Dinosaurs

WHAT ABOUT DINOSAURS?

Dinosaurs originated around 220 million years ago, about the same time the Rocky Mountains were being formed. They became extinct around 65 million years ago. Scientists generally agree that the dinosaurs died off as a result of an asteroid striking the earth and creating a climate change so severe that they could not survive it. 

But the dinosaurs are not the oldest creatures known to walk the earth. In their September 2000 issue, National Geographic details a group of dinosaur-like creatures called synapsids that were mostly wiped out by some catastrophic event that occurred some 20 or 30 million years before dinosaurs appeared, roughly 250 million years ago. Let us emphasize that the article notes this devastation as one of  "the many mass extinctions that have struck the planet" (emphasis ours).

Synapsid

 Some bible scholars view much of the creation story in Genesis chapter 1 as one of re-creation. Starting in Genesis 1:2 the Bible states that: "The earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters." The Hebrew words for "form" and "void" are tohu and bohu. Tohu, in Hebrew means a ruin or vacancy, and Bohu means emptiness and disorder. So Genesis 1:2 places the earth in a state of empty ruin. But God states in the book of Isaiah; "For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it a chaos, he formed it to be inhabited!)" Ch45v18. The Hebrew word that is translated into chaos is bohu. So in Geneses 1:1 God creates the earth, in Geneses 1:2 it's a "bohu" or void, and Isaiah 45:18 says God didn't make the earth a "bohu" or a void or chaos. The message from the Bible is that God did not create the earth a chaos, or ruin, but as a very livable place. The conclusion is, therefore, that something happened between the time when God first created the world and when "the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters." 

    There is a great deal of debate between the evolutionists and the creationists, but the bible and the geological history of our planet agree with each other that the earth goes through times of destruction, extinction and rebirth. Dinosaurs and synapsids existed before man appeared on the scene, and were part of an earlier mass extinction.

Holy Scripture does not speak of dinosaurs per se, although a creature called a "Leviathan" is mentioned in several places. A description of the monster is described in Job chapter 41 v.1-34. References to Leviathan are made in Psalm 74 v.14. Other passages refer to the monster as Rahab (Job 26 v.13; Psalm 89 v.10-12. In psalm 104:26 Leviathan seems to refer to sea creatures.

In ancient, "non-inspired" writings such as First Enoch, the Leviathan is described as a creature that God destroyed in his process of making order out of Chaos. Some Bible expositors believe that Leviathan, Rahab and Behemoth are all references to Satan.

Could God's reckoning of man, beginning with Adam, signal not the very beginning of human life on this planet, but the beginning of a new age with a new man, the aftermath of one of those "many mass extinctions" that National Geographic refers to? God may not mention past creations of human beings because they are not the interest, or focus of his current endeavors. Who knows?

An artist is a creator in his own right, and if he doesn't like a work, he's known to wipe his canvas clean and start over again, at times even keeping much the same idea and modifying only minor things. The bible, and most old religions, make note of a flood that suggests that very destruction and rebirth! The latest news article supporting the flood was an Associated Press release that showed up on 9/13/00 in the Denver Post:

Why can't God decide to wipe the canvas clean a few times and start over to suit his own purposes? Here are some other intriguing newspaper stories dealing with re-creation of new life from the dead. The fact that scientists have revived bacteria that has rested in suspended animation for 250 million years, and that scientists have coaxed new life out of dead brain cells clearly encourage the concept of death and rebirth, and not continual evolution.

By the way, the article to the right is good news for those who believe that abortion is wrong, for the value and demand of fetal brain tissue for research will be reduced, and so also will the desire to harvest fetuses for that purpose.