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A recent news item provides a good teaching point against those Christians who try to compromise the belief in millions of years with the Bible. This news item stated the following:
The world was a dangerous place for the first birds. Palaeontologists have found a fossil bird preserved where the stomach of a dinosaur would have been – the first direct evidence that dinos preyed on their feathered relatives. Palaeontologists have long suspected that birds made up part of the predatory dino diet, but proof has been lacking. No longer: Jingmai O'Connor and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing found the near-intact skeleton of a primitive bird nestling suspiciously inside a fossilised predator. . . .Now, what has this to do with those Christians who believe in millions of years?
Not only do the remains provide clues as to how and what the dinosaur ate, but also where it hunted. (http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21182-first-evidence-that-dinosaurs-atebirds.html)
Well in Genesis 1:29–30 we read the following:
[To Adam and Eve] And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. [And of the animals] Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:29–30)These verses clearly teach that humans and animals were vegetarian originally (before sin). In fact, humans were not told they could eat meat until after the Flood in Genesis 9:3, which states, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs.”
In this verse, God makes it clear that He changed the diet of humans (because of the effects of sin). The verse also clearly substantiates that originally humans were vegetarian. The verse is saying in essence, “Just as I gave you the plants—now I give you all things.” Now Genesis 1:30 is written in the same way as Genesis 1:29. It is obvious then that verse 29 is stating that humans were to be vegetarian, so verse 30 is making it clear that the animals also originally (before sin) were vegetarian.
Now this “dinosaur fossil” referred to above, believed to be of a dinosaur that ate a bird, supposedly was formed millions of years before humans were on the planet. Now how could there be dinosaurs eating birds millions of years before man when the Bible makes it clear that originally all the animals were vegetarian? There are many other fossil finds showing that animals ate other animals. From a biblical perspective, this had to happen after sin. It makes sense that such fossils were not laid down millions of years before man, but most probably during the Flood of Noah’s day just over 4,300 years ago.
For a Christian who believes in millions of years, then you have millions of years of death and evidence of diseases (like brain tumors found in dinosaur fossils) supposedly millions of years before man sinned! But the Bible says everything God created was “very good.” This does not describe the fossil record! The fossil record had to be laid down after sin!
There is an interesting twist to this news item. Note that I put the words “dinosaur fossil” in quotes. This predator is claimed to be a Microraptor. Now, Microraptors have four wings with genuine modern feathers. However, this specimen referred to was poorly preserved and didn't even have feathers. So who knows what it really was! But the evolutionist researchers are convinced of it being, and report it to be, a Microraptor. Now if that's true, then in this instance, a bird actually ate a bird.
This in no way detracts from the main teaching point I made—in fact, the same point can be made. Christians can’t consistently believe in a fossil record with evidence of animals eating each other and being laid down millions of years before sin—before God said humans and animals were vegetarian and millions of years before God called everything “very good.”
More on this particular fossil find will be detailed in AiG's News to Note this coming Saturday on the www.answersingenesis.org website.
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