Children’s lessons can often pack truth with simple exercises. Linda taught some Filipino children about creation and evolution. Just like her, she came up with an exercise so the little ones could think about it. They made a simple double-sided piece of paper on a stick. One side was the “nothing” while the other side was God’s created heavens and earth in the first verse of Genesis. The children were instructed to be God’s assistants and create something further on the God-side. They proudly showed their results…
Eventually, Linda talked about the empty side, where there was nothing. They were to wait a bit for something to happen on its own on the empty side. It didn’t. They pretended to wait a really really really long time to see if something were to happen on its own. Same answer.
If you do the exercise, then it is appropriate to read a few verses from the Eye-Witness account (the Author of creation, in the “beginnings” book or Genesis.
Is it an oversimplification? In some ways, perhaps it is, but in many ways it is not. As I told the higher grade children, the fundamentals of naturalism are not complicated. No God is allowed. No director is permitted. Everything that happens must occur by itself using existing processes that are apparent around us. These axioms leave random chance or accidental happenings to occur on their own. Then, to make things more believable, introduce lots and lots of time (deep time) so perhaps the additive effects of un-directed random things will result in something, which ignores, of course, any effects that might be contrary to something appearing to inch forward.
So it is no surprise that textbooks are utterly silent about the mystery of increasing complexity with no mechanism, nonlife to life with no mechanism, and information that self-creates and organizes. The Bible, however, is not silent:
For by him all things were created: things in heave and things on the earth, visible or invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.