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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Biblical History: The Key to Understanding Dinosaurs

by: Answers In Genesis
           After visitors to the Creation Museum pass through the 7 Cs of History—Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation—they are welcomed into a spacious area called “Palm Plaza.”  The area, which is lined with interesting exhibits of fossils, minerals, and more, is designed with an Egyptian architectural influence.
             What appears to be tucked away in a side archway in Palm Plaza is actually a 4,500 square foot, two-story Dinosaur Den that features sculpted dinosaurs along with bones from creatures, including real dinosaur eggs and fossilized footprints from these remarkable beasts.
             Prior to the museum’s opening, the Creation Museum staff collected various dinosaur bones and eggs and began building major exhibits related to dinosaurs in order to use them as a major teaching tool in the museum.  One of the overwhelmingly exquisite dinosaur sculptures is a 40-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex built by Answers in Genesis’ own Buddy Davis.  Buddy sculptured many of the dinosaurs around the museum.
Why Dinosaurs in a Creation Museum?
            “Dinosaurs are used more than almost anything else to indoctrinate children and adults in the idea of millions of years of earth history,” says museum founder Ken Ham.  “However, the Bible gives us a framework for explaining dinosaurs in terms of thousands of years of history, including the mystery of when they lived and what happened to them.”
                In Genesis, God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind;’ and it was so.  And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind.  And God saw that it was good.” –Genesis 1:24-25
Dinosaur Questions—Answered
            Adults and children alike get many of their questions about these amazing creatures answered as they wander through the den.  By beginning with the Bible, we can know that the true history found in the Scriptures gives us the key to the fossils we find today.  Like all fossils, dinosaur remains don’t come with tags or photographs that tell us how old they are, what they really looked like, how they lived, or even when they died.
               The Bible tells us that God made all the land animals (which must have included dinosaurs) “after their kind” on Day Six of the Creation Week—about six thousand years ago.  This also dispels any myth that dinosaurs evolved into birds because God’s Word says that birds were created on Day Five and land animals the next day.           
Dinosaur & Dragon Legends
            Near the Dinosaur Den is a theater that shows how the Bible explains the mysteries surrounding dinosaurs.  The film, recorded on location at a castle in England, also sets the tone for the nearby Dragon Hall Bookstore, which resembles the sitting room of a medieval English castle.
Dragon Hall Bookstore
            Rich in dragon lore and legend, the Dragon Hall Bookstore offers a wide range of videos, books, curricula, and translations, plus a variety of gifts, toys, and souvenirs.
               The Dragon Hall Bookstore is more than just a souvenir shop.  The medieval theme provides an environment that continues with the theme of dragon legends that exist all around the world.  It’s a “museum within a museum.” AnswersinGenesis.org
Visit us on the Web
           We invite you to check out our website—creationmuseum.org—to find out more about our one-of-a-kind museum that explains dinosaurs and how they relate to the true history of the Bible.
From the Answers Update magazine (Creation Museum Update) – Volume 19 – Issue 6 – by Answers In Genesis Ministry. AnswersinGenesis.org
Who is AiG?  “AiG is the world’s largest apologetics ministry.  We seek to equip the church to uphold the authority and accuracy of the Bible from the very first verse, thereby enabling it to more effectively present the Gospel in our increasingly secular, evolutionary society.”

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