When did DINOSAURS live?
Question: When did DINOSAURS live on the earth? Were they created before or after God made Adam and Eve? Did they exist around the time of the FLOOD?
Answer: We know that dinosaurs existed because there is a significant amount of evidence that they did in the fossil record. One frequent question that people have is where chronologically do they fit in. If man has existed for only a short time period (usually about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago) then how do we explain the long ages that science has assigned to these animals? Did the earliest known dinosaurs begin to appear in the Triassic period some 245 million years ago? When exactly did they live?
The typical answer to the question of when dinosaurs were made are, most times, based on misconceptions concerning the chronology as outlined in the scriptures. A common misconception is that EVERYTHING that was created was created when man was formed from the dust of the ground. The Bible reveals that there was a creation PRIOR to Adam and Eve. Even though Man was made on the sixth day of creation he was NOT the first living organism to be created! This is often overlooked because of an improper understanding of the first two verse in Genesis.
Although MAN is only a few thousand years old, the EARTH is much older. How much older? We are not sure because the Bible simply does not give us that type of information.
According to scripture, the first chapter of Genesis is not a creation but a RE-creation of things. The Hebrew word (Strong's Concordance #H1961) from which we get the English word "was" in the second verse of Genesis, the first chapter, is more accurately rendered as the phrase 'had become.' A more accurate Biblical translation, then, of Genesis' first two verses (with a few notes) would be the following.
An example of the same Hebrew word (Strong's #H1961) used above but rendered in the NKJV, NIV, NASB, HCSB and other translations as "became" or "had become" can be found in the seventh verse of Genesis chapter 2.