The Great Dinosaur Mistake
A Mighty Hunter
We are told that man began to eat meat and along with man's need to eat meat, he becomes a hunter. In hunting societies there are those who hunt for more than just meat. Some hunt for the pride of the kill. We read of perhaps such a man in Genesis,
A man does not get that reputation from hunting rabbits, so perhaps this would give us a further indication as to why some of these animals died out.
There are evidences of man and dinosaur coexisting together, such as the footprints we mentioned earlier; another evidence, for example the Rhodesian cave paintings indicates that even some of these reptiles survived for quite a while. There have also been claims by people living near large rain forests that some animals inside these rain forests make elephants look tiny.
There have been newspaper reports of the killing of a snake said to be 150 feet long; 10 men were required to lift its head. These rain forest areas are pretty much unknown to man so perhaps some very large reptiles are still living today. Perhaps some of the conditions of the preflood world still exist in these great rain forests. Perhaps some dinosaurs still exist.
Argosy, another one of those "scientific" journals, had a story of a ship that picked up on their sonar evidence of a long necked marine creature which they said was 150 feet in length. This long necked creature was not a whale so perhaps in the depths of the seas there remain some very large sea creatures thought to be extinct. We do not really know. Yet the Biblical framework explains them and gives us all we need to know about dinosaurs and other extinct creatures. This is a framework consistent with what we know of dinosaurs, consistent with a literal creation of all things by an all powerful God and consistent with the concept of a one time cataclysm which destroyed all the world and covered it with water in the days of Noah.
We have already noted that the Biblical framework provides us with an excellent explanation for the problem of dinosaurs. They were created by God in the beginning, prospered in the pre-Flood world and most died in the great Flood. The most obvious evidence supporting this view is seen in the fact that dinosaurs are buried in sedimentary strata which by definition was laid down by water.
One may wonder, even after we have considered the fact that dinosaurs are large reptiles which continually increase in size with increasing age, why are there not little brontosaurus running around today?
Why are there not small animals roaming the earth today which in time increase their size and produce the large brontosaurus or tyrannosaurus rex?
Should this be a problem to those who accept the Biblical framework? We have indicated that there is evidence that one type of these creatures was around in 1500 B.C. when cave paintings were made in Rhodesia. But in addition, note that one of the standard problems facing zoologists today is that animals become extinct.