“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
8 or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
9 Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
10 In his hand is the life of every creature
and the breath of all mankind.
- Job 12:7-10
So earlier today I heard a commercial for The Net Fellowship that was advertising their new series about the origins of humanity.
This is a topic I am deeply passionate about.
I hope the Pastor and Geologist who are leading those meetings know about a documentary I love called, The Riot and the Dance.
You need to understand something about me, I love Genesis. I love learning how it all began, what we were made for and why we are here.
The answer to all these questions and more are found in the Biblical book of Genesis. I own several books dealing with the topic of Biblical Creation and have read many more on the subject. Authors such as Ken Ham, Gordon Wilson, Michael and Beverly Oard and Bruce Malone remind me that the God I worship is the God of all Creation.
The same God who created the stars in the heavens, who set the earth on its axis, also invented the vascular system that pumps blood throughout our bodies. He invented the muscular system which allows us physical movement, our ocular system that allows us to see and a brain stem and nervous system which connects it all. Every creature in the planet, every classification of mammal, fish, fowl, plus a few that defy classification (i.e. the platypus), were all created by him.
Growing up I loved animal documentaries. The highlight of my day would be running home from school so I could watch animal documentaries like Wild Discovery and National Geographic. I would watch every animal documentary I could find and I loved it! Shark week on Discovery channel was something I looked forward to weeks in advance.
This did however, set me apart from other kids. For example, I remember a rainy day in 1st grade when the teacher had us watch cartoons during recess time. It was an episode of Mighty mouse where the pack of wolves are idiots who dress up like Little Bo Peep to try and get close enough to eat some sheep. I was the only kid who defended the wolves’ right to eat.
That was literally my first thought.
Growing up, I was the only kid in my class who defended the wolves in every single animated movie where they were portrayed as cowardly bad guys. I would literally cite the statistic that there has never been a single record of a wild wolf attack on a human in North America. Ever.
I was eleven years old when the movie, “Balto”, came out and I remember being so thrilled at something that portrayed wolves at least somewhat closer to how they really are. Wolves are naturally shy creatures that will avoid humans in the wild. The truth is, most wild animals will naturally avoid people.
Why is that?
Why is it that so many wild animals that could easily kill us, avoid us?
If the theory of evolution were true, (which it’s not), how were humans able to survive in a world where, let’s face it, we are at a physical disadvantage?
Why do wild creatures avoid us? I believe the answer is simply this- we are human.
Wild animals know instinctively what we are.
They recognize in whose image we are made.
In all those animal documentaries I watched as a child, I had it drilled into me that evolution was fact. In truth it is called the theory of Evolution because it is just that, a theory.
I still remember the first time I ever considered the contradiction between what I was hearing on those documentaries and what I had learned in Sunday School about the book of Genesis.
I wondered, which was true?
As the years passed, the curiosity became a NEED to know. I dove into research on what I came to learn was called Creationism: the belief that the world was created as described in the book of Genesis in the Bible.
(There is evidence for this belief which I may go into in another post.)
I came to believe this for myself as a teen and I still believe it now.
I believe in Genesis.
I also still love watching Nature documentaries, I just know I have to filter out the “Millions of years…” talk. I no longer believe it and its always miffed me.
I’m under no illusion that the people who make nature documentaries are people of faith or even friendly to faith, but do they have to keep stating a theory as fact?
Then in 2018, an answer to prayer came out in the form of a documentary called, “The Riot and the Dance: Earth.” Here’s the link to some of the Trailers-
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Wilson, a PhD in Environmental Science and biology professor at New Saint Andrews College, this full-length documentary, privately funded, bows to no ideal except proof and evidence. I had won tickets to see it in theaters when it first debuted and I was enraptured! It was not just good, it was great! It was engaging, visually stunning, and honestly, a bit in your face, (they deal with snakes).
If you want to get to know God, you study everything he wrote and made. -Dr. Gordon Wilson.
This documentary touched a part of me I hadn’t felt since those days I ran to turn on the TV to catch Wild Discovery. it was a sense of wonder of the world around me that had been dormant for a long time.
There has since been a sequel made entitled “The Riot and the Dance: Water”.
I can honestly say, it was even more awesome! It was also at times mildly terrifying, (there are sharks involved).
Here’s the link for the Trailer-
The Riot and the Dance series was a bit challenging to me as a Christian. I know many people detest snakes, will even say they are evil, so I appreciated it more than I can say when Dr. Wilson cited one of my favorite verses of all of scripture, “The infant will play near the cobra's den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper's nest.” Isaiah 11:8. This verse is referencing heaven so, if you’re a Christian, suck it up, there’s gonna be snakes in heaven. ;- D
The makers of the Riot and the Dance are offering these first two movies free for a limited time through their website. If you need something to get your mind off the current state of things, (and who doesn’t?), or if you just want to see something beautiful and encouraging, get yourself some snacks and enjoy these two beautiful documentaries.
Here's the link to their website where you can watch Earth and Water for free. Enjoy!
I should mention something, Dr. Wilson, the author of the original article that spurred these documentaries into being and hosts them, said he came up with the title based on his observances of nature.
In nature there is the riot; the chaos, the violence, the ugliness of this broken world we live in, but there is also the dance; the beauty, the elegance, the sweetness that can be there, if we fight for it.
Right here, right now, in this time of history we are living in, this is a time of riot, but one day, there will be a time to dance. I look forward to that day.
"If your world has faded to black and white, The Riot and the Dance is the cure for colorblindness."
— TIMOTHY G. STANDISH, PHD Senior Scientist Geoscience Research Institute