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What Happened to the Dinosaurs?
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So, I heard...
Recently, on my 45-minute drive to work, I was listening to The Bob and Tom Show. As I was listening to the talk show hosts, they were debating theories regarding the extinction of dinosaurs. Needless to say, they had my attention. What could they possibly have to say about dinosaurs? The talk show hosts implied the reason dinosaurs are extinct is because they were killed by asteroids. All I could think was, "Huh?" and then I started laughing hysterically.
When I had a few seconds to calm down, I called the radio station. I asked them where they received their information because that did not make any sense to me. I asked the talk show host, "So, what you are telling me is that every single dinosaur had an asteroid with his or her name on it, created just for their death?" I know we all hear some outrageous stories regarding the age of the Earth, dinosaurs and their extinction, and whether or not we used to be monkeys.
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If it wasn't asteroids that killed the dinosaurs off, then what was it? When I refer to dinosaurs, I am referring to the humongous ones that were too large for a human being to physically move. As I thought about this question, the answer was not far behind. And before we go any further, I must let you know that I believe in God. If the Bible says it is, then it just is. I do not question it.
I thought about the Scripture in Genesis 1:6 and 8 (NIV) which quotes, "And God said, 'Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water...God called the vault "sky." When I think about this, it sounds as if God made the Earth with water on it, just as we know it, but also outside of the sky, in the atmosphere, there was another barrier of water. I believe this barrier protected the human race from the ozone issues we are having today..
Because of sin, God was not happy with what was going on with the people in the world: homosexuality, murder, greed, theft, adultery, and many other issues were taking place. God decided to wipe out mankind and attempt to start over, through Noah's family. I won't preach a sermon here because it is all laid out in the book of Genesis if you want to read it for yourself. God selected Noah and told him to build an Ark to hold his family and two of every animal, so that once The Flood was over, they would be able to start human and animal bloodlines again.
And God did just that, too. When Noah finished the Ark and the animals were loaded, his family was sealed into the Ark, and that is where they stayed for 40 days and 40 nights, as storms hit and the Earth became flooded. Everything outside of the Ark was destroyed. Now, I know the Ark was quite large. I have seen measurements in pictures and how it was compared to the size of a football field. So, the Ark was big. But, not big enough to hold those humongous dinosaurs. If the T-rex is as big as it looked in Jurassic Park, I do not know where Noah would have kept them at. Personally, if I was Noah, I would not want them on the Ark because if they were anything like the movie, Jurassic Park, everyone would have been killed on the Ark. This reasoning sounds more logical than asteroids wiping them out.
It is just my theory, but maybe the flood contributed to the extinction of the larger dinosaurs. Before the Flood, some people lived to be several hundred years old. The person who lived the longest was Methusaleh, who was 969 years old when he died (Genesis 5:21-27). Surprisingly, after the Flood, people were not living to be 900 year old anymore, it was ranging from 200 to 400 range as early as Genesis 11.
So, maybe there really is truth to the story about Noah and the Flood. Once that barrier of water was gone, people did not have that protection from the sun's damaging rays and the ozone was better to live in. After the Flood, would the larger dinosaurs even been able to survive in the ecosystem? Who knows? There are some things we might never know the truth about, and this article is merely opinion.
I am open to hearing other people's ideas. Ever since I heard this on the radio, it has been gnawing at me, so I decided to write about it. Who knows what really happened to the dinosaurs? Only God and the dinosaurs know, and like many other things, we might never know. The book of Genesis is interesting reading material if you ever want to know what the early days were like.