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So...What About the Dinosaurs?

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So...What About the Dinosaurs?

The evolutionist declares that the dinosaurs were in existence roughly 165-170 million years ago, and for some reason became extinct some 65-70 million years ago. But what is the truth of the matter? What do we teach our children?

First of all we do not deny their existence. To say that they did not exist is absurd. We have thousands and thousands of dinosaur bones, they fill our museums. So the question is not did the dinosaurs exist, but WHEN did the dinosaurs exist and HOW did they come into existence.

Of course this is where the evolutionist and the Christian are divided. The evolutionist believes that the dinosaurs evolved from lower animal life over a period of millions of years and existed millions of years ago. But the Christian, listening to what God has to say in His word, knows that God brought all things in to existence at the creation, and does not accept the idea that the earth is millions, let alone, billions of years old. From the time frame given through Biblical history the earth is relatively young, being only somewhere between six to ten thousand years old.

Before we can teach our children about such things we must know what to teach them. In this study we want to present some evidences from the Bible and from science which support the Scriptures, that we might answer the question, "What about dinosaurs?"

Let's begin by turning to the Scriptures, looking first of all at Exodus 20:11. Here is a very important passage. It is in the middle of God giving the ten command-ments. It is a passage where God does something in Scripture that He rarely does, and for that reason alone it becomes important. In verses 8,9,and 10 of Exodus 20, God has just given the commandment of remembering the Sabbath day and keeping it holy. But that is not all God said. In this rare instance God not only gave a command but also gives a reason for the command. Now this is rare because God does not have to give reasons, of course. None of the commands He gives come from malice or bitterness, but from love. They are for man's benefit (1 Jn. 5:3). Nevertheless, God here gives a command and with it gives the reason for the command. It is in this statement that we find something important to our study. He has said "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy." WHY? Verse 11: "For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."

Now the question is, If in six days God created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them, what does that leave out that God did not create? The obvious answer is NOTHING! And that is important to our study of dinosaurs. On what day was man created? Day six. And on what days were the animals created? Well it wasn't days 1-4. Day 4: God created the Sun, Moon and stars. Day 3: The vegetation. Day 1-2: such things as the waters and the expanse, the skies, so on. The animals were only created, according to the Scriptures, on days 5 & 6. And the Bible declares that these are literal days. For after each creation it is stated that "there was evening and there was morning, one day," or "a second day," etc. At the most, how many days could have separated man and the dinosaurs? The Bible makes it clear, at the most, just one day. And how do we know that there was nothing created after day 6? Because it is plainly stated in Gen. 2:1-2 "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." The Hebrew term in the original translated, "finished" (completed), is in the past, definite tense, which indicates an action completed once and for all in the past—not continuing into the future. In other words, God created, but He is now through creating, and will not do any more creating. When He finished, he finished.

Now of course it is true, that God allowed variation in the gene pools of animals and humans. But that God created concerning basic kinds and types God was finished. So, if we believe the Bible, that means men and dinosaurs were contem-poraries. Men and dinosaurs lived at the same time. That is exactly what it means! And, as we will see in a moment, there is also good scientific evidence that that is the case. But, if we never found one single bit of evidence from science to agree, that would not negate what the Bible says here in Exodus 20:11.

There is another passage that is of interest to us in this study and that is Job 40:15-24. In this passage Job is being asked a question by God. In fact in Job, chapters 38-41 God asks Job a lengthy series of questions to show Job just how pitiful and limited he really is compared to the God of Heaven—that he need not question Him, but simply trust Him. He had asked Job questions like, "Job where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth." (Read Job 1:8,16,25,31.) We remember the effect these questions had on Job. In 42:1-4 Job said "Therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not." God got His point across very well.

But we are interested in the question that God asked in 40:15-18...what is this creature here named to which God is directing Job's attention? His message to Job was, "I made that great creature Job, can you do that?" What is this creature, the Behemoth? Some have suggested, and in fact some versions put a marginal note, saying maybe this Behemoth was a hippopotamus. Well, did you ever see a hippo-potamus at the zoo? And did you ever see the tail of a hippopotamus? If you'll notice not only did God say that this creature had bones like tubes of bronze and limbs like bars of iron, but He also said in v.17 that it had a tail like a cedar tree. Well, a hippopotamus' tail is hardly like a cedar tree. It is a tiny little stub on the end of a relatively short legged animal. The cedars of that area were much larger than the juniper cedars that we are familiar with, such as the Cedars of Lebanon that are mentioned in Psalms 92:12. Zondervan's Pictorial Bible Dictionary says of these trees "a magnificent evergreen often 120 feet high and 40 feet in girth." Some have suggested that this could possibly be referring to an elephant. Did you ever see the tail of an elephant? Small in diameter and about a yard long—hardly what you would describe as like a cedar tree! But the Behemoth, had a tail like a cedar tree, and v.19 says he is "the first of the ways of God." We do not know of a land living creature that would have been bigger than the Brachiosaurus type dinosaur, weighing in at over 110 tons and over 3 1/2 stories tall. His breastplate was taller than a 6 foot man. There are many scholars who believe that this is describing the dinosaur type creature. Tie this with the facts concerning Exodus 20:11 and Genesis 2:1-2 that man did co-exist with the dinosaurs, then consider the point that God is making in this statement, "Look what I've done, can you do that." The dinosaur was the chief of all living creatures and what better illustration to use to make His point to Job.

Chapter 41 goes on to make the same point with a great sea creature, the Leviathan, which seems to have been one of the numerous types of dinosaurs, large and fearsome, that lived in or near the water. There is no question that the Bible teaches that dinosaurs co-existed with man. But what happened to them? We will look at this next issue. —Adapted

 

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