Should We Teach Our Children Evolution?
Proverbs 22:6: Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
In creation ministries, such as this, we are very eager that people should see the fallacies and the lack of a good scientific basis for evolutionism. Instead, we point people to the factual basis for science, found in the pages of God’s Word. It is particularly important that we do not allow our children to be indoctrinated by the godlessness of secular philosophies. It is for reasons such as this, that many parents prefer their children to be educated in Christian schools, or to be homeschooled. For those parents, the question will surely arise; is it a good thing to teach my children about evolution, or should we teach them only about biblical creation?
It is our opinion that children do, in fact, need to know about the theory of evolution. It is a fact that the majority of the world’s scientists believe in evolution. So, if we are telling our children that evolution is wrong, then they need to know why it is wrong.
For example, it is good for students to study the life and work of Charles Darwin. They need to understand how his mind was working, and how this affected the ideas that he presented. Of course, we also want to teach our children to analyze these ideas critically, and to explain why we do not accept them. In fact, I would argue that children of Christian parents should be better educated about evolution than their non-Christian peers!
None of this should detract from our primary purpose, however, to show our children that the God we worship is the Creator God, who has made everything well.
Prayer: Please help us, Lord, to bring up our children, the way that You would have us do. Above all, we pray that You will draw them to Yourself and save them, for the honor and the glory of Your Name. Amen.
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