If you’re a Christian and you believe in creation, especially if you believe in a literal 6-day creation, what do you do with the fossil record and the modern belief that dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years ago?
Until recently, I figured there was a logical explanation and that one day, when I got to heaven, God would explain it to me. I still believe that where science and the Bible contradict, science just hasn’t caught on yet. (The world used to be flat, remember?)
Last week, I had the chance to read a book called Dinosaurs of Eden: Did Adam and Noah Live with Dinosaurs? by Ken Ham (Master Books 2015).
The argument goes something like this:
- Assume the Bible is true.
- If God created all beings, then He also created the dinosaurs.
- If God created the dinosaurs, then the dinosaurs were in the Garden of Eden along with Adam and Eve.
- If all of the land animals were taken into Noah’s ark, then the dinosaurs must have been as well.
- If dinosaurs made it onto the ark, they made it off the ark.
Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? Laughable.
For us, who have grown up in public schools with separation of church and state, with amazing advancements in science, with evolution taught as fact and not theory, the thought that dinosaurs could be only a few thousand years old and could have co-existed with humans seems ridiculous.
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Could it be that even as Christians we are so inculturated we haven’t stopped to consider the simplest explanation? That dinosaurs existed, and have simple gone extinct like so many other species.
The book goes on to explore biblical and historical references to dinosaurs, the Flood, the fossil record, and other salient points. But you don’t have to buy the picture book to get the picture. You can read Ken Ham’s theory in this article.
I’m a first-time homeschooler this year. My 5th grade daughter and I are going through ancient history, beginning with Creation. (Keep in mind, my oldest still happily attends public school).
It amazes me how well the Bible dovetails with historical accounts. (Why should it amaze me?) And that makes me wonder, what are we teaching our kids? And why aren’t we teaching them this?