I have had a lot of time to pray and to meditate on several things and I have a tendency to be a “black sheep” in some “religious” circles and yet, I believe in the Fundamental Truth in the Bible. But with that, I have also studied the Character, Attributes and Nature of our Creator. One of those attributes is Omniscience. This in simple terms means “All-Knowledge” or “All-Science!” Did our Creator, establish the Laws that govern the Universe or not? Is God Eternal (without beginning or end) or Not? Man is eternal, but he does have a beginning!
Our problems with Christians has always been deciding what is literal and what is analogous in the Scriptures. Such as Six Human days for Creation and 1 Human day for Rest or as in other parts of Scripture, “a day to the Lord is as a thousand years.” Another good one I like is when Jesus told Peter to forgive, “seven time seventy times!” You won’t believe in all honesty how many people (PREACHERS) have taught that you only have to forgive 490 times!!
Just some things to think about! We need to remember that the Bible tells us that in the last days, knowledge shall be on the increase. Is that because man is getting smarter or is it because the Holy Spirit who still resides in this world is OPENING the minds of man?
Just some thoughts to think about, but remember this when it comes to what truly is important and what to believe about the WHOLE Bible: Matthew 22:36-40, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Verse 40 is the key how these verses DEFINE the whole Bible, if we can practice these two, Everything in the Bible falls into place!
God bless as you continue to teach and “train up our children in the way they should go!”
Thank you for sharing this. We’re a young homeschooling family and the links you shared will be a good reference for our Science studies. Blessings, Mary
Mary, I’m thrilled that you can use these links. Creation science is a great study for us!
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In the test, the average size of a dinosaur was a sheep??? Where did that come from? Is that in the Bible somewhere? Thoughts on that?
Just my thoughts, Tisha. It certainly is possible that young animals were brought into the ark. The Scriptures do not say what size age or maturity the animals were. Not that I can even imagine the exact plan God had for this time, but if I were planning it, I select young animals. Perhaps they would adapt to the change of environment (wild to boat) easier, require less amounts of food, and etc. My theory would also follow well with why the extinction now. Thriving and reproducing would have been more difficult in the post flood world. To me this makes more sense than a comet being responsible for the world wide endangerment and eventual extinction of the dinosaurs. Like I said, just MY thoughts. Thanks for visiting again and let me know what you are thinking about this.
Misconceptions are easy to form in science. Movies such as Ice Age and The Croods can lead children to believe that dinosaurs, cavemen and modern humans lived at the same time. I am careful to make sure my students know what is fact and what is fiction. Beware the dinosaur story book aimed at young children.
Kirsty, thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you’ll come back again.