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Did dinosaurs really live with humans?

Short answer—yes.

But how could Biblical Creationists really believe that dinosaurs lived with man when everybody else “knows based on science” that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago? Everyone “knows” man didn’t even evolve from apes until millions of years later.

Where are Biblical creationists getting their facts from? All the textbooks, magazines, and science journals are very convinced that the dinosaurs and man could not have possibly lived together. Even the vast number of children’s books on the subject of dinosaurs make the claim.

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How could so many be so wrong and we be right?

We biblical creationists know what real science is.

Science 3a: knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of general laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method
b: such knowledge or such a system of knowledge concerned with the physical world and its phenomena : NATURAL SCIENCE

We define the word science as a means of establishing factual information by careful observation, testing and detailed logs. But science is in many ways limited when it comes to the past.

Yes, it’s true that we can obtain accurate details by the way of archeology. We can dig up an ancient village and assert that people lived there and used clay pots because we found scattered pieces of clay pottery. But when we claim we know for certain what happened when we study origins, we need to look outside science and into history.

Educated Guesses vs. Eyewitness Accounts

And what is the most reliable historical text that we have available? God’s Word, the Bible. When we are using history as our source of truthful information, the first thing that comes to mind is:

How trustworthy is the historian?

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God is the ultimate historian because he is holy and cannot lie.

In order to answer our question, we need to start with Scripture. Does the Bible have dinosaurs in its history? Although the word dinosaur is not in the Bible, the word dragon is. The word dinosaur is a word that was first used in the 1800’s to describe very large fossils that were being discovered at the time. They came up with the word dinosaur, from roots meaning “terrible lizards.” The King James Bible uses the word dragon to describe strikingly similar animals.

Here is a verse that puts dinosaurs (dragons) in the historical text of the Bible.

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Psalms 91:13

But wait, you don’t remember reading anything about dragons in the Bible? Yes, we do have a problem with many of the newer translations. Read how the New International Version interprets the same verse.

You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. Psalms 91:13

You will notice this newer translation took out the word “dragon”; even though the King James uses the word correctly based on the original Hebrew text.

Why? Because everybody knows that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.

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Yes, even Christians can be caught up in secular reasoning, even Bible translators. But why did the King James get it right? Because this version was published in 1611, and the belief of millions of years did not gain a foothold in western thinking until 200 years later.

There are many examples of the King James using dragons in a historical setting that we don’t have the space to explore. Even in the book of Job there is a vivid description of a dinosaur. The rest of this article we want to look at evidence that points toward the truthfulness of God’s Word.

Many cultures maintained stories of earlier dragons and even depicted them in artwork. An extensive article on this reality from ICR says this:

Today’s walking reptiles like crocodiles and lizards have legs that extend out from the sides of the body, then angle down to the ground at the elbows or knees. Dinosaur reptiles’ legs extended down, just as dozens of genuine, ancient depictions show.

While I could list many instances of how common these findings are I’ll close with one particularly well-described account.

In 1271 Marco Polo, the famous European explorer to China, wrote,

Here are found snakes and huge serpents, ten paces in length and ten spans in girth (50 feet long and eight feet in girth). At the fore part, near the head, they have two short legs, each with three claws, as well as eyes larger than a loaf and very glaring . The jaws are wide enough to swallow a man, the teeth are large and sharp, and their whole appearance is so formidable that neither man, nor any kind of animal can approach them without terror. Others are of smaller size, being eight, six, or five paces long.

It is exciting to take the Bible at its word. We can stand confident in the truthfulness of the historical text found in God’s Word. The history of the Bible matches the history outside of the Bible.

Written by Doug Velting

Doug has a heart for kids and has taught elementary and Junior high students biblical creation for over 30 years.

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  1. Given that humans have drawn all kinds of creatures (think of the Lascaux cave paintings in France, estimated to be 20,000 years old), why are there NO drawings of a T Rex — or any of the other horrible dinosaurs humans supposedly co-existed with? If ancient people would have drawn anything, it would be the massive dinosaurs. Bears, bison, lions, and other animals? Yes. But not one single dinosaur — when one would expect to see countless examples of such drawing given how dominant those creatures would have been in the lives of early humans.

    • An argument from silence is generally a weak one. As for this question, there is a simple explanation: we only draw what we know. So, if there was no Tyrannosaurus Rex in France they would hardly be expected to draw them.
      This is why when we *do* find depictions of dinosaur-like creatures anywhere that are close enough to what we see in the fossil record it is a powerful positive argument.

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