God and Dinosaurs

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that God created dinosaurs. No one that we know of has ever seen one, and our interpretations of the fossils are subject to never-ending revision–but still, those great big bones had to fit together some way. Maybe someday we’ll figure out what any dinosaur was really like.

The difficulty is that dinosaurs are nowhere specifically mentioned in the Bible. Oh, and another difficulty–they don’t exist anymore.

We are, however, assured that God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, so that would include dinosaurs. We are also taught that God pronounced His creation good: therefor dinosaurs, at least in His eyes, are good.

I think you will agree that T. rex and his playmates would be a little much for us to handle. So God removed dinosaurs before the human race multiplied and spread throughout the earth. Again, the Bible doesn’t get into this. That doesn’t mean we can’t prayerfully consider the matter and use our brains for something more than cooking up mischief.

It’s my personal belief that God has put the dinosaurs somewhere else, where they can’t eat people, and where numbskulls can’t try to put them into an amusement park and charge money to see them. God has the entire universe at His disposal. Anything we imagine that limits His use of it is almost certainly wrong.

I look at the re-assembled bones, the paintings, the videos, the vast outpouring of human creativity and human reason and emotion evoked by these creatures, and can only marvel at the work of God’s hands. Dinosaurs also make me reflect on how much fun it must be to be God, and able to do things like this–makes it easy to imagine the pleasure our Lord must take in His creation.

What a blast He must have had with dinosaurs!


6 comments on “God and Dinosaurs

  1. THERE IS ALWAYS a purpose for God’s works and I see fossil fuels as one that we enjoy today to get around in automobiles.And which also will play a-major role in end-time-events. Like your view in this matter, and it is true, this age of mammals is a theological hair-twister in this modern scientific age. Sincerely, a reader. . . DD in Dixie.

  2. I just now stumbled on this & have always wondered how Christians deal with reality of millions of dinos, & their ultimate extinction. So they didn’t die off; they’re out there, somewhere??? Really?? You know a lot of those huge beasts were vegetarian don’t you? No threat whatsoever. And there were all kinds of animals, much smaller mammals that went extinct, incuding plant life.

    1. A Christian clergyman, William Buckland, was the first to describe and name a dinosaur: Megalosaurus bucklandi.

      A Christian physician, Dr. Gideon Mantell, discovered and described Iguanodon.

      A Christian, Professor Richard Owen, named dinosaurs “Dinosauria” and divided them into two orders which are still recognized today.

      As for me–well, you’d probably have to study intensely for many years before you knew as much as I know about dinosaurs. I mean, really–the facts you so triumphantly produce are known to every 8-year-old.

      I don’t know how non-Christians deal with the reality of their philosophical systems being so much gibberish.

  3. This strikes me as one of the mysteries which may never be solvable in our fallen world. If our God put dinosaurs here, He could certainly put them elsewhere and it’s possible that somewhere there are living dinosaurs eating plants and helping to distribute plant-life on some distant planet. Even if they exist only in God’s memory, he could make them again at a time and place of His choosing.

    The whole matter of dinosaurs is a bit murky. We have fossil evidence and now soft tissue, which throws the entire timeline into question, but in most cases, many dinosaur “discoveries” amount to a tiny number of bones and a much greater volume of speculation. “Documentaries” present lengthy descriptions of behaviors, etc. but no one has actually seen any of this. It’s all surmised.

  4. Dinosaurs and an ancient age for the earth and universe talked me out of my faith in the Bible when I was in high school and then collige. When Jesus revealed Himself to me as Real, I began studying scientific claims and came to the rational conclusion that “accepted Science” was a con job, especially macro-evolution. My Savior created the world and everything in and He says He did it in six days. That adds up to a young earth to me and makes the most sense.

    1. The wisdom of this world has always been at odds with the wisdom of God’s Word, and always will be. I think dinosaurs are one of those things we ought to revel in, marveling at God’s handiwork. But let’s face it–to a humanist, **everything** “proves” that the Bible is wrong.

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