The Grasshopper Geologist
Published: 24 September 2013 (GMT+10)
It might surprise you to find out that our children’s book, Exploring Geology with Mr. Hibb is currently one of our best-selling resources. So why would a children’s book featuring a curious grasshopper be such a hit?
Because young and old alike, just like Mr. Hibb, are curious to find out more about the world we live in. While most sources constantly tell us that the world, and even ourselves, came after billions of years of slow and gradual processes, Mr. Hibb helps guide us to understand the world in light of the Bible’s historical account.
Immunize your children
You see, most people, including our children, have been told that so-called geological evidence demonstrates that the earth was formed over billions of years. While many Christians don’t believe in evolution, the millions of years idea is arguably the biggest stumbling block when it comes to doubting the authority of Scripture. And it’s no wonder, whether due to school, textbooks, TV, magazines, movies and even cartoons, that most have never heard the other side of the story. Modern geology is the #1 culprit that interprets the mountains, valleys and sedimentary layers as the result of slow and gradual processes over eons of time, directly opposed to the Bible’s account of God’s creation and the catastrophe of the worldwide flood that followed. If we can help people, particularly our young ones, understand where the secular concept of deep time comes from, it will help them discern the information they are going to be confronted with in later life. And as such, the millions of years simply evaporate.
An adult book in disguise
Exploring Geology with Mr. Hibb, Discovering evidence for Creation and the biblical flood isn’t just a kid’s book. In fact, one of our own Ph.D. scientists told us that he learned some new things from this beloved little grasshopper. And the feedback we’ve had already from families is that their children couldn’t put the book down.
Everyone in the family will easily learn, from a scientific and biblical perspective, things like:
|The difference between igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.||How massive earthquakes might have been a part of the process leading to the worldwide Flood.|
|How rock layers, valleys and mountains form.||Why evolutionary ideas don’t make sense of the facts we see.|
|How fossils form.||How the earth is like a candy jawbreaker.|
|How the biblical Flood gave us the geological formation we see today.||How Noah’s Flood can explain the formation of coal deposits.|
|The ice age and glaciers.||The mystery of the woolly mammoth.|
There are even hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy, like rock collecting, building a volcano, fossil hunting, and erosion experiments.
Equip yourself, and your family
The bottom line: We believe this book to be an important resource that demonstrates how the geologic evidence supports the Bible’s account of history, not the evolutionary story. Teach yourself, and your children, so that along with Mr. Hibb, they can satisfy their curious nature, and see the world where we live as God’s creation. It will also allow you to engage, teach and interact with your family in a fun way.
Its nice to see the creation message continue to grow. When most people become informed about creation science, their usually upset because this evidence have been censored out from the public. So, when people see the evidence for creation for the first time, they just can't get enough.
It is really great when children have been brought up on the Bible, and have had the creation and flood stories accurately explained. When they then get to school, and are inundated with evolutionary teaching, they are able to see it for what it is - an adult fairy-tale.
Would it not be good to encourage Sunday School teachers to use this book - or do you do that already? Many such teachers would themselves learn even as they pass on the truth.
When you equate belief in an old universe with "doubting the authority of scripture," you commit a grievous logical fallacy.
Do you believe in humility and hard work?
Most, if not all, Christians would say that they do, but many of them would still be lazy when it came to understanding the Bible. They want it easy. They take the lazy way and arrogantly proclaim that they are right and others are wrong.
They say that sin came before death. But did it really? They treat the death in the Garden as equal to the physical death we humans suffer. But it isn't equal. God said that Adam would surely die on the day he ate of the forbidden fruit, but he lived 930 years, most, if not all, after the Garden.
So, if Adam didn't die a physical death, then what?
He died a spiritual death! And Jesus emphasized this when he told Nicodemus that we need to be reborn of the spirit -- not of the flesh.
The current state of "Creationism" is a false set of teachings. They lead us astray, much as the Pope's latest pronouncements about not needing to believe in God in order to go to heaven. They are all an abomination.
God created us in His image and likeness and He is not Homo sapiens.
Rod, thank you for your inquiry.
I hope you don’t mind me being direct, but the opening line in your comment is quite puzzling. You state “When you equate belief in an old universe with “doubting the authority of scripture," you commit a grievous logical fallacy.” If you were familiar with the content of our website, creation.com, you would see that it is most definitely logical that the Bible clearly teaches that the universe was created by God in 6 days, approximately 6,000 years ago. Instead of repeating the massive amount of information we have published on the subject in this short response, for a brief sample please read this article as well as the articles in this category http://creation.com/young-age-of-the-earth-universe-qa. Perhaps an even more important concept regarding the general philosophy of science can be found here: http://creation.com/its-not-science.
And we are not being “lazy” in our understanding of the Bible. In fact, our organization, which employs more Ph.D. scientists than any other ministry that we are aware of, is quite academic in our interpretations of the scientific evidence. Before you toss such broad accusations of us “arrogantly proclaim[ing] that [we] are right and others are wrong”, I suggest you make an honest effort to understand the scope of the wealth of information available here on our website.
The issue of sin coming before death as well as the idea of physical and spiritual death goes to the heart of this crucial subject, so we deal with that extensively. This issue goes to the heart of how "doubting the authority of scripture" in the origins arena leads to unbelief in the other areas of the Bible. Again we have multiple articles about this subject, but I would start with this one: http://creation.com/Did-god-create-over-billions-of-years as well as the “related articles” contained at the bottom of this article and those in the blue box labeled “What about these ideas?”
Finally, your statement that we are presenting a “false set of teachings” that lead you “astray” is in itself false. Belief in millions and billions of years have never led people to a greater belief in the Bible’s historical account, for the Bible does not clearly teach this.
Rod, I hope you will take some time to research our website and take the time to understand our position before you attack it again. We agree that God did create us in His image as the Bible clearly teaches, that he communicated this through His inspired Word, and that he loved us and sent His son to die and pay the penalty of sin brought on by the disobedience of Adam.
Thank you again for your inquiry.
The fact that this book sells so well doesn't surprise me one bit. A book for kids isn't intimidating: it's easy to read, colorful, and fun!
Congratulations and keep up the great work.
PS when half the USA adult population only functions on a 7th grade or below reading level, doesn't that tell us something about where to focus our efforts?
Thank you for your comment Shari.
As stated in the article, this isn't merely a "kids book". Even one of our PhD scientists said that he learned things from Mr. Hibb.