I love the movie Jurassic Park. It’s great fun thinking about how life would be in the modern world with dinosaurs added to the fold. Needless to say, that one T-Rex did eat that annoying lawyer, proving as Weird Al Yankovic said that “they’re really not all bad.”
All kidding aside, the idea of dinosaurs and modern teachings tend to create a challenge for Christian believers that don’t have all the information available to them. The move may have been 65 million years in the making, but there is much evidence supporting that God created dinosaurs on the sixth day of creation along with all the other creatures of the earth. Let’s take a look at what’s out there to show this to be true. It’s important to understand that as we examine the evidence, dinosaurs can’t be made to fit into the Bible; the Bible has to support dino life all on its own. No square peg in a round hole shenanigans.
Where does the term “dinosaur” come from? It’s actually a very recent term in the English language. Biologist Sir Richard Owen created the word in 1842, defined as a “fearfully-great lizard”. Based on the many fossils of dinosaurs that have been unearthed, they surely were frightfully great!
However, if you resist the urge to try to merge scripture with evolution, you’ll find that there is plenty of evidence that dinosaurs were created at the beginning of time. Genesis 1:24-25 tells usL “God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind: cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds. And there it was: wild animals of every kind, Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug. God saw that it was good.” In Exodus 20:11, Moses said, “For in six days GOD made Heaven, Earth, and sea, and everything in them.” What’s more, Jesus confirmed that humans were created at the beginning of time in Mark 10:6, stating that “In the original creation, God made male and female.” With all creatures that walked the earth being created on the sixth day, and with humankind being there from the beginning, it seems clear that they were there together at the beginning of the Earth.
Let’s not stop there, however, as there’s more evidence to consider. In the book of Job, God talks with Job about one of his creations, the Behemoth. God says to Job:
Look at the land beast, Behemoth. I created him as well as you. Grazing on grass, docile as a cow—Just look at the strength of his back, the powerful muscles of his belly. His tail sways like a cedar in the wind; his huge legs are like beech trees.
His skeleton is made of steel, every bone in his body hard as steel. Most magnificent of all my creatures, but I still lead him around like a lamb! The grass-covered hills serve him meals, while field mice frolic in his shadow. He takes afternoon naps under shade trees, cools himself in the reedy swamps, Lazily cool in the leafy shadows as the breeze moves through the willows. And when the river rages he doesn’t budge, stolid and unperturbed even when the Jordan goes wild. But you’d never want him for a pet—you’d never be able to housebreak him!
Yes, housebreaking of dinosaurs does seem like quite the impossibility! Granted, one could consider the behemoth to be something other than a dinosaur. That is, until the word behemoth is defined. Behemoth means something that is extremely large in size, enormous, or monstrous. I think that few would consider a hippo or other such creature to be monstrous and the most magnificent of all God’s creatures. Also, the idea that dinosaur skeletons are made as strong as steel would certainly explain why they have fossilized so well over the years when compared to so many other creatures that have gone the route of dust-to-dust.
While there are many evolutionist theories that attempt to suggest that dinosaur life is compartmentalized into its own eras. the Bible tells us otherwise. There is only one book that is the official record of the history of the beginning of the world, and it’s clear in its message that all land creatures were created on day six, with Adam coming shortly after. This proves that humans and dinosaurs co-existed as part of God’s creation of Earth and all of its beings. Evolutionism had nothing to do with it; our mighty and all-powerful God worked his magic to make it happen.
Is this argument now settled once and for all for the ages? I doubt it. As far as I’m concerned, though, it is.
May God bless you, now and always.