Did dinosaurs really exist? How did they become extinct? How long ago did they live? Did people ever see dinosaurs? Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?
These and many more questions are asked about these gigantic reptiles of the past. It is fascinating to go to museums and see huge dinosaur skeletons and footprints, but unfortunately most of the museums will tell you about how dinosaurs evolved millions of years ago, and of the many theories of how they died out. They’ll also tell you that dinosaurs died out many years before people ever evolved. Read the following questions and find out the true story of dinosaurs.
How did the dinosaurs become extinct?
In short, we don’t know. One evolutionist theory is that a meteor hit the earth and threw dust in the atmosphere, which blocked the sun, which killed the plants, which starved the herbivorous dinosaurs, which starved the carnivorous dinosaurs. This theory, however, is unlikely. A creationist theory that would be more likely to have happened is that after the Flood, the atmosphere was thinner, and let in more rays from the sun. This would cause an overall different climate throughout the world, and the dinosaurs might not have been able to live in that new climate. That is only a theory though, and the fact is, we just don’t know.
How long ago did they live?
With the creationist viewpoint, we can know that dinosaurs were created about 6,000 years ago, and lived at least up to the time of Job (after the Flood). So since the Flood happened about 4,523 years ago, we can conclude that the dinosaurs last lived 4,523 or less years ago.
Now the evolutionists will give you a much different date. Since the theory of evolution requires many millions of years for things to evolve, they allow millions of years for them to evolve and millions of years after dinosaurs for people to evolve. The fact is, people and dinosaurs were created on the same day!
Did people ever see dinosaurs?
Yes! As mentioned previously, dinosaurs and people were created on the same day, and Adam and Eve most definitely saw dinosaurs. Job did also, or God wouldn’t have used them as an example of His great power. (Job 40:15-24, Job 41) Do not think that our only evidence for this lies in the Bible–there is much evidence from other sources also. Dinosaur petroglyphs, sculptures, and Inca burial stones have been found. The pictures on the Inca burial stones are so detailed that any young dinosaur enthusiast could tell you what they are.
What did the dinosaurs eat?
Well, evolutionists say that some were herbivores (plant-eaters), and some were carnivores (meat-eaters). This may very well be true, but before Adam and Eve were ejected from the Garden of Eden, all dinosaurs and other animals ate plants! If you don’t believe me, read Genesis 1:29, 30:
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food: 30and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.”
Were there dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?
Yes there were! Genesis 6:19, 20 says:
“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.”
One interesting possibility is that Noah may have taken baby dinosaurs in the Ark to save room and food.
Although not dinosaurs, flying reptiles (such as pterodactyls) also existed. This is shown in Isaiah 14:29 and 30:6:
“Rejoice not, O Philistia, all of thee, because the rod that smote thee is broken; for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth an adder, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent.”
“The burden of the beasts of the South. Through the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the lioness and the lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the humps of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.”
Dinosaurs Unleashed, by Kyle Butt and Eric Lyons