This writing examines the question, Did men and dinosaurs live during the same time period ? It will be written from a Biblical perspective, and is not meant to be an extensive study on the issue, but a brief study of that question using the Bible as a reference point. First, I would like to state in the contemporary era the usual method most Geophysicist, Archeologist and Paleontologist use to date pre-historic data is via carbon dating methods. The method works using Carbon-14 which is an unstable radio isotope. Once organic matter begins to decay it projects these carbon isotopes which scientist use to determine the age of the matter. By what I understand a huge quantity of water is capable of distorting the methods used to gather information regarding that technique, and is capable of distorting it’s conclusion. Therefore, the existence of the Earth, and the time frame God is said to have created it in Genesis 1-3 has to be reexamined by the scientific community. Hopefully, in a future period different methods, yet, to be invented can be used for more accurate readings in the processing of data. In 2006, a Gallup Poll concluded that half of Americans believed that people were created. In that same year there were debates across America’s schooling institutions focusing on the same issue about reestablishing it’s teaching criteria: Creationist VS Evolutionist. If that is the case, and for those who believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, Could you imagine what Noah’s flood would do to pervert such methods used today? How would the aftermath of such a devastating flood affect these test?
There may be one point where we glimpse a quasi-view of dinosaurs being mentioned in the Bible. Again, by using the Bible as an historical reference in my preamble there exist a contention that there is evidence that the Bible and humans co-existed together ! What am I talking about ? First, I’ll establish a basis for something else. There are some animals that possess the capability to generate their own forms of energy. Most of these animals are from a maritime environment. The oceans of the world are vast, mysterious, and enigmatic places filled with new discoveries that scientist are still unveiling to the rest of the world. They are areas teeming with all sorts of vivacious life, and even the Bible is in sync with the scientific view that life on earth initially began in the oceans. On December 18, 2007, scientist revealed to the rest of the world the discovery of a giant rat, and also a tiny possum found to inhabit the tropical jungles of Indonesia. These dual discoveries provide evidence that we are still discovering new forms of life all the time (Or old forms of life which have not been recorded). Miles beneath the ocean’s depths where marine life does not have the sun light to penetrate, or provide heat and light there are certain creatures which can self-radiate their own forms of light. Some forms of Jelly Fish, and smaller aquatic creatures have this feasibility, and it is a remarkable biological feature other creatures simply lack Actually, we witness this almost every summer here in North America via Lightning Bugs (Fire flies) flying through the air. Electric eels are another famous creature that comes to mind. Living in South America, electric eels are top predators in their own environments. Known in the scientific community as “Electrophorus electricus” they are not actual eels, and are members of the carp and catfish stock. They can attain a length of 6-8 feet, and are capable of generating powerful volts of electrical energy up to 600 volts. That’s nearly five times the strength of an American wall socket, and capable of knocking a much larger animal off it’s feet. The organs of an electric eel stores electrolyte cells that work like tiny batteries. When threatened by another species their defense can be terrifying, and in some countries they are banned, because they are to hard to handle, and can cause an ecological nightmare. They can even project a low-level electric field to help locate prey. I once saw a documentary on electric eels years ago where one of the eels was being challenged by a crocodile. The eel went to the bottom of the water to “recharge” itself, and came back up out of the water, and laid across the back of the crocodilian. The crocodile was stunned, and all movement came to a halt. Again the eel went to the bottom of the water to charge up again, and again laid across the back of the crocodile. The crocodile was now being shocked with the most powerful electrically self generated current by any creature able to do so on the face of the planet Earth. Question? Was there ever a real Godzilla like creature to have existed?
Let’s enter the world of fiction for a minute, because here in the USA Geico’s commercialized lizard is such an interesting creature. I once remember looking at an episode of Star Trek (Deep Space Nine), and deep in outer space they encountered a planet where the inhabitants were of reptoid origin. These creatures spoke as a man ! They had a highly advanced civilization with star ships as well. When their DNA was examined the people on the Enterprise were shocked to discover it was related to humans ! How was that possible ? Incidentally, near the Paluxy River region in Glen Rose, Texas, United States of America were found the foot prints of dinosaurs and men together. In 1989, in the September issue of ‘Creation Research Society Quarterly’ it was reported that discoverers found human and dinosaur fossilized tracks together in Arizona, USA. Warm blooded, biologically evolved with night vision, and known in Paleotology circles as “Leaellynasaura” Canadian scientist are said to have discovered a dinosaur like creature that walked uprightly on two legs with a head shape not to far away from a human scull living in the caverns of the Artic region (Looking similar to Jurassic Park’s Raptors). This is for real ! Now, let me continue…. Concerning this fictionalized portrayal on Star Trek, Earth had a planet wide emergency where some species were placed into space capsules, and thrust into outer space (I don’t fully remember all aspects of that episode). Through the course of a few thousand years in outer space they developed the ability to vocally communicate, and evolutionize into a higher species. To make a long story short it was found that their DNA; although, not human, was close in the sense of recognizing that they came from the same “planetoid species”.
What does all of this have to do with the dinosaurs ? Apparently there once existed some kind of huge dinosaur creature that Job recognized and acknowledged in his own time. When God responded to Job He stated, “Canst thou draw out Levithan with an hook ? Or his tongue with a cord which thou letteth down ? Canst thou put an hook into his nose ? Or bore his jaw through with a thorn ? Will he make many supplications unto thee ? Will he speak soft words unto thee ? Wilt thou play with him as with a bird ? Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens ? Shall thy companions make a banquet of him ? Shall they part him among the merchants ? Canst thou fill his SKIN with barbed irons ? Or his HEAD with fish spears ? Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. Behold, the hope of him is in vain: Shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him ? None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before Me ? Who hath prevented Me that I should repay him ? Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is MINE. I will not conceal his parts nor his power, nor his come PROPORTION (It is big..Hence the name Leviathan). Who can discover the face of his garment ? Or who can come to him with his double bridle ? Who can open the doors of his face ? His teeth are terrible round about. His SCALES are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. One is so near to the another, that no air can come between them…OUT OF HIS MOUTH GOES BURNING LAMPS, AND SPARKS OF THE FIRE LEAP OUT. OUT OF HIS NOSTRILS GOES SMOKE, AS OUT OF A SEETHING POT OR CALDRON HIS BREATH KINDLETH COALS, AND A FLAME GOES OUT OF HIS MOUTH. In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm within themselves; they cannot be moved. His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of millstone…He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. the arrow cannot make him flee: sling stones are turned into stubble. darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear…” Job 41:1-16, 19-24, 27-29. THIS IS GOD SPEAKING ! Whatever this creature was it lived in Job’s time so he knew exactly who/what God was talking about, and God WAS NOT talking about fossils ! This thing was alive… Job’s book is believed to be the OLDEST ON EARTH ! One school of thought says Job possibly lived during Abraham’s time during the post deluvian period, and another feels he could have lived before the flood. Noah saved a copy of his writings; nevertheless, that creature lived according to the God of Israel Who knows everything ! NEITHER IS THERE ANY CREATURE WHO IS NOT MANIFEST IN HIS SIGHT: BUT ALL THINGS ARE NAKED AND OPENED TO THE EYES OF HIM WHOM WE HAVE TO DO. Hebrews 4:13. In verses 26-30 He speaks of it being attacked with swords and spear, and that is still not sufficient to put it in flight from the attacker. O well, that’s my response and belief. Dinosaurs and man lived together, and I am compelled to support the Creator’s view of things. If you have read this thus far, God bless you and thank you for providing me the opportunity to share. The end.
William Tisdale Copyright (c) December 2005 Revised December 19, 2007