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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Boys and Dinosaurs: An Observation

Pixar’s new movie The Good Dinosaur features a misplaced green dinosaur, who befriends a little boy named Spot. (The whole concept is backwards, as the dino’s “dog” is a person.)

In 1993, the movie Jurassic Park was a box office smash. DNA from ancient dinosaurs came to life and terrorized the people in the park.

The cute purple dinosaur Barney sang to and charmed a generation of young TV viewers.

I grew up watching the Flintstones and Bam Bam’s pet dinosaur.

Our own grandson showed us his new red plastic dinosaur on Skype the other day.

There’s a funny thing going on. It’s the age-old fascination with dinosaurs, but it’s more than that: it’s the juxtaposition of dinosaurs with people! The secular belief is that dinosaurs didn’t coexist with people. Yet, in film after film, Barney, the Flintstones, and lots of toys, the question is asked, “What if dinosaurs lived with people?” The possibility fascinates us!

I chuckle a little, since those who put dinosaurs and people together in movies are the same people who reject the idea and believe there were millions of years between them.

A biblical point of view puts them together. The animals were created on the sixth day. So was man. You can bet there were some baby dinos on the ark, as well. Would you like to look at some biblical descriptions?

This seems to be some kind of dinosaur. Read the description, especially of its tail like a cedar. Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him. Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares (Job 40:15-19, 23-24).1

Here’s another one: Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion. Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about. His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal (Job 41:1, 6-10, 12-15). To the Ends blog says that leviathan “closely matches some kind of plesiosaur or other aquatic, seagoing reptile of great mass and strength, but of limited mobility on land.”2

Isaiah describes leviathan using the word “dragon,” which seems to be a popular term for large sea animals. In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea (Isaiah 27:1).

If someone refuses to interpret these (and more) biblical passages as speaking of dinosaurs, maybe they should check out ancient art and fossils. Even if you believe that the Bible is talking about dinosaurs, you’ll be fascinated by the photos in this blog post titled, “Shocking Evidence Man and Dinosaurs Coexisted.” You can access it here.

Fossils of dinosaur footprints with a man’s footprint inside them have been found in the Biloxi (or Paluxy) River bed in Texas. If you would like to access that information, along with a scientific discussion and photos, please click here.

Whether you believe in man with dinosaurs or not is, of course, up to you. (For the record, I do.) But isn’t it curious that even those who would ridicule such a concept are still making movies about it?

Think of the possibilities!


The dinosaur photo above was taken at the Creation Museum, just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, in Kentucky. I totally recommend this museum to you and your family!

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