In many church settings, Bible stories are taught as just that—stories,
nice accounts that, although they may have a moral message, have no
real bearing on the world around us. The Bible, the history book of
the universe, has become disconnected from the real world. Although
recognizing it as important for Christian living, we do not give the
Bible its rightful place as the authority on all matters it touches
on—history, geology, astronomy, etc.
The AiG Creation Education Center exists to equip and enable educators
to restore the authority of God’s Word by reconnecting the Bible
to the real world. To do this, we need to teach more than just
Some practical examples of this teaching method include:
- Creation (Genesis 1, 2): While teaching the account of God’s creation of the
universe a few thousand years ago, reconnect this account to the real
- Biology: The Bible explains that God created all things “very
good” (Genesis 1:31), but that the whole of Creation is under a curse
(Genesis 3). As you teach these passages, explain that while we expect
to see marvelously designed features throughout the world, we
also realize that these things are merely remnants of a once-perfect
creation. See Get Answers: Design Features.
It would also be appropriate to explain that God
created original “kinds” of animals and plants from
which today’s animals and plants have descended. See Get Answers: Speciation
for more information and the boundaries of the created
- Astronomy: The Bible touches on astronomical concepts in many
passages (beginning with Genesis 1) and provides a proper framework for studying the stars.
There are even Biblical principles that help address questions
about “life in outer space.”
Check out Get Answers: Astrophysics for more information.
- Dinosaurs: Teach your students that dinosaurs were created on
Day 6 of the first week along with Adam, only a few thousand years
ago. See Get Answers: Dinosaurs.
- Noah and the Flood (Genesis 6–9): Instead of only teaching that Noah, his family and
some animals were saved from an earth-covering Flood by seeking refuge
in an Ark, reconnect this to the real world of:
- Fossils (remains of dead things): Explain that fossils could
not have formed before sin (and therefore death) entered the world.
Fossilization must have occurred after Adam disobeyed, and Noah’s
Flood offers an explanation for the formation of the majority
of the fossil record. Use the Fossils
and Flood Get Answers pages
to answer additional questions your students may have.
- Geology: The Flood waters would have laid down billions of tons
of sediments during the year the waters were on the Earth. It
was responsible for forming the majority of rock layers that we
see today. Check out the Flood
and Geology Get Answers sections
for more information.
- The Tower at Babel (Genesis 10, 11): Use this account to reconnect the Bible to the real world
- People groups (the so-called “races”): All the tribes
and nations of today are descendants of Noah’s sons and daughters-in-law,
and are therefore all related. Use the Get Answers: Racism
page for additional insights.
- History: Explain that many people groups have creation/flood
legends that have been passed down—variations of the original
account found in Genesis. See the Get Answers: History
page for additional information.
- Jericho: The Israelite defeat of Jericho was a real, historical
event. Reconnect this to the real world of:
- Archaeology: Explain that archaeologists have actually found
the remains of Jericho’s walls, confirming the Biblical account in the face of skeptical
claims that these did not exist. See also Get Answers: Archaeology.
Our view of the world should be based on Biblical principles. We need
to instruct our children not only what to think, but how to think.
By teaching students to reconnect the Bible to the real world, they
will have a proper foundation for understanding this world in which
we live, and will be able to answer many of the “challenges”
thrown at them by their culture.