I cannot believe how many times I hear this argument. Luckily I hear it mostly from atheists or agnostics asking me why I believe this… when I don’t. I’m sure Christians who have not taken the time to question enough have used this, and I have heard of preachers using this. PLEASE STOP! In fact, I have a relative who is a devout Christian, believes the Biblical accounts of creation 100%, and yet still asked me “I wonder how the dinosaurs came to be”? I couldn’t believe it. The answer is so simple!
Is the majority of what we consider dinosaurs land-dwelling animals? Yes. On what day of creation were land animals created? Day six. So when were dinosaurs created? Day six. Now, why is this so confusing? Because what else was created on day six? Humans! Dinosaurs and humans co-existed? Yes, of course. Why is this such a problem? I think it is because we have been indoctrinated with media that is evolutionary-biased. But if you are a Christian who already rejects evolution, why do you need to come up with some other excuse for dinosaurs?
There is evidence all over the world of man interacting with what is described as “large lizards” or even “dragons”. The Bible also uses the word “dragon” to describe ancient beasts. There is also evidence of ancient cave drawings and architecture design that incorporated what very plainly resembles what we now call dinosaurs. Today we connect “dragon” with myth or legend, but what if there was some truth to the original stories that became mythicized over the years? Could the dragon tales all over the world actually be a record of humans hunting down and exterminating the dinosaurs? Is the answer to the age old question “what happened to the dinosaurs” as simple as what happens to countless other species every year… we kill them off! No need for some big long convoluted theory upon theory about their extermination… they went extinct like hundreds of species do every single year.
There’s another theory that is not as well documented, but a theory nonetheless that says many types of lizards actually never stop growing until they die… and if humans lived longer ages in the early world, perhaps animals did as well. If animals lived longer lives, and lizards never stop growing… perhaps some of the species of dinosaurs are actually just some of today’s lizards after hundreds of years of growth? Therefore, perhaps some of the dinosaurs did not actually go extinct; they just stopped living as long. Personally I’d probably shy away from this argument overall, but it is intriguing and probably worth more research.
So back to our premise: what about those bones, did God put them there to test our faith? Of course not. Most of them would have been put there during the global flood of Noah’s day. As creationists we need to be prepared with answers, even if those answers are going to clash with the popular consensus.