Did dinosaurs and man live at the same time? According to naturalists the two are separated by at least 65 million years, and their interpretation of the geologic column is offered as proof for the opinion they hold. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of evidence showing humans and dinosaurs coexisted from the beginning, but this “evidence” is ignored by evolutionary scientists. Why? One can only presume that it is to enable them to keep believing in their theory.
Naturally, since in 1841 Sir Richard Owen, a nineteenth century paleontologist, coined the word dinosaur, meaning “terrible lizard”, ancient cultures wouldn’t have known these creatures by the name that we use for them today. Therefore, we would have to consider the descriptions of the ancients and compare this with what we think we know about these huge animals and decide whether or not the ancients were describing the same creatures.
It is interesting that several very ancient cultures describe large, powerful and strange looking creatures. Some sound very familiar to how scientists describe the great fossil evidence for dinosaurs. For example, in the Sumerian culture in the Epic of Gilgamesh (3000 BCE) there is a story of the hero who went to the forest to cut down trees. He encountered and slew a great beast, which was translated dragon, and he cut off his head to keep as a trophy.
Later, in the 4th century BCE, a commander leading an India campaign for Alexander the Great encountered a king who kept pet reptiles 120-210 feet long. Even if these stories sound like myths, where did they get the ideas for these large reptilian creatures? We could go further east to China where stories of these huge creatures abound and are figured prominently in their art works—pottery, embroidery and carvings. Remember the descriptions (size and power) of these seemingly fierce creatures appear long before Sir Richard Owen calls them terrible lizards (dinosaurs)!
Still later in European scientific literature, “Historia Animalium” (16th century CE), we find described several animals that seem to be a lot like dinosaurs, and they still existed at that time. For example, Ulysses Aldrovandus, a scientist, described a small “dragon” in a story about a farmer living near Bologna, Italy. In 1572 the rare creature was supposed to have hissed at the farmer’s oxen, so the farmer beat it to death with his walking stick. Ulysses acquired the body of the dead animal and made measurements and a drawing of its appearance. Later he had it mounted for a museum.
The Bible is a book about God and his relationship with man. Whether or not dinosaurs are mentioned is not important to the text. Penguins, lamas and the platypus are not mentioned, and their absence does not detract from the message of the book. That said, there appears to be a few places in the Bible where dinosaurs may be described. For example, Job 40:15-24 describes the behemoth, a large and powerful beast that fed off vegetation. Another is described in Job 41:1-10 where we find the leviathan mentioned. This is a vicious, untamable beast, that is very large and powerful, not unlike the creatures we call dinosaurs today.
Whether or not these creatures mentioned in the different cultures around the world exactly fit the images drawn of dinosaurs by scientists is not important. The images of dinosaurs are not photos; they are drawings of how scientists believe the creatures in question appeared. What is important is that these creatures mentioned in the ancient cultures are similar in size, power, feeding habits and general appearance. How could this be so, if the ancient cultures weren’t describing what they actually saw? It is easier to conclude that dinosaurs existed alongside humans from the beginning than in the interpretation of the geologic column.
But, it might be asked: why would the scientific interpretation of the geologic column be wrong? Why wouldn’t it prove dinosaurs lived at least 65 million years before humans? Well, it proves only that these great creatures died suddenly and during a cataclysmic event. The fact is human remains have been found in the Dakota sandstone, the very strata where dinosaur fossils are found. While, understandably, the human remains are not mingled with that of the dinosaurs, they do appear in the very same Lower Cretaceous strata about 100 miles away. Therefore, they perished and were laid down by the very same sudden cataclysmic event. Additionally, red blood cells from a Tyrannosaurus rex were found in its fossil bones by scientists from Montana State University. How could soft tissue survive 65 million years? Isn’t it more likely that dinosaurs aren’t that old? …Just a thought.