Ask Now The Beasts

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Kid's Think & Believe Too! | 0 comments

“Hey, kids! Head on out to the flower garden, while I get a book from the library,” said Mr. Jones.  “I want to show you some of God’s wonderful creatures.” “What’s up, Dad?” asked Billy. “This morning I was reading my Bible, and in Job, chapter 12, verse 7, it says, ‘But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee;’ I wondered, what could the animals teach me?” “Animals can’t talk, Dad.  How can they teach us anything?” asked Mary. “Actually Mary, some animals can communicate, even though they are not using our language.  However, I think by just looking at them we might learn something.  So here is what I want you to do.  Walk around in the flower garden and see how many different animals and insects you can spot,” instructed Mr. Jones. After about ten minutes Mr. Jones called the children back.  “Well, what did you kids see?” Both children started talking at once.  “Whoa!  Slow down.  How about one at a time, starting with Billy,” laughed Mr. Jones. Counting on his fingers, Billy began, “I saw a bird, an ant, and ah… a bee, and a spider, ah … bug with a jillion legs…” “That was a centipede, Billy,” interrupted Mary, “and there were at least four different kinds of birds.” “I’m not finished,” frowned Billy.  “And I saw a spider… oops… I already said that.  Oh yeah!  I saw our cat, Felix!” Shutting her eyes, Mary began to recall, “I saw four kinds of birds, three different beetles, one green and one brown grasshopper, four different colored caterpillars, two butterflies, a red ant and a black ant, ladybugs, bees, wasps, three kinds of spiders, a couple of flies, some mosquitoes, two centipedes, and of course Felix!” “Wow, you guys did great,” explained Mr. Jones.  “If I had given you more time, you would have probably found even more.  God created a huge number of different life forms in the air, in and on the earth, and in the sea.  More than a million different animal species have been discovered, and millions of different kinds of insects.  Scientists think that there are still thousands of creatures to be found!”  “What is a species, Dad?”  asked Mary. “That’s a hard question, Mary.  Scientists can’t seem to agree on exactly what a species is.  It is usually a kind of creature that can only have babies with another like itself.” “So those two grasshoppers I saw are different species?” “Well, they could be,” answered Mr. Jones.  “However, they might also be the same kind of a grasshopper with different colors.  These differences are what some scientists call ‘variation in kind.’” “This book tells how many species of some creatures have been found.  Scientists have named over 10,000 species of bees, wasps and ants.  There are over 110,000 species of butterflies and moths, and wow … over...

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The Horned Lizard

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

What is a toad that is not really a toad at all? It’s the Phrynosoma, or Horned Lizard, found only in the western areas of the United States and Mexico. Usually called a Horned Toad, Horny Toad, and even Horned Frog, the Horned Lizard is neither a toad nor a frog. In fact it is not an amphibian at all. It is a reptile! The nicknames come from the horned lizard’s rounded toad-like face, and because it has a short, wide, and squat body like that of a frog or toad. Horned Lizards are fearsome looking. Their heads are covered with a rugged row of sharp, pointed horns (true horns with bone inside). Longer pointed horns sticking out over their eyes give them a fierce dragon-like appearance. They have a very wide, squat, flattened body. The tail is short and wide where it connects to the body, tapering to a point on the end. The tail and sides of the Horned Lizard are edged with sharp spines made from special scales. Some of them have a double row of spines along their sides. Along the back are rows of short, sharp, cone-shaped spines. The colors of a Horned Lizard are normally close to the colors of the dirt where they live. The head and back is usually a desert gray. Their body markings are in soft shades of brown, tan, yellow, or red. Their bellies are a pale, yellowish gray. They can change their colors from dark to light or from light to dark in only minutes. Their colors help them blend into their surroundings, making them hard to find. When frightened, the first thing the Horned Lizard will usually do is flatten their bodies close to the ground and sit really still to keep from being seen. If this doesn’t work, they might run in short rapid bursts and then stop very quickly, hoping to confuse the eyesight of the one chasing them. If this fails, they have been known to fill their lungs with air, puffing up their horny body, making it look bigger and painful to swallow. They will also twist and throw their head around while hissing a lot, pretending to be meaner than they really are. Four types of Horned Lizards have another trick they use to protect themselves … they squirt blood from their eyeballs! By cutting off the blood leaving their head, the blood pressure in their head increases and bursts tiny blood vessels around their eyelids, causing the blood to shoot out. They can squirt a stream of blood from their eyes as far as 5 feet!  The flying blood not only confuses the hunters, but it also tastes real nasty to canines (dog kind) and felines (cat kind). The nasty taste of the blood doesn’t seem to bother birds. If the hunter still tries to pick up the Horned Lizard,...

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Mutualism – Helping One Another

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“You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Have you ever heard that saying? It means that if you do something for someone and they do something for you, both of you will benefit and be helped in some way. Sometimes plants or animals help each other, and when both get something good from the help it is called mutualism (myoo-choo-uh-liz-uhm). Here are just a few examples of mutualism in God’s Creation:  The Snapping Shrimp and the Goby – The snapping shrimp is designed to be a digging machine. Each of its five pairs of legs are designed for different jobs – some feel, some dig, some scratch, some carry sand and trash, and some are walking legs. All the legs are used to dig a system of tunnels in the sand.  The l-2 inch (3-5 cm) long snapping shrimp can dig a burrow several feet across with several entrances in only a few days. Some snapping shrimp share their burrows with goby fish. Because of its very poor eyesight, the almost blind shrimp is in danger of being hunted when out of its burrow. The goby, having better eyesight, gives the shrimp protection by watching out for danger. If the goby sees danger, it moves its tail in a certain way. The shrimp feels the movement with its antenna, and both quickly retreat into the safety of the shared tunnels. Amazingly, the snapping shrimp eats other fish, yet it lets the goby be its “eyes” without eating it!  The Yellow Tailed Goat Fish and the Yellow French Angel Fish – The yellow French angel fish live in reefs where they can hide from fish that might eat them. One type of fish that sometimes eats them is the yellow tailed goat fish, which are mostly white in color. Traveling in small schools, the goat fish swim around reefs looking for fish to eat. However, the goat fish are sometimes bothered by uncomfortable and unhealthy critters (parasites) that cling to their scales and gills. To get rid of these pesky parasites, the goat fish swim to the reef in which the angel fish live and blush a bright rust red color. Seeing the blushing color, the angel fish knows that the goat fish is there for a cleaning and not for lunch. The angel fish then swims out and eats the parasites living on the scales and gills of the goat fish. The angel fish gets a meal and the goat fish gets cleaned. When the angel fish is finished cleaning, the goat fish stops blushing and swims off, leaving the angel fish unharmed. The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse – The Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasses are small friendly fish with a very interesting “dance” that they do to attract and calm other fish … fish that might eat them. Yet, these other fish allow the wrasses to clean parasites, dead tissue,...

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You Can Believe It All

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“Thanks for staying all night and going to church with me this morning, Tommy.”  Ron said to Tommy as they were walking to Ron’s house. “Yeah, it’s been a blast, Ron, …but I have got to tell you, you’ve got some crazy people at your church!” “What do you mean?” “Well you know, that teacher was telling us about some big ol’ flood, and then your preacher talked about some guy named Adam and his wife Eve talking to a snake!”  Tommy laughed. “What’s so funny about that, Tommy?” Ron asked. “Get real!  They acted like they believed that stuff!” “So you don’t believe in Adam and Eve or Noah’s Flood?” “Those are just stories, man,” Tommy laughed. “Where did you get that idea, Tommy?” “Well, in my church they teach that the Old Testament is just a bunch of myths and stories,” said Tommy. “Whoa! You mean that you don’t believe the Book of Genesis or the Old Testament, Tommy?” “Nah.  Our preacher says that those were just stories written by men to show us how to act and behave, and that they didn’t actually happen,” “Tommy, if you don’t believe in Genesis, then what do you believe?” “I just believe in Jesus and the New Testament.” “Tommy, let’s sit down here a minute, because I want to show you something,” As they found a place to sit, Ron opened up his Bible. “Look here, Tommy, in the back of my Bible is a list that shows people in the New Testament quoted the Book of Genesis at least 200 times!  They believed that Genesis was true!” “Hmmm, I didn’t know that.  But wait, Ron, the Old Testament was written by men!” “Yeah, but look….here is a verse from the New Testament that I learned in Vacation Bible School this summer…it’s here in II Timothy, chapter 3, verse 15…’All scripture is given by inspiration of God, …’.  In other words, Tommy, God inspired or showed men what to write, so all of the Bible is actually God’s word!” Tommy was quiet as Ron gently continued, “Take a look at these verses that I have highlighted.  These are the words of Jesus where he talked about the Book of Genesis.  He quotes from Genesis 25 times!  He spoke about Creation, sin, Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Jonah, and others as real people and things that actually happened.  Jesus believed in the Old Testament!  You see, if you think that Genesis is not true, how can Jesus or what he said be true?  If Genesis is not true, then man’s sin must not be true.  If that’s true, then why did Jesus have to die on the cross to save us from our sins?  The Old Testament is as much a part of Jesus as the New Testament.  We need to believe all of the Bible to believe completely in...

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Brown Pelicans – Fishing, Flying Wonders

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The Jones family was crossing Galveston Bay by Galveston, Texas on the car ferry. They had left their car on the parking deck and climbed the stairs to the observation deck. “Mom and Dad! Look!” Billy pointed and shouted. “A big bird just crashed into the water!” “It didn’t crash, Billy,” laughed his mother, Mrs. Jones. “That is a Brown Pelican, and it is fishing. Watch … it just tipped its beak up and swallowed a fish.” “You mean he caught a fish?” asked Billy. “Yes, Billy,” said his father. “Pelicans are mainly fish-eaters, although some have been known to also eat some shellfish, usually shrimp.” “They are a big bird, so it must take a lot of fish to keep them alive,” said Mary. “You are right Mary. It is a large bird, although of the eight species of pelicans, the Brown Pelican is actually the smallest. It is 42 to 54 inches (106 – 137 cm) long, weighs 6 to 12 pounds (2.75 – 5.5 kg) and has a wingspan of 6 to 8.2 feet (1.83 – 2.5 m). They need to eat about four pounds (1.81 kg) of fish a day to stay healthy.” “If there are 8 different kinds of pelicans, how do you know these are Brown Pelicans?” asked Mary. “Brown Pelicans have chestnut-and-white necks, white heads with pale yellow crowns and gray-brown bodies,” replied Mr. Jones. “But Dad, I want to know how they are catching fish!” exclaimed Billy. “Okay, Billy,” chuckled Mr. Jones. “Brown Pelicans are found along the ocean shores and not on inland lakes. They are the only pelicans that plunge from the air into the water to catch its food. God gave them very good eyesight. Flying as high as 60 to 70 feet (8.28 – 21.33 m), they can spot a school of small fish or even a single fish in the water below. Diving steeply, the pelican plunges headfirst into the water, going completely or only partly under – depending on how high they dive – then comes up with a mouthful of fish in a special flexible pouch beneath its bill.” “That has to hurt! Water is not that soft. It hurts my head when I dive headfirst into a swimming pool from the high springboard,” added Mary. “Well Mary, God thought of that too. He designed the Brown Pelican with air sacs beneath their skin that softens the impact and helps them float back to the surface. The pouch holds the catch of fish until the water is squeezed out. Their pouch actually holds more water than their stomachs … 3 gallons (11.4 l) in the pouch compared to only 1 gallon (3.8 l) in the stomach. Once the water is drained out, the pelican throws its head back and swallows the fish. Sometimes the adult pelican will carry the fish in their throats and...

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Cloud of God

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Think & Believe Newsletter | 0 comments

During the family’s daily devotion time, Mr. Jones was reading from the Bible about Moses and the Hebrew people fleeing from Egypt. “In Exodus 13, verses 21 and 22, we read: ‘ And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.’ ” “Dad, I don’t understand. How can a pillow be a cloud and a fire?” questioned Billy. Mr. Jones smiled. “The word is pillar not pillow, Billy. It means a column or shaft. The pillar of cloud was a sign to the children of Israel that God was with them and guiding them out of Egypt to the Promised Land.” “I am really confused too,” exclaimed Mary. “I thought we learned that God made the clouds for rain! And why did those people need a cloud for a sign anyway, Dad? Couldn’t they see God?” asked Mary. Mr. Jones answered, “Using a Bible Concordance, we see that the Bible talks a lot about clouds. In the King James Version the word ‘cloud’ is used 96 times and the word ‘clouds’ is used 53 times, for a total of 149 times. God did make clouds to water the earth **, but from these verses we see that God used clouds in many ways other than watering the earth.” “Mary, to answer your question about the people seeing God, let’s read Exodus 13, verses 18 through 23.  In verse 18, Moses is asking God to see His glory (face or appearance), but God Answers in verse 20, ‘ … Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.’God was telling Moses that no one could look directly at Him or they would die.” “Why would people die?” asked Mary. “God is so perfect, pure, strong and powerful that human beings could not survive looking directly at Him. In verses 22 and 23, God told Moses that He would put him in a crack of a rock, cover him with His hand as He passed by, and then take His hand away.  Moses would be able to see the back of God, but not His face,” explained Mr. Jones. “If we look directly at the sun, its brightness will burn our eyes. It seems that God’s glory or countenance is so powerfully bright that it will actually kill people to look at Him. In this case, God protected Moses by allowing him to only look at his back, but usually God protected people by covering Himself with a cloud.” “All through the scriptures God was present in the clouds. In fact the cloud was indeed a sign...

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Bee Wings

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Kid's Think & Believe Too! | 0 comments

“Dad, today I heard that science has proven that the bumblebee can’t fly!  That’s crazy!  Look at all the bees flying around in our flower garden, “said Mary. “I’ve heard that story, but what is the question I’ve always told you to ask?” asked Mr. Jones. “’What’s the evidence?’, or ‘How do they know?’,” said Mary. “That’s right.  In this case I found out that the story got started about 70 years ago in France when two scientists were looking at the large, heavy body and short wings of a bumblebee.  Using mathematics, they showed that a tiny airplane, with a body and wings the size of a bee, moving as slowly as a bee, couldn’t fly.” “But they were wrong, Dad!  A bee does fly!” “Mary, the scientists didn’t say that a bee couldn’t fly…what they actually said was that it would be impossible for a tiny airplane the size of a bee with stiff, immovable wings to fly.  Many people misunderstood what was said, and so the false story began,” explained Mr. Jones. “Wow, look how well they do fly!  Look, Dad, that bee just flew backwards,” exclaimed Mary. “Yes, Mary, they are wonderful flying machines.  The bee flaps its wings in a figure eight design.  By bending and twisting its wings as it flies, the bee can go any direction – up, down, sideways, backwards, forwards, fly very slowly, or zoom forward at over six miles per hour.  The bee can also hover before a flower as a hummingbird does,” said Mr. Jones. “Why can’t I see their wings when they are flying, Dad?”  asked Mary. “That’s because the bee flaps its wings 200 to 240 times a second.  Think of it …while you say, ‘1000 and 1’, the bee could have beaten his wings back and forth 240 times!  That’s a fantastic 14,400 beats a minute; much faster than other flying insects the size of bees,” said Mr. Jones. “Now, watch closely, Mary.  See that bumblebee by the big red flower?  Watch, and I think you’ll understand why God made short wings on the bee.” “Whoa!  He climbed right into the flower, Dad!” shouted Mary. “That’s right, Mary.  You see God made the bee with four short, powerful wings.  To get inside of the flower or hive, the bee folds the two wings on each side of its body over each other, laying them along its back.  With long wings that stick out behind its body, the bee wouldn’t be able to turn around in tight spaces.  If it had stiff and hard wings like an airplane or a dragonfly, our little friend here, the bee, could not have crawled into that flower.” “Dad, if I had four winds and flapped them around as fast as the bumblebee does, I’d get them all tangled up!”  exclaimed Mary.  Mr. Jones chuckled.  “Well Mary, God created another...

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Not Just a Bible Story

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Kid's Think & Believe Too! | 0 comments

“Dad, at the library today I heard a lady tell another lady that you can’t believe in a worldwide flood. She said it was just a silly story found only in the Bible. That’s not true, is it, Dad?” asked Mary. “No, Mary. That is not true. I remember reading about many different cultures from all around the world telling about a worldwide flood.” Mr. Jones went to the bookshelf and after looking for several minutes, finally pulled out two books. “Let’s see … here in Dinosaurs by Design, by Dr. Duane Gish, he says, there are ‘more than 270 flood stories and historic records found in many parts of the world.’ “ “After the Flood, God wanted man to spread out all over the earth; however, man once again disobeyed the Lord, staying in one place. That account is found in Genesis 11 of the Bible – the account of the Tower of Babel. There we learn that there was only one language. By giving the different families new languages, the people could no longer speak or work together with other families. This forced the people to spread out and fill the earth as God had wanted.” “Here in the book, Noah’s Ark and the Ararat Adventure, John D. Morris says, ‘Wherever people went, they would tell their children the story of Noah and the Great Flood. As time went on, some story-tellers would add to or change the true story. Only God’s Word, the Bible, still has the true story.’” read Mr. Jones.”Gish and Morris both show many stories of how the true Biblical story has changed over time.” “Mary would you like to read some of these stories, and tell me about them?” asked Mr. Jones. “Sure Dad,” Mary answered. “In Hawaii there is a story about how the people became very wicked, and the world became a terrible place to live. One good man named Nu-u built a house on a great canoe and put a lot of animals on it. There was a great flood that killed all the people except Nu-u and his family.” “The Babylonians have a story about their ‘gods’ telling a man to build a boat and fill it with his family, food, property, and animals,” read Mr. Jones. “Then a rain of only six days caused a great flood. After the flood, this man sent out a dove, a swallow, and a raven. After getting off the boat, he sacrificed an animal to the ‘gods’.” “Dad, here is a story from North America,” continued Mary. “The Lenni Lenape Indians tell of a powerful snake that made all the people wicked. The snake made a flood destroy everything. On an island was a man named Manabozho. He rode on the back of a giant turtle to be saved from the flood.” “There are many more of these stories of a flood...

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Our Amazing Kidneys

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Kid's Think & Believe Too! | 0 comments

In order for us to live, God has designed our bodies with some very special organs that all have certain jobs to do … the brain, the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, and many more. Every bit as important as our hearts are our two kidneys. You need at least one kidney to live! Our two dark red kidneys are bean-shaped (kidney beans have the same shape) and are each about the size of an adult fist. They are located just under our back ribs, on each side of our spine. The kidneys do several important jobs which help keep our bodies healthy. One of the main jobs is to filter the wastes and poisons out of the blood. If the kidneys did not remove them, these wastes would build up to dangerous levels and harm our body. Some wastes in the blood come from cells and muscles wearing out. Other wastes come from food our bodies use for energy. After the body has taken the stuff it needs from food, the leftover wastes are sent to the blood which then goes to the kidneys to be cleaned up. As the blood travels through the kidneys, it travels through tiny filters (so small you can only see them with a high-powered microscope) called nephrons (nef-ronz). Each kidney has about a million nephrons which clean or purify about 200 quarts (189 liters)of blood each day, pulling out about 2 quarts (1.89 liters) of waste and extra water. The filtered wastes and extra water become urine (pee). Tiny tubes collect the urine which then travels to the bladder through larger tubes called ureters (yu-reeters). The bladder is a sac that stores urine until releasing it through urination (peeing). The kidneys have many other very important jobs to do besides filtering and purifying the blood: They balance the blood to be about 51% water – too much water could make blood too thin, causing our blood pressure to drop. Not enough water and the blood would be too thick and the heart could not pump it. They measure out the correct amounts of minerals, salts, acids, and bases in the blood that are needed for life. They make a hormone (special chemical) that can make our blood vessels narrower. This causes a higher blood pressure when it is needed to make sure that blood gets to all parts of our body. They make a hormone that tells the body when to make more red blood cells. They make vitamin D that helps the body to absorb calcium it gets from dairy products and some other foods we eat. Calcium is important for making strong bones and teeth. Amazingly, we can still live with only one kidney, even if that kidney is not doing all of its jobs. However, if a diseased or damaged kidney gets to where it is only doing 10...

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A Day On The Beach

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Kid's Think & Believe Too! | 0 comments

The Jones family had been enjoying a wonderful vacation at Fort Myers Beach on the coast of Florida. That morning they had driven to one end of the island to visit Lovers Key State Park. They had hiked some of the trails around the inner islands and bays and seen some wonderful wildlife – an osprey catching a fish, another osprey eating a fish, many snowy egrets wading in water looking for fish to eat, and a roseate spoonbill feeding in the mud flats. Billy and Mary really wanted to see a bottlenose dolphin or a manatee that also live in the park, but so far the family hadn’t spotted any. After hiking, the family headed down to the beach where they discovered it was low tide. As Mary and her mother began collecting many different kinds of seashells lying on the beach, Billy set about stomping through the tidal pools, having a great time splashing water. Mr. Jones smiled and said, “Billy let’s play a different kind of game. Let’s quietly wade through the pool, and see how many animals we can find.” By wading slowly through the pool, Mr. Jones was able to point out many kinds of sea creatures – a dead horseshoe crab, many hermit crabs living in dead seashells, crabs with spots, crabs with sand stuck to their back for camouflage, living sand dollars, sea urchins with shells stuck to their spines, sea anemones, tiny flounder hiding in the sand, seastars, and many living seashells that still had their critters inside. Mary and her mother found lots of beautiful seashells. They found Florida fighting conchs, horse conchs, scallops, lightning whelks, angel wings, lettered olives, and sand dollars, to name only a few of many kinds they found. On the way back to the parking lot, the family took a short hike out to a fishing pier on one of the inner bays. “Wow,” Mary exclaimed as she looked over the railing of the boardwalk leading to the pier. “Look at these trees … they are on stilts!” Mr. Jones laughed and replied, “These interpretive signs say that those are not stilts, but roots growing downward from the trunk and lower branches of the Red Mangrove. The roots keep the trunk and leaves above the water and hold the trees firmly in the mud. They also have special tiny holes called lenticels [len-ti-sels] to take in air. The lenticels only let air get through, not water or salts. Over on the other side of the boardwalk you can see hundreds of what look like pencils sticking up out of the mud. Those are called pneumatophores [noo-mu-tu-fors] and act like ‘breathing tubes’ for the Black Mangrove.” Mr. Jones continued, “It also says, that mangroves provide a safe haven and a nursery for a lot of different fish, birds, crustaceans, and shellfish.” At the end of the...

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Colored Glasses Or Bias

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 in Kid's Think & Believe Too! | 0 comments

“Dad, I am confused,” said Mary at the evening dinner table. “Today, my friend Suzie and I were looking at some beautiful flowers in her front yard and I told her I thought it was wonderful, all the bright colors God used in some flowers. But Suzie just laughed, and said that God didn’t make the flowers. Evolution did! I kind of got mad! Dad, how can she not believe that God made the flowers?” “Well Mary, it is probably what Suzie was taught about the world,” Mr. Jones answered. “Think about it this way … Imagine that you are wearing a pair of glasses with lenses that are red in color. When you look out in the world, what color will you see?” “That’s easy! You would see the color red,” Mary replied. “Let’s suppose those glasses are blue in color, what color would you see?” asked Mr. Jones. “Oh, oh … I know … blue!” shouted Billy. “Now if those glasses are yellow, then you would see…?” “Yellow!” Billy shouted again. “I don’t get it, Dad. Suzie and I don’t wear glasses,” stated Mary. “That is true Mary, we do not all wear glasses, and they are not all colored, but we all look at the world in different ways. We all see things a little differently. We all have what we call a bias or a set of beliefs. Most of the time what we believe in depends on what we were taught.” Mr. Jones continued, “What would you see if you were wearing a pair of glasses that had evolution written across them? You would view the world through evolution. That is probably how Suzie is seeing the world right now. She thinks those flowers happened by chance and accident because of what she has been taught and now believes.” “Why do you think that, Dad?” Mary asked. “Well you see Billy and Mary, I once was just like Suzie and wore evolutionary glasses. No, I didn’t wear glasses that actually had evolution written on them, but I did believe in evolution. In fact, I believed in evolution so strongly because of what I had been taught in school that I didn’t believe in God at all.” “But one day,” Mr. Jones continued, “I really looked into evolution. I knew I needed to see some proof of one kind of animal changing into another kind of an animal. I looked very hard for that proof, but could find nothing to show evolution was true as I had been taught.” “So what did you do?” asked Mary. “Instead of seeing chance and accident making everything in the world, I began to see all kinds of wonderful design, and I realized that to have design you have to have a designer … in other words, somebody smart to make that design … God. So I took off...

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The Bible – Myth or Truth?

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Mary and her new friend Sally were in the living room looking through a book. “Dad, take a look at this!” Mary called out, “It’s a picture of a guy holding up the earth!” Mr. Jones looked at the picture in the book. Smiling, Mr. Jones replied, “That’s a picture of an ancient Greek myth about a so-called god named Atlas, Mary.” “What’s a myth, Dad?” Mary asked. “Many years ago, when people were confused or didn’t understand something, they would sometimes make up stories to answer their questions. These stories are called myths.” “Are their stories true, Dad?” asked Mary. “No. These stories could never give a real answer for things that take place in our universe. “For example, in the past the Greeks did not understand how the Earth was held up in space, so they came up with a god named Atlas. Because of a crime he committed, Atlas was punished by being forced to hold the world on his shoulders,” explained Mr. Jones. Mr. Jones continued, “The Greeks were not the only ones to have myths about what held up the Earth. Some believed it was hanging from the heavens by means of a hefty chain. The Egyptians believed the earth was propped up by five huge poles.” “Kind of like on the top of a tee-pee, Mr. Jones?” broke in Sally. “I guess you could probably look at it that way, Sally,” Mr. Jones chuckled. “What was holding up the poles or the chain?” asked Mary. “They didn’t seem to have a myth to explain that, Mary. However, others thought the earth was floating in a huge ocean. The Hindu religion said that an enormous elephant or elephants carried the earth on its or their backs. The elephant was in turn standing upon the shell of a gigantic turtle that was floating in a cosmic sea. If the elephant or turtle moved it caused earthquakes.” “Those all seem like pretty silly ideas, Dad!” exclaimed Mary. “Today we know they are foolish, Mary, but some people in the past did not have the information we have now. In 1608, Sir Isaac Newton felt that the earth was suspended in outer space, being held in orbit by the gravitational force of the sun. “It was not until recent times, when we began to send rockets into space, that man has proved Newton’s idea true …there is no huge man holding up the Earth!” Mr. Jones went on, “Amazingly, the Bible said that the earth is hung in space upon nothing, 3600 years before scientists discovered it. In Job 26:7 it states, ‘… and hangeth the earth upon nothing.’ “ “Do you really believe the stories in the Bible, Mr. Jones?” asked Sally. “My uncle says evolution is true and the Bible is just filled with silly stories and myths.” “Sally, there are many people today who...

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