I have been asked several times whether the Bible and the creation account allows for the existence of dinosaurs. Unfortunately it is also fairly common for Christians to deny the existence of dinosaurs altogether. In reality, the Bible validates the existence of Dinosaurs as does history and archaeology. It is true that evolution does allow for dinosaurs and mankind to coexist, however we have ample evidence that they did. Let’s take a moment and examine both historical accounts and Biblical accounts of dinosaurs.
Look first at the Bible in Job 41:
15 ” Look now at the behemoth, which I made along with you; He eats grass like an ox.
16 See now, his strength is in his hips, And his power is in his stomach muscles.
17 He moves his tail like a cedar; The sinews of his thighs are tightly knit.
18 His bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.
19 He is the first of the ways of God; Only He who made him can bring near His sword.
20 Surely the mountains yield food for him, And all the beasts of the field play there.
21 He lies under the lotus trees, In a covert of reeds and marsh.
22 The lotus trees cover him with their shade; The willows by the brook surround him.
23 Indeed the river may rage, Yet he is not disturbed; He is confident, though the Jordan gushes into his mouth,
24 Though he takes it in his eyes, Or one pierces his nose with a snare.
Contrary to the opinion of some, there are no modern day animals that fit the description of this behemoth. It is not an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus. None of these have the tail like a cedar. Whenever you see the cedar tree mentioned in the Bible it is referencing the great cedars (such as the cedars of Lebanon). The cedars of this time period were magnificent and awe inspiring. Solomon for example negotiated a deal to bring the great cedars of Lebanon to build the temple because there were no other tries like them. Dozens of times the Bible refers to the cedar as a picture of strength. So when we look at this description, the tail like a cedar gives us a word picture of a large, powerful tail. This creature is able to stand in a raging river without fear and without being moved. Bones of bronze and ribs like bars of iron are equally descriptive of a massive and strong creature. Though the word dinosaur is a modern term, I believe this is a clear description of a dinosaur. Equally significant is the Bible’s claim that this behemoth was created along with man – in other words, he co-existed with the human race.
History also attests to the coexistence of man and dinosaurs. The pictures below show compelling evidence to this fact. Some critics argue that these are mythological creatures that made their way into ancient art, however one problem cannot be explained away – accuracy. Most of these artifacts are identifiable as known dinosaurs today yet they were drawn hundreds and often thousands of years before dinosaurs were known to man. Think of all the dragon legends and sea creature legends that have filled history. Is it possible that the monsters the world feared were more than figments of the imaginations of many, many men? As you examine these pictures, ask yourself, “How did these ancient people know what a dinosaur looked like?”
One evolutionist commented on a Greek drawing of a dinosaur that was clearly an accurate representation of a known species of dinosaur stated, “It is clear that the Greeks also dug fossils”. It is interesting that no history validates this claim. It is a weak attempt to explain the inevitable conclusion – they knew exactly what the creature looked like. The replicated look of dinosaurs is a modern scientific achievement. If one accurate drawing was found in ancient art we could say argue that it was a coincidence. However, when we have so many examples, can we continue to wear blinders to the coexistence of man and dinosaurs? It takes complete and blinding faith to deny this fact when it stares you in the face.
The ‘problem children’ are on both sides of the debate. Some Christians see the fossils of dinosaurs and the overwhelming evidence that they existed and yet they still say, “Dinosaurs never existed”. This is because they are willfully blind because they don’t understand that dinosaurs don’t disagree with the Bible. For fear of undermining their blind faith, ,they refuse to acknowledge what is clearly in front of them. The same is true for evolutionists. They look at the overwhelming evidence of coexistence and refuse to see it. They also are afraid that the truth may undermine their faith in evolution. They have adopted blind faith without reason. In reality, all truth leads to God. If the Bible is true, examining all the evidence will ultimately validate that truth. Evidence only refutes the Bible when it becomes a half-truth that is manipulated – which is in reality a lie. When all the facts are allowed to be examined, the evidence points to the truth of scripture.
Below are examples of dinosaurs realistically depicted in ancient writing and art:
Under King Nebuchadnezzar the Babylonian Ishtar gate was fashioned with relief designs depicting animals such as lions, bears and this dinosaur-like creature. Local animals were the subject matter for all other depictions within the wall. Where did they get the model for this creature?
The Nile Mosaic of Palestrina.
This mosaic from the 2nd century shows other animals local to the area such as Crocodiles and Hippos. This scene is one of many and shows hunters killing a creature labeled on the mosaic as ‘Crocodile Leopard’.
The top picture is an amazing drawing of ancient people hunting, butchering and dancing around a creature that looks very much like a plesiosaur.
The second picture is a model of a plesiosaur skeleton.
The third picture is a scientific drawing of what a plesiosaur may have looked like along with a skeleton of a plesiosaur being excavated.
The top photo is Cree Indian art on the Agawa Rock at Misshepezhieu, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. This depicts a horned dinosaur-like creature.
The middle drawing shows hunters around dinosaur-like creatures depicted in Arizona’s Havasupai Canyon.
The bottom photo in this frame highlights the drawing and compares it to a Edmontosaurus.
These photos of carved works from Hierakonpolis depicting modern animals and two long-necked creatures that resemble dinosaurs.
The top artifact depicts a dinosaur like creature. It was once thought to be inaccurate because of the scale patterns were inconsistent with scientific assumptions. however, Geology publications in 12, 1992 reported new discoveries that reported, “Recent discovery of fossilized sauropod (diplodocid) skin impressions reveals a significantly different appearance for these dinosaurs. The fossilized skin demonstrates that a median row of spines was present… Some are quite narrow, and others are broader and more conical.” (Geology, “New Look for Sauropod Dinosaurs,” December, 1992, p. 1,068.)”
The middle picture is an urn depicting a scene from Greek Mythology. The urn has pictures of dolphins, penguins, fish, an octopus and a see creature that looks similar to a mosasaurus. The bottom picture is an illustration of what a mosasaurus may have looked like. Some species also have a narrow cranial crest between the eyes as pictured in the urn.
This Roman Mosaic shows two creatures fighting that closely resemble the tanystropheus shown below.
In 1691 in Rome there was a report of a dragon like creature that lived in the caves near the local wetlands. This realistically accurate sketch of the partially decomposed corpse of the bird. What is interesting to note is that the crest on the skull was not depicted in most of the pterosaur illustrations. In National Geographic News in July 18, 2002, the article called ‘New Find: Pterosaur Had Strange Crest, Fishing Style’ showed that some species had such a crest as depicted in this illustration from 17th century Rome.
The top picture is from a Mesopotamian cylinder dated 3300 BC. It depicts dinosaur-like creatures similar to an Apatasaurus.
An ancient culture, the Sumatrans created artwork that depicts several dinosaurs.
Over 1100 Inca Ceremonial Burial Stones were found in tombs in Peru during the 1930’s. Many of these stones have realistic and accurate depiction of dinosaurs. In 1571, the Spanish conquistadors were the first to report burial stones with strange creatures carved on them.
In 1945, Waldemar Julsrud discovered carvings that depicted dinosaurs at El Toro Mnt near Acambaro, Mexico. Over the next few decades, over 30,000 of these carvings have been unearthed. The carvings date between 800BC and 200AD. These findings have been challenged and tested by researchers on multiple occasions and have remained as authentic artifacts. One is believed to be an Iguanodon which was unknown until over 30 years after these carvings were discovered.
This African artifact closely resembles a sauropod that local legends say still roams remote areas of Africa today. Several expeditions have been launched to validate these sightings but none have been successful.