So Dinosaurs Weren’t Real?

Yeah, I could be writing about Campus Sex Week, and how it’s yet another Planned Parenthood project funded by you and me, and our new RINO Speaker of the House says sorry, it just ain’t possible to defund Planned Parenthood: heck, it just ain’t possible to do anything except real bad stuff that our LOL president wants…

Or I could write about the continuing torrent of abuse being poured on Ben Carson by noozies and other left-wingers who are probably levitating, with their heads spinning around 360 degrees, as they write it.

Well, maybe later. But this morning, just to show you that I do recognize that not all the lunacy is on the Left (although you can’t find any leftist thought that isn’t lunacy), I wish to mention, briefly, the Internet phenomenon of Dinosaur Denial.

Just run a search of “dinosaurs aren’t real” or anything like that, and you’ll find page after page of blogs and websites by persons who insist that dinosaurs never existed, it was all a hoax, and you must be a simpleton if you believe a single one of those dino fossils is legit.

In one example, the blogger insists that all the fossils, thousands and thousands of them, “were made up by people who wanted to travel the world and needed an excuse from the government for funding.” ( http://sochamc.blogspot.com/2011/01/blog-post.html ) Dinosaur fossils, he adds, are only found in exotic, hard-to-get-to places, “never in North America.”

Almost every dinosaur you ever heard of was found in North America, including Tyrannosaurus, Brontosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus… it’s quite a long list.

It’s a very silly argument, which he does back up with some profanity. But I don’t mean to pick on him. This particular aspect of reality is denied by many individuals.

As Christians, I think sometimes we need to have the courage to say, “I don’t know.” I don’t know why God removed the dinosaurs. I don’t know why He didn’t explain it. The Bible tells us everything we need to know. It doesn’t tell us everything we might want to know, be it dinosaurs, the history of China, or how to build an internal combustion engine. But it does tell us how to live with God and with each other, and why we ought to live that way.

And there is nothing in the Bible that isn’t true. That goes for the miracles, too.

It’s one thing to deny Global Warming, aka Climate Change: because those who push it are notorious liars, never known to tell the truth, having been caught in lies innumerable times, and are obviously trying to gain wealth and power for themselves at our expense.

But anyone can, as I have done myself, go out to a likely place and find a dinosaur fossil or some other kind of fossil of another creature equally extinct.

I refuse to believe the secret dinosaur hoaxers ever got around to fabricating a Mosasaur tooth, breaking it into three large pieces, and planting it in the sand and clay hills behind Thom McCann Plaza in Middletown Township, New Jersey, just in time for me to dig it up in 1970.

Did Dinosaurs Really Exist? Really?

It came up in the conversation: “We sent our son to a Christian camp, and they taught him there were no dinosaurs–that unbelievers just made them up. He was confused about it for years.”

I’m always surprised when I hear anyone deny that there was ever any such thing as a dinosaur. True, dinosaurs aren’t mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. Neither are ancient China, the polar regions of the earth, or volcanoes, and Spain is the westernmost country mentioned in the Bible (did you know that?). Furthermore, although dinosaur fossils have been found all over the world, the Middle East–the region where most of the action in the Bible takes place– is singularly impoverished in that respect.

It’s also true that a lot of the things we used to “know” about dinosaurs have turned out to be wrong. When all you’ve got to go on is bones and tracks, it leaves a lot of room for error. Compared to what I was brought up on, some of these feathered monstrosities that are today’s representations of dinosaurs look altogether screwy.

And then we’ve got “behemoth,” in Job 40:15-24–a big, fearsome, awe-inspiring animal described as eating grass and having a tail like a cedar, as in a cedar tree. Whatever it was, behemoth was a herbivore–and can you think of any herbivorous land animal today whose tail would remind you of a cedar tree?

What do you suppose God was talking about, when He spoke to Job and used behemoth as an example to teach Job about His divine sovereignty?

Whether behemoth was a dinosaur or not, one thing we do know is that its like is on the earth no more.

Believing that dinosaurs existed should not threaten anyone’s Christian faith. We don’t want to put ourselves into the position of claiming that the bones–say, a Tyrannosaurus skull, or a brontosaur skeleton–were manufactured by the thousands and thousands and seeded all over the earth by some powerful and fiendishly clever conspiracy formed by persons who otherwise can hardly find their way out of a rest room. [Note: It turns out there really is a conspiracy theory that says the government, or “corporations,” or even God just made up dinosaurs as means of either spreading disbelief or, in God’s case, testing our faith.]

Yes, they are not discussed in the Bible. So what? Does anyone know all there is to know about God and His ways? Like, isn’t that what they were trying to teach poor Job?

Christians are at liberty to enjoy dinosaurs as the work of God’s hands, and to be richly amused by the endless revisions necessary to the scientific study of dinosaurs–and even, if so moved, to jump into that study themselves and lend a hand.