I’m beginning to see a big problem. I’ve been excited to homeschool for many reasons, and one of them is that I can make sure my kids know the TRUTH. No one-sided history or science – we can learn about both sides and discuss them honestly. No liberal Christianity here, we can just learn things the right way from the get-go. Right?
But the trouble with that is that you then kind of also have to learn what many other people believe to be the truth.
I mean, the stuff I’m learning from watching the Founders Fridays on Glenn Beck’s TV show, for example. It’s horrible that I didn’t know a lot of this stuff. But knowing that most of the US doesn’t know that stuff helps put a lot of things into context – helps make sense of the world. So when we’re learning history, and we learn this stuff, then we also have to learn that a lot of people don’t know that, so that things start making sense.
Another example? This is the one that actually prompted this post. Noah’s Ark.
God told Noah everyone’s horrible except your family. There’s going to be a flood, build me a giant boat called an Ark. Put your family on it and then gather two of every kind of animal and load ’em all up. It rained and rained and then it stopped raining and the dove went out and brought back an olive branch and they repopulated the world, the end.
They entered the Ark two by two. How many times have we seen or heard references to this? Time and time again. It’s just part of popular culture.
But, wait. How many animals??
Genesis 7: 2-3
Take with you seven (a footnote says “or seven pairs”) of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.
It’s not two of every kind. Two of the unclean animals, seven (or seven pairs) of the clean animals (for sacrifices, I believe). And seven of every kind of birds. uh huh.
But it’s not enough to know that – you kind of also have to know that most people don’t realize that.
PS, this is a bit unrelated, but interesting. I love poking around at Answers in Genesis. “How many animals were on Noah’s Ark? If created kinds really are families, as few as 2,000 individual animals might have been on the Ark.”