Question:

So you believe that two "dinosaurs" were on Noah's ark for over a year, left the ark (where there must have been little to no vegetation), multiplied, evolved into hundreds of different kinds of "dinosaurs," lived for thousands of years, side by side with man, went extinct and became fossilized ALL IN A FEW THOUSAND YEARS? And that our scientific research and methodology to date these fossils is completely wrong? Sorry, I just don't buy it!


Answer:

First, the Bible states, "And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive" (Genesis 6:19-20). A "kind" in the Bible is roughly equivalent to what we currently call a species. It generally refers to animals which can mate together to produce offspring.

When it comes to dinosaurs, the classification is a broad one covering many different species. We are certain if the divisions are absolutely correct since we are only going by fossilized bones. It is possible that we have designated a young and older animal of the same kind as being two different species. But the different kinds of the Bible are stated to have been created. Only you are arguing that kinds develop through evolution. The rest of us accept that we started on day six with a variety of animals.

Next, there is nothing in the Scriptures stating that only full-grown adults were taken. The animals God supplied were male and female. Younger animals would take up less space and need less food -- especially if they hibernated for most of the year long trip.

In regards to fossils, the simplest explanation is that it was the flood itself which buried animals and caused them to fossilize. We have seen examples of that when Mount St. Helen's erupted and caused ash fall and flooding. Quite a few things were fossilized in that catastrophe and found later. Therefore, it is easier to assume that most of our fossil beds came as a result of the flood.

The flood would also explain why dinosaurs became extinct. Prior to the flood, men did not eat animal flesh (Genesis 9:3). Thus after the flood it is likely that men hunted what we know call dinosaurs to extinction -- we've done it to a number of species. Also it is likely that the flood changed the global climate to the point that dinosaurs had a difficult time surviving. The combination would lead to their extinction.

In regards to the dating of fossils, yes, the dating methods are suspect for numerous reasons. One is simply because the same sample sent to different labs will yield a wide variety of dates. Most fossils are dated by the soil samples surrounding the fossil and not the fossils themselves. Some of the African samples are dated because of the volcanic lava flow the fossils are found within.

Dalrymple's work early work on 26 historic lava flows showed that many of them had excess argon and were not set to zero at the eruption of the volcano. The following is the data from these tests:

Location Date of Eruption Laboratory Date
Hualalai basalt, Hawaii AD 1800-1801 1.05 to 1.19 million years ago
Mt. Etna basalt, Sicily 122 BC 100,000 years ago
Mt. Etna basalt, Sicily AD 1972 150,000 years ago
Mt. Lassen plagioclase, California AD 1915 130,000 years ago
Sunset Crater basalt, Arizona AD 1064-1065 210,000 to 220,000 years ago
Glass Mountain 130-390 BC 130,000 years in the future
Mt. Mihara AD 1951 70,000 years in the future
Sakurajima AD 1946 200,000 years in the future

[Radiometric Dating Methods]

Evolutionist William Stansfield, Ph.D., California Polytech State, has stated:

"It is obvious that radiometric techniques may not be the absolute dating methods that they are claimed to be. Age estimates on a given geological stratum by different radiometric methods are often quite different (sometimes by hundreds of millions of years). There is no absolutely reliable long-term radiological 'clock'." [William D. Stansfield, The Science of Evolution (New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1977), p. 84.]

What you've bought is a story feed to you by people with an agenda to produce the oldest possible dates in order to support their theories.

What is interesting is all the excuses that have arisen from recent finds of dinosaur bones with intact soft tissue inside. It is touted as being 64 million years old, but they can't explain why the soft tissue hasn't decayed. Consideration that perhaps the bones aren't nearly as old as they suppose never seems to enter their minds. Oh, and in all those years of supposed evolution the amazing thing is that the tissue structure is the same as modern birds. [T. rex Bone Tissue Reveals Creature's Gender]