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The Big Deal Dinosaurs!

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For many years now, dinosaurs have been a mystery to most Christians because of the influence of evolutionary thinking in our culture and churches. In reality, dinosaurs have been one of the primary baits the enemy has used to trap generations of kids into doubting the Word of God. But when we start with the Bible and build our thinking on God’s Word, we have answers even about dinosaurs!

 

Answers in Genesis uses the “7 F’s” to summarize dinosaurs from a biblical perspective.

 

  1. Formed– The Bible states clearly that land animals were created on Day Six of Creation Week. Therefore, dinosaurs (land animals by definition) were formed on day six.
  2. Fearless– God’s initial creation was “very good.” There was no death, suffering, or disease. Originally, everything was vegetarian and there was no fear between animals and man.
  3. Fallen– But then that all changed. Man sinned bringing death and suffering into this world, and all of creation was affected (Romans 8:22). At that point, it is likely that the diets of many animals changed. After the flood God put the fear of man into all the animals.
  4. Flood– The global, catastrophic flood of Noah’s day killed all dinosaurs not on the Ark and buried many of their remains in rock layers all around the world. (Dinosaurs on the Ark!? Absolutely! There are only about 50 dinosaur kinds, and all dinosaurs started off small because they hatch from eggs.) This is confirmed by the numerous samples of soft tissue discovered in dinosaur bones. At most, these tissues would only last thousands of years after the dinosaur’s death.
  5. Faded– After the Flood, dinosaurs populated certain areas and lived with man for quite a while. This is firmly attested to by the thousands of images and writings of cultures worldwide that clearly depict dinosaurs. Bear in mind that the word “dinosaur” is a new word. It was invented in 1841 by Sir Richard Owen and wasn’t used much until the early 1900s. Before that time dinosaurs were known as dragons. But the post Flood world provided challenges to survival the dinosaurs could not—handle it was a wrecked world (Genesis 6:13) with genetic bottlenecks, a post-Flood Ice Age, man hunting them, etc. As a result, the dragons, later renamed dinosaurs, faded away until all that was left were the legends that grew more fanciful as they were passed from one generation to the next in different cultures.
  6. Found– Dinosaurs were rediscovered in the 1800s and were renamed by Sir Richard Owen. (Actually, the first man to “discover” a dinosaur was Adam.)
  7. Fiction– Since their rediscovery, there has been quite a bit of fabrication as to where dinosaurs came from and where they went. Most of this fiction has to do with evolutionary ideas and millions of years.

 

 

 

 

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About the Author

Bryan Osborne is passionate about reaching the lost with the gospel! As an expert in the use of exciting, apologetics-based evangelism and chronological Bible teaching, this former athlete connects with audiences through real-life stories and facts that confirm the truth of the Bible. After graduating from Bryan College with a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and minors in Greek and Christian education, Bryan earned his master’s degree in education from Lee University. For 13 years he boldly and enthusiastically taught Bible history in a public school system in Tennessee, and for 20 years he has helped youth and young adults in the local church to know and defend their faith. Bryan’s giftedness as a communicator and his passion for revealing the truth of God’s Word are obvious and contagious! He now speaks at conferences and in churches for Answers in Genesis and is developing a blog designed to help parents and ministry leaders solve the growing epidemic of biblical illiteracy through the use of specially designed resources such as AiG’s Answers Bible Curriculum. You will love his practical, cutting-edge talks that reveal the importance of apologetics in evangelizing the lost and in equipping today’s youth and families in the body of Christ! Bryan reports that he and his wife Marla have been blissfully married since 1998 and are enjoying the early years of child-rearing!