In the "In Defense of Atheism" thread, VonRichtofen asks: "How does the bible explain Dinosaurs? Neanderthals? What about the strange mammals that roamed the earth between the dinosaurs and the ice age? Some of these which MAN used to hunt. These are not theories, this has been proven by fossil records and actual sites."
Well, he's right. These are not theories but rather poven by the fossile record to exist. Also, these very things tie directly into the Biblical account of the Flood. They by no means disprove the Bible, quite the reverse actually, as they really act as a scientifical foundation to the Bible.
First, let me explain how the Bible deals with dinosaurs.
The term "dinosaur" was coined in 1841 by Sir Richard Owen, a famous palaeontologist. The word means "terrible lizard" and technically refers to those that lived on land rather than in the water. Evolutionists believe that dinosaurs died out about 65 million years before man appeared on earth. Evolutionists are particularly vague about why they died out. Many theories have been put forth, such as an astroid strike, disease, climate, and even starvation, but none can claim absolute trueth as to the exact cause.
How does the Bible deal with dinosaurs? Well first, you are not going to find the term "dinosaur" in the Bible. But it does give some supporting evidence.
After creation, like all other animals present, dinosaurs began to multiply and increase in numbers. But because the world became full of wickedness, the Lord instructed Noah to build an ark, and on it carry two of every kind of land-dwelling animal (and seven of some). That must mean at least two of every kind of dinosaur. Many people don't think that they could all fit onto the ark, but really there were only a few large species, most of the dinosaurs were quite small (no bigger than an ostrich). It is also realistic to assume that God sent only young adults to the ark because they were responsible for re-populating the earth.
So, how did man and dinosaur live together on one great ship? Well, according to the Bible, after creation, all the animals and man were vegetarians. That would explain why Noah did not fear Tyrranosaurus rex. After the Flood, God told Noah that from then on the animals would fear him, and from then on man could eat their meat.
Then what happened to the dinosaurs? Well, the ones that were not on the ark, would have most certainly drowned. Many of these were buried quickly thus preserved. The Flood would also explain why fossils tend to show up in massive grave yards, and why they are so wide spread. Those that came off of the ark would have done so to a dramatically changed eviroment. Much less land surface would have been available, the climate would have been completely different, and there would have been much less vegetaion to eat. Therefore, to get essential protiens once found in vegetation, man and beast would be in competition and soon start to eat each other. They would have begun to re-produce and migrate to areas where they could have time to addapt to the ever-changing eviroment. Some of these animals did not make it. Most of them did, and as so they multiplied and addapted to their eviroment.
All of this means that man and dinosaurs lived together, perhaps for only briefly (maybe for only a few hundred years), after the flood. Is there any record of this? Well just as nearly every culture of the world has stories about a flood similar to that of Genesis, many different cultures also have dragon legends. It has been suggested that these are in fact legends of dinosaurs.
There is a Sumarian story that dates back to 3000 bc that tells of a hero named Gilgamesh, who encountered a huge vicious dragon which he slew the head off and kept it as a trophey. Alexander the Great and his army marched into India and found that the worshipped huge hissing reptiles that they kept in caves. England has its story of St. George, who slew a dragon that lived in a cave.
In the 1500s, a European scientific book, Historia Animalium, listed several animals, which to us are dinosaurs, as still alive. There are many, many more stories such as these, that show the evidence for the existence of dinosaurs during recorded human history as being strong.
We also have two beast listed in the Bible which could well have been great reptilian creatures still living in Job's day. In Job 40:15, the text records that God was showing Job how great He was as Creator, in causing him to observe some of the most powerful of the creatures He had made. We see that God tells Job to look at behemoth which has a tail like a cedar. What kind of creature known to man today, has a tail like a cedar tree? Also, in Job 41:1 we see mention of Leviathan that was some form of fire-breathing dragon. If you wonder about this, remember that the bombardier beetle can shoot out super-heated gasses in its own defense. Why not Leviathan?
There have also been reported sightings in modern times. In Science Digest, June, 1981 and as late as 1983, explorers and natives in Africa have reported sightings of dinosaur-like creatures.
Sorry for the long post. There is just sooo much info on this subject. If you've read it all, then I thank you.