Dinosaurs and the Bible
An aura of mystery
surrounds the dinosaurs. Where did they come from? Did they evolve? Did
they really live millions of years ago? What happened to them? Are there
any living today? Has any human being ever seen a live dinosaur?
Children and adults alike are
absolutely fascinated by these mysterious monsters. Numerous books and
movies have been produced to satisfy a seemingly insatiable hunger for
information on these puzzling creatures. The truth of the matter,
however, is that there are no real mysteries at all, once you have key
information that is not generally known and is withheld from the public.
Come with me as we
take a walk through history and uncover some amazing facts that will
answer many of your questions about these ‘terrible lizards.’
Did Dinosaurs Really
Dinosaurs certainly did roam the Earth in the ancient past! Fossils of
dinosaurs have been found all over the world, and their bones are
displayed in museums for all to see. Scientists have been able to
reconstruct many of their skeletons, so we know much about how they may
When Were Dinosaurs
The story of their discovery began back in the
1820s, when Gideon Mantell, an English doctor, found some unusual teeth
and bones in a quarry. Dr Mantell realized there was something very
different about these animal remains, and believed that he had found an
entirely new group of reptiles. By 1841, about nine types of these
different reptiles had been uncovered, including two called Megalosaurus
At this time, a famous British
scientist (and creationist), Dr Richard Owen, coined the name ‘Dinosauria,’
meaning ‘terrible lizard,’ for this is what the huge bones made him
What Makes Dinosaurs
Other than the huge size of some dinosaurs, the major feature that
really distinguishes dinosaurs from other reptiles (such as crocodiles)
is the position of their limbs. Dinosaurs had posture that was fully
erect, similar to that in mammals. Most other reptiles have limbs in a
sprawling position. For instance, compare the way a crocodile ‘walks’
with that of, say, a cow. Dinosaurs would have moved like a cow, with
the limbs supporting the body from beneath. Crocodiles ‘waddle,’ as
their limbs project sideways from their body.
How Big Were
Some were as small as chickens, and others were even smaller. Of course,
some dinosaurs were very large, weighing in at an estimated 80 tons and
standing 40 feet high! The average size of a dinosaur, however, was
probably about that of a small horse.
When Did Dinosaurs
The story we have all heard from movies,
television, newspapers, and most magazines and textbooks is that
dinosaurs lived millions of year ago. According to evolutionists, the
dinosaurs ‘ruled the Earth’ for 140 million years, dying out about 65
million years ago. However, scientists do not dig up anything labeled
with those ages. They only uncover dead dinosaurs (i.e., their bones),
and their bones do not have labels attached telling how old they are.
The idea of millions of years of evolution is just the evolutionists’
story about the past. No scientist was there to see the dinosaurs live
through this supposed dinosaur age. In fact, there is no proof
whatsoever that the world and its fossil layers are millions of years
old. No scientist observed dinosaurs die. Scientists only find the bones
in the here and now, and because many of them are evolutionists, they
try to fit the story of the dinosaurs into their view.
Other scientists, called creation
scientists, have a different idea about when dinosaurs lived. They
believe they can solve any of the supposed dinosaur mysteries and show
how the evidence fits wonderfully with their ideas about the past,
beliefs that come from the Bible.
The Bible, God’s very special book
(or collection of books, really), claims that each writer was
supernaturally inspired to write exactly what the Creator of all things
wanted him to write down for us so that we can know where we (and
dinosaurs) came from, why we are here, and what our future will be. The
first book in the Bible—Genesis—teaches us many things about how the
universe and life came into existence. Genesis tells us that God created
everything—the Earth, stars, sun, moon, plants, animals, and the first
Although the Bible
does not tell us exactly how long ago it was that God made the world and
its creatures, we can make a good estimate of the date of creation by
reading through the Bible and noting some interesting passages:
God made everything in
six days. He did this, by the way, to set a pattern for mankind, which
has become our seven day week (as described in Exodus 20:11). God
worked for six days and rested for one, as a model for us.
Furthermore, Bible scholars will tell you that the Hebrew word for day
used in Genesis 1, can only mean an ordinary day in this context.
We are told God created the
first man and woman—Adam and Eve—on Day Six. Many facts about when
their children and their children’s children were born are given in
Genesis. These genealogies are recorded throughout the Old Testament,
up until the time of Christ. They certainly were not chronologies
lasting millions of years.
As you add up all
of the dates, and accepting that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to
Earth almost 2000 years ago, we come to the conclusion that the creation
of the Earth and animals (including the dinosaurs) occurred only
thousands of years ago (perhaps only 6000!), not millions of years.
Thus, if the Bible is right (and it is!), dinosaurs must have lived
within the past thousands of years.
Where Did Dinosaurs
Evolutionists claim that dinosaurs evolved over
millions of years. They imagine that one kind of animal slowly changed
over long periods of time to become a different kind of animal. For
instance, they believe that amphibians changed into reptiles (including
dinosaurs) by this gradual process. This would mean, of course, that
there would have been millions of creatures during that time that would
be ‘in between,’ as amphibians evolved into reptiles. Evidence of these
‘transitional forms,’ as they are called, should be abundant. However,
many fossil experts admit that not one unquestionable transitional form
between any group of creatures and another has been found anywhere. If
dinosaurs evolved from amphibians, there should be, for example, fossil
evidence of animals that are part dinosaur and part something else.
However, there is no proof of this anywhere. In fact, if you go into any
museum you will see fossils of dinosaurs that are 100% dinosaur, not
something in between. There are no 25%, 50%, 75%, or even 99%
dinosaurs—they are all 100% dinosaur!
The Bible tells us that God
created all of the land animals on the sixth day of creation. As
dinosaurs were land animals, they must have been made on this day,
alongside Adam and Eve, who were also created on Day Six (Genesis
1:24-31). If God designed and created dinosaurs, they would have been
fully functional, designed to do what they were created for, and would
have been 100% dinosaur. This fits exactly with the evidence from the
Evolutionists declare that no man
ever lived alongside dinosaurs. The Bible, however, makes it plain that
dinosaurs and people must have lived together. Actually, as we will soon
see, there is a lot of evidence for this.
The Bible teaches (in Genesis 1:29-30) that the
original animals (and the first humans) were commanded to be vegetarian.
There were no meat eaters in the original creation. Furthermore, there
was no death. It was an unblemished world, with Adam and Eve and animals
(including dinosaurs) living in perfect harmony, eating only plants.
Sadly, it did not stay this way
for very long. Adam rebelled against his Creator, bringing sin into the
world (Genesis 3:1-7; Romans 5:12). Because of this rebellion, Adam, and
thus all of his descendants (you and me), gave up the right to live with
a Holy (sinless) and just God. God therefore judged sin with death.
The Bible plainly teaches from
Genesis to Revelation that there was no death of animals or humans
before Adam sinned. (Consider just a few of the many passages, such as:
Romans 5:12; Genesis 2:17; Genesis 1:29-30; Romans 8:20-22; Acts 3:21;
Hebrews 9:22; I Corinthians 15; Revelation 21:1-4; Revelation 22:3.)
This means there could not have been any animal fossils (and no dinosaur
bones) before sin.
After Adam’s sin, animals and
people started to die. It was now a different world, one of death and
strife. A world that was once beautiful now suffered under the curse
placed upon it by the Creator (Genesis 3:14-19). But a promise was given
(Genesis 3:15) that God would provide a way for the penalty of sin to be
paid so there would be a way for man to come back to God.
Why Do We Find
In Genesis 6, we read that all flesh (man and
animals) had ‘corrupted his way upon the Earth’
(Genesis 6:12). Perhaps people and animals were killing each other;
maybe dinosaurs had started killing other animals and humans. In any
case, the Bible describes the world as ‘wicked.’
Because of this wickedness, God
warned a godly man named Noah that He was going to destroy the world
with a Flood (Genesis 6:13). God therefore commanded him to build a
great ship (the Ark) so that all the kinds of land animals (which must
have included dinosaurs) and Noah’s family could survive on board while
the Flood destroyed the entire Earth (Genesis 6:14-20).
Some people think that dinosaurs
were too big, or there were too many of them, to go on this Ark.
However, there were not very many different kinds of dinosaurs. There
are certainly hundreds of dinosaur names, but many of these were given
to just a bit of bone or skeletons of the same dinosaur found in other
countries. It is also reasonable to assume that different sizes,
varieties, and sexes of the same kind of dinosaur have ended up with
different names. For example, look at the many different varieties and
sizes of dogs, but they are all the same kind-the dog kind! In reality,
there may have been fewer than 50 kinds of dinosaurs.
God sent two of every (seven of
some) land animal into the Ark (Genesis 7:2-3; 7:8-9)—there were no
exceptions. Therefore, dinosaurs must have been on the Ark. Even though
there was ample room in the huge ship for large animals, perhaps God
sent young adults into the Ark that still had plenty of room for them to
Well, what happened to all the
land animals that did not go on the Ark? Very simply, they drowned. Many
would have been covered with tons of mud as the rampaging water covered
the land (Genesis 7:11-12,19). Because of this quick burial, many of the
animals would have been preserved as fossils. If this happened, you
would expect to find evidence of billions of dead things buried in rock
layers (formed from this mud) all over the Earth. This is exactly what
you do find.
By the way, the Flood of Noah’s
day probably occurred just over 4,500 years ago. Creationists believe
that this event formed many of the fossil layers around the Earth.
(Additional fossil layers were formed by other floods as the Earth
settled down after the great Flood.) Thus, the dinosaur fossils which
were formed as a result of this Flood were probably formed about 4,500
years ago, not millions of years ago.
Lived in Recent Times?
If the different kinds of dinosaurs survived the
Flood, then they must have come off the Ark and lived in the post-Flood
In the Bible, in Job 40:15-24, God
describes to Job (who lived after the Flood) a great beast with which
Job was familiar. This great animal, called ‘behemoth,’
is described as ‘the chief of the ways of God,’
perhaps the biggest land animal God had created. Impressively, he moved
his tail like a cedar tree! Although some Bible commentaries say this
may have been an elephant or hippopotamus, the description actually fits
that of a dinosaur like Brachiosaurus. Elephants and hippos certainly do
not have tails like cedar trees!
Actually, very few animals are
singled out in the Bible for such a detailed description. Contrary to
what many may think, what we know now as dinosaurs get more mention in
the Scriptures than most animals! So dinosaurs—all the different
kinds—must have lived alongside of people after the Flood.
Mentioned in Ancient Literature?
Interestingly, the word ‘dragon’ is used a number
of times in the Old Testament. In most instances, the word dinosaur
could substitute for dragon and it would fit very nicely. Creation
scientists believe that dinosaurs were called dragons before the word
dinosaur was invented in the 1800s. We would not expect to find the word
dinosaur in Bibles like the Authorized Version (1611), as it was
translated well before the word dinosaur was ever used.
Also, there are many very old
history books in various libraries around the world that have detailed
records of dragons and their encounters with people. Surprisingly (or
not so surprisingly for creationists), many of these descriptions of
dragons fit with how modern scientists would describe dinosaurs, even
Tyrannosaurus. Unfortunately, this evidence is not considered valid by
evolutionists. Why? Only because their belief is that man and dinosaurs
did not live at the same time!
However, the more we research the
historical literature, the more we realize there is overwhelming
evidence that dragons were real beasts, much like our modern
reconstructions of dinosaurs, and that their existence has been recorded
by many different people, even just hundreds of years ago.
What Happened to
Evolutionists use their imagination in a big way
in answering this question. Because of their belief that dinosaurs
‘ruled’ the world for millions of years, and then disappeared millions
of years before man allegedly evolved, they have had to come up with all
sorts of guesses to explain this ‘mysterious’ disappearance.
When reading evolutionist
literature, you will be astonished at the range of ideas concerning
their supposed extinction. The following is just a small list of
Dinosaurs starved to death; they
died from overeating; they were poisoned; they became blind from
cataracts and could not reproduce; mammals ate their eggs. Other
causes include-volcanic dust, poisonous gases, comets, sunspots,
meteorites, mass suicide, constipation, parasites, shrinking brain
(and greater stupidity), slipped discs, changes in the composition of
It is obvious that evolutionists
don’t know what happened and are grasping at straws. In a recent
evolutionary book on dinosaurs, ‘A New Look At the Dinosaurs,’ the
author made the statement:
‘Now comes the important
question. What caused all these extinctions at one particular point in
time, approximately 65 million years ago? Dozens of reasons have been
suggested, some serious and sensible, others quite crazy, and yet
others merely as a joke. Every year people come up with new theories
on this thorny problem. The trouble is that if we are to find just one
reason to account for them all, it would have to explain the death,
all at the same time, of animals living on land and of animals living
in the sea; but, in both cases, of only some of those animals, for
many of the land dwellers and many of the sea-dwellers went on living
quite happily into the following period. Alas, no such one explanation
exists’ (Alan Charig, p. 150).
But, one such explanation does
exist. If you remove the evolutionary framework, get rid of the millions
of years, and then take the Bible seriously, you will find an
explanation that fits the facts and makes perfect sense:
At the time of the Flood, many of
the sea creatures died, but some survived. In addition, all of the land
creatures outside the Ark died, but the representatives of all the kinds
that survived on the Ark lived in the new world after the Flood. Those
land animals (including dinosaurs) found the new world to be much
different than the one before the Flood. Due to (1) competition for food
that was no longer in abundance, (2) other catastrophes, (3) man killing
for food (and perhaps for fun), and (4) the destruction of habitats,
etc., many species of animals eventually died out. The group of animals
we now call dinosaurs just happened to die out too. In fact, quite a
number of animals be come extinct each year. Extinction seems to be the
rule in Earth history (not the formation of new types of animals as you
would expect from evolution).
Ever See a Live Dinosaur?
The answer is probably not … but, then again?
There are some scientists who believe a few dinosaurs may have survived
in remote jungles. We are still discovering new species of animals and
plants today in areas that have been too difficult to explore until now.
Even natives in some countries describe beasts that fit with what might
be a dinosaur.
Creationists, of course, would not
be surprised if someone found a living dinosaur. However, evolutionists
would then have to explain why they made dogmatic statements that man
and dinosaur never lived at the same time. I suspect they would say
something to the effect that this dinosaur somehow survived because it
was trapped in a remote area that has not changed for millions of years.
You see, no matter what is found, or how embarrassing it is to
evolutionists’ ideas, they will always be able to concoct an ‘answer’
because evolution is a belief. It is not science—it is not fact!
Lessons Can We Learn From the Dinosaur?
When we see the bones of dinosaurs, we
can be reminded that death was not a part of the original creation.
Death is actually an intruder, entering when the first man disobeyed
God. The Bible tells us that because we are all descendants of Adam, we
too have sinned: ‘Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all
men, for that all have sinned’ (Romans 5:12); ‘For
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God’ (Romans
3:23). We need to recognize that the wickedness in the world is because
of sin, because man rebelled against God.
We can also be reminded that God,
who made all things, including the dinosaurs, is also a judge of His
creation. He judged Adam’s rebellion by cursing the world with death.
Adam was warned about what would happen if he disobeyed God’s
instruction not to eat the fruit of one particular tree. ‘But
of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die’
Dinosaurs can also remind us that
God judged the rebellion in Noah’s day by destroying the wicked world
with water, resulting in the death of millions of creatures. The Bible
teaches us that He will again judge the world, but next time by fire: ‘But
the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the
heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt
with fervent heat, the Earth also and the works that are therein shall
be burned up’ (2 Peter 3:10).
We can also be reminded that after
this judgment by fire, God will make a new heaven and Earth: ‘Nevertheless
we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new Earth,
wherein dwelleth righteousness’ (2 Peter 3:13). And what will it
be like in this new Earth? ‘And God shall wipe
away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for
the former things are passed away’ (Revelation 21:4).
But we are also warned that many
will not be allowed into this new Earth but will suffer for eternity: ‘But
the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and
whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have
their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is
the second death’ (Revelation 21:8).
Humans, who are all sinful from
conception (Psalm 51:5), cannot live with a Holy God, but are condemned
to separation from God. But, God provided a wonderful means of
deliverance from sin. The Bible teaches that God offered the perfect
sacrifice needed to pay the penalty for man’s sin. God’s own Son, the
one who in fact created the world (Colossians 1:16), came to Earth as a
man, as a descendant of Adam, to suffer the death penalty for sin. ‘But
now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them
that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive’ (I Corinthians 15:20-22).
The Lord Jesus
Christ died on a cross, but on the third day, rose again, conquering
death, so that anyone who believes in Him and accepts Him into his or
her life, is able to come back to God and live for eternity with the
Creator. ‘For God so loved the world, that He
gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not
perish, but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16); ‘If
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness’ (I John 1:9).
For those who do
not accept by faith what Christ has done for them and do not recognize
their sinful nature and need for redemption, the Bible warns that such
people will live forever, but will be separated from God in a place of
torment that the Bible calls Hell. But for those who commit their lives
to the Lord—what a wonderful message! What a wonderful Savior! What a
wonderful salvation in Christ the Creator!
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