by Stan Hudson, who served as a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 38 years and is currently the Director of Creation Ministries at the North Pacific Union Conference
Here’s a strictly Adventist topic! No other denomination that I know of associates dinosaurs with the subject of amalgamation. In fact, Adventists have been fairly confused about these potential “confused species.” Let’s take a look at this.
The quote that leads us into this hazy place is this one from Spiritual Gifts, Volume III, page 75. Speaking about the conditions that led to the Genesis flood: “But if there was one sin above another which called for the destruction of the race by the flood, it was the base crime of amalgamation of man and beast which defaced the image of God, and caused confusion everywhere.” (Emphasis added).
There are several things here to consider. “Amalgamation” is an old 19th Century word that means “mixing.” It was often used to describe the production of metallic alloys, which is the blending of two or more metals. And the context mentions the blending of man and the blending of beast. Does that mean the blending of man with beast? If so, that would explain to some the fossil evidence of creatures that look half-human and half-ape. The larger problem with that is that those fossil evidences are almost certain post-Flood. This would mean that the mixing of man and ape continued after the Flood. Significantly, the Ellen White estate has consistently denied that EGW’s statement was talking about “man with beast.”
Clearly there is mixing that involves man and mixing that involves beasts with the results being a defacing of the image of God as well as some confusion. We are helped with the latter category from another quote from the same page 75. Here she talks about the animals going into the ark: “Every species of animal which God had created were preserved in the ark. The confused species which God did not create, which were the result of amalgamation, were destroyed by the flood.” (Emphasis added). SG III p75. Apparently, some animals were blended or bred, significantly changing them from God’s original design.
But for what purpose? This is my opinion now, but it’s based on several things. We know that pre-Flood man was intellectually advanced, but with thoughts “only evil continually,” The world’s chief problem was violence. If there was a line of animals (like dinosaurs) that could be bred into warrior animals (for entertainment? hunting? warfare?), why wouldn’t Satan use man to mess up another one of God’s most amazing creations? An ankylosaur strikes me as something made more for a combat world than the Garden of Eden.
But some Adventists have believed that ALL dinosaurs were the result of amalgamation, essentially believing that God never made them at all. And thus none got on the ark, since the confused species were “destroyed by the Flood.” But please note this additional statement from Spiritual Gifts, Volume IVa, page 121: “There were a class of very large animals which perished at the flood. God knew that the strength of man would decrease, and these mammoth animals could not be controlled by feeble man.” Since we have elephants today, the only larger class of animals would be the great sauropod dinosaurs. And they were destroyed because of their size, not because of being amalgamated. Dinosaurs smaller than elephants, which most were, must have gotten on the ark. These creatures may have been the source of ancient dragon stories.
But what was the mixing of man? What could deface the image of God? Remember, please, the seriousness of this crime; it was the one sin above all others that “called for the destruction of the race!” To me, that would mean it must be in the Bible. Look at Genesis 6:1,2: “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful, and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.” “Sons of God” here refers to the godly race of men through Seth, whereas the “daughters of men” refers to the idolatrous descendants of Cain. God’s people were marrying out of the church. How serious did God take this? The very next verse in Genesis 6:3 announces God’s patience was nearly done; a 120 year probationary period started. God’s image in man, His great purpose for mankind, was being defaced.
This all culminated into what I consider to be possibly the saddest verse in the Bible: “And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Genesis 6:6. Be careful, friends, what you mix!