On Tuesday, May 1of this year I took an exciting trip to the zoo in Memphis, Tennessee. I saw all kinds of amazing animals that God designed. There were bears, lions, tigers, elephants, huge snakes and cheetahs, massive komodo dragons and bats, and scores of other interesting beasts. As I walked around looking at the animals and reading about their behavior on information boards, I was reminded of a couple of things. First, I was reminded of what an awesome God we have Who created all those different animals. Sadly, most zoos, including the one in Memphis, never give God any credit for His creation. In fact, many zoos and museums teach that evolution is responsible for all the different types of animals we see. I was encouraged to see that most of the exhibits in the Memphis zoo don’t say anything about evolution. But it is unfortunate that the exhibits do not teach children that their loving heavenly Father designed and created the animals.
Second, I was reminded that any time we go to a zoo or a museum, we must understand that not everything that is being taught is the truth. As I said, most of the animal exhibits at the zoo did not say anything about evolution, but a few of the exhibits did teach some things about evolution that are very wrong. For instance, the zoo had a captivating exhibit that displayed several kinds of apes. The massive gorillas sat lazily in the shade as the kids and parents snapped pictures of them with digital cameras and cell phones. In the middle of the exhibit was a large information board. The board presented several pictures of the different kinds of apes. It also presented the idea that apes are not just animals, but should be accepted into the human family….
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