Order Discovering. Science & the Bible
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or ask the birds of the air, and they will tell you. Speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea tell you. Every one of these knows that the hand of the Lord has done this.
Can Christianity and science coexist? And even more than that, can they complement each other? That’s a question that children will run into at school as soon as they start studying the origins of our world. Whether it’s the anatomy of our bodies or the immensity of a mountain, it’s not hard for people of faith to see God’s hand in the grand complexity and beauty of creation. But the beliefs and assumptions of the academic and scientific world does not see that. They see accidental evolution that creates and maintains our world. We hope that this episode will help children see that God is the God of science as well as everything else.
Another important truth is that God isn’t an impersonal entity powerful enough to create and maintain our world. God is also a personal being who loves his creation. In fact, he loves it so much that he sent Jesus to lay down his life and take the punishment for our sin. Jesus stands between our sin and its consequences. Jesus is a barrier protecting us from death and allowing us to have eternal life.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What type of camp is Chamy attending?
A. Science camp.
Q. Who is her lab partner?
Q. Who is the distinguished speaker at the camp?
A. Dr. Fitzsimmons.
Q. Why is Chamy surprised when she talks with her?
A. She finds out that Dr. Fitzsimmons is a Christian.
Q. How does Spike cause trouble?
A. He touches a very sensitive machine and causes a reaction that is dangerous to Terrene.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
What action of Dr. Fitzsimmons is Christ-like?
By placing herself between the machine and the rock, Dr. Fitzsimmons made it possible for the kids to turn off the power and save Terrene. Jesus places himself between our sin and the punishment for sin by placing himself on the cross. (John 10:11, Peter 2:24) Jesus dies so that we may live.