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Ron Graff and Brian Hoerning

Dinosaurs and the Bible

June 28, 2009

Show Notes:

The Bible gives the creation account in Genesis, chapters 1 and 2
Here’s the first day:
Gen 1:1-5
1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day.

Bible scholars will tell you that the Hebrew word for day used in Genesis 1, can only mean an ordinary day in this context.

2nd Day – Waters raised into the atmosphere – enough for 40 days rain later.
3rd Day – Plant life created
4th Day – Positioning of planets
5th Day – Marine life created
6th Day – Land animals and Man created

So Dinosaurs lived at the same time as man.

When did Dinosaurs disappear?
Most of them disappeared after the Great Flood of Noah’s days. – In a separate show we could talk about how Noah’s ark could hold a pair of every Biblical “kind” of animals. Most of them would be young and small.

But dinosaurs liked tropical and semi-tropical climate – which was common all over the earth before the flood, but hard to find after the flood. Most of them probably died out because of climate change.

From Ken Ham - (See the website listed below: (Dinosaurs and the Bible).

Due to (1) competition for food that was no longer in abundance, (2) other catastrophes, (3) man killing for food (and perhaps for fun), and (4) the destruction of habitats, etc., many species of animals eventually died out. The group of animals we now call dinosaurs just happened to die out too. In fact, quite a number of animals become extinct each year. Extinction seems to be the rule in Earth history (not the formation of new types of animals as you would expect from evolution).

On the other hand, some dinosaur-like creatures have survived into recent times!
The Bible spoke of huge creatures in the Book of Job.
Job 41 – whole chapter – LEVIATHAN from lawah, "to fold”
The word "leviathan" also occurs in Isa 27:1, where it is characterized as "the swift serpent .... the crooked serpent"; in Ps 104:26, where a marine monster is indicated; also in Ps 74:14 and Job 3:8.

BEHEMOTH "a beast," used of domestic or wild animals. Job 40:15-24 The same form, behemoth, occurs in other passages, e.g. Deut 28:26; 32:24; Isa 18:6; Hab 2:17, where it is not rendered "behemoth" but "beasts."

Before the 1840’s dinosaurs would have been called “dragons,” and there were numerous accounts of dragon-slayings down through history.
Dozens of mentions of “dragons” in the Bible itself!
Countless stories of dragons in history and fables
• In the ancient Sumerian epic Gilgamesh, the hero encountered a huge dinosaur-like dragon, which he killed.
• Alexander the Great found that the peoples of India worshiped giant hissing reptiles, which they kept in caves.
Legend of St. George and the Dragon
1271 – Marco Polo said Chinese royal chariots were pulled by dragons
1611 – Chinese emperor appointed the position of royal dragon feeder
City in france renamed (Nerluc) in honor of the killing of a dragon there
(larger than an ox and had long sharp pointed horns on its head – Triceratops?)
900 AD- Irish writer recorded an encounter with a large animal with a head like a horse, and had ‘iron’ on its tail that pointed backwards. It had thick legs and strong claws.

There may even be modern dinosaurs – The Loch Ness Monster and other “sea serpents” sighted hundreds of times.

Websites to consider:

Dinosaurs and the Bible
- Ken Ham - Answers in Genesis

Dinosaurs - Answers in Genesis

Apologetics Central