Thursday, February 6, 2014
Defending the Faith--The Bill Nye & Ken Ham Debate
Did you get a chance to watch the debate between Billy Nye and Ken Ham Tuesday night?
Our family did and I am glad they got the chance to witness it because there were so many great lessons to be taught that night that made it valuable not just for homeschooling families but also for Christians period.
I believe that whenever a Christian gets an opportunity to share God's Word, especially on a public platform to millions the way that Ken Ham did that night, it was a win for kingdom. It was an opportunity for the truth to fall on the ears and souls that needed to hear it proclaimed.
I also love that my children got to witness a man unashamedly defending the faith but yet doing it with patience, grace and presenting his case professionally. He was well prepared and did not have to resort to tactics to prove his point like we might see in other debates, instead he kept with the Word of God and kept bringing it back to the Bible.
Another thing that shined through was his humility. He was not boastful and did not seem to ooze of pride or look down on Bill Nye. I believe he knew that he needed to be gracious because He was handling God's Word and because Nye needed to hear the Gospel which was just as important than the debate at hand.
I am grateful for men who still defend the faith and greatly desire to raise my sons and daughters who to be able to do the same. We talked much afterwards about how a Christian needs to share the word today but do it in love and in grace so that their hearers will listen.
Afterwards, I had the children write a paper on the debate to share what they learned and their conclusions. I know that not everyone agrees with a young earth, and really only the Lord knows the exactly how old it is--however, I am still grateful for the chance to use the debate as part of their schooling for critical thinking and further analyzing. By the way, if you did not get a chance to view the debate you can view it here for FREE a limited time or get a copy for your home or church here.
We also use other resources from Answers in Genesis that I have been very pleased with such as these books that my children are going through this year:
I stopped by the Answers In Genesis store to look around since I hadn't been there in a while and found that they also have MANY wonderful new resources (including homeschool curricula, Sunday school resources, and so much more). I definitely want to pick up more materials for the kids for school this year and just for leisurely reading, especially since it is so hard to find wholesome, educational resources from a biblical perspective today.
I also wanted to mention that we were blessed to visit the Creation Museum a few years ago and hope to visit again soon. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't had a chance to get out there yet. They are having a special for the entire year of 2014 that children ages 12 and under get free admission, you can read all the details HERE.
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