“How Do Dinosaurs Fit Into the Bible?”

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My nephew and I recently saw a giant T-rex skeleton on exhibit. He was so fascinated and started asking a lot of questions. It really made me wonder, How do dinosaurs fit into the biblical story? There is no denying they exist, but when and where and why did God make them and then take them away? I want to make sure I am prepared to answer this question if he ever asks.

My husband and I have an article “How to Talk to Your Kids About Creation and Evolution,” where we discuss dinosaurs in this section: www.probe.org/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-evolution-and-creation/#dinosaurs

Also, please read Ray’s article “Christian Views of Science and Earth History,” [www.probe.org/christian-views-of-science-and-earth-history/] which covers the three perspectives on the age of the earth that most Christians hold. From a young earth perspective, dinosaurs existed before the flood (Noah probably would have taken juveniles on the ark) and likely went extinct after the flood because there wasn’t sufficient food to support their large body size. From an old earth perspective, dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous Period and so there is no reinterpreting of anything. They don’t appear in the biblical account because by the time God created Adam and Eve, they had been gone for millions of years.

Hope you find this helpful.

Sue Bohlin
Probe Ministries Webmistress

Posted March 2017
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Sue Bohlin is an associate speaker/writer and webmistress for Probe Ministries. She attended the University of Illinois, and has been a Bible teacher and conference speaker for over 40 years. She is a frequent speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Women's Connections), and serves on the board of Living Hope Ministries, a Christ-centered outreach to those dealing with unwanted homosexuality. Sue is on the Bible.org Women's Leadership Team and is a regular contributor to Bible.org's Engage Blog. In addition to being a professional calligrapher, she is the wife of Probe's Dr. Ray Bohlin and the mother of their two grown sons. Her personal website is suebohlin.com.

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2 Comments
  1. Ellen Walton 7 months ago

    So if dinosaurs were not part of Gods plans , were caveman? And can you explain why Carmen are mentioned befor God created man? And oh I am always told if God created all herbs , why does it state . I think I know but I always get a negative response from whom I am trying to explain this to.
    Thank you

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      Sue Bohlin 7 months ago

      I’m not sure where you got the impression that dinosaurs were not part of God’s plan. He, being the Creator God, created dinosaurs along with all other animals. In my answer to the question, I provided two different explanations on dinosaurs, one coming from a Young Earth Creationism perspective, the other from an Old Earth perspective. Either way, dinosaurs are part of God’s creation.

      Concerning cavemen, here’s our explanation from the article, “How to Talk to Your Kids About Creation and Evolution”:

      Most creationists believe cavemen were the early survivors of the flood. Remember, if the purpose of the flood was to destroy mankind, then most of these fossils would be individuals who survived the flood or lived soon afterwards. Cro-Magnon man and Neanderthal man, and probably even fossils described as homo erectus, are all post-flood humans, descendants of Noah’s three sons. The so-called primitive characteristics could be due to genetic in-breeding, faulty diets, and life in a harsh environment.

      You ask about cavemen (I think that’s what you meant?) being mentioned before God created man. I don’t know what you’re referring to. In the Bible there are no people before God created man.

      And you did not finish your question about herbs, so I’m afraid I can’t answer it. Please feel free to write back with a fuller explanation of your questions.

      Sue

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