Friday, March 30, 2012

tough questions: were there dinosaurs on Noah's Ark?

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sometimes our children ask toUgH qUEsTioNS that we aren't sure how to answer...

the latest one actually came from Pip, who's 16.  she is learning about the evolution theory in school.  she isn't allowed to speak about the Creation Story and struggles with this because of our religious beliefs. 

Pip is quite the dinosaur enthusiast- always has been.  she's thinking of going into paleontology in college.  two of her biggest questions were:
how do dinosaurs fit into the Creation Story? 
how did they fit on Noah's Ark?
i had to stop for a second.  Pip doesn't usually go that deep, so i was shocked and proud to know that she was questioning what school taught her as a fact versus what we have taught her as faith.

thus inspires a new series on tough questions that kids ask.  just for fun, i asked some of my friends what their children thought about dinosaurs and the ark. here are their responses...

were there dinosaurs on Noah's Ark?
No. Just animals.
Lily (2) from Mama Smiles

Yes  {how's that for sweet and simple?}
Aiden (2) from Inspiration Laboratories

Yep. Dinosaurs. Went real far away. All way home. {In a very serious tone}
Grayson (2) from Imprintalish

Yeah {With a big grin and a chuckle in his voice}
Little Dude (3) from Davis Domestications

No..well... there were two of them
Lele (3) from Mama Mia's Heart 2 Heart

Johnny: Umm... Just animals.
Mom: Are dinosaurs animals?
Johnny: Uh huh.
Mom: So were dinosaurs on Noah's Ark?
Johnny: Yes.
Johnny (4) from Mama Smiles

No, because its not in my book {pulls out Noah's Ark book and points at the pictures.}
Putti (4) from Putti Prapancha

Yes! T-rex was on there and he went to a ginormous volcano!
Andrew (4) from Toddler Approved

Yes, of course there were dinosaurs on Noah's ark, they were just little baby ones.
Emma (4)

Dinosaurs died before Noah made his ark.
Aurora (4)

No, because I didn't see them in the Bible story.
CJ (4 1/2) from Creativity My Passion

No! They were from the Jurassic time. The ark was WAY before that.
Aikman (5) from Montessori Tidbits

Emma: I don't think so. 
Mom: Why?
Emma: I just don't know!
Emma (6) from Mama Smiles

No because they weren't mentioned.
Caleb (7)
No cause dinosaurs were already extinct.
Luke (8) from Christy's Cuties

Little Man: No.
Mom: Why not?
Little Man: It would have killed Noah.
Little Man (9) from Davis Domestications

dinosaurs on Noah's Ark
i'm not a pastor.
i'm not a biblical scholar.
i'm a mom who prays that God
will help me in guiding
my children in faith and life.
so here is how i answered Pip
and explain it to Bear.

so...were there dinosaurs on Noah's Ark?

here is how i answered the question to my kids:
  • in Genesis, it says that God made animals.  dinosaurs were animals. so that means that He created them too.
  • the specific names of the animals on the ark aren't written in the Bible.
  • Scripture states that 2 of every animal was on the ark.  since we believe this to be true, dinosaurs were on the ark.  it was very big. 
  • the dinosaurs that were on the ark couldn't have been the larger ones like the t-rex or anything like that.  it would be more logical that baby dinosaurs were taken.
  • like most of the animals that were taken on the Ark, dinosaurs were not the ones that we "see" today in their fossils.  all of these animals were the predecessors to the ones we know now. 
  • **added**  the above point does reflect on the evolution theory in relationship to how animals have changed.  we look at it this way: the original animals were created to live in a world free of sin.  after the flood cleared the earth, it stands to reason that God made changes (evolved) to the animals so they could survive in the world of sin.  
what tough questions have your children asked?

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Amanda said...

I just love these answers, to what is actually a perplexing question! I couldn't even think of answering this yesterday, too dosed up on painkillers to think properly!

I shall definitely keep an eye on these questions, although my boys haven't asked too many difficult questions, I know they are coming, and with my religious views and hubbys pig headed evolution theories, things can get a bit heated!

Sheri said...

Awesome post Andie. Very thought provoking. I always tend to think of Jesus as the real man that he was, and being alive not that long ago (relative to the dinosaurs) and therefore I kind of base the bible on that time perspective. I know, totally wrong, but it's where my timing goes. A little ADD maybe??? :)

MiaB said...

Love the answers that the little kids had... some of them were so funny. You did a great friend!! Just wanted to share with you that the Bible does mention a dinosaur ( I know awesome right.) It's called the leviathan found in the book of Job...share that with your daughter, she would be so excited :)

Kate said...

Liked to post and especially how you are trying to dig into the tough questions with kids. This is super important because there will come a time when they ask these questions, and its better to prepare them when they are young. I do disagree that the dinosaurs on the ark were different than the ones we find fossils of. (ending a sentence with a preposition, augh!) There are a great number of resources out there that cover this very thing. My only big objection is that if we say that the dinosaurs and other animals had different predecessors aren't we also saying then that evolution is true? Thanks!

Andie Jaye said...

yes! Job 40-41 has some great descriptions of leviathan and bohemouth. the word "dinosaur" hadn't yet been used.

Andie Jaye said...

absolutely kate! i added a last point to briefly touch on our opinions. i suppose i should've originally put in there that we don't believe in the darwinism portion of the evolution theory. i added our views on the evolution of animals. thanks so much for your input! it's always interesting to hear what others believe and why!


Andie Jaye said...

oh no! i hope that you're feeling better! things can get tricky with religious theory, can't they. my husband tends to stay quiet and let me deal with it, which totally works for me! i added something new below that might be a happy medium :)

feel better soon!

Kate said...


Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories said...

The school can't prevent Pip from talking about the creation story as long as she talks about it at a time when she is free to talk about anything (meaning she's not supposed to be talking about school work) and as long as she doesn't have a captive audience (meaning people are not forced to listen to her).

Also science can't have anything to say about God because science can't deal with the supernatural. It can only deal with the natural world - things that are observable, measurable, testable, repeatable, etc. That in no way means there isn't a God just that science can't measure Him. So science looks for other ways to explain what we observe.

I could probably go on about this (being a Biology teacher and a Christian), but I will stop now. :)

I love how the kids seem so matter of fact about their answers! Looking forward to more in this series.

MaryAnne said...

Such a cute post! :)

Christy said...

Such a fun post. I LOVE the questions and answers from the littles! Puts a smile on my face.

Unknown said...

The things kids come up with! Thanks for sharing this very thought provoking post with the Kids Co-op!

Carrie said...

How thought provoking!! I love the tough questions. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will share with us again this week!

Beth ( said...

Super cute post! I love how you had answers from other kids!! I've always told my kids that there sure could have been - if you look at the dimmensions it is big enough =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! See you tomorrow =-)

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