What Happened to the Dinosaurs?

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What Happened to the Dinosaurs?

Continued from October issue

Last issue we closed with the thought that there really is no question that the Bible teaches that dinosaurs co-existed with man. But what happened to them?

There have been many ideas to explain this question. There have been at least 55 different theories suggested and then thrown out because of problems. However, most agree that what ever happened to the dinosaurs, it must have also affected the whole world. The latest dinosaur extinction theory suggests that the earth was struck from space by a six-mile-wide asteroid, or meteorite. Supposedly this collision threw 3 billion tons of dust into the air, blacking out the sun for several years and causing most plants to die, and so the dinosaurs died from lack of food. But what is wrong with this theory is that scientists have not found a six-mile-wide crater hole where the supposed meteorite struck the earth, and if it did and what they say did happen, then why did other forms of life survive, why did just the dinosaurs become extinct? No one knows for sure and God did not see fit to explain this in the Scriptures.

However, things stated in the Bible concerning the flood and the changes that took place on the earth as a result of the flood may explain what happened. It is believed that the earth before the flood had a great water vapor canopy around it. Genesis 1:7 speaks of "the waters which were above the expanse..." It would seem that before the flood the earth had never received rain as Genesis 2:6 states, "But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground." This would have maintained a fairly uniform mild, warm climate, with none of the wide temperature changes that cause the necessary conditions for rainfall. There was no rain, and therefore no rainbows. So the earth's climate after the Flood was radically different from what it was before. Some parts of the world would have gotten much hotter after the flood, and some places would be much colder. The earth would receive much more harmful radiation from the sun than before. All of these radical changes would have killed many animals. In fact we learn from the Scriptures that whereas before the flood human life expectancy was in the hundreds of years, afterwards, as we see in the genealogies of Genesis 11, the length of life steadily declined. But, regardless of the reason for their extinction, the fact remains that dinosaurs did live and die off within human history.

But then someone asks, "But how could they have survived the flood?" The answer is: just like all other animals survived the flood, they were taken on the ark. The Bible doesn't list the names of all the creatures on the Ark, but it does say in Gen. 6:19-20, "And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind shall come to you to keep them alive." The notion that dinosaurs could not have fit on the ark is false. Noah's ark was a barge-like structure much larger than most people imagine. According to Gen. 6:16 it was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, 45 feet high. In other words it was as long as 1 1/2 football fields, and taller than a four-story building. It could hold more than 530 railroad stock cars, and had a volume of 1,396,000 cubic feet. In fact, calculations have been made to demonstrate that the ark easily could have carried representatives of all creatures, living and extinct, with room to spare, with the ark being only about half full leaving room for food, and animal growth during the time spent on the water. And furthermore, it would be perfectly logical to assume that younger animals could have been brought to Noah rather than older larger ones.

 

So the question becomes, were did the fossils come from? And how old are they? Just because something is "fossilized" doesn't mean that it is millions (or even thousands) of years old. When conditions and materials are right, a bone can become replaced with minerals fairly quickly. The main ingredients for fossilizing are: 1. Quick burial. 2. Water, in the right amounts. 3. Suitable minerals. Conditions during the Flood were ideal for "fossilized" millions of animals and plants. In fact "All across the planet, huge numbers of animals are found, broken, buried and fossilized. Violent flood waters created most of these mass graves. Researchers have found that chicken bones and wood can be replaced with minerals in just five to ten years. Civil war buttons have been found imbedded in coal. A hammer head was found in one of these coal shafts with it's wooden handle already coalified. A huge dinosaur bone might take hundreds of years but certainly not millions and millions. In fact many dinosaur remains are still not completely turned to rock. More than half of the fossil is still original bone, not stone. Some even have chemicals from the living animals such as proteins and amino acids! When some dinosaur fossils are cut with a diamond saw, the distinct odor of burning bone can be smelled. And there is much more scientific evidence that men and dinosaurs lived together, which refutes the evolution theory and its ridiculous dating of the earth.

Of course time will allow us to only begin to touch on this overwhelming evi-dence. Several years ago Dr. Samuel Hubbert, who was the honorary curator of the Oakland Museum of Natural History, Made a trip to a canyon in Arizona. Dr. Hubbert was well known among archeologist for his work in Indian artifacts. Dr. Hubbert had suggested that the Indians had lived in that area long before we thought they were there. So he went to this canyon with his team to see if he could find come artifacts. He did, and his theory was proved to be true that the Indians had ancestors long years before we had ever placed them in our time tables. But he not only found some artifacts, he also found something else of interest. On the canyon walls, in a beautiful preserved state, carved in solid rock were some wall drawings. And in the wall drawings he found such creatures as cattle, sheep, dinosaurs, buffalo, oxen..." YES, DINOSAURS! Pictured with cattle and sheep. Dinosaurs which men had drawn. His description of these drawings: "Taken all in all, the proportions are good. The huge reptile is depicted in the attitude in which man would be most likely to see it. Reared on its hind legs, balancing with the long tale, either feeding or in a fighting position, possibly defending itself against a party of men." Can you image a statement like that coming from a archeologist? But the evidence was clear. Now if these Indians had never seen a dinosaur, them having supposedly lived millions of years before, how in the world would they know what one looked like in order to draw one? And, why draw it along with other animals they saw during their time?

The foot prints of humans have been discovered fossilized in coal veins of Ken-tucky by Dr. Albert Ingels. Now according to the evolutionist geologist the coal veins are supposed to be in the carboniferous period, (a period according to them that was even before the rise of the dinosaurs, coming millions of years latter in the Triassic and Jurassic time periods.) And what is more astounding is that Ingels found them not only in the coal veins of Kentucky, but also in Virginia, and West Virginia, and even out around the Rocky Mountains in the west. Yet the evolutionist denies a young earth, and that man and dinosaurs co-existed.

There are foot prints of mammals that were supposed to only exist in the latter times when man came into existence that have been found along with 3 toed dinosaur prints in the same fossilized mud.

There is one other thing I would like to share with you that has to do with the giant creatures of the sea that could have survived the flood, like Job's Leviathan. Of course the climate changes after the flood would have affected the creatures too. However, in 1977, the nets of a Japanese fishing ship, the Zuiyo Maru, caught the decaying body of a large, strange reptile near New Zealand. Photographs, measurements and tissue samples all show that it was probably one of the great marine reptiles like the Plesiosaurs. This find was so important that the Japanese honored it with a commemorative postage stamp. And as the scientific discovery of the year, the plesiosaur was used as the official emblem for the 1977 National Exhibition, celebrating 100 years of scientific discovery.

There are many, many other things that we could look at but I hope this has helped you to see that dinosaurs fit in perfectly with the Bible's record of history. That the dinosaur fossils show the reality of the Great Flood when huge numbers of dinosaurs and all kinds of other animals were destroyed along with men. All of these things are simply reminders of the great power of our God. All that men do to disprove the Bible ends up proving it to be true for it is the inspired Word of God, and as our Lord said, even though "heaven and earth shall pass away, My word shall not pass away." If we will simply study it and put our faith in it we won't feel intimidated by evolutionary theorizing and ridic-ulous dates for the earth. And we will know what to teach our children, whether it be concerning dinosaurs or eternal life beyond this realm.