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How can dinosaurs be used to spread the Gospel message?

We know about dinosaurs through the fossil record, and fossils are, of course, dead animals.  These fossils are found worldwide in sedimentary rock layers.  The majority of these fossils and rock layers were formed during Noah’s Flood.  The flood was an act of God’s judgment, showing that he does not tolerate sin forever.  We can use fossils to remind people of the deadly effects of sin.

 

Dinosaurs, animals, and people buried in sediment and fossilized after the flood (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

Is there evidence for a global flood?

 

Sedimentary rock layers found worldwide

Water is very powerful and destructive force during a flood. Ask anyone who has survived a flood and experienced the loss of their home or damage to their property, and they will agree. This video shows the powerful effects of water in just a short amount of time.

If Noah’s Flood was worldwide, then all over the earth we would expect to find billions of dead things buried in rock layers that had been laid down by water.  And, that is what we find.

When we read in Genesis about water coming out of the “fountains of the deep” (Gen 7:11), this has generally been understood as underwater volcanoes erupting and spewing out countless gallons of water all over the Earth. Also in that same verse, we find where rain fell from the sky when the “windows of heaven opened up.”  Water fell to the earth and possibly came from underground reservoirs for a total of 40 days and nights, and it stayed on the Earth for a total of 150 days before it started to recede.  During those 150 days, there was a lot of tectonic activity on the earth (there are technical theories to help explain this type of activity).  You can imagine that the water was quite muddy as it churned all of the Earth’s sediments together like a blender.  Then, as the waters started to recede, the sediments separated into layers according to their density.

If there was a worldwide flood, we would expect to find these sedimentary rock layers all over the world and fossils buried within them. Today, you can see layers of sedimentary rocks everywhere such as rock outcroppings along the interstate, the Grand Canyon, and other places where rock strata are exposed.  In between the layers there is no evidence of erosion, which shows that they were laid down on top of each other in succession, not with a long span of time in between.  This link provides more information on various types of causes for sedimentary formations.

Fossils are found in these rock layers. The majority of fossils we have today were formed during Noah’s flood.  The animals were not able to escape the torrential rain, and during the 150 days of the water churning on the earth, the animals were buried among the sediments.  If a fossil formed over a gradual period, we would not find much left of the animal.  If it was buried rapidly, we would find the animal and sometimes the skin intact.  In fact, there is a fossil of a fish in the process of giving birth, a fish in the process of eating another fish, and a fish with another fish in its stomach.  This would not be the case if the fossil was formed gradually.

Another evidence is flood legends. There are about 300 flood legends around the world, and generally speaking, they tell basically the same story about a flood, a boat, animals being saved, and so forth.

More evidence for a global flood can be found here.

A graveyard of fossils

 

What are the problems with believing in millions of years?

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”  Romans 5:12.  

 

Source: Answers in Genesis

 

Death and suffering is a result of sin.  In the fossil record we find bones with diseases and cancer.  If the fossil record shows millions of years of Earth history before the creation and fall of man, then what caused those animals in the fossil record to die and have diseases?  The fossil record is a result of God’s judgment of sin.  These things logically could not have happened until after Adam’s sin.  This is one of the major problems with Theistic Evolution and Progressive Creationism in that these two alternative views allow for suffering and death before Adam’s sin.  This is opposite to what the Bible tells us about sin, suffering, and death.   If Adam’s sin did not bring death and curse onto the Earth, then what did bring it?

What is the geologic column?

The geologic column is a theoretical illustration of how the sedimentary rock layers across the world are laid out.  However, nowhere on the Earth has this layer-by-layer illustration actually been found except in the pages of textbooks and in museums displays.  According to geologists, the bottom layer is the oldest type of rock and the layer at the top is the youngest.  Each layer is dated to be millions of years old. The dates of the layers are dated according to the fossils found in them, and the fossils are dated according to the layers they are found in.  This is circular reasoning and not a reliable method of measuring the age of the earthA global flood would better explain the layers of fossils we find today.

 

Theoretical layer of rocks and the fossils that are typically found in them

 

What caused the formation of the fossil record?

The fossil record in the theoretical geologic column shows that sea creatures are at the bottom of the sedimentary rock layers, which evolutionists claim as evidence that they have been in existence the longest because the lowest layers of sedimentary rock are supposedly the oldest.  This is also why evolutionists believe that life started in the oceans.  As the “ages” of rock in the geologic column decrease, more complex fossils are found.  What would cause this arrangement of fossils?

During Noah’s flood, you can imagine that the animals in the ocean were the first to be buried because they were at the lowest point of sea level.  As the waters grew higher and higher onto the coast land and low lands, people and animals sought shelter at higher elevations.  Animals that were slow moving were not able to make it to the higher land and were then buried by water and sediment.  Humans, faster land animals, and birds were able to make it to the high land, but eventually they too were covered in the water and sediment, and some of them turned into fossils.  The layers we see today in sedimentary rock were the result of hydrological sorting.  Check out the following video at the bottom to see an experiment of such sorting.  Go to 3:00 to see the experiment.

Another suggested article is here where it explains the layering of fossils, and it also includes a link to many out of place fossils along with references.

 

Placement of the fossils as a result of Noah’s Flood (Source: evolutionfacts.com)
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How are fossils formed?

Fossils come in various forms, but generally speaking, they can be defined as mineralized bones.  Fossils are not formed overnight, but they don’t require millions of years to be formed either.  The key to creating a fossil is having the right conditions.  During Noah’s Flood, those conditions would have been met. 

While the flood waters covered the world, all of the Earth’s sediments were churning and mixing in the water.  The bodies of animals that were killed during the flood were also part of that mixture.  When the flood waters began to recede, the sedimentary layers spread, burying the animals within them.  The minerals in those layers began to fossilize the bones, and over time the sediments hardened into rock.  Had the animal been left on top of the ground rather than being buried in the sediment, then its body would have been subject to decay and weatherization, preventing it from ever becoming fossilized.  This is why we don’t see dead animals on the road or in our yard fossilizing.

 

Formation of a fossil (Source: Answers in Genesis)

Below is a picture of a fish that was fossilized while it was eating another fish.

Fish fossilized while eating another fish. (Source: Answers in Genesis)



 

 

What is the difference between micro-evolution and macro-evolution?

 

Evolution teaches that all life came from a common ancestor. Creation teaches that life forms change within their kind. Source: Answers in Genesis

 

Micro-evolution, also known as “variations within a kind”, is the observable changes that we see in living things.  Roses have variations in color and length.  The dog kind has a multitude of variations (German shepherd, Shih-Tzu, Poodle), and even variations of the variations (Black Labrador, Yellow Labrador, Chocolate Labrador, etc.). These changes occur to a degree with each new generation, depending on the parental DNA, but what doesn’t occur and what has not been observed is macro-evolution.  This is defined as large-scale, gradual change in living things, such as a fish evolving legs and then becoming an amphibian, or an amphibian developing the characteristics of a reptile.  Some evolutionists claim that the micro-level changes are so small and gradual that we will never find the actual transitional form.  This however, goes against the opposite evidence of evolution known as punctuated equilibrium, which states that life forms suddenly “exploded” as advanced species.  For more information on gradualism versus punctuated equilibrium, see the following link: http://www.gotquestions.org/punctuated-equilibrium.html

 

What happened to the dinosaurs?

There is no doubt that these magnificent creatures existed. We have the fossils to prove that they once lived, and we have the man-made cave drawings and a plethora of art work showing dinosaurs existing alongside humans. Evolution holds that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, give or take, while those who hold to the Biblical account of creation and a young earth believe that they died out gradually after Noah’s flood. There is even evidence that they exist today! (Who knows what is living at the bottom of the ocean or in the middle of a unexplored rain forest?) Just because they are said to be extinct doesn’t mean they are extinct. The coelacanth fish was said to die out 65+ million years ago, but instead it was found swimming in the ocean in the 1930s. And it looked the same as its fossil ancestor!

When you read in the news about a dinosaur being found that supposedly died out 65+ million years ago, what you are reading is based on the evolutionary assumption. It’s not like each fossil bone has a birth date on it! Instead, the fossil is dated according to the sedimentary rock layer it is found in. And the sedimentary rock layers are dated according to the fossils they are found in. And we can date the fossils according to the rocks… If you are reading this, your head should be spinning, because you’ve just encountered circular reasoning: “This is that, because that is this.” The assumption is that the rock layers were formed slowly over millions of years, and the animals that are buried inside these layers progress from least evolved (marine life) to the most evolved (advanced land animals and people).

In reality, a fossil has to be formed rapidly. When an animal dies, its body doesn’t last long because it erodes away and is eaten by scavengers. A fossil on the other hand is formed very rapidly. A fossil, in general, is an animal that was buried by a whole lot of sediment. Over the course of a few years, the bones of the animal are transformed into rock. Something had to happen in history to cause billions of animals to be buried and turned to stone before they were eaten by scavengers (Noah’s flood, perhaps?). The idea of a world-wide flood is laughable in the eyes of science.

Why don’t we find the word “dinosaur” in the Bible? This can be explained using the same reason we don’t find Facebook in the Bible…the word wasn’t invented yet! The KJV of the Bible was published in 1611, but the word “dinosaur” wasn’t created until 1841, 230 years later. What we do find in the Bible is the word dragon, and when you read about dragons in their context, they easily fit the characteristics of dinosaurs. There are several verses in the Old Testament that refer to dinosaurs, now that we look at it from this perspective. For example, we have fiery, flying serpents; dragons in the waters; and sea monsters. I recommend that you read Job 40 and 41. Your notes at the bottom of the page will most likely say the creatures are an elephant or alligator, but does the description really match up with those animals?

Dinosaurs may have been hunted to extinction or died from lack of food supply. There are other theories as well, but we know that the massive grave yards of dinosaur bones had to be formed rapidly, and the best explanation for this is a worldwide flood.

For more information, check out the dinosaur videos in the free downloads section of this website.