Before The Great Flood, we have every reason to believe that living conditions were ideal for dinosaurs, and many species of dinosaurs covered the earth in large numbers. Then God commanded Noah to build an ark, big enough to take on board Noah, his family and two of a kind of every species of animal, because God was about to flood the whole of the earth.
When the floodwaters came, all the dinosaurs that were not on the ark (including many very old and very large ones) were all drown. Then, as the waters washed away much soil from the high ground and deposited it on the low ground, many dinosaurs were quickly covered by soil. It is most likely that many land features like the Grand Cannon were also form at this time.
After the flood, Noah, his family and the animals left the ark (including the dinosaurs) and were scattered over the face of the earth. However living conditions on earth after the flood were much tougher than they had been before and over time many species including most of the dinosaurs died out. Even to this day many species of animals are still dying out and becoming extinct.
However many species of dinosaurs did survive long enough to reproduce and multiply over the face of the earth, and there is some evidence of dinosaurs cohabiting with man long after the flood and into the recorded history of mankind. Yes! All mankind are descendants of Noah, and just as nearly all cultures of the world have their own Great Flood story, most cultures also have their own dragon stories. Most of these dragon stories could be based on real life encounters with large dinosaurs.
In the film The Great Dinosaur Mystery (produced by Films for Christ) we are told of a Sumerian hero named Gilgamesh who lived in 3,000 BC. While felling cedar trees in a remote forest, Gilgamesh encountered a large vicious dragon, which he slew, cutting off its head to keep as a trophy. When Alexander the Great invaded India, he discovered Indians worshipping huge hissing reptiles that were kept in caves. The Chinese, right back to their very beginnings have always had their dragon stories.
Europeans have also had their dragon stories. Viking mythology includes its dragon stories, and many of their long ships had a dragon’s head on the bow. England has its story of St George, who slew a dragon that lived in a cave. But we don’t have to go back thousands of years to find recorded encounters with dinosaurs. During the tenth century, an Irishman wrote of his encounter with what appears to have been a Stegosaurus. In the 1500s a European book on animals, Historia Animalium, included the descriptions of several animals, said to still be alive, that we would call dinosaurs. On May 13, 1572 near Bologna in Italy, a peasant named Baptista encountered and killed a dragon, whose description fits that of the dinosaur Tanystropheus. The well-known naturalist Ulysses Aldrovandus recorded this encounter.
In Carlisle Cathedral (U.K.) can be found the tomb of Bishop Richard Bell, who died in 1496. His tomb is decorated with a brass picture of the Bishop, with a Latin inscription engraved in a brass trim, around the top edge of the lid. Between the words of the inscriptions are engraved pictures depicting various animals. Most of these animals (including various fish, an eel, a dog, a pig and a bird) are still common today, but they also include animals we would call dinosaurs. Animals like the long necked, long tailed sauropod dinosaur and another similar to the Eryops.
The Holy Bible also gives the description of two huge animals that were living during the lifetime of Job (Job 40:15 to 41:34). The contexts of this passage is that God is reminding Job of how great God is, and how Great of a Creator He is, by telling Job look at and see the most powerful creatures that God has created.
God tells Job to look at the behemoth (Job 40:15). Among other things this huge animal is described has having a tail that sways like a cedar. Many commentators say that the behemoth must be an elephant or a hippopotamus. But on account that both of these animals have very small tails that look nothing like huge cedar trees, we can very quickly cross both of these animals off the list animals that could possibly be the behemoth. When you read the full description of this animal, you would have to say, no living animal comes near the description of the behemoth, in fact the only animal to come close to this description is the Brachiosaurus, one of the dinosaurs. God also tells Job to look at the Leviathan (Job 41). This animal seems to be a fire-breathing dragon. But before you scoff at this thought, consider the bombardier beetle. This species of beetle is still very much alive, and can shoot out super-heated gases in its own defence. If God can create a fire-breathing beetle, why not a fire-breathing dragon called a leviathan?
Given that there are many similarities between reptiles and dinosaurs, it is worth noting that many species of reptiles (unlike most other animals) do not stop growing in size as they get older, instead they continue to grow larger and larger as they get older and older. Also with most species of reptiles the young fend for themselves. So when Noah took two of every kind of animal on board the ark, there would have been no need to take on board the older and larger reptiles and dinosaurs. For practical reasons we can safely assume, Noah only took on board baby reptiles and dinosaurs.
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