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The Dinosaurs

February 15, 2013

The bible is not considered to be one of the defining pieces of source material about the existence of dinosaurs. In fact, the bible doesn’t even really touch on the subject, given that it is rather irrelevant to the message of the bible as a whole. Thus, dinosaurs have been considered almost mythological in nature, a legend for children to love and adore. The evidence of their existence, however, is all too real and cannot be ignored. Therefore, we must not ignore that God created these creatures as He did everything else, despite the apparent lack of biblical evidence. There are a few issues in attempting to merge biblical evidence and scientific evidence, however. As my previous post described the Gap Theory, the obvious issue is dating the dinosaurs’ existence. Scientific evidence points to the dinosaurs evolving over millions of years, while most biblical scholars agree on a creation date of only 6000 years ago. Obviously these are two very conflicting accounts! But I plan to start out easy. Just the facts.

The Facts

First of all, the easiest one: did dinosaurs exist? Of course they did. The physical evidence is numerous and totally impossible to ignore. Scientists have even been able to reconstruct the skeletons of many of them so we even have an idea of what they must have looked like. We even know which ones were vegetarians and which ones were meat-eaters! Fact number two: God created the earth in six days! On day six, He created all the land animals, as well as Adam and Eve. Whether you approve of a 6000 year old Earth, or the Gap Theory to allow for millions of years of scientific evidence, this one biblical truth tells us something. That man and dinosaur roamed the earth together, at least for a little while. Obviously, evolutionists disagree with this biblical evidence as they will tell you that no man roamed the earth with the dinosaurs. They also believe in millions of years of evolution and an extinction level event that destroyed them, preparing the earth for our arrival some million years later. However, despite the conflicting accounts, we know two things for sure. Dinosaurs existed, and God created them, the other land animals, and mankind on the sixth day of His creation week.

The Dinosaurs!!

What else do we know about dinosaurs? The first bones were uncovered back in the 1820’s by a doctor named Gideon Mantell. From his discovery, almost nine different species of this new lizard were discovered by the 1840’s. A famous British scientist, Dr. Richard Owen, was the man responsible for coining the name “Dinosauria”, which meant “terrible lizard”. We also know that, unlike other lizards, the dinosaurs walked upright much as a horse or cow would walk. Many of them were even the same size as a horse or a cow, which lends weight to the theory that they could interact with and coexist with other animals of that size. Other lizards waddle when they walk, like crocodiles or geckos. Dinosaurs did have a wide range of sizes, however. Some were as small as a chicken, other were forty feet tall, weighing in at around eighty tons! All these things we know, the physical aspects of the lizards, we know, or at least can be fairly certain about. Our main issue, again, is when these creatures lived. You might be surprised to know that the bible supports evidence of man living among these beasts!

Biblical Facts

Again, as in my previous posting, I don’t support the Gap Theory, at least not as it is posited. I don’t necessarily support a 6000 year old Earth either, as I cannot take the genealogies in the Bible and consider them to be a complete record of all mankind up until the coming of Christ. What I do support, however, is the absolute fact that God is the creator of our universe and everything in it, be it mankind or animal, star or supernovae. This, to me, is undeniable fact; not debatable. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”Genesis 1:1. Fact. Indisputable, undeniable fact. Fast forward to the sixth day of creation. “And God said, let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And the God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea , and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:24-27. Again, this is fact. Since God created the dinosaurs along with the other land animals on day six, we can be absolutely sure that they were created for a purpose and were designed to fulfill that purpose, just as all other of God’s creations.

Evolution would have us believe that the dinosaurs evolved over a period of millions of years into the creatures we know and recognize. This implies that the creatures evolved from other lifeforms, meaning that some of the genetic material would have to carry over into the new species. If reptiles evolved from amphibians for example, there would have to be a record somewhere of this life form in its transitional stages. However, no scientist to date has found this missing link in any animal or creature, including man. This means that dinosaurs are 100% dinosaur, no other genetic material comprises their makeup. They are just as unique as any other creation. And they fulfilled a unique purpose in God’s design just as every other creature on the earth. Evolutionists also declare that dinosaurs existed well before mankind walked the earth, and again, the bible refutes this. As indicated in Genesis 1:24-1:27, God created the land animals and man all on the same day. This proves that mankind walked with the dinosaurs for a time. And there is other evidence to support this in the bible.

Biblical Evidence

Adam and Eve in the Garden

Given that at the onset of creation, there was no sin, and no death, it stands to reason that the dinosaurs (as well as mankind) were vegetarians. In order to eat meat, one would have to kill to obtain said meat. Despite this limitation, God gave an abundance to Adam and Eve, as well as the animals inhabiting the garden. “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat.” – Genesis 2:16. This food source was, of course, unending and plentiful. It was more than enough to sustain man and animal. It was after the fall that sin and death entered the world (Genesis 3:1-7). God punished that sin with death as He plainly indicated in Genesis 2:17 – “… for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Therefore, there can be no fossil record from before the fall of man because there was no death in the world until that moment. There is other biblical evidence to support this as well. Romans 5:12 tells us – “Therefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” As indicated in the verse, death and sin are hand in hand. There cannot be one without the other, and until the existence of sin in the world, there was no death. Acts 2:21 says – “Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution [restoration] of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” This verse speaks of a return to a sinless world, much like the one Adam and Eve lived in. It will be a return to innocence, a return to the Garden of Eden, and sin and death will again be no more. Again, this tells us that death did not exist before the original sin, and is further corroborated by Romans 8:22 – “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Until the time of the restoration, we will suffer in pain and death as the price we pay for Adam’s sin. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” – Genesis 3:19. Death will be a part of the Genesis curse until the restoration, as death is a part of sin. Hebrews 9:22 – “And almost all things are by the law purged [cleansed] with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission [forgiveness].” There can be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. This is proven by the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross, whereupon the shedding of His blood, gave us forgiveness for our sins. Therefore, death is a requirement of sin, a necessary component of forgiveness. Without sin, death cannot and does not need to exist. What this all boils down to is the complete impossibility of dinosaur fossils existing before the fall of man. Death simply did not exist at that time.

So THAT’S what happened…

We can’t be entirely sure when dinosaur fatalities began to occur, however, we can be pretty sure when dinosaur fossils became reality. Death entered the world immediately after the original sin. At this point, we can be certain that animals began hunting other animals, and possibly even humans, and vice versa. However, fossilization would only occur if the bones of the dead animal were preserved by being buried under sediment. And this burial would have to occur quickly after death for the permineralization process to occur. The fossil record that we have is inconclusive. Depending on the area of excavation and the interpretation of the findings, we can draw different conclusions. Some experts find a gradual decline in certain fossil species indication a slow natural extinction due either to climate changes, lack of food, or migratory patterns. Other experts interpret a sudden and cataclysmic end to the dinosaurs, from which many extinction level event theories have emerged. Meteor impact, sudden volcanic activity, floods; all of these have been posited, and physical evidence for all theories has been uncovered. While it may be within God’s power to send a meteor crashing into earth, or to erupt all volcanoes at once in a certain area, biblical evidence points to Noah’s flood as the cause of the dinosaurs extinction, among others. After all, more than just dinosaurs died in this event. Many humans, plants, and other animals died in this flood. This does not mean that dinosaurs were excluded from the ark by any means. But it also doesn’t mean that the dinosaurs survived after the flood either.

The Flood

In Genesis 6:12, we are that “God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.” Because of this corruption, God said “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” – Genesis 6:7, and “… I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.” – Genesis 7:4.

So God commissioned Noah to create an Ark, instructing him in exactly the dimensions needed, and the materials to be used. And on it, he was to load his family, and two (seven of some) of every air breathing animal existing on the planet. “…every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark…” – Genesis 6:19. This means that dinosaurs were included as they were flesh. They were not excluded from passage on the ark as the above cartoon posits to us (although it is a funny cartoon). The ark was certainly created to be big enough to fit two of every animal as well as Noah and his family. This does not mean they would be comfortable during the flood, but they would have enough room to live and survive, which is what God was aiming for. This wasn’t meant to be a pleasure cruise. The ark would wind up being about 137 meters in length (450 feet).

The Relative size of Noah’s Ark

Since most dinosaurs were not incredibly large, there was plenty of room for two of each species of dinosaur to fit on the ark. Also, we could assume that God sent younger animals on to the ark, such as young adults that may not have grown to full size in order to save space. There would also be ample food on the ark for all the animals and Noah’s family. We can also assume that separate compartments were created in order to contain the more aggressive species, such as carnivores from the more passive non-meat eating herbivores. Of the animals that did not join Noah on his ark, they were quite simply, drowned. “And all flesh dies that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man.” – Genesis 7:21. And while the rampaging flood covered the earth, they were most likely buried under layers of mud and sediment that was being tossed around in the tidal surges. Given this, we would expect to find evidence of billions of dead animals and plants buried in the ground. And this is exactly what we find, and exactly what has led to the fossil record we keep today.  Young earth creationists believe that this flood occurred roughly 4500 years ago. If this is the case, the fossils that we have uncovered could only be a maximum of 4500 years old, rather than the millions of years of age that evolutionists would have us believe. As I am still up in the air as far as the age of the earth is concerned, I’ll leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions.

The Evolutionist Viewpoint

Evolutionists don’t seem to have a concrete theory about the extinction of the dinosaurs. In fact, they don’t seem to have much of a clue if some of their theories are to be taken seriously. Since they believe that dinosaurs ruled the earth before mankind came along, there has to be a string of theories explaining the rapid extinction of these animals. When perusing evolutionist literature, we can find many different theories pertaining to this. They starved to death, massive volcanic eruptions, overeating, unable to reproduce due to blindness or predators eating their eggs, changes in air composition, brain shrinkage leading to greater stupidity and a slew of others. Perhaps the most well known theory is that of the meteor impact. Though it cannot be denied that meteors have struck the earth due to physical evidence found at impact sites throughout the world, this does not make them the progenitors of a mass extinction. Changes in air composition, a migratory change, predatory losses, and other factors can, indeed, contribute to a mass extinction. This does not, however, rule out the flood as the progenitor of that extinction. In fact, evolutionists cannot decide on one unifying theory, and this is because no evolutionary explanation can be found. No explanation for the death of the dinosaurs exists. Apart from one, however. If you remove the evolutionary footprint, and take what is read in the bible seriously, your explanation is in the printing!  But, just for fun, let’s discuss a few of the most prominent evolutionary theory regarding the extinction.

Mass Level Extinction Meteor Impact
Massive Meteor Impact

Massive Meteor Impact

This hypothesis states that a large comet or meteor, around 10 kilometers wide impacted the earth just off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula around 65 million years ago, which corresponds to the supposed age of the dinosaur extinction event. After the event the planet was covered in perpetual darkness from the dense clouds of dust permeating the atmosphere following the impact. This impacted the amount of sunlight that could reach the earth’s surface, effectively killing a majority of plants and the animals that sustained themselves upon them. Even after the dust settled, an increase in greenhouse gasses caused by the impact would make temperatures skyrocket. Within a few years, these temperature and climate changes caused the rapid extinction of nearly 70 percent of all carbon based life forms on the planet.

Evidence supporting this theory exists in the impact crater itself, and the metals found in the surrounding sediment layers. A rare metal called iridium was found in the surrounding earth layers, a metal that is rarely found on earth, but quite common to many astronomical phenomenon such as comets or meteor fragments. This metal was found in quantities of excess of 30 times greater than average in the tertiary layer of sedimentary rock that was laid down at the time of the extinction. Again, this is averaged out to be around 65 million years ago.

There is also evidence of impact ejecta, or previously melted rock at this same layer of earth. This is evidence of an explosion that was powerful enough to instantly melt bedrock and propel it hundreds of miles from its point of origin. An explosion from a massive meteor impact upon the earth would create this phenomenon. There are also crystals found in this layer, showing a fractal pattern that could only be caused by a massive high-energy explosion or impact, or at least this is maintained by some scientists. However, none of this is definite proof.

Massive Global Volcanic Activity and Eruptions
Volcanic Eruption

Volcanic Eruption

This theory posits that the earth was just a mess of volcanic activity 65 to 70 million years ago. Huge beds of lava found around the world and dated back to this time period, depict a world where volcanic eruptions were fairly commonplace. According to the theory, this amount of almost constant volcanic eruption resulted in gas, ash, and dust settling into the atmosphere and preventing sunlight from reaching the surface. As in the meteor impact theory, this resulted in the loss of plant and animal life when proper adaptation to the harsh environment failed.

Evidence for this theory is found in ancient lava beds found throughout the world. A prominent lava flow discovered in India, covers almost 200,000 square miles of the Deccan region and reaches depths of almost 2000 meters indicating a rash of volcanic activity that could have persisted for around 500,000 years leading up to the extinction. The same metals, iridium, are used as evidence in this theory as they are also found prominently in layers of volcanic rock, round in the same tertiary layers. The same crystals are also posited to be evidence of this theory. Interestingly enough, some scientists believe that volcanic activity could account for the same fractal patterns found in these crystals that would normally only be caused by a high-energy explosion.

On a personal note, this theory seems to be a big failure to me. Most of the evidence is exactly the same as in the meteor impact theory, and nothing can explain as to why this massive amount of volcanic activity simply stopped right after the extinction.

Conclusion from a Biblical Standpoint

Noah and the Gathering

Noah and the Gathering

The truth is, most evolutionists simply don’t know what happened during this extinction. There is no proof, no definite theory, no unifying cause for this extinction, and many of them conclude that they will never know what happened 65 million years ago. However, being as the bible is filled with historical fact, wouldn’t it be more prudent to ignore both the evolutionist framework, and the amount of time, and realize that the bible gives one single unifying explanation for the extinction? Despite the death of all the land creatures apart from the ones safely ensconced on the ark, and the death of most of the sea creatures, some of the animals survived the flood. However, the world they emerged into would have been greatly different than the one they left. Food was no longer in abundance, habitats were gone, and we can assume a major climate change from all the moisture in the air contributed to harsher conditions than what they were used to. Unable to adapt, or survive, some of these animals, including the dinosaurs didn’t survive. Man was also a contributing factor. Some of these animals were most likely hunted for food, and possibly for sport, leading to extinctions of certain species. Extinction seems to be the one rule in earth history rather than evolution.

There is evidence that Job, who lived in the post flood world, lived among dinosaurs. In Job 40:15, God mentions a “behemoth“, which some biblical scholars have concluded must translate to elephant or even a hippopotamus. However, God also states that “he moveth his tail like a cedar…” – Job 40:17. An elephant or a hippopotamus certainly doesn’t have a tail anything like a cedar tree! The entire description given in Job 40:15-24, seems to represent a larger dinosaur like an apatosaurus. This creature was used to help Job understand that he could not stand against just one marvel of God’s creation and therefore couldn’t hope to stand against God Himself. However, this is proof of their existence, the fact that they could be seen and measured! This also gives proof of their continued existence after the flood, even if for only a short time, and leads to the proof that the dinosaurs most likely suffered an extended period of extinction due to climate changes, habitat destruction, and lack of food.

Interestingly enough, scientists are still finding new species in remote parts of the world that were too dangerous to explore until recently. Does this mean we may find a live dinosaur? We can’t really know that answer until an event like that occurs. While creationists may not be surprised to find a live dinosaur, evolutionists would certainly be in trouble having to explain why their dogmatic beliefs they’ve been preaching to us have suddenly unraveled. Personally, I hope for that day to come!

Of course, there is always one more theory isn’t there?

This was just too funny NOT to add!

This was just too funny NOT to add!

Published by Jay McAnally
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