“Of fowls after their kind, of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”
Can you picture Noah trying to get some of those giant dinosaurs on the ark to save them from the Flood? There’s no denying that dinosaurs really lived. The land dinosaurs were likely created on the sixth day with the other great land creatures, while the marine dinosaurs were created on the fifth day with the other denizens of the deep. So what happened to them? Today there seem to be more theories about why dinosaurs disappeared than there were dinosaurs to disappear.
One of the most popular theories is that a huge rock from space, perhaps miles across, struck the Earth. The fires, earthquakes and storms that followed so polluted the atmosphere that plants and then dinosaurs died. Evidence for this theory is lacking; every dinosaur bone found today is in rock that bears evidence of having been buried rapidly by a great amount of water. That sounds like a Flood to creation scientists.
The dinosaurs are acknowledged to be a type of reptile and are known to have laid eggs. Many hundreds of fossilized dinosaur eggs have been found. All this means that even the largest of the dinosaurs began life as little fellows. Noah would have had no problem looking after them on the ark – they were likely no larger than the family dog. And how did the dinosaurs become extinct? Probably the same way the Dodo and the Passenger Pigeon became extinct – at the hand of humans.
Because the world’s climate after the Flood was cooler and wetter, dinosaurs who survived the Flood did not prosper, and most – if not all – of them have become extinct. Dinosaurs are yet another witness to the incredible wisdom, power and diversity of God’s wonderful creativity.
Dear Heavenly Father, not only is Your power shown in the great dinosaurs You created, but in the Flood as a judgment on man’s sin. Do not abandon this age of Your people to their sin; rather, use those who are called by Christ’s Name to hold Him up as the Savior of the world. Amen.
Illustration: Many dinosaurs – such as the Eoraptor – were no larger than a dog. Courtesy of Dropzink. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.