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on Dinosaurs.



Dinosaur Fossils Explained


Even though there are countless extinct creatures, only one type of extinct creature seems to challenge the faith of some Christians.  Dinosaurs have been used as poster children to proclaim the evolution story.  There is absolutely no reason for the Christian to be bothered by dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are some of God's amazing creatures. 

We find dinosaur fossils all over the world.  There are at least three explanations for dinosaurs which conform to Scripture:

1.  Dinosaurs were real creatures which God created during creation week (Genesis 1:20-26).  Dinosaurs were on the ark, but became extinct after the flood, possibly due to a changed environment, and due to hunting by people.  The world-wide sedimentary rock layers containing fossils which we observe are what would be expect, based on a planet wide flood.  There was plenty of room on the ark for all the dinosaurs (actually far more room than needed). 
This position held by most creationists.  

2.  Dinosaurs were real creatures which God created during creation week (Genesis 1:20-26).  Dinosaurs became extinct before the flood, and were therefore not on the ark.  Those holding this position must accept that that God miraculously ensured that countless dinosaurs died and become fossils during the few thousand years before the flood, miraculously ensured that countless sea creatures died and became fossils in those same rock layers, and miraculously preserved the world-wide sedimentary rock layers and their fossils during a planetary flood. 
This position held by a small number of creationists.  

3. Dinosaurs were NOT real creatures.  God created sedimentary rock strata and the fossils they contain during creation week.  Those holding this position reason that God created the fossil remains of creatures which never existed as a statement of law that death is a consequence of sin.  Those holding this position must accept that that God also created fossils of real creatures (many types which still live today) and mixed them in with the dinosaur fossils.  They must accept that God miraculously preserved these world-wide sedimentary rock layers and their fossils during a planetary flood. 
This position held by a small number of creationists.  

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Views expressed on this website, especially those from sources other than LSI, are not necessarily the views of LSI.  In addition, LSI is a WELS group.  There is theological variance between the WELS and some of the Confessional Lutheran church bodies represented in essays and books found on this website.


Dinosaurs: Feathers or Scales?
Mark Bergemann, Pages 27-31, LSI Journal Spring 2016
Excerpt:  Did some dinosaurs have feathers like birds, or did all dinosaurs have scales like lizards?  New evidence is constantly found in the quest to answer this question.  The Milwaukee Public Museum hosted the traveling “Ultimate Dinosaurs” exhibit in March 2016, so I paid $24 admission to see how the above question was answered.

Creation-Evolution Q&A 
Warren Krug, LSI Journal 2013. 
Question #11: Were dinosaurs real and, if so, does the Bible mention them?
Excerpt: The Book of Job does mention two fierce creatures whose descriptions do not match modern animals – the behemoth in chapter 40, which some Bible scholars think may have been a dinosaur of the Sauropod type, and the leviathan in chapter 41 which sounds like a prehistoric monster which spent time in the sea, perhaps a Kronosaurus. In addition, the Bible – particularly the KJV version – often mentions “dragons.” The many literary descriptions of dragons down through the ages closely match those of the larger dinosaurs. This raises the possibility that dragon stories and references, both biblical and non-biblical, may have originated from some real life interactions of humans with actual dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs in the Bible
Warren Krug, LSI Journal March, 2000.  This excellent article is written from position #1. 
Excerpt: What are Bible-believing Christians to think of dinosaurs? Over the years not all Christians have accepted their existence. Even today we hear a voice or two claiming that the dinosaur fossils are fossils directly created by God and placed in the ground merely to test our faith. However, the discovery of vast numbers of bones, tracks, and other fossils of creatures not known to exist today are not so easy to dismiss, nor is it at all necessary to do so. Not only is there nothing we really know about dinosaurs that conflicts in any way with the Bible and a traditional, Biblical understanding of the history of the world, but the Bible may actually contain direct support for a belief in the existence of dinosaurs.