The Komodo dragon of Indonesia is, as Bob and Ray observed, the world’s largest living lizard. Full-grown at ten feet long and 300 pounds, occasionally it eats… people.
Some thousands of years ago, certain monitor lizards in Australia grew to be twice the size of a Komodo dragon. But they were pipsqueaks compared to the Mosasaurus of the Cretaceous Period (or whenever–we don’t want to take such things too seriously).
As you can see in this clip from Jurassic World, the Mosasaur was very, very big–up to thirty or even forty feet long, depending on the species. Mosasaurs are all the rage in dinosaur movies today, and of course their size is exaggerated therein. Closely related to today’s monitor lizards, the Mosasaur was likely the supreme predator of its time. Instead of legs it had flippers, so it had to stay in the water. And no, it was not as big as a New Jersey township.
What hath God wrought? We can only marvel at the scanty remains of these gigantic creatures that are no longer with us. Where they are now, only the God who made them knows. But maybe someday He will tell us.
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.