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D is for Dinosaur

God made the world,
it’s plain to see.

Carefully read through Genesis Chapter 1 with the children before you teach the following sections. It would be a good idea to reread this chapter several times as you teach these exercises.

Some of the exercises may be too difficult for some students, depending upon their age level, etc. However, teachers can modify and adapt the ideas to teach the concepts.

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” —Romans 1:20

This verse points out that there is overwhelming evidence that God created, and that if people don’t believe it, they are without excuse. This evidence is clearly seen all around us, because functional complexity (e.g., a functioning machine) can never be developed from disorder, by chance. To explain this to young children, you can use examples such as the following:

  1. Show them a picture of Mount Rushmore, and make it clear to them that the Presidents’ heads did not get there from millions of years of wind and water erosion, but by people who applied intelligence to make the carvings.

  2. Point out that airplanes and watches and computers don’t come together by chance they have been designed and made by people.

  3. Show them a pebble out of a stream, and an Indian arrowhead. Ask them to pick out the arrowhead. Discuss why they made their choice, explaining that it is easy to recognize something that has been designed.

By using these examples you can show them that life, which is much more complicated than a computer or an airplane, also had to be made by someone God. Life could not have happened by chance. Through these examples, you can reinforce the whole concept of recognizing the evidence of intelligence. Repeat the above examples, emphasizing the fact that it is easy to recognize the effect of intelligence, and thus it is easy to recognize that there is a Creator, because of all there is around us. It is plain to see that God made the world.

Student Excercise

Put a number of Lego bricks (about 100) into a shoe box, place the lid on the box, and have the children shake the box and then look at the result. Repeat this five times, then have the children build a house out of the Lego bricks. Explain the difference between chance and intelligence to produce order.

Excerpt from D is for Dinosaur. Used with permission from Answers in Genesis
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