In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
If one can believe the first ten words in the Bible they will have no problem believing the rest of it. Belief in the Book of Genesis that God was the Creator of all things and spoke them into existence from nothing is the foundation stone for Biblical faith. This was the prominent point of view of the church throughout her history and only began to be seriously challenged by cynics during the “Age of Enlightenment” which began in the 18th century. Now the theory of Darwinian evolution is taught as fact in classrooms beginning in grade school and the Genesis account of Creation is met with disparagement and hostility even within some churches.
Jesus corroborated His belief in Genesis when He confirmed the existence of Adam and Eve (Matthew 19:4) Noah and his time and even the Great Flood of Genesis 6 (Matthew 24:37-39). Kids are asking questions of their Christian parents and teachers and are either not being answered or told to “Just trust Jesus” and not worry about it. You can bet if a young person asks “What about dinosaurs and the Bible?” that if a Christian doesn’t have the answer there will be a secular school teacher or college professor that will and not from a Biblical perspective. It is a serious problem. The George Barna Research Group did a survey several years ago that found between 70-75% of teens are leaving the church after high school due to intellectual skepticism (research ‘Barna Group-75% of teens leaving the church’ for the results).
The Bible says that all things were made and are sustained through Christ (Colossians 1:16) and that there is nothing that exists that was not made by Him (John 1:3). The Word also tells us to be ready to make a defense of what we believe according to Scripture (1st Peter 3:15). There are thousands of accredited scientists (many who began as convinced evolutionists) who accept the Genesis account of Creation and have done great and detailed research into it. Their research data are available in books and online. One good place to start is with Dr. Jason Lisle’s video The Ultimate Proof of Creation* on ‘YouTube.com.’
Skeptics will not believe because of their skepticism. But when someone asks honestly where all this came from there are legitimate and viable answers that are just as plausible as any the skeptics have. It takes as much faith, if not more, to believe once there was nothing then it exploded than to believe in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. They are ten little words that define all things. Today, if someone honestly asks ‘So what about dinosaurs and the Bible?’ a person does not have to nervously clear their throat-they can clearly give an answer.
*A few research resources for the curious and persons interested in alternative biblical answers: Dr. Thomas Kindell PhD., Dr. Ken Ham PhD., Dr. Don Patton PhD., Dr. John Morris PhD., Mike Riddle (Mike holds a degree in mathematics and a graduate degree in education), Dr. Roger Oakland PhD., and Dr. G. Thomas Sharp PhD., among others.
Other available resources on YouTube and online: Answers in Genesis, the Genesis Museum, Creation Magazine, the Creation Today Show and other associated links.