Where did Dinosaurs come from? Are they in the Bible?
Many parents may have heard these questions or questions like these at some point in their parenting. Why? Why are kid’s fascinated with Dinosaurs?
I believe it has much to do with secular influence of modern society. Let me explain! What show do most of our children watch on TV? Does “Dora,” or “Diego” sound familiar? What about movies? Does the movie “Land Before Time,” ring a bell?
These types of TV shows or movies peek our children’s interest in the mystery of the giant creatures, the Dinosaurs.
In my own family, my son recently requested a Dino Birthday. When we had a family day he requested to visit a museum that had Dino bones. Just a few weeks ago I heard a story about a child asking his Awana leader about Dinosaurs in the Bible. This past week I received an email from a parent asking for a resource for their child’s interest in the giant creatures.
So, this peeked my own interest and guided me to study on the topic myself. It is important for parent’s to do the same. Start with the Bible and use it as the framework of your study. There are other books that can help guide you as well, such as The New Answers Book, by Ken Ham.
Here is a brief start to what I have found.
Dinosaurs! Here are two texts to begin with; Genesis 1:24-25 and Job 40:15-24. The Bible provides the framework for explaining the beginning and the end of the Universe.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Proverbs 1:7
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10
From Ken Ham’s book The New Answers Book, he points out the connection that God created all kinds of land animals in Genesis 1:24-25. All living creatures lived in harmony with each other, until the fall of Adam and Eve. It was not until then we see a death of an animal. God shed an animal’s blood in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:21 and clothed Adam and Eve. Death entered in to the world after the fall of man.
The Big, SO WHAT?
So, what does this mean for me, you may ask?
This is a foundational start to understand and begin to answer our children’s fascination with Dinosaurs and other question about the world. We help them develop their Christian worldview. If we want our children’s faith in Christ to last for a lifetime we (parent’s) need to grow in our faith in Christ. Let me encourage you to grow with your children and it is OK to say, “I don’t know,” to your child’s questions. But do not stop there. Say, let’s find out together. Make a Faith Moment out of your search together.
May the Lord bless your times together as a family!