This past week, we posted an article about a Noah’s ark kids’ game. Some people asked why we would post something against a biblically based game. We hope and pray that our response to Jeff will satisfactorily explain why we posted it and will continue to post similar articles.
It is a bit harsh to criticize a child’s game company or a children’s book for the accuracy of a boat whose animals wouldn’t even show up otherwise. But the point is taken that we as Christians and parents should point out the actual size as our children can understand that scope and size. If we continue to criticize these people willing to produce Christian products children can talk about then we won’t have many Christian products on the shelves and there are too few now.
Jeff, we appreciate your comment and concern about limiting Christian products, but that should not be an excuse for allowing the teaching of false doctrine and helping to undermine what the Bible says. Please allow me to explain.
Romans 14:20-21 states:
Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.
While the Apostle Paul was addressing an issue of eating, his principle applies to all aspects of our lives. If we are doing or allowing anything to cause another to stumble in their faith, it is wrong and changes should be made. That applies to how we portray the Bible to others.
When we apply Paul’s admonition to teaching children about the Bible, we need to be extra careful of how we do it. Matthew, Mark and Luke all recorded Christ’s warning about causing a child to sin. Luke 17:2 states:
It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.
Causing a child to sin can be done in many ways, including teaching them false doctrines and beliefs. If you have a child that just thinks of things like Noah’s Ark as mere Bible stories, they are more likely to discredit the Bible as being unreal and not important. I have seen this happen all too often and to cause a child to not believe is one of the greatest sins that one could commit.
Years ago, I worked for another prominent creation ministry. I was contacted by a gentleman named Jim Harris, who is an exceptional illustrator. He especially liked to illustrate Christian books for children. He was contacted by Thomas Nelson Publishing, a well-known Christian publisher, to illustrate a children’s book, The Bible ABC. In this particular book, he drew dinosaurs going on board Noah’s ark.
The publisher immediately rejected that one illustration and told him that dinosaurs had gone extinct 65 million years ago and they did not want any false teaching in their material. Not sure where to turn, Jim contacted me to see if we had any information that he could present to the publisher to show them that dinosaurs were indeed on the ark.
It just so happened that my boss and I had completed a rough draft on a book about dinosaurs and the Bible and with my boss’s permission we sent a rough draft to Jim. Armed with our material, Jim met with the people at Thomas Nelson and finally convinced them that dinosaurs were indeed on the ark and they accepted Jim’s illustration.
I later met Jim and spent some time with him. He told me that he had to show dinosaurs on board the ark because to do otherwise would be false teaching and would help kids believe in millions of years and evolution. He told me that he constantly remembered the verses in the Gospels that warned about making any of the little ones sin and Jim told me that he really didn’t like the idea of having a millstone around his neck.
Jim’s insistence on the truth did not stop a Christian product from being produced. Rather it helped make the product truer to what the Bible teaches and to him that was the most important thing.
In today’s secular world, cute little Noah’s ark with modern animals are marketed by all kinds of companies, many of them being secular in nature. They produce them because they see a market for sales that they want to tap into.
I’ve had the experience of teaching kids on more than one occasion about the Bible and creation. When I taught about Noah’s ark, I would ask them what they thought about the ark. I would ask them how big it was and what animals were on it. Then I would ask them what Noah’s ark was really about.
Most of the kids really thought the ark was just like the cute little boat that took lions, giraffes, elephants, zebras and monkey on a boat ride to save them from some flood. They had no concept of reality. They had been indoctrinated by the false teachings of things like the Noah’s Ark Game and books with ‘Bible stories’. (I’ve always hated the term ‘Bible stories’ as ‘stories’ has a connotation of being fiction, even though it may not be.
In today’s secular world, the number one thing that causes children from Christian homes to walk away from Christianity and the church is evolution and millions of years. They are bombarded with it at school, on television, in the movies and video games.
Then when they are presented with ‘Bible stories’ and cute little arks, they end up having little to no foundation to stand on or any way to defend their faith. Without a defense, they ‘go over to the dark side.’
You say it’s the responsibility of the parents to teach the truth and in fact you are correct. It is actually the role of the father to teach them about the Bible and Christ. Unfortunately, many Christian parents do not have the right foundation themselves and don’t realize the harm they are doing by decorating their kid’s room with cute arks and modern animals or giving them a game that has little biblical truth built into it.
If it came to having more products, of which a number of them taught false ideas like the cute little ark bobbing around on calm water, or fewer products that taught biblical truth, I would rather see the latter. Better truth than a large variety of non-truth.
And as to our role in notifying the public about false teaching, like the cutesy Noah’s ark game and similar items, may I remind you of what the Apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 2:1-3 that states:
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
We have an obligation to watch for false teachers and false teachings and warn others about them. If we see false teaching and say or do nothing about it, we would be just as guilty as those doing the false teaching. I don’t know about you, but that is not something that I cherish having to answer for when I stand before my Lord in the Day of Judgment.
I pray this helps you to understand why we posted this story and many of the others we post that expose false biblical teaching as well as false evolutionary teaching.
The story of Noah and the great Flood has been told many times, but never has it been illustrated like this. British author and illustrator, Richard Oakes, brings Noah and family to life with his intriguing depictions and beautiful landscapes. While the illustrations might be fun, the story is real and striking. After all, Noah and his family and the animals aboard the Ark were the only ones who survived. Your children will enjoy this story and also realize that God is Creator, judge and redeemer. (Preschool–Primary/Elementary) 28 pages.