June 11, 2015 in Church News
This weekend, millions of people will head to the movie theater to watch a movie about dinosaurs running amok on an island off of Costa Rica. Later this year, Disney / PIXAR will be releasing a movie that asks the question: “What would have happened if dinosaurs did not go extinct?” Both of these movies (and countless other movies, television shows, text books, etc.) assume that dinosaurs walked this earth hundreds of millions of years ago and went extinct long before man ever came into existence. This, of course, does not agree with the Genesis account of creation and a Scriptural understanding of the earth’s age. Which leads us, as Christians, to face the question that is on the minds of many who see movies like these or visit museums with dinosaur exhibits: what really happened to these amazing creatures?
If we turn to the source of truth, God’s Word, we see that this is a question we cannot answer with certainty. The Bible does not give an account of when and how dinosaurs went extinct. Some see the Behemoth and Leviathon of Job 40-41 as descriptions of dinosaurs, but this is simply conjecture. We do know that there are two events described in the Scriptures which had a large impact on the created world. The first is the fall into sin where the world changed from perfection to a world where death ruled. The second is the great flood, which had a huge impact on the earth’s geography and atmosphere. It seems reasonable that one or both of these events in some way brought about the end of the dinosaurs’ existence. The fact remains, however, that we simply don’t know what really happened.
This truth should not be troubling to us as Christians. There are things we don’t know about the world. The Lord has, in a sense, kept secrets from us. Instead of being upset by the secrets that God keeps, we should be thankful for the truths he has revealed. As Moses writes is Deuteronomy 29:29: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children forever.” What God has revealed are the truths that we need to know for eternal life. He has revealed the truth about sin and its consequences as well as the truth about our Savior Jesus Christ who paid the price for that sin and secured our eternal salvation. This truth belongs to us and our children and no one can take it from us. This is the truth we seek to share with those who do not know.