Once again they’re answering the mail at Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
A week ago when we posted Answers in Genesis: They Get Email, we didn’t imagine that it might be the start of a whole new series; but that may turn out to be the case. The title of the new AIG piece is Feedback: Sour About Dinosaurs Living with People. (They just changed the title to “Dinosaurs Living with People—The Biblical Worldview.”)
Like the previous article in this series, only the questions are noteworthy. AIG’s answers are both predictable and tedious. The composition of the latest question they received is unfortunately amateurish (which AIG’s original title exploited), but the sentiment is admirable. We’ve highlighted the typos and added a bit of bold font for emphasis, but otherwise, here’s the question:
I was just informed my [sic] my aunt that my cousin had to do a report on dinosours for school. He found your website and was so interested in your theory about dinosour [sic] he decided to write his paper based on your beleifs [sic]. After I was informed of his failing grade and a parent teacher meeting that ended with his teacher informing my family that she was stupid I had to inventigate [sic]. I looked up your website and read your theory myself. This by far was the most bizzare and retarded thing I have ever read in my life. Dinosours [sic] and humans lived together?
Great, isn’t it? But that’s only the first paragraph. There’s one more, and the last bracketed phrase in the final sentence is in AIG’s original:
Dinosours [sic] lived only a few thousand years ago? Your website tells that animals and humans were vegetarians at first because that was God’s wish correct? Now animals eat meat; thats [sic] evolution idiots. Whoever approved this nonsence [sic] should go [vulgarity removed] and quit analyzing things in the bible that are not there.
Well! That’s certainly telling it like it is. Then, as in our earlier post, AIG painfully responds to the email, sentence by sentence, defending their teachings as only AIG can do. We’ll give you just a few excerpts, because you can click over there for the whole thing. Here we go, with bold font added by us:
You see, since the Bible is the Word of God, and since God cannot lie, then the Bible is trustworthy. That is our starting point. We are told that land animals were created on Day Six, and this would include dinosaurs. Since Day Six is also when man was created, we certainly believe dinosaurs lived at the same time as man.
That’s good, but it’s not AIG’s only defense. They have evidence! Let’s read on:
How do you explain the various petroglyphs of dinosaurs found around the world? How do you explain the fact that so many dragon legends from around the world describe creatures that match what we know about dinosaurs from their fossils? How do you explain the biblical account that seems to describe something like a brachiosaurus, called behemoth in Job 40:15–24? The easy answer to these questions is that people have lived with dinosaurs, which were often called dragons. Yet this conclusion is unthinkable for those who believe in billions of years.
They’ve discussed dragons before (see There Were Dragons on Noah’s Ark). After much more of the same, AIG throws in the usual fiendish threat. We’ve omitted the scripture references:
I encourage you to spend time reading the Bible instead of attacking it. You can learn the truth about both man and God. Like the rest of us, you have rebelled against the very Creator who gave you life and deserve the appropriate punishment — eternity in the lake of fire. … Those who turn (repent) from their rebellion (sin) and place their faith in Jesus Christ will be given eternal life. Those who refuse the Lord’s gracious offer of salvation will endure everlasting destruction
So there you are. Great question, typical answer. Some things never change.
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