Today’s letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a column) appears in the Morrow County Sentinel of Mount Gilead, Ohio. It’s titled Bible tells truth about dinosaurs, and the newspaper has a comments section.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Stephen Howard, pastor of the Morrow Bible Church. This is the rev’s fourth appearance in our humble blog. The third was #859: Evolution and Death, and that links to the others. Here are some excerpts from his latest, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Dinosaur fossils are fascinating. They have been discovered on every continent of the Earth, and hundreds of different species of dinosaurs have been classified. Sadly, many today accept a lie about the origin of these incredible animals. God’s Word, the Bible, tells us the truth about dinosaurs.
The rev tells us the lie that many people accept:
Evolutionists teach that dinosaurs lived more than 200 million years ago. Their theory is that dinosaurs died off long before humans came on the scene. Some sudden catastrophe brought about their demise. Other evolutionists believe the dinosaurs eventually evolved into birds. But the Bible presents a far different perspective about dinosaurs.
Egad, our teachers lied to us! Here’s The Truth™:
According to the Bible, dinosaurs must have been created by God on the sixth day of creation. Genesis 1:24 says, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.” The sixth day of creation was also the day when God created people (Genesis 1:26-27). Therefore, dinosaurs and people must have lived together on the earth at one time.
It makes perfect sense! Then he says:
Dinosaurs were also originally vegetarians. All animals were. [Scripture quote.] That’s a big difference from most modern portrayals of dinosaurs.
Yes, a big difference. After that he tells us:
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden by disobeying God’s command, death entered into the world. [Scripture quote.] Death affected everything including the plants and animals. [Scripture quote.] Therefore, dinosaurs could not have died off before humans came on the scene. Dinosaurs began to die after man sinned. There was no death before humans.
No death? How wonderful! The rev continues:
If we accept evolution’s explanation of dinosaurs, we are forced to believe that death is not the result of sin. The work of Jesus Christ on the cross to deal with sin and death becomes unnecessary.
Unnecessary? That’s absurd! Let’s read on:
As history went on, the Bible tells us that God judged the world with a world-wide flood. He instructed Noah to build and ark to save his family and some animals. [Scripture quote.] A few small dinosaurs would have been on the ark. The larger species of dinosaurs were probably young and smaller on the ark. The rest of dinosaurs on earth were destroyed in the flood. Many of the dinosaur fossils were likely formed during and just after the flood.
What happened to the dinosaurs Noah saved? The rev explains:
After the flood, dinosaurs on the ark likely reproduced in the earth, but life was not the same. Climate changed on the earth (Genesis 8:22). Animals also became fair game for man. [Scripture quote.] These factors along with disease and lack of food probably led to the extinction of dinosaurs.
They went extinct because of climate change? Hambo is always telling us about an ice age after the Flood, but we were unaware of the scriptural authority for it. Now the rev has cited a bible passage, so we looked up Genesis 8:22. Here’s what it says (King James version, of course):
While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
Ah yes. Now we understand. Here’s another excerpt from the rev’s letter:
Yet extinction may not have happened as long ago as many think. There are later descriptions of creatures in the Bible that could be referring to dinosaurs. One example is the behemoth of Job 40:15-19. Even in fairly modern history there are reports of creatures which seem to fit the description of dinosaurs.
Yeah, some of them are probably still around. This is the end of the rev’s letter:
When it comes to dinosaurs, there are two sides in conflict: evolution and the Bible. If we accept what evolution says about dinosaurs, then the Bible cannot be our authority. It cannot be trusted. [Gasp!] It can be ignored as a moral standard as it is all across America today. We can’t blame dinosaurs for that. The blame rests on people that reject the truth of God’s Word.
He’s right, dear reader. It’s not the dinosaurs’ fault — it’s yours, and you will pay the penalty for eternity.
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