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the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood
Is the Earth Old or New?
Long Creation Days and the Creation Gap
Could Dinosaurs Have Been in the Ark?
What Happened to Dinosaurs?
Adam was created in 3975 B.C.--
according to Frank Klassen in his book A Chronology of the Bible.
If you add in the 2,002 years since the birth of Christ, you have a total of 5,977
years. Yet-- your child's science books probably talk about the age of the earth
in millions and even billions of years. One way to resolve this kind of controversy
is to say the science books and science teachers are wrong. Of course, many educators
and scientists respond by saying that the Biblical account of creation is wrong.
Before going any further, we need
to establish one important fact and that is this: The Bible has never been in
proven conflict with scientific fact. Of course there are many occasions when
the Bible is in conflict with so-called scientific theories-- but never in proven
conflict with scientific fact. Actually-- many archaeological discoveries and
scientific accomplishments have reinforced what the Bible has said from day one.
Time seems to be the major problem when we start
to compare what the Bible teaches with what the science books teach. Biblical
history is pretty clear in tracing the record of the human race on earth for not
more than about six thousand years back in time. However, 6,000 years does not
provide enough time for the existence of dinosaurs and the formation of such things
as coal, diamonds, and oil. Carbon dating is used in an effort to determine the
approximate age of fossils but many scientists are not sure that carbon dating
is all that accurate. Still-- the history of life on the earth goes back much
more than a mere 6,000 years. The fossilized remains of prehistoric animals such
as dinosaurs is one example of this kind of evidence.
need answers to this controversy and so do our children. The first answer is very
simple and also very profound. No matter how long it took or how it was done,
GOD DID IT! God is the sole creative force in the entire universe and everything
exists as a result of His design and His power.
scientists are beginning to come around to the position of a supernatural creative
force and the concept of spontaneous generation seems to be less popular then
it was twenty years ago. For one thing, there is just no way to explain the existence
of life, even in its lowest forms, except to give Almighty God the credit. Only
He can make something out of nothing.
question we're exploring is this: if the Bible indicates that human life on earth
is about 6,000 years old, and-- if scientific fact proves that the earth and prehistoric
life on the earth go back millions of years, what should we believe? The first
answer is-- God did it. The second answer is-- God is timeless and lives in the
eternal present. God lives in the eternal present where there is no past or future.
In Exodus 3:14, God describes Himself to Moses as the I AM! Not the I WAS-- or
the I WILL BE-- but the I AM! The millions and even billions of years we're talking
about here don't even exist for God.
the Earth Old or New?
Old and new are relative. Those who believe the earth is old are talking about millions or even billions of years old. Those who believe the earth is new are talking about something like 10,000 years old.
Now, the plot thickens! Not only is there a difference of opinion between your child's science teachers at school and your child's Sunday school teachers at church, there may be a difference of opinion between two born-again Sunday school teachers in the same church! Some evangelical Bible scholars, such as Dr. Hugh Ross, believe the earth is millions and even billions of years old and that the extra time is absorbed by long creation days and/or a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Other equally sincere evangelical Bible scholars, such as Dr. Walt Brown, believe the earth is relatively new at about 10,000 years and that the days of creation were 24 hour period of time. Dr. Brown believes that dinosaurs and man walked on the earth at the same time and their extinction was related to Noah's flood.
Creation Days and the Creation Gap
Let's talk about the length of God's days of creation. The Genesis account of creation clearly talks about six creative days. To us, a day is 24 hours, the amount of time it takes the earth to rotate once on its axis in relationship to the sun. But-- God's days in Genesis may NOT have been 24 hours long. Let's look at what the Bible says about the fourth day of creation, and this is recorded in Genesis one, verse 14: "And God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years." This verse indicates that the sun and the moon, our means of measuring time, weren't created until the fourth creative day. How long were the first three creative days? They could have been a zillion years each, since God is timeless and we humans weren't even created yet.
next part of the old earth theory deals with the point in the history of the earth
where humans first enter the picture. It's nice to be first and we naturally assume
that no one ever existed on the earth before us. But-- that may not be true. The
first verse in the Bible says, "In the beginning God created the heaven and
the earth." The second verse, though, is a shocker. This new creation of
God is described as being without form and totally empty of anything meaningful.
In the Living Bible, Kenneth Taylor describes the earth at this point as a "shapeless,
chaotic mass". The same description could be used for scrambled eggs. What
happened between verse one and verse two?
do know that God is willing to exercise His authority as the creator and destroy
what He has made. The story of the great flood in Genesis chapter 6 is proof of
this. Therefore, He may have wiped out certain life forms of an earlier creation
and started all over again in verse two of Genesis chapter one. One Biblical theory
about this kind of massive destruction relates to the war in heaven which is described
in Revelation chapter 12. Verses 7-10 are thought to describe a past event rather
than a future event. Let me read them for you: "And there was war in heaven.
Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels
fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.
The great dragon was hurled down-- that ancient serpent called the devil or Satan,
who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with
him." The fall of Satan and his angels-- who are what we know as demons today--
may have caused a cataclysmic catastrophe which destroyed life on earth at that
Dinosaurs Have Been in the Ark?
No Bible story picture book I have ever seen shows dinosaurs marching up the gangplank of the ark, side by side with elephants and bears. However, Dr. Brown claims it could have been and he has scriptural support
Dr. Brown says: Yes. God told Noah to put representatives of every kind of land animal on the Ark. (Some dinosaurs were semiaquatic and could have survived outside the Ark.) But why put adult dinosaurs on the Ark? Young dinosaurs would take up less room, eat less, and be easier to manage. The purpose for having animals on board was so they could reproduce after the flood and repopulate the earth. Young dinosaurs would have more potential for reproduction than old dinosaurs. Most, if not all, dinosaurs hatched from eggs. The largest dinosaur eggs ever found were a foot long. Hatchlings, even after a year of growth while on the Ark, would be quite easy to handle.
Dr. Brown goes on to say: The Book of Job is one of the oldest books ever written. In it, God tells Job of his greatness as Creator and describes an animal, called Behemoth, as follows: Behold now, Behemoth, which I made as well as you; He eats grass like an ox. Behold now, his strength in his loins, And his power in the muscles of his belly. He bends his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are knit together. His bones are tubes of bronze; His limbs are like bars of iron. (Job 40:15–18)
Marginal notes in most Bibles speculate that Behemoth was probably an elephant or a hippopotamus, but those animals have tails like ropes. Behemoth had a “tail like a cedar.” Any animal with a tail as huge and strong as a cedar tree is probably a dinosaur. Job 40:19–24 describes this giant, difficult-to-capture animal as not alarmed by a raging river. If the writer of Job knew of a dinosaur, then the evolution position is wrong, and man saw dinosaurs. The next chapter of Job describes another huge, fierce animal, a sea monster named Leviathan. It was not a whale or crocodile, because the Hebrew language had other words to describe such animals. Leviathan may be a plesiosaur (PLEE see uh sore), a large seagoing reptile that evolutionists [sic] say became extinct 60 million years before man evolved.
Happened to Dinosaurs?
Dr. Brown's theory is that they died of old age. The term dinosaur means terrible lizard and reptiles keep on growing in size. If Methusaleh lived to be 969 years old, perhaps dinosaurs lived extremely long lives, also. Since reptiles keep on growing in size as they get older, their increasing size may have led to their extinction.
The key thing for parents, teachers, and students of all ages to remember is that God has always had total control of the entire universe. However it was done, and however long it took, God did it all. And, He still has everything under total control!
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