What are the Philosophical Implications of Identifying Jesus as God?
Dinosaurs were first discovered in the 1800s, and the scientific community has been studying them for over 200 years. In that time, we’ve learned quite a bit about these massive creatures—but there is still so much more to learn. Dinosaurs are fascinating because they lived during such a long period of Earth’s history and because of their enormous size. But how do Christians view dinosaurs? Is it possible for dinosaurs to have existed on Earth at the same time as humans? Or did these giant reptiles live millions of years before human beings ever came into existence?
Creationists believe that the earth is only thousands of years old and that dinosaurs were created on day 6 of creation week. They believe that dinosaurs existed at the same time as Adam and Eve, but they also believe that there were no carnivorous dinosaurs until after the fall (when sin entered into the world). Dinosaurs were created as food for man (and woman), but after sin entered into their diet, some became extinct due to overhunting by humans.
Intelligent design is the idea that some features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than by natural selection, accidental mutation, or other random processes. For example, it has been argued that DNA cannot be explained by these natural processes because its information content is too high (that is, too complex). Therefore it must have been created by an intelligent mind (designer).
Critics argue that intelligent design confuses science with religion or philosophy; they say it’s not a scientific theory but rather a religious belief disguised as science. Supporters say they’re not trying to replace evolution with another theory–they just want people to consider whether there might be something else going on besides Darwinian evolution.
The Bible is not a science textbook. It does not mention dinosaurs, nor any other animals besides Adam and Eve. The Hebrew word for “beast” in the book of Genesis refers to mammals like cattle, sheep and goats–not dinosaurs or reptiles. Theologians who believe that God created everything according to His will have no problem accepting their existence; however, they do not believe that this means dinosaurs were alive at the same time as humans because there is no scriptural evidence indicating otherwise.
If you want to learn more about Biblical Literalism and how it applies to different topics such as evolution versus creationism (or even if you’re just curious about what it means), check out our article on this topic here: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/september-web-only/what-is-literalism-in-theology-and-what-doesnt-it-mean
The idea that dinosaurs lived at the same time as Adam is not new. It’s a concept called Progressive Creationism, which proposes that while the world was created in 6 days (Genesis 1:1-2), dinosaurs were actually created alongside Adam on the 5th day (Genesis 1:24).
This interpretation of scripture suggests that God made dinosaurs with a purpose: to help Adam tend his garden until it was ready for human habitation (Genesis 2:15). In this way, God used dinosaurs as tools for His purposes rather than mere animals or pets for our amusement.
Dinosaurs existed before Adam, who was created from dust.
If you’re a Christian, it’s possible to accept the existence of dinosaurs while still believing that they were created by God. After all, Genesis 1:24-25 states that “God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth,” which could include dinosaurs.
The question we need to ask ourselves is: Why did God create these creatures? Was it just for us humans? Or was there another purpose behind their presence on Earth? According to some theologians like Dr. John Hagee (founder of Christians United For Israel), dinosaurs were created before mankind because they were meant as food sources for man once he had sinned against God by eating from The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil (Genesis 2:16-17). This theory suggests that dinosaurs existed before Adam–who was made out of dust–and therefore couldn’t have eaten him!
There you have it: a brief survey of some of the ways Christians have interpreted the existence of dinosaurs in Biblical context. As you can see, there are many different approaches and interpretations. However, one thing remains constant–the importance of keeping an open mind when studying Scripture and seeking God’s truth!