DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE:
DID ADAM HAVE A PET DINO?
DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE: DID ADAM HAVE A PET DINO?
Who ever heard of having a pet dinosaur? Isn't that impossible? Didn't dinosaurs get wiped out millions of years ago? What's the truth about these creatures anyway?
Because this article cannot thoroughly cover all the information available about dinosaurs (even if one limits the material to just creationist sources), I want to pique your interest in further study by just giving you a few bold statements to chew on while you ponder what my answer to that question is.
- God created dinosaurs at the same time that He created animals on the sixth day of creation. That was only about six thousand years ago, so they obviously did not become extinct because of an asteroid hit 65 millions years ago! Something else happened--a worldwide flood that killed everything that did not ride out the flood in Noah's Ark.
- Some dinosaurs were saved on Noah's Ark, but most were drowned in the flood. That's why dinosaur (and other) fossils have been found all over the world and often in mass graves. People scoff at the idea of dinosaurs on an ark, but if you realize that God chose His passengers wisely you can understand how this would have been possible. He would have brought medium-sized dinosaurs--adolescents, probably--that could grow to their huge size sometime after getting off. As Dr. Dino, Kent Hovind (that link will now redirect you to Creation Today, a site owned by Kent's son Eric Hovind) says, He obviously chose a pink one and a blue one, too, for the sake of reproduction.
- The average size of a dinosaur was about the size of a sheep or a large dog. Some dinosaurs were large but many were very small, and when you average out their sizes you get an animal well able to fit onto Noah's Ark. If elephants could fit on the ark, so could dinosaurs.
- The word "dinosaur" means "terrible lizard." It was coined in 1840 in order to label some fossil findings of that time that reminded the word's creator of an iguana tooth--only it was much bigger than it should have been. Since the Bible was translated into English more than 200 years before that, the word "dinosaur" was not used in it--but that does not mean that the Bible does not speak about dinosaurs! It just uses different words that were in use at the time of writing, such as when the book of Job was written. God spoke to him about behemoth and leviathan. (Note: you can jump to the links to read those references, and then click the "back to 'dinosaur' means 'terrible lizard'" link to return.) Behemoth was strong and huge, big enough to swallow a river perhaps, but he ate grass like an ox. Leviathan was so terrifying that the very sight of him scared people silly and no one could fight him.
- Reptiles never stop growing as most other animals do, so if dinosaurs were reptiles they could have become very large before their death. (See my article on the Garden of Eden to find out how long they could have lived.) If dinosaurs were born large, it's logical to assume that at least a few large fossil eggs would be found--but this is not the case. However, fairly small fossil eggs have been found.
- Some dinosaurs could fly or swim. Evolutionists want us to think that they were steps in a process that gave us birds and land dwelling animals. Their thinking is muddled by their determination not to believe the Bible. They ignore the fact that an individual animal could not survive in a particular state of so-called development long enough to find and mate with another animal in the exact same state of development (another impossibility), so the whole evolutionary idea just couldn't work! But what's to keep God from speaking a Pteranodon or an Ichthyosaurus into existence in the same way He created parrots and iguanas? By the way, there is an article in an 1890 newspaper from Arizona about two men who were terrified by an enormous flying creature, which they killed and then described to a reporter. A fossil that matched its description was found in Texas in 1972!
- Two of the swimming dinosaurs are Elasmosaurus and Kronosaurus. Elasmosaurus is a Plesiosaur and it's my favourite, because I think it looks quite elegant. Some people think that Kronosaurus might be the Leviathan that God spoke to Job about in chapter 41.
- No one knows what dinosaurs really looked like. Fossils almost never include skin--and if they do, the best we can get from the skin is an idea of texture. We have no idea what colours they were--and the different kinds of dinosaurs might all have been very different. Dinosaur reconstructions that you might see in a museum are just educated guesses--based on much study and research, to be sure, but they are still guesses.
- Fossil finds prove that dinosaurs did live in (or were moved to) places like the north and south poles where they could not live now due to the extreme weather conditions in these areas. This tells us that the earth has not always been as it is today, as the doctrine of uniformitarianism would have us believe. The creationist doctrine of catastrophism (aka Noah's Flood) explains how dinosaurs got spread around at the time of their death, if not earlier. See the Faith Matters index to see more about this in my several articles on the Flood.
- Fossils do not take a long time to form, so their existence does not prove an ancient earth. Fossilized hats, hams and human bodies have even been found! The fossilization process is not a big mystery--it is a simple process of minerals that are dissolved in water slowly replacing the material in a bone or plant that is soaking in that water. There was more than enough water on the earth to fossilize those huge dinosaurs after Noah's flood!
- Do an Internet search for "Beowulf" or "St. George and the Dragon" and see what you come up with! Ruth Beechick has written an excellent article pointing out how Beowulf is the story of a dragon.Those stories you've heard or read about dragons are probably stories about dinosaurs! I used to think dragon stories were fairy tales, but couldn't reconcile that idea with their use in history lessons, so I ignored them for years like I did the subject of dinosaurs. But real, historical people fought real dragons! If the word "dinosaurs" could be substituted for the word "dragons" in the literature, lots of things would begin to make sense.
- Now hold on to your hat while I give you one last, thought-provoking idea to chew on--there may still be dinosaurs alive today! Komodo Dragons are probably dinosaurs. It is entirely possible that Ogopogo and the Loch Ness Monster are Plesiosaurs. Dr. Kent Hovind and others suggest that there may be a number of dinosaurs hiding out in the swamp in the middle of the African continent. And why not? If God created dinosaurs only six thousand years ago, just before He created man, and if He made sure some of them got onto Noah's Ark, why shouldn't some of them still be living? Many would, of course, have gone extinct as man has gradually ruined the planet, but some could survive by retreating to places to which man will not go or by adapting to their environments. That fact that we don't see dinosaurs does not mean that dinosaurs don't exist today!
I think Adam did have a pet dino. When God brought all of the animals to Adam so he could name them, I'm quite sure a dinosaur or two were along for the walk!
If you are using this for a lesson, you might like to use Job 40:15-19 as a memory verse, sing a song like "God loves you, God loves me, He wants you in His family, If you ask Him now, He'll come into your heart, And of His family, You'll be part," (to the Barney song tune). Contrary to public opinion God created dinosaurs as vegetarians, so for a snack you might use vegetables and fruits along with a few dinosaur cookies/crackers. You might also like to play Dinosaur Derby!
Please go to the next article and find out why I am no longer afraid of dinosaurs.
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15Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eats grass as an ox. 16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 17He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 18His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 19He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. 20Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. 21He lies under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. 22The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. 23Behold, he drinks up a river, and hastes not: he trusts that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. 24He takes it with his eyes: his nose pierces through snares.
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1Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? Or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? 2Canst thou put a hook into his nose? Or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 3Will he make many supplications unto thee? Will he speak soft words unto thee? 4Will he make a covenant with thee? Wilt thou take him for a servant forever? 5Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 6Shall the companions make a banquet of him? Shall they part him among the merchants? 7Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? Or his head with fish spears? 8Lay your hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. 9Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? 10None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? 11Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine. 12I will not conceal his parts, or his power, or his comely proportion. 13Who can discover the face of his garment? Or who can come to him with his double bridle? 14Who can open the doors of his face? His teeth are terrible round about. 15His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. 16One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 17They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered. 18By his sneezings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. 19Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. 20Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. 21His breath kindles coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. 22In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 23The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 24His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone. 25When he raises up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves. 26The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 27He esteems iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 28The arrow cannot make him flee: sling stones are turned with him into stubble. 29Darts are counted as stubble: he laughs at the shaking of a spear. 30Sharp stones are under him: he spreads sharp pointed things upon the mire. 31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. 32He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. 33Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. 34He beholds all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.
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Connie Lacelle, for the Connie's Comments column of the Northern Good News Journal, November 2003.
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