CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES

Psalm 14:1 "The fool has said in his heart, there is no God"

All articles are written in the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

THE CREATION

DINOSAURS:

 

When I was a boy; like many today, nothing fascinated me as much as the images of Dinosaurs, and when I was a boy, the study of Dinosaurs was in its infancy, as it were, especially compared to today. The evidence for their existence is overwhelming!

The word 'Dinosaur', was born in 1842, and coined by a paleontologist by the name of Richard Owen. He coined the name from the Greek, " Deinos ", which meant 'terrible', 'powerful', or 'wondrous lizard'. The Chinese had a word for dinosaur even earlier; " Konglong ", which meant 'terrible dragon'.

Fossils of dinosaurs have been recorded found as early as the 16th & 17th century (maybe earlier, but not recognized as their own kind of animal - probably just considered anomalies). The recording of these finds really didn't take off until the 18th century (in the writings of such men as geologist William Buckland, 1815 - 1824; a paleontologist Richard Owen, 1842, etc...). The first American fossil was found in the marl pits of Haddonfield , New Jersey in 1858 (marl is a crumbly mixture of clay, calcium, magnesium carbonates, and remnants of shells; it was used as fertilizer for lime deficient soil). The true cataloging of dinosaur fossils did not begin in earnest until the 19th century, and the true dinosaur renaissance (revival) didn't begin until the 1970's.

 

When we think about dinosaurs and the Bible, there is one thing we have to consider before we take a hard look into this:

 

"The Secret Things Belong to the Lord"

(Excerpts from Wittenberg Gate, on the Internet)

Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."

 

"People are naturally curious about the secret things of God. The scripture quoted above tells us that what has been revealed is in the Scripture for us, but there are some things we are not told, and those things belong to God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that what we have been told in Scripture is enough to make us, "complete, and equipped for every good work." So what is there that we need to know?

 

Wanting to know what God will do and why He has done what He has done are natural desires for us fallen folk. Christians sometimes search for alleged hidden messages in Scripture, or seek out those claiming to be modern-day prophets to satisfy their curiosity about the future. Sometimes these "prophets" are little more than the fortune-tellers disguised as Christians -- wolves in sheep's clothing bent on devouring the sheep.

 

To be content without knowing all these answers is a matter of trust. Can we say that while we do not know why God has done (something), we trust Him enough to know that His reasons are good, because He is good? Can we go on without demanding a reason so we can judge God and decide whether or not His reasons are good enough to satisfy our scrutiny? Can we say with Paul that God's grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9)?"

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I am not a scientist, paleontologist, or any other such expert; however, in my study of God's word I have come to know that everything God does has order and purpose (I think we would all agree). It is in this area that I look to see what has been revealed for us to know.

 

There are many thousands of theories that exist concerning dinosaurs by evolutionists, scientists, geologists, and creationists. Since we do not believe that we come from magic explosions, magic rocks, or primordial soup, the creationists and all of us can unite under the understanding that God created everything including the dinosaurs.

Exodus 20:11 "For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it."

 

There are however, something's that science and the Bible can agree on (these are just some that correspond to dinosaurs):

Many paleontologists describe evidence in fossils found, of a great upheaval of life, with shifts in plant life, marine life, and climate. Something's we find evidence of in the banishment of man from the Garden and the post flood world.

Many also believe that the earth was a very different place than today; with no polar ice caps, oxygen levels at 32 to 35% verses 21% today, and a much warmer climate globally. Which paleontologists also describe as necessary for the dinosaurs to exist. We talked about the necessity of this in the generations to provide a hydrology system apart from rain (Genesis 2:5-6)!

Virtually every paleontologist agrees that the extinction of dinosaurs was sudden and unexplainable without hypothesis. Something that also seems consistent with the lack of mention of these creatures in scripture.

Many paleontologist also demand that man and dinosaur were never meant to co-exist, thus they claim that the extinction of dinosaurs came before man. The Bible also states that man and dinosaurs were not meant to co-exist and again point to the lack of mention, and that God did not feel it necessary to reveal there existence to us as illustration of anything after the Garden or Flood. However, as God created everything in the days of creation, Adam would have seen dinosaurs!

Some creationists point to the existence of dinosaurs in the book of Job to show that they existed after the flood. The creature mentioned in Job is rather unique in its rendition, note:

Job 40:15-19 “Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you;

He eats grass like an ox.

16 See now, his strength is in his hips, And his power is in his stomach muscles.

17 He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.

18 His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.

19 He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword."

 

The entomology of the Hebrew word, "behemoth" ; is also rather unique. It was ordinarily used as a plural of "behemah" that we were introduced to on day six - part one; which meant 'a beast' or 'dumb animal'. It is impossible to understand the normal use of the word in this context, being used as a noun and singular. Many translators have suggested elephant, rhino, and hippopotamus; however, the "tail like a cedar" gives this difficulty.

Since God is asking Job a series of questions establishing His superiority to man, and that along with the question God is asking Job here, He also asked concerning His location when God laid the foundations of the earth. He is talking about the dinosaurs, but in the time frame of His creation of man (Adam).

In addition, the text shows just how Job would recognize these creatures; "His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron", in their fossil state (probably answering Job's questions concerning the uniqueness of these giant bones). God also adds that these creatures are the first of His ways and only God could have removed them ("Bring them near His sword").

Since Job was a patriarch and lived about the same time as Abraham, these creatures had long been gone to the post-flood world.

 

Others have tried to explain dinosaurs as simply lizards living longer. As men did before the flood and even shortly after the flood are recorded as living longer. Some have attempted to explain that this was the process for lizards and serpents as well. In other words, a horny toad living 900 years would look a great deal like a dinosaur. It is evident in the extent of fossil records that have been recovered and the diversity and unique nature of dinosaurs to dismiss this idea by itself.

 

Others have theorized that the dinosaurs died in the great flood. This is very possible; note:

Genesis 7:22-23 " All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive."

 

This idea however, would have man coexisting with dinosaurs for over 1600 years! I believe that common sense states that this was something God never intended.

 

Since God is a God of order and purpose, what purpose was there for the dinosaurs?

 

Ah! The key!

 

Their purpose is explained in the introduction of the home of man in the beginning, the first Divine law, and the temptation of man.

 

Genesis 2:8 "The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden , and there He put the man whom He had formed."

 

Looking into a window of day six of creation, Jehovah Elohim introduces the structural design of the planned home for man. It would be a beautiful place by any stretch of the imagination, perfect for housing the special creation of God.

 

Everything about this home is illustrative and purpose filled. We know that much of what was written before was written for our learning (Romans 15:4).

The very word " Eden ", in the Hebrew, meant 'delight'. It would be mentioned over and over again in scripture to describe a delightful and perfect place by comparison (Isaiah 51:3; Ezekiel 28:13; 31:9; 16; 18; 36:35; Joel 2:3).

 

The Garden that was planted eastward, in extent, in Eden ; was from the Hebrew, " Gan ", which meant 'a place protected by a fence' or 'to have a hedge about'. It comes from the root word, " Ganon ", which means 'to cover'. By the very introduction of the home of man, we see a protected, enclosed home.

From what?

This is introduced in the first law to man, note:

Genesis 2:16-17 "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

 

In this, the first law to man from God, we have instruction for our benefit, and punishment for failure; however, what would Adam and Eve know about death? This was not the nature of the protected home of man!

Ah! Back to the "from what" was the Garden protected?

Well, in order for this law of God to have teeth (no pun intended) in an environment that knew no death, all Adam would have to do in order to appreciate the blessing of this law, would be to look outside the hedge. Death reigned out there (the very nature of dinosaurs)! No hope!

 

Remember that I have already stated that everything God does has purpose and illustration (types and shadows). Where else in scripture do we see the blessings of being 'in' something verses the curse of being 'out'?

The church!

 

Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ"

 

Ephesians 1:22-23 - "The church is His body"; Galatians 3:27 - "We are baptized into Christ". Just as it was with Noah and the Ark , only those inside would know the blessings of life from the Father (Hebrews 11:7).

The church like the Garden of God becomes a perfect place for the spiritual man! Paul would also state that we who are "in", must walk in wisdom towards those who are on the "outside", who have no hope, and that God has already judged - 1 Corinthians 5:13; Colossians 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:12-13.

In this, we see the Garden of God as the first of a repetitive cycle of instruction to the blessings of being ' in ' something that God has determined to be the best thing for us.

 

This also helps us understand the nature of the serpent in the Garden as "more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made" - Genesis 3:1. Showing that God had made them (Job 40:15-19), man saw them, and Satan chose one to inhabit and tempt man (as they represented what he wanted to bring to man, death!). Then would also come the curse. The language used in the curse of the serpent (Genesis 3:14), suggests that the locomotion of this beast was different prior to the curse. It could also suggest that only those that crawl on their bellies would survive the curse post-Garden and stand again as an illustration of God's power to judge those on the outside (and explain the sudden and tragic event that caused their demise). The Apostle Paul would liken false teachers in the church to the serpent in the Garden (those from the outside tempting those on the inside).

This would be the same illustration made in the great flood (except that evil man would be the focus of this judgment), which stands for all time as a demonstration to all those who reject the salvation that God offers His own (Jesus to the Jews - Matthew 24:36-39 ; and Peter to Christians - 1 Peter 3:20-21; 2 Peter 2:5, 9).

 

As man was banished from the Garden, he would be introduced to a world without the Dinosaur. This would confirm that we were not meant to co-exist. In addition, they would have served their purpose as an illustration of death.

 

Does this answer every question we have concerning these creatures? Not even close! However, for the purpose of knowing what has been revealed to complete us; this was all that was revealed and it is in harmony with the rest of scripture. Remember "The Secret Things Belong to the Lord"!

This very understanding keeps me from stating that this is the only acceptable conclusion! Only that there seems to be much more scriptural evidence for this explaination.