How do dinosaurs fit into the biblical picture?
By Christopher Jethro
Last Updated: Dec 13, 2017
Last Updated: Dec 13, 2017
How do dinosaurs fit into the biblical picture? Even many Christians don’t know what the Creationist view is (as the subject is rarely discussed from the pulpit) so I hope this page will be informative and insightful.
The Familiar Evolution Story
Most people grow up being indoctrinated with the evolution view of dinosaurs. In the evolution story, dinosaurs evolved billions of years ago from early reptiles. Later, they died out from a meteorite strike 65 million years ago, with the exception of small raptors that evolved into modern birds. Man evolved millions of years later and never lived at the same time as dinosaurs - he discovered their fossils from when they lived billions of years earlier. Dinosaurs are frequently portrayed in evolution as fierce carnivores that couldn't possibly co-live with man.
The Creationism view
I would like to clarify that the Creationist view I’m about to present is not my personal opinion or theory, but is the official biblical stance held by creation ministries and creation scientists. In Creationism, God created the dinosaurs (supernaturally – without using evolution) on creation days 5 and 6, as He did all the other animal kinds. Although they are extinct today, this means dinosaurs did once exist at the same time as mankind. All animals, even modern carnivores like lions, were originally created as vegetarian (Genesis 1:30). Dinosaurs, like others, only became omnivorous/carnivorous after the Fall/Curse. Dinosaurs never evolved into birds; birds were a separate creation. There never was a meteorite strike on the Earth and even modern secular scientists are beginning to reject that theory in favor of the theory of volcanic activity having killed out animal life (a theory that Creationists also find likely under post-Flood conditions).
It’s very important to understand that, in the Creationism view, all fossils came from animals and people that died during the global flood. (I.e., fossil layers are simply the destroyed ecological layers from the Flood, and do NOT represent different epochs of billions of years of new animals evolving and dying out.) Since we have dinosaur fossils, those are dinosaurs that died out from the Flood. This means dinosaurs were alive at the time of the global Flood and we know God reserved two of each animal kind on the Ark (seven of some), only killing out the rest of each animal family. This means that dinosaurs (two of each kind of dinosaur) were certainly on Noah’s Ark and the rest (which was the majority of dinosaurs) were killed from the Flood. Those remaining dinosaurs taken on the Ark died out after the Flood, due to harsh post-Flood conditions and being hunted by man.
I should clarify that there is another different Christian view of the dinosaurs, Gap Theory, which believes that God created the dinosaurs, alongside pre-Adamite humans, long before mankind and killed them all off before He decided to recreate our galaxy in six days. This is a minority view however, and all creation ministries and creation scientists reject it for biblical and scientific reasons.
Don't believe it?
Many people have a hard time believing the Creationist view of dinosaurs due to evolution dogma and because the Jurassic Park movies have made them think dinosaurs could not have lived with man because they would be vicious man-eating carnivores. Jurassic Park has been so influential, yet it is science fiction, and the movies greatly exaggerate what dinosaurs were really like. For instance, real Velociraptors are only 3 feet tall, not 6 feet as shown in the movies! Creation scientists conclude that the T-Rex did not have a skeletal/muscular structure to allow it to be a fierce hunter, but was probably a slow-moving/bulky omnivorous scavenger - and even some secular scientists agree that the T-Rex was probably a scavenger, not a predator. Although there are some big dinosaurs, the average dinosaur is only the size of a sheep and no threat to man. Besides, just because an animal is carnivorous or dangerous doesn't mean they CAN'T have lived at the same time as man. For instance, sharks, bears, and lions are all animals capable of hurting or killing a human, but that doesn't mean we can't both occupy the Earth – obviously we do. So don’t let the Jurassic Park movies fool you; dinosaurs and man certainly could have once lived at the same time.
The Scientific Evidence
Don’t assume everything you are taught in school is matter-of-fact; the evidence actually vindicates the Creationist view of dinosaurs. Bent rock layers and polystrate fossils are evidence fossils came from a global Flood, not laid down over billions of years. The discovery of fresh tissue and blood in dinosaur fossils means those dinosaur fossils can’t possibly be billions of years old, but only thousands of years old. Controversial fossils of dinosaur and human footprints in the same strata are evidence they lived at the same time. Also, the whole dinosaur-to-bird evolution theory is not scientific. There is no scientific explanation of how scales could evolve into feathers. There are also no hybrid dinosaur-bird fossils proving dinosaur-to-bird evolution. It was once thought that the Archaeopteryx fossil was a feathered dinosaur, but later geologists realized that was a mistake and now concede that the Archaeopteryx fossil was a normal perching bird and NOT a feathered dinosaur as it was once falsely said to be.