"History is cyclical. It is doomed to repeat itself."
"History is linear, with a beginning and an end."
Which statement is true? One statement represents a secular humanist worldview and the other a biblical worldview.
Do you know why?
In the Bible we read that this world's history has a beginning in the Garden of Eden when God spoke the world and everything in it into existence. In the last book of Scripture, there is an ending, after a great battle, Satan is destroyed and there is a new heaven and a new earth.
History has a starting point and an ending point. At the center of history is Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, who was born in Bethlehem, lived a sinless life, died a sacrificial death on the cross, rose again from the dead, and ascended bodily into Heaven. Though there are similarities in historical events, we realize that history is marching on to its final destination in a linear fashion.
Does everyone believe that?
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion is a delightful read aloud. Your little lambs will love the zany Harry who, in order to avoid a bath, buries the scrub brush in the backyard.
The little pooch heads off on a series of adventures starting with playing where men are fixing the street. His next stop is the railroad yard. His next stop is a construction site where he plays with other dogs. He stops to slide down a coal chute where a truck is delivering coal.
Each adventure gets Harry dirtier and dirtier.
Finally, Harry heads home, but his family doesn't even recognize him because he is so dirty.
Harry is a lovable little pooch who lives with a sweet family in suburbia.
There's one thing you should know though: Harry hates taking a bath!
In Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, Harry grabs the scrub brush his family uses on him when they give him a bath, runs down the stairs, and buries in the back yard.
Harry's adventure has just begun! He travels all over town, getting dirtier and dirtier. Finally, he heads home, but he is so dirty that his family doesn't recognize him.
Even when he does tricks, digs up the scrub brush, and tries to show his family his identity, they still don't recognize him. He is just too dirty.