On Memorial Day, 2007, rational Christians once again took a back seat to literalists. The “every word in my Bible is absolutely factual” crowd delighted to the opening of the Creation Museum in Boone County, KY. The story is easily accessible on the internet, one version can be found here. This museum actually depicts dinosaurs on “Noah’s Ark”. That’s pretty progressive compared to a friend of mine who used visits to a Natural History Museum to show her home schooled kids how God planted fossils in order to test our faith in the Biblical story of creation.
Not every word of scripture is equal … but then one would need to use the brain God gives us to figure out what is going on in scripture. One quick consideration: Jesus told “parables”. A parable is a teaching story. It doesn’t have to have actually happened. So, there probably isn’t a “prodigal son”, just as there isn’t a woman who lost one of her 10 coins and searched until she found it … then spent it on a celebration.
Likewise, there are other teaching stories/parables throughout scripture. Maybe the story of Jonah was one of them! Maybe the two different accounts of creation were teaching stories too! I think so! After all, there is no firmament in which stars are placed and that keep the water of the heavens from pouring down on the earth (Genesis 1). It doesn’t take much imagination to envision a scene where these stories are told around a campfire as the kids are getting ready for bed. It doesn’t take away from the truth. God has created us and all that exists. God cares about you … even those who don’t get it and want to put dinosaurs on board Noah’s Ark.