A Museum Guide for the Creation-Minded
- Thursday, June 08, 2006
I have often been asked why I do what I do-that is, write, publish, and speak to anyone who will listen about creation science. In fact, one person was perplexed, to the point of asking me with a sigh, "What's God got to do with it?" What indeed?
My God is intimately involved in everything I do. If He is the God who knows the number of hairs on my head (Matthew 10:30) and knit me in my mother's womb (Psalm 139:13), then He obviously is not a God who stands by and idly watches. Looking at nature is one of the ways to marvel at the awesomeness of God's creation. Psalm 111:2 states, "The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them" (NKJV).
While I believe that God is the origin of our world, I don't believe that either creationists or evolutionists know all of the answers. Unfortunately, this can be a very heated subject. People often react angrily, as if anyone who believes in creation is uneducated. Yet, there are many with doctorate degrees who believe that creation is indeed the truth and evolution is not proven.
Regrettably, as we listen to anything remotely scientific in the mass media we are led to believe that evolution is a proven fact. Many Christians have lost their faith due to evolutionary science. Others believe they need look no further than what they reading secular textbooks. Even those nurtured in loving Christian homes have been swayed. So we must educate our children, ourselves, and anyone else who will listen about the fallacies of evolutionary thinking.
One of the best ways to teach about creation is through field trips. But before taking a trip, learn some basics. Creation involves many scientific principles, but it doesn't have to be dull. It can be fun!
The Big Bang Theory states that billions of years ago an explosion began creating the universe, which continues to expand outward today. Try this simple activity with your children to demonstrate the weakness of that theory. Ask the question "Can order come out of disorder?" Have the children hypothesize (guess the outcome) and write down their answers. You may want to use the scientific method (see www.mediaangels.com for a free downloadable copy).
Place a handful of wooden craft sticks into a small paper lunch bag. Blow into the bag to inflate it with air. Hold the bag away from your body and pop it. Shake the sticks onto the floor. (If the experiment works well, a horrific pop will sound and the sticks will scatter all over the floor, to the delight of your children!) Observe. Did order come out of disorder? (I have had intrepid children who secretly arranged the sticks into the shape of a house, boat, etc. When I see this, I explain that "intelligence" was at work.) Order does not come out of disorder.
Education is the key. There are many fun field trips you can take with your children. When we traveled to Washington, D.C. and visited the Smithsonian Museums, the Natural History Museum caused much discussion when our children turned to us and asked, "That isn't true, is it?" Heads turned to look at us. We gave a brief lesson and moved on. We critically analyzed everything to see where the truth has been skirted and the "evidence" stretched.
When we are armed with knowledge and an understanding of the evidences for creation and against evolution, museums can show that there really is no evidence for evolution. Begin by reading the creation account in Scripture (Genesis 1-11). Explain that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. Creationists vary in how many years old they believe the earth actually is, but a safe bet is anywhere from 6,000 to 15,000 years old. No one can definitively prove that the earth is billions of years old. All scientists can do is hypothesize.
Children should understand the difference between observed facts and evolutionary speculations from unobserved history. Translated, this means that when you see a beautiful display in a museum, replete with hanging moss, multicolor dinosaurs munching on vegetation, a meandering stream – you get the picture – know that this is an imaginary scene and that the plaques by such displays are written with an evolutionary bias.
For example, one plaque stated something to the effect that life "just happened," yet this "fact" has never been proven. Scientists don't know how life began. They can hypothesize, but then it is, at best, a guess. We know by the Word of God that He created the world as stated in Genesis. We take this on faith, yet by observing nature we are affirmed by order everywhere we look.
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