The Old Testament predicted Jesus’ appearance and prepared the world for Him. The New Testament recorded his life, ministry, and plan for salvation. Many prophecies were fulfilled by Jesus. Could He have purposely fulfilled the prophecies so as to make himself look like the messiah? Old Testament prophecies foretold: How he would die; How the people would react to his death; That his side would be pierced; Where he would be buried; Where he would be born; When he would be born; The virgin birth; and His betrayal. These are 8 different prophecies, and it is impossible for Jesus to have purposely fulfilled them. While hanging on the cross, how would he have purposely fulfilled having the spear stuck in his side? How would he have fulfilled the prophecy of the guards casting lots for his clothes? How would he have purposely fulfilled being born of a virgin and in Bethlehem at a certain time in history? These things were out of his control. The chances of just one person fulfilling all eight of these prophecies is 1 out of 100,000,000,000,000,000, or 1 out of 10 17. You can see in the Old Testament where Jesus was prophesied many times before he was born in this article. The following link: Fulfilled Messianic Prophecies shows a chart of just a few of the fulfilled prophecies. For a listing of some of the other prophecies He fulfilled, see the following link: http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/messianicprophecies.html
Although secular scientists, and the majority of people for that matter, believe that dinosaurs died out millions of years ago, there is much supporting evidence to show the contrary. What kind of evidence would one expect to find if dinosaurs and man co-existed? Here are some non-biblical accounts of dinosaurs existing with man:
- A Sumerian story dating back to 2000 BC or earlier tells of a hero named Gilgamesh, who, when he went to fell cedars in a remote forest, encountered a huge vicious dragon that he slew, cutting off its head as a trophy.
- When Alexander the Great (c. 330 BC) and his soldiers marched into India, they found that the Indians worshipped huge hissing reptiles that they kept in caves.
- China is renowned for its dragon stories, and dragons are prominent on Chinese pottery, embroidery, and carvings.
- England and several other cultures retain the story of St. George, who slew a dragon that lived in a cave.
- There is the story of a tenth-century Irishman who wrote of his encounter with what appears to have been a Stegosaurus.
- In the 1500s, a European scientific book, Historia Animalium, listed several living animals that we would call dinosaurs. A well-known naturalist of the time, Ulysses Aldrovandus, recorded an encounter between a peasant named Baptista and a dragon whose description fits that of the small dinosaur Tanystropheus. The encounter was on May 13, 1572, near Bologna in Italy, and the peasant killed the dragon.
- Source: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/nab/what-happened-to-the-dinosaurs
Please visit the following link where you will see many forms of artwork. The details of the dinosaurs seen on these pieces of art show that the artist had to at one point in time seen the dinosaur they drew or crafted. Some of the piece of art show man and dinosaur together! See it for yourself at Genesis Park. RTG also recommends the documentary: Dinosaurs or Dragons and the following book: Dragon: Legends and Lore of Dinosaurs. RTG has provided links for documentaries about dinosaurs here.
Watch the following videos from Forbidden History:
The following link at Genesis Park provides historical writings of people encountering dinosaurs.
Lastly, here is a listing of words used from around the world to describe dinosaurs. This further verifies that in the past there was a world-wide existence of dinosaurs.
Charles Darwin was born on 2/12/1809 in Shrewsbury, England. In 1825, he began to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh. During his second years of college, he was introduced to the ideas of Larmarckism. That theory states that acquired traits are passed on through each generation. In 1827, Darwin left medical school and entered Christ’s College at Cambridge to study to be a clergyman, but he did not take his education very seriously. In 1828, he became interested in natural sciences, and in 1829 he started to doubt his career as a clergyman.
In 1831, he was invited onboard the HMS Beagle, and agreed to work as a naturalist on a 5-year voyage. With him on the ship, he had a copy of Charles Lyell’s book, Principles of Geology. He also had a copy of the Bible, but others on board scoffed at him for reading it. When they stopped at islands in South America, he collected different specimens of birds, animals, fish, and fossils. In September of 1835, the ship arrived at the Galapagos Islands where Darwin collected different species of finches. After sailing to various other places around the world, they returned to England in October of 1836.
In 1837, a man named John Gould looked at the finches that Darwin had collected and noticed that they had variations in their beaks. Darwin began to formulate his theory on what causes changes within a species (because something has to cause the change), but he kept it to himself for fear of it being heretical.
Darwin read a book by Thomas Malthus that described how humans would struggle for resources as populations grew. Darwin adapted this concept to the changes seen in animals. In 1842, he wrote his basic theory of the descent of animals through the process of natural selection. Over time, Darwin met other people and shared his theory with them but received mixed responses. Darwin read an essay written by Alfred R. Russell on the evolution of new species, but Darwin was not impressed with it. In 1858, he received another paper from Wallace that contained many of the same ideas that Darwin had. While Wallace believed that changes were guided by a higher power, Darwin thought they were all natural and had no goals or guidance. In 1859, Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life, was published.
After his book, prominent secular figures such as Thomas Huxley and Joseph Hooker helped promote Darwin’s theory and they influenced many in the scientific community. This was not well accepted by religious leaders on the grounds that it would affect morality and biblical truths. In 1866, Darwin wrote another book, Descent of Man, using his evolutionary ideas and applying it to humans.
Although at one time he studied to be a clergyman, later in life Darwin began to question the miracles in the Bible and also the Old and New Testaments. When his daughter, Anne, died, he finally lost his faith in God. He died in 1882.
More information can be found at www.aboutdarwin.com