DINOSAURS!

And the Geology of the Flood

Everyone loves dinosaurs! Millions and millions of dollars are spent on dinosaur movies, toys, t-shirts, and in fact, anything about dinosaurs. But let's take a closer look at "dinosaurs" as we know them today. Sure, the fossil bones are real, but the true facts about them have been buried- replaced by theories which are positively stated as "fact" but that are really just that- theories. The sad truth is that the study of these giant fossil bones has, from the beginning, been based on the conjectures of men who have completely discarded any belief in the Biblical record.

In fact, these wild theories are today taught as actual reality in our schools and universities- a strategy designed by Satan, himself, to discredit the Bible. In Genesis, when God created the animals, He called them, as well as His entire creation "very good", which indicates His complete satisfaction with them. (Gen. 1:20-31.) We are also told that He created all animals to be herbivores, or plant eaters. (v.30). But in time, something happened to His perfect creation for soon we are told that He "repented" of ever creating both man and animal:

GEN 6:7 And the LORD 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.

And finally, we are told that He did just that- He destroyed "all flesh, wherein is the breath of life", except those people and animals in the ark. And those animals in the ark consisted of 1 pair of unclean and 7 pairs of clean of every kind of "fowl", "beast" and "creeping thing" that He had created:

GEN 7:14 They, and every "beast" [living thing] after his kind, and all the "cattle" [beast] after their kind, and every "creeping thing" that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every "fowl" after his kind, every "bird" of every sort.

Were Dinosaurs on the Ark?

The key word in the above verse is "kind"- the Bible says that God preserved at least 2 of every "kind" of animal that He had created. Many people equate this word "kind" with "species", but we believe it should be equated with the word "genus".

To understand these classifications, we will present one simple example. "Feline" is a "genus" classification. The "Feline genus" contains many, many "species", such as lions, panthers, tigers, leopards, the common cat, etc. For a moment, let's assume there were just 2 members of the "feline genus" on the ark. After the flood, these 2 cats and their offspring eventually produced every various species of cat we presently have on the earth today. And there could have been other species of felines on the earth before the flood who were not represented in the gene pool of the 2 cat members on the ark.

If this were the case, it would be very likely that fossils of the "feline genus" could exist which are today unknown, or "extinct". And sure enough, that's exactly the case. Bones have been found of animals identical to those we have today, but some have been found of species which do not exist today.

"Take the classic case that Darwin quotes- the pigeon. He found that if the almost endless varieties of pigeons were allowed to breed together, they went back to the rock pigeon; therefore if there were seven rock pigeons in the ark, there were thousands of varieties potentially preserved. The same may be said about others, eg., the dog." (Journal of the Transactions of the Victoria Institute, LXII, 86, by M.C. Edwards, quoted from The Flood, by Alfred Rehwinkel, p. 70.)

After all, we don't have saber-toothed tigers today, do we? They are an extinct "species", but they are of the "feline genus", which does exist today. The bottom line is simply this- no one knows for sure exactly which species were originally created by God, and which ones are the result of cross-breeding. Scientists may claim that they know, but there is evidence that man prior to the flood had a great knowledge of genetics and were perhaps able to cross-breed and produce animals that would not normally be able to interbreed. It's quite possible that there were not nearly as many animals on the ark as most people think.

So, What is a "Dinosaur"?

Today everyone is quite familiar with the common concept of these incredible creatures- but the facts are not what people would have you believe. While these giant bones had been known for a long time, it wasn't until the last few hundred years that men began to "theorize" about them. Before that,

"The general opinion was that the queer things probably were the bones of animals drowned in the Great Flood- Noah's Flood." (Man, Time and Fossils, by Ruth Moore, p. 114.)

But there have always been those who refused to accept God's truth. These men attempted to find explanations for the things around them- explanations that their feeble minds could comprehend. They rejected the idea of the Creator.

In 1869, Huxley coined a name for this type of thinking- he called it "agnosticism"- the doctrine that there is no certain knowledge as to the existence of God, a future life or the essential nature of things. And who were the major adherents of this "new religion"?

"...Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, Thomas Huxley, and other prominent scientists and men of letters in England and America..." (The New Larned History, Vol. I, p. 119.)

As we are all aware that it was Darwin who did the most to promote the idea of evolution, we see that the world today has been essentially "taught" by men who did not and do not believe in God. They believe, in a nutshell, that the earth sprang up from chaos, that this matter evolved into lower life-forms, and over millions of years there were dinosaurs and prehistoric men, and finally, here we are.

Evolution became the vogue ideology of the "learned" men. And one of their great evidences for this theory is the dinosaur, whom we are today taught lived millions of years ago. So what are the real facts? The huge fossil bones said to belong to the Dinosauria are truly the largest bones ever found. Most are reptilian and lizard-like "species" that are not found today. But, they belong to "genuses" that do exist today. In fact, most of these bones are almost identical to animals which live today, with the exception of their size. But, this is a fact that you don't hear. Simply put, the dinosaurs were gigantic reptiles and mammals for the most part. But if that's the case, why don't we have them today? Why were they so large back then? Next...