Why My Son Doesn’t Believe in Evolution – Creation and our kids.

Why My Son Doesn’t Believe in Evolution - Creation and our kids.

First to clarify, I want to make sure that everyone reading this understands that there is a distinct difference between “macro” evolution and “micro” evolution.

Creation and our Kids – Macroevolution versus Microevolution

Macroevolution states, “All things are evolving in a positive beneficial direction.” For example, macroevolution is generally defined as the process of one type of animal (fish) evolving into a completely different type of animal (amphibian). This requires an increase in genetic information, which has NEVER BEEN SHOWN to happen.

Natural Selection is the process whereby organisms better adapted to their environment tend to survive and produce more offspring. Natural Selection is an example of microevolution, which has been observed in the laboratory. For example, microevolution is what is happening when bacteria become immune to antibiotics. Antibiotic resistance is not the result of an increase in information. It is the result of the passing on of already existing antibiotic-resistant genes that are present in the surviving organism.

To sum it up, when I say that my son doesn’t believe in evolution, I am referring to macroevolution – molecules to man, amoeba to man, etc. Now that we’ve got that cleared up, I want to mention a few ways I believe have helped my son decide on his own that creation makes more sense than evolution.

One of the missions of Lifeschooling Conference is to,

Make learning real. Integrate it with real life so that children can see the practical value and meaning.

In my own life, and in my son’s life, I have found this to be an extremely effective way to teach a child.

I want to mention a few ways I believe have helped my son decide on his own that creation makes more sense than evolution.

Creation and our Kids – The Importance of a Firm Foundation

We attend a church that teaches the Bible, verse-by-verse. This means that when the Pastor teaches from the pulpit, he starts in Genesis 1 and goes all the way to the end of the Book of Revelation, and then starts over.  The same principle applies throughout our church, from Preschool on.  Also, the Bible is taken literally and in a straightforward manner. For instance, if the Bible says that God created in seven days, we don’t use “science” to determine what God means by a day. We look at the Hebrew, which clearly shows that God meant one literal 24-hour day when he used the word “Yom.”

Every summer our church has Vacation Bible School (VBS), and they have always been from Answers in Genesis, which emphasizes creation, and the trustworthiness of the Bible. My son absolutely loved VBS, and he went every year from kindergarten until 6th grade. In fact, he was bummed when he found out he was too old to attend.

Thus, my son is growing up with the knowledge of the entire Bible within context. The Bible is the only true source of a firm foundation. The Bible is also the only way to effectively combat the lies of the enemy.

Creation and our Kids – Dealing with the Media

Whenever I watch a movie with my son, if there is anything questionable about it, we discuss it. For example, the Jurassic Park series. Many people don’t realize that the theme of evolution flows through the plot of the entire Jurassic series. When they show ostriches running at the end of the first movie, the implication is that they are the descendants of dinosaurs. Or when they discuss the amber that the dinosaur DNA was found in, it is stated that the amber is millions of years old. That is, it is never questioned.

Dinosaur Dan on PBS

My son used to watch this show. In every single show of the series, Dan states “65 million years ago” at least once.  Teachers know that if you want a child to remember a fact, you repeat it and over and over again. This is why I don’t believe it is a coincidence that Dan states “65 million years ago,” in every single show. The producers want the young children to remember this “fact.”  Every time I would hear Dan say that I asked my son, “How do they know that? Were they there? When you dig up a fossil, does it have a date engraved on it? What about the problem of index fossils?

Books that apply the Creation message.

One of my all-time favorites is the “The Time Twins” series by DB Macks. I discovered this series through the Creation Research Society Quarterly Magazine. I can honestly say I have never read a more eye-opening series than this one. Because there’s no graphics, I waited until Nathan was 10 to read it to him. And he absolutely loved it. =)

I have met some really interesting people over the years. One friend I met while at Loma Linda University has had a profound effect on Nathan.  MaryAnn works with Dr. Gary Parker in Florida. When she visits, she always brings hands-on goodies, such as fossils, to share and discuss with Nathan.

The eruption of Mt. St. Helens 1980.

This disaster is nicknamed, “The Little Grand Canyon”. Mt. St. Helens testifies that it doesn’t take millions of years for layers and fossils to form. There is a little museum on the road to Mt. St. Helens that you can visit. Here you will find evidence and discussions of the alternative viewpoint that you won’t hear at the “main event” up the street. While MaryAnn worked at the museum, Nathan benefitted from her connections. 🙂

He has been exposed to ALL the evidence.

When kids attend public school, they are only exposed to one side of the issue. Evolution is taught as fact with no alternatives allowed. In essence, the public school system has been “scrubbed clean” of any mention of the creation viewpoint. People have been led to believe that evolution is “science” and creationism is “religion.” Thus, most people don’t have a problem with that at all, to the detriment of their kids, who are growing up with a faulty foundation that will color their point-of-view for the rest of their lives. 🙁

I have gobbled up all the good books I could find on the subject since before I even knew I was going to have a child. From preschool on up. This is an extremely important issue to me, and it should be to other Christians as well. This why I have taken every single opportunity I have had and continue to have to make sure my son sees things from both sides so that he can DECIDE FOR HIMSELF what he believes.

Creation and Our Kids – Already Gone by Ken Ham

The main reason we are losing our kids in college is because we have not prepared them for the onslaught of evolutionary thoughts and ideas that they will be exposed to at the college level. And the sad reality is that most so-called Christian universities are also compromising with the message of the Bible and secular science.

The point I am trying to make is this. Do everything you can to go along with your child, side-by-side, so that you can continually show alternative viewpoints to the media onslaught of evolutionary ideas they are receiving through TV, the movies, radio, and the internet.

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Debbie Hanyon

Deborah Hanyon has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for nearly 20 years. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Foods and Nutrition from CSU, San Bernardino in 1996, and her MPH from Loma Linda University in 1999. She also attended the Institute for Creation Research, studying Graduate-level Biology. She worked for several years for the Women, Infant and Children Program in San Bernardino, California. Deborah tutored at-risk and special education youth for several years in California, and also has experience working with the elderly in long-term care. She is an American Council on Fitness (ACE) Certified Health Coach.
Debbie Hanyon
  • heidi@theunexpectedhomeschooler.com June 8, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Love this! Such an important message. I used Ken Ham’s creation curriculum years ago with my son and this post is making me want to dig it out again for my younger two.
    We too always mention if we hear “millions of year ago” in a show. My youngest has even started to catch it on her own and point it out.

    • Deborah Hanyon June 8, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      That’s awesome, Heidi! I love the way Ken Ham communicates. I still have stuck in my a head a statement he made on tape about how, “We can never be completely sure that dinosaurs are extinct, because you would have to have someone on every corner of the world, talking to each other, saying, ‘No, I don’t see a dinosaur there!’”
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  • Yes! We’ve done this with our children also! We all love the Buddy Davis adventure series from AIG also!

  • We’ve used the devotional Indescribable to learn see interesting and zany facts about creation. I love the way the Jesus Storybook Bible teaches the creation story as well. But I find the best way is to have dialogue throughout our day. We went the Museum of Natural Science and discussed what God says about the creation of many of the things in the museum i.e. humans coming from monkeys. It was fun to hear my son’s perspective on how that idea clearly goes against God’s word.

    • I agree wholeheartedly, Elise! The best way to teach creation is to have dialogue with our children throughout our day. I couldn’t have said it better myself!

  • I think exploring God’s creation through our frequent camping trips and even walking the beach are great real life ways to learn about and appreciate God’s amazing creation.

  • Thank you for the thought provoking post! I think the best tool to teach about creation, is nature itself. We look at different things and talk about how God created all of this. When my children are older, we have used ‘Science in the Beginning’ by Jay Wile. We also discuss what the world teaches as far as evolution and other theories, then line these things up with the Bible. It is an ongoing conversation.

    • Thank you, Brenda! It sounds like you’ve got it working. I’ve heard of Jay Wile. And I agree about nature. It’s so hard for me to understand how a person can look at nature and not see evidence of design.

  • Just nature in general!

  • Love this! We use a lot of Answers In Genesis and shows on Right Now Media. We were watching a documentary on Netflix about Earth and how the planet was created, when my oldest (9) asked if we could change it because they weren’t telling the truth. I explained that scientists believe what the guy was saying and he said, “well I believe what the Bible says.” I think it’s great for kids to hear about all sides, I can’t force my children to believe what I believe and I never want to be accused of that, but it’s important for them to know not everyone believes what we do.

    • Savannah, now that my son’s going to be in 9th grade, I have the high school version of http://www.schoolhouseteachers.com. So I just recently became acquainted with Right Now Media. So cool! I think that is SO awesome that your wanted to change the documentary! I’m always wishing there were more high-quality creation alternatives out there. I agree 100% that we shouldn’t force our kids to believe what we believe.

  • Documentaries on youtube or similar sites. Also books and other old article sources from the internet are always useful. In addition, nothing beats hands on learning.

    • It’s amazing how much good stuff is on You Tube for free! Hands on learning is the best!

  • We are reading Louie Giglio’s Indescribable Devotions. I also like Answers in Genesis and have heard good things about Apologia.

    • I hear Louie Giglio on the radio occasionally. I’ll have to look his book up. Thank you for the tip, Amy!

  • I google a lot and watch a lot of Youtube videos for new information.

  • Gods creation in the Bible and use reference to that.

  • I havent really thought about. I am not sure.

    • Thank you for your comment, Jennylyn. Hopefully, my article got you started thinking. Were you already familiar with Answers In Genesis or Institute for Creation Research prior to this article?

  • YouTube has some nice videos

  • Apologia is great! My children love their books!

  • Heather Zalenski June 24, 2019 at 11:30 am

    We live close to the creation museum in KY so visits there are always good along with documentaries, videos, books. I also like Masterbooks, Science in the Beginning, and nature journaling with the kids.

  • We love Master Books resources!

  • We have enjoyed using Christians Kids Explore by Bright Ideas

  • Love Answers in Genesis and Master Books Publishing

  • Everyday nature is the best for me.Looking at all the animals, plants and people with no two exactly alike drives home a message.

  • I love the book “Indescribable” by Louie Giglio. It’s a science devotional for kids.

    • Hi Julia. You’re the second person on this thread to mention that book. It must be really good.

  • I’m still looking for creation curriculum. Looking at Homeschooling Torah and Nothing New publishing.

    • I’ve never heard of those. It’s so reassuring knowing there are resources available to choose from.

  • Christina Gould June 24, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Another creation resource that I like is the ACE PACEs for homeschoolers. Thanks for posting!

  • nature is one good way, other ways are watching videos and reading books

  • Ken Ham…. Answers in Genesis

  • Answers in genesis

  • Our oldest is 29, youngest 15..we’ve used everything from books to everyday life to teach creation. There favorite place to go rough camping, what better place to see God’s glory.

  • I thought catechism when they little, I guided myself on their books. Besides that it’s to be the best version of yourself.

  • Answers in Genesis was great. And of course, the Bible. There are great resources and articles online, too.

  • I have found one of the best ways to reinforce the creation model is to discuss it often, especially when we read books or watch shows that have a different perspective. It helps my children to think through what they think is wrong with other models of thinking and whether those ideas are compatible with biblical teaching. I sometimes want to skip over resources that come from an evolution perspective because that’s often easier, but I’ve found the discussions these can lead to are so rich and really help us see what is true versus what is not.

  • I like to use Bible story books, all bible related to teach creation and also creation nature magazines like creation illustrated to teach Bible, Nature, and Creation.

  • We use a lot of AiG resources and just plain bible. At least once a year, I cover creation through crafty type activities, incorporate current science studies, or part of social studies curriculum.

  • We use nature for our studies on creation. We, think, what better way to talk about God’s creations than to get out in nature amongst His creations. Using all of our senses to not only take in , but also observing all things He has created.

  • I have really enjoyed everything we have gotten from Master Books to help point to Our Creator in all areas. Another favorite for my little ones has been Berean Builders. We are so blessed to live in a time and place to have immediate access to so many resources! Thank you for this.

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