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Problems With Darwinian Evolution Age Of Dinosaurs And Other Modern-Day Scientific Concepts, Millions Of Years Versus The Genesis Account, Six Literal Days, Attempts To Distort God's Word, Eternal Now: God Exists Outside Of Time, Spirit Realm, Evening And The Morning Constitute A Twenty-Four Hour Day, Jesus Confirms Twenty-Four Hour Day, Exceptions To The Rule, The Bible Is Consistent, God Is Not The Author Of Confusion, Man Created In God's Image, God Does Not Lie, Adam Created With Intelligence, Gradual Increase In Knowledge, Deceptive Myths Regarding Ancient Cultures With Advanced Technology, Vedas And Sanskrit Epics: Vimanas Flying Machines Chariots, Sumer And Clay Tablets, Tubal-cain: Basic Metal Technology, God's Out-Of-This-World Technology, Wisdom And Discernment, Satan The Deceptive False Angel Of Light, New Age Thought, Age Of Dinosaur Fossils And Conflicting Carbon-14 Dating, Were Dinosaurs Terrible, Meat-Eating Monsters?, God Saw That It Was Good, Man And Beast Were Herbivores Prior To Flood, Man Given Permission To Eat Meat After The Flood, Envelope Of Water Around Earth, Increased Aging Process After Flood, All Land-Based Air-Breathing Life Perished During The Flood, What Entered Ark Exited The Ark After Flood Waters Receded, If Dinosaurs Were Included On The Ark Where Are They Today?
As I point out in such articles as "Leviathan: An Ancient Dragon of the Sea?", "The Earth Is Under 7,000 Years Old" and "Adaptation, EVILution and the Six Days of Genesis", similar to many other Bible-believing Christians, I have some serious problems with the theory of Darwinian evolution -- which for a long time I have personally referred to as EVILution -- the age of dinosaurs, and similar concepts which are espoused by atheistic, modern-day scientists. For example, according to science text books, we are instructed to believe that great dinosaurs roamed the Earth millions of years ago prior to the arrival of mankind.
Not surprisingly, the "millions-of-years-ago" scenario is in direct conflict with the Creation Account which is found in the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis. I believe this to be an accurate record which was written by Moses, as it was dictated to him by God. Or perhaps Moses was simply the first person to write down the oral traditions regarding the Creation which had been passed down to him by the Patriarchs. Whatever the case may be, contrary to some of the peculiar beliefs which are embraced by certain New Age advocates, in my view, the Book of Genesis contains very little symbolism. It is a precise, factual historical account that was written from a human perspective, so that we can understand the Story of Creation even thousands of years later today.
As I point out in some of the aforementioned articles, when the Book of Genesis speaks of the Six Days of Creation, I am personally convinced that it means exactly that: six days as we know them today. In our modern day, it seems that there are so many skeptics and debunkers who cunningly try to use the Scriptures to show that they contradict themselves. In the case of the Story of Creation, they sometimes point to the second Epistle of Peter where the Apostle writes as follows:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."
2 Peter 3:8, KJV
In the previous verse, it appears that Peter may have been paraphrasing the following verse that is found in the Book of Psalms:
"For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night."
Psalm 90:4, KJV
Contrary to what some of these misguided people think, I am not convinced that the previous verses contradict Genesis. Neither are they suggesting in any way that the days in the Creation Account were really thousands or millions of years in length, as is ascribed to the periods, epochs and ages which have been dreamed up by modern-day paleontologists, archeologists and other scientists who endeavor to refute the Word of God. My understanding is that these verses are merely stating that in the Spirit Realm, time does not really exist. Time is a product of our three dimensional Universe. Being as He is all-knowing, omnipresent and omnipotent, God sees the past, present and future as one. Some people have referred to this as the Eternal Now. In reality, time is only an actual reference in the physical Universe, but not in the spiritual Universe, because God appears to exist outside of time.
To reiterate, it is my opinion that the Book of Genesis was written from a purely human perspective. I believe that the Lord wanted to make certain that Moses -- and by extension, we as well -- understood exactly what He was saying. This is evidenced by the fact that we are told a number of times that the evening and the morning were the first day, the second day, the third day, etc., as we see here:
"And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day . . . And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day . . . And the evening and the morning were the third day . . . And the evening and the morning were the fourth day . . . And the evening and the morning were the fifth day . . . And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31, KJV
These verses clearly demonstrate that the days in Genesis were twenty-four hour periods, and not intervals of thousands or millions of years as misguided modern-day scientists would have us to believe. Following Jewish tradition, each of these days began and ended at sunset. Sunday represents the first day of the week, while the Sabbath -- or Saturday -- is the day of rest, because that is when the Lord rested from His great work of Creation.
In the Gospels, while talking about light and darkness, day and night, and the work which He had been appointed to do by His Father, even Jesus Himself used examples which the common man could easily relate to. For example, in the Gospel of John, Jesus states the following:
". . . Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of the world."
John 11:9, KJV
Jesus was clearly indicating that from the human perspective, from the physical perspective of our Earth, there are twelve hours in the daylight, and there are also twelve hours in the nighttime as well. From the very first days of Creation up to the final chapter of the Book of Revelation, days, months and years signify the same time periods as we know them today. The few exceptions worth mentioning are the following:
1) In certain prophetic passages, such as those that are found in the Book of the Prophet Daniel, the Biblical word "week" -- or "shabuwa" in Hebrew -- does not refer to a seven-day period, but rather to a seven-year period.
2) Being as it is based on Jewish tradition, a Biblical year is actually 360 days, instead of our modern 365 days which is based on the Gregorian calendar.
3) In certain places in the Scriptures -- such as in Daniel and the Book of Revelation -- the word "time" actually refers to a one-year period, as is clearly borne out in associated Scriptures.
Contrary to the opinion of certain nonbelievers, the Bible is consistent from beginning to end. As I point out in a number of articles, the Apostle Paul tells us that God is not the author of confusion, as we see by this verse:
"For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints."
1 Corinthians 14:33, KJV
In other words, God does not use one term to mean one thing in one place in Scriptures, and then change its meaning to something entirely different in another place. This would surely lead to confusion. Based on my knowledge of the Word, and my understanding of God, I simply do not believe that this is how the Lord operates. He is very meticulous, and very organized in all His doings. In contrast, Satan is most certainly interested in trying to confuse us with his web of lies and deception. The previously-noted time designations hold true throughout the entire Bible.
Logically-speaking, if Adam and Eve were created on the Sixth Day of Creation, then this obviously means that there were only five days before that, and not thousands or millions of years as scientists propose. If this is indeed the case, as I believe it is, then there were no ages of the dinosaurs, or saurians or "Reptoids", as certain New Age advocates prefer to call them. Neither were there evolving half-men half-apes running around grunting unintelligibly at each other. God created Adam and Eve in His own image, as is clearly shown by the following verses:
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."
Genesis 1:26-27, KJV
Either we believe that the previous two verses mean exactly what they say, or else we don't. There are no two ways of going about it. We either believe in and trust God's Word, or we reject it and call Him a liar. Which do you do? If you are so foolish as to choose the latter, then consider this:
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
Numbers 23:19, KJV
"God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."
Romans 3:4, KJV
"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"
Titus 1:2, KJV
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
John 8:44, KJV
Furthermore, I am also convinced that Adam was created with intelligence. After all, he was responsible for naming all of the animals. While it is obviously true that Adam did not have the intelligence to build an automobile, a computer, or a rocket, there is a simple explanation for this. Once Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil, their eyes were opened. From that time until now, man's knowledge has slowly incremented to its current level, with a sudden spurt during this last century. It may interest you to know that the Book of Daniel in fact seems to indicate that this was going to happen, as we see by this verse:
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased."
Daniel 12:4, KJV
Amongst certain New Age circles, there is the belief that some ancient societies -- such as the purported Atlantean culture, the Indians and the Greeks -- reached an advanced level of technology; so advanced in fact, that they were able to develop not only air and space travel, but nuclear technology as well. Certain of these claims are based on statements that are found in ancient Hindu scriptures known as the Vedas and the Sanskrit epics. The epic poems describe flying machines -- referred to as "vimana" -- that soared in the heavens, while the Vedas speak of the flying chariots of the gods. Another source for these claims are the ancient clay tablets from Sumer, which is today a part of Iraq. It is said that these tablets are even more ancient than the writings of Moses. Insofar as the Scriptures are concerned, the people who promote these ideas use such verses as the following to support their claims:
"And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron . . ."
Genesis 4:22, KJV
For those of you who may not be knowledgeable in this area, Tubal-cain was one of the later descendants of Cain. This is all the verse says, and nothing more. There is no indication regarding to what degree Tubal-cain was skilled in working with these metals. However, if we read other verses in the Bible which deal with metalworks, we find that from Genesis to the Book of Revelation, they appear to have been limited to cups and related eating utensils, spearheads, shields, chariots and other defensive weapons. In the area of worship they likewise included candlesticks, priestly ornaments and other temple objects. Of course, there is also the design of the Ark of the Covenant, as well as the molten calf that was fashioned by Aaron, the brother of Moses, and also the brass serpent that was fabricated by Moses. Many of the pagan gods and temples were likewise adorned with precious stones and metals. Coinage was also made from metal by certain ancient cultures.
To my knowledge, this is the basic technology which existed across the first four thousand years of Earth's history, up until the New Testament era. Nowhere is there the slightest indication of advanced technology being produced from these metals, especially not aircraft or spacecraft. If this had indeed occurred, I think that the Lord would have thought it important enough to tell us about it. If Roman soldiers were still using swords and spears in Jesus' day, I don't doubt that this was the level of technology to which humanity had been limited since the beginning of Creation.
As I point out in considerable detail in such articles as "Nature of the Alien: ETs, Demons or a Government Plot?", "Under the Cloud: UFOs and the Holy Bible", "Chariots of Fire: A Voluntary Voyage to Heaven?" and related articles, while it is true that there are clear signs in the Bible of out-of-this-world technology -- such as in the case of the Prophet Ezekiel's "wheel-within-a-wheel" vision, what these people saw was clearly not of human origin. To interpret the previous verse from the Book of Genesis any other way is, in my view, clearly grasping at straws, distorting the truth, and being extremely speculative to say the least.
In my opinion, no matter how much these other sources might awe us with their fantastic tales of ancient flying machines and other advanced technology, I believe that we all need to ask the Lord to grant us His Wisdom, and we need to exercise a degree of Spiritual Discernment. It is better to err on the side of caution, and regard these ancient tales with a bit of healthy skepticism and suspicion. After all, they may very well be the deceptive voices of Satan and his cohorts. Consider the following verses:
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
James 1:5, KJV
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
2 Corinthians 11:14, KJV
"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
2 Corinthians 2:11, KJV
As I explain in such articles as "2012: New Age Deception and Psychobabble" and "Age of Deception, Age of Delusion", if one reads a sufficient amount of the New Age material, and compares it with Scriptures, it becomes quite evident that it is full of misguided ideas, lies and deception. The New Age false prophets -- and sadly, even quite a number of so-called Christian "prophets" -- are being exposed for the misguided souls that they are, more and more each day as their predictions and prophecies fail to materialize. If we consider how popular New Age thought has become, I can't help but wonder if it might morph into the religion of the New World Order. For this reason, it is important that we all familiarize ourselves with the truth of God's Word, so that we can effectively combat Satan's lies.
Concerning the many dinosaur fossils which have been found over the decades, it is also important to remember that the age of these discoveries is based on scientific techniques which are not only not perfect, but in fact questionable. I have read material which reveals that even the oft-touted carbon-14 dating method has a history of producing rather conflicting ages for different fossils and artifacts.
If God did in fact create dinosaurs during the first Six Days of Creation, as some people wish to believe, I find no Scriptural evidence to sustain the claim that they were the terrible, meat-eating, fanged, clawed monsters that are so often depicted by modern-day scientists. In fact, there is Biblical evidence which, in my view, strongly suggests the exact opposite. Consider the following verses:
"And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good . . . And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good . . . And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good . . . And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good . . . And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good . . . And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good."
Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31a, KJV
Do you see my point? Everything that God made was good. In fact, on the final day of Creation we are even told that He beheld the work of His hands, and He considered it to be not just good, but "very good". Think about that point for just a moment. If we consider that Adam and Eve were God's crowning achievement, does it make any sense that God would create a family of fanged, clawed, flesh-eating monsters which could easily tear His crowning creation to shreds, and devour it? Would God have considered that very good as well? I think not. Have I got you thinking yet?
Let us continue by contemplating another fact. Genesis makes it clear that before the Flood, both man and beast were all herbivores; that is, plant eaters. Following Creation Week, everything was in perfect harmony and balance. God had made a very beautiful, peaceful world. It wasn't until after the Fall of man that the situation began to unravel. As we learn in Genesis chapter nine, it was also after the Flood that God informed Noah that it was now permissible for people to begin eating meat; provided, that is, that they killed it first, and drained out the blood. In the following verses, the Lord also says that any beast which kills man, or any man which kills another man, will be cursed. Consider the following verses which clarify these various points:
"And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man."
Genesis 9:1-6, KJV
The question is, what changed in the world so that God now ordained that it was alright for man to kill animals and eat their flesh? Also, why is it that it was at this time that God said that any beast which killed a man would be cursed? Allow me to share my personal theory with you regarding why I think it became permissible to eat meat. We will tackle the second question a bit later.
Prior to the Flood, the Scriptures seem to suggest that the Earth may have been surrounded by a thick band, envelope or canopy of water. Given the magnitude of the Flood, plus the fact that it had never rained before, I suspect that this was not just layers of clouds, but rather a very thick layer of water. In Genesis chapters one and two we read the following:
"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."
Genesis 1:6-8, KJV
"And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground."
Genesis 2:5-6, KJV
If this thick layer of water is in fact what the previous verses are describing, then it would have served to protect early man from the harmful ultraviolet rays of the Sun, and from anything else from Outer Space which might cause him harm. If this thick layer of water was destroyed during the Flood, one of the immediate results would be that man would start to age faster. As we know from the Biblical record, this is precisely what happened. By the time of Moses, the upper age limit had dropped from almost one thousand years, to barely one hundred and twenty years maximum. We can only theorize as to what other physical, spiritual or genetic changes may have occurred after the Fall, after sin entered into the world, and after the protective layer of water had disappeared.
So how does this relate to eating meat? My guess is that the introduction of protein into our diets helped to prolong our lives by reducing, or at least by slowing down, the negative effect that the Sun's rays have upon human body tissue. Even with this partial remedy in effect, today, very few people manage to live to the age of one hundred and twenty, and the vast majority of us don't even make it to one hundred years of age.
The Genesis Account concerning the Flood makes it very clear that all air-breathing life which dwelt on the dry land was destroyed, except for those animals which entered into the Ark with Noah and his immediate family, who themselves were a total of eight individuals. Consider these verses:
"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them . . . The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth . . . And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die."
Genesis 6:5-7, 11-13, 17, KJV
"For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth . . . And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark."
Genesis 7:4, 21-23, KJV
Furthermore, what we also learn from the Flood Account in the Book of Genesis, is that whatever went into the Ark, likewise came out of it later after the flood waters had sufficiently receded. Again, consider these verses:
"And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and 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."
Genesis 6:19-20, KJV
"Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth . . . Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah . . . In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in."
Genesis 7:2-3, 8-9, 13-16, KJV
"And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him: Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark."
Genesis 8:15-19, KJV
As I noted earlier, if everything that God created was good, it doesn't seem likely that He would purposely create violent carnivorous dinosaurs which would threaten the very beings He had blessed and instructed to be fruitful and multiply, and which He wanted to protect. This would be self-defeating. But even if God did create dinosaurs, and if we assume that they were actually docile herbivores and not meat-eating monsters, in order for them to survive the Flood, they would have to have been called into the Ark.
While we can theorize that dinosaurs may have been included amongst the animals that Genesis calls "every creeping thing" -- even though not all dinosaurs creeped -- we are still left with a major problem: Where are they today? If they went into the Ark and came out afterwards, why aren't there survivors in our modern day? Many of the other species survived, so why not the dinosaurs? No doubt certain people will automatically respond by mentioning the popular theory regarding an alleged comet, asteroid or meteor strike, which supposedly resulted in a "nuclear winter" which wiped out all of the dinosaurs.
Personally, in light of what the Scriptures say, I view this theory as a total cop-out by hard-hearted scientists who find themselves forced to look for another plausible explanation, simply because they refuse to accept what God's Word tells us regarding this issue. Exactly what do the Scriptures reveal concerning both the origin and the disappearance of ancient dinosaurs? These are questions which I will address in part two of this article.
Please go to part two for the continuation of this series.
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