Dinosaur Mysteries: How Do They Fit Into History? -- By: Erich A. von Fange

Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 22:2 (Spring 2009)
Article: Dinosaur Mysteries: How Do They Fit Into History?
Author: Erich A. von Fange


Dinosaur Mysteries: How Do They Fit Into History?

Erich A. von Fange

Introduction

Here is a scary story from long ago. At one time or another, almost everyone has seen a National Geographic special showing the life of the hunter and the hunted in Africa—lions stalking zebras and wildebeests, for example. Now imagine another scene of hunter and hunted that actually happened many times early in the history of the world. Scientists a few years ago discovered thousands of dinosaur tracks at a site in Bolivia, preserved in stone (Lockley 1991: 79). There at one site the tracks consisted of a herd of gigantic plant eaters similar to the Apatosaurus or Brontosaurus. Nearby was another set of tracks of a pack of at least 50 mighty carnivores apparently closing in on the herbivores. If that scene could have been photographed from above when the two groups collided, the horror would be beyond description. But we don’t know just how the story ended, because the trail of tracks broke off from some sudden event where the world came to an end for these mighty beasts.

Into which chapter of Genesis would you fit this event? The evolutionist would place this account somewhere within a period of many millions of years after dinosaurs evolved from lesser forms, and thus would have no problem in dealing with the question. The creationist may be greatly puzzled, because few Christian parents, pastors or teachers have a background to deal with such a question.

Here is an example, from a recent letter I received, of the dilemma and stress facing the believer in our young created earth:

I am a very good example of someone who has been lost in a sea of unanswered questions. I am now 30 years old— was raised as a Christian, but when I was about 13,1 began wondering and asking about the beginning of the earth. I strayed from the church and chose to believe the ‘scientists’ (sic) way of thinking. I recently have been drawn back to the church...I am so desperately searching for sense to be made of my questions.

Sincere Christians ask good questions, and they deserve good responses from their Christian leaders. What would you say to this lady to help her with her questions about Genesis? We are urged to study the earth (Job 12:8) and let it teach us; we are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our minds (Mt 22:37); and we are commanded to give good answers to those who ask about the hope that lies within us (1 Pt 3:15).

I picked up my first piece of fossil dinosaur bone in the spring of 196...

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