Part 1 – by Terri McInnis
Have you ever wondered if Adam and Eve lived with dinosaurs? Were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark? Museums around the world exhibit dinosaur bones that men have dug up and recreated to show us what they looked like. Scientist today tell us that they were millions of years old and evolved over these millions of years, only to be destroyed before the great “Ice Age.”
The Bible tells us clearly in Genesis that God made everything. He made time (beginning), He made space (heaven), and He made all matter (earth). This was the beginning of the universe, all part of the six days of creation. Some people think that the six days of Creation were not ordinary days, as we know them today. Yet, the Hebrew word for “day (yom) always means an ordinary day with a “morning” and an “evening.” So, according to the teachings of the Bible, these days were not long periods of millions of years. If we look in the Scriptures at Exodus 20:11 (KJV), you will read, “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
This was part of the Ten Commandments that God himself wrote on stone (Exodus 31:18). This is where God established the seven-day week. If each day was millions of years, then our week would be millions of years long, and we know that is not true and doesn’t make any sense at all. Once again this is confirmed in Colossians 1:16 (KJV), “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” I could stop right here and that would be all that is needed to be said if you truly believe the Word of God.
But, as human beings, we find it hard to comprehend, how in the world these monstrous creatures could have been in the Garden of Eden. How could Adam and Eve survive living with these large, frightful creatures?
You will not find the word “dinosaur” in the Bible. It wasn’t until Sir Richard Owen, a famous anatomist and founder of the British Museum of Natural History, invented the word “dinosaur” in 1841. Having the bones of two creatures called, Iguanodon and Megalosaurus, he realized that these creatures were different from anything that he had ever studied, so he made up the word “dinosaur,” which means “terrible lizard.” We are told in the Bible that God created these “terrible lizards” on Day 6 of the Creation week when God made all the land animals and these giant lizards were land animals. Genesis 1:24 (KJV) says, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.” I would imagine these lizards were the beast of the earth.
That is not all that God created on Day 6. Genesis 1:27 (KJV) tells us that He also created man, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” So, God created Adam and Eve on the same day as the dinosaurs. This proves that people lived with dinosaurs! The Bible tells us the genealogies of the ages of Adam and his sons and if we add it up, you will find the age of the earth to be about 6,000 years old. The history of the age of the earth is written in the Bible.
So, what were these mighty creatures called in the Bible before the word dinosaurs was invented? You will find that the word “dragon” appears 21 times in the Old Testament, King James Version. Psalm 148:7 (KJV) gives a great example, “Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps.” Remember that the Bible was originally translated into English long before the word “dinosaur” was coined, back when scientist called the great reptiles “dragons.”
Remember that the “dinosaur” only refers to a group of animals that lived on the land!
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, a collection of annals in Old English chronicling the history of the Anglo-Saxons, was created late in the 9th century, during the reign of Alfred the Great (871-899). In this very old history book, it records events that occurred nearly 1,000 years ago. There are accounts of dragons that lived alongside people. The fascinating thing is that the descriptions of these dragons fit the descriptions of some dinosaurs.
When you imagine Adam and Eve living with these beastly creatures, you have to wonder how they kept from being eaten by them. It comes to mind the movie, Jurassic Park, where those who encountered these frightful dinosaurs had to run for their lives. Originally when the dinosaurs were created, they did not eat other animals or people. They were plant eaters. Genesis 1:29-31 (KJV) tells us, “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Adam and Eve and all the animals were told they only to eat plants for food. Yes, they were all vegetarians! Adam and Eve weren’t frightened of any of the animals, because they all lived in perfect harmony. It wasn’t until around 1,700 years later that God told us in Genesis, chapter 9, that we could eat meat.
You may find this hard to believe because these fierce-looking animals, like the T-Rex, had huge sharp teeth. So, why did they need these monstrous teeth if they were vegetarians? Compare this to some of the animals that live today. Bears have teeth like lions and tigers, yet most bears eat mainly plants and fruits. Some bears are almost totally vegetarian. Just because an animal has sharp teeth, doesn’t mean that it’s a meat eater. It just means it has sharp teeth!
When we think of animals eating fruits and vegetables, consider large fruits such as the pineapple. They didn’t cut them up as we do today, they ate them whole. A good reason to have large teeth! So, God made all the animals to have different sorts of teeth, so they could eat a variety of plants and fruits. God knew what he was doing and He had a reason for what He did when He created each animal.
The Bible tells us in Genesis 2:16-17 (KJV), “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
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.”
We all know what happened next. God gave Adam a choice; to obey God or disobey Him. Genesis 3:6 (KJV) says, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
Adam disobeyed God and this is the origin of what the Bible calls “sin.” God told Adam that he would “surely die,” and he did at the age of 930 years. Romans 8:20-22 tells us that sin affected everything God had made and that included the dinosaurs. God judged the whole world with death. It was no longer a perfect world. People and animals started killing one another. We know that Adams son, Cain, murdered his own brother. Animals probably started to kill and eat each other. Genesis 6:12-13 (KJV) reads, “And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”
God told Noah that he was going to judge the Earth because of the wickedness of man. He was going to destroy the Earth with a Flood that would cover the entire globe. He instructed Noah to build an Ark, an enormous boat that would have been around 510 feet long, 85 feet wide and 50 feet high. This Ark was built to keep Noah’s family and two of every kind (and seven of some kind) of land-dwelling, air-breathing animals alive. Noah didn’t have to go and collect the animals. I am reminded of a childhood musical poem I learned many years ago. “And the animals came, two by two, the monkeys, giraffes and the kangaroos, zebras and cows and dogs that bark, they all got together in Mr. Noah’s ark.”
And, that is exactly what happened! God chose two of every kind and sent them to the ark. Noah’s ark was a great vessel, with plenty of room for Noah, his family and a large number of animals, including the dinosaurs. Genesis 6:19-20 tells the story. “…Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”
People argue that dinosaurs were too big to fit on the Ark. When you see dinosaur skeletons today that have been discovered, they are huge. Dinosaurs grew to be very large, but even they were once small. Dinosaurs hatched out of eggs, and the largest dinosaur egg found is about the size of a football. In 1859, the first scientifically documented dinosaur egg fossils were discovered in France by Jean-Jacques Poech, although they were mistaken for giant bird eggs. The first scientifically recognized dinosaur egg fossils were discovered in 1923 by an American Museum of Natural History crew in Mongolia.
The Bible does not say Noah took eggs or baby dinosaurs. Common sense tells us that God didn’t send the oldest and largest dinosaurs to enter the Ark. I believe God sent young dinosaurs so they could grow and replenish the earth. Scientist have made up over 600 names of dinosaurs, but there were probably less than 50 actual KINDS of dinosaurs in Noah’s day. Many of the names are given to just a piece of bone, of a skeleton that looks like another dinosaur, but it’s a different size, or it’s found in a different country. There is nothing in the Bible that indicates any of the dinosaur kinds died out before the Flood.
So, why don’t we see dinosaurs today? The question is, “where did they all go?”
Don’t miss part 2 of this article in next month’s magazine to discover the answer to that very question!