Dinosaurs

Modern science tells us that dinosaurs first appeared in the geologic record, namely the so-called Triassic period and flourished until their extinction about 66 million years ago.

Of course, if you’ve read my previous blogs, The Exodus Case Part 1 and Science and the Evolution Argument, you know that the geologic layers are explained very easily as layers put down during Noah’s Flood, and not billions of years.

So that means men and dinosaurs lived together. One might ask where the Bible stands on this and why aren’t dinosaurs discussed in the Bible. Answer #1: The Bible is God’s history of how He created the world, how mankind sinned, and how He redeemed us from our sins. Dinosaurs are not an integral part of that, so they don’t figure prominently. For example, I don’t think sharks are specifically mentioned in the bible. That’s not a refutation of sharks existing in any Biblical time period. They just didn’t figure directly in the story God mapped out as a matter of record.

Answer #2: There is one case where a dinosaur is described, although it isn’t named.

“Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox. 16 What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly! 17 Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit. 18 Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron. 19 It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.”   Job 40:15-19

Some people try to say it describes an elephant or hippo simply because they can’t imagine a dinosaur existing alongside man. But read it carefully. Neither has a tail like a cedar. It’s vegetarian. It’s huge. It sounds very much like a brontosaurus.

There is the Bernifal cave in France, renowned for Neanderthal artifacts. Stone age man had a habit of drawing stuff on his cave walls. Guess what’s painted on the wall of this cave? Yup…a dinosaur-looking thing. Check it out: http://www.genesispark.com/exhibits/evidence/historical/ancient/dinosaur/

The article gives an overview of a number of instances of art showing dinosaur-type creatures, both more sophisticated art as well as cave drawings. There are bronze Persian pots with stylized spouts resembling dragons, which are modelled on…what? Dinosaurs?

There is a The Turkish painting, entitled “Procession of the Trade Corporation during the Festival of 1720 in Constantinople.” The bottom left corner has what looks like a mutli-headed sauropod. Multi-headedness is a condition known as polycephaly. While curious, it is hardly unknown among dinosaur reports.

Also according to the article, “…the Dayak peoples of Borneo and Sumatra produced multiple pieces of art depicting long-tailed, long-necked creatures with a head crest. Some of these animals resemble hadrosaurs.”

Chinese art is particularly known for its dragon depictions, but some of these do resemble dinosaurs. One in particular is a beaked dinosaur with a head crest. Again, from the article:

“A beautifully preserved beaked dinosaur mummy (Edmontosaurus) was discovered in Alberta, Canada in 2013. The specimen sported a fleshy crest atop its head (like a rooster). Researchers theorized that the hat-like ornament was brightly colored to allow for identification. This was the first non-bony crest discovered on a dinosaur. It closely matches the look of the Chinese beaked dragon.”

Want something closer to home? Try the drawing of the Anasazi Indians dating from 150 B.C. to 1200 A.D around what we now call Utah. More from the same article:

“One evolutionist writes, ‘There is a petroglyph in Natural Bridges National Monument that bears a startling resemblance to a dinosaur, specifically a Brontosaurus, with a long tail and neck, small head and all.’ (Barnes and Pendleton, Canyon Country Prehistoric Indians – Their Culture, Ruins, Artifacts and Rock Art, 1995.) Clearly a native warrior and an Apatosaur-like creature are depicted. Yet another Native American rock pictograph found in Utah seems to depict a sauropod dinosaur.”

Clearly, these pictures weren’t drawn by dinosaurs. Only people are known to have made such drawings in history. So, if dinosaurs were extinct millions of years before people ever showed up, how did these people draw such uncanny resemblances of dinosaurs? Answer: dinosaurs were around alongside mankind. Because the earth is not millions of years old. Only 6000, give or take. Men saw dinosaurs and dinosaurs saw men.

Yet again, there goes evolution, millions of years, etc. Back to the bible people.

Follow the link above to the entire article. It has a lot more detail than I offer here. As I always say when reporting interesting articles to you; look at it. Read it for yourself.

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