When did DINOSAURS exist?
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Question: Were DINOSAURS created before or after God made Adam and Eve? Did they live 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 the dinosaurs? When exactly were they created?
This question is a result of 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 is silent on the subject. According to scripture, the creation week in the first chapter of Genesis is simply a RE-creation account. The Hebrew word, hayah, translated "was" in the second verse of Genesis the first chapter can easily be translated "became", or "had become." A correct translation of Genesis 1:1-2 is:
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth HAD BECOME without form and void (empty, chaotic and confused) and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters."
An example of hayah translated as "became", or "had become" can be found in the second chapter of Genesis:
"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man BECAME (hayah) a living being. " (Genesis 2:7, KJV)