Here’s a conversation I’m tired of having.
ME: Hello, I heard you asking about Christianity. I am a Believer, myself, and would be happy to talk to you.
STRANGER: Ah, I see. Yeah, Christianity can be confusing for me.
ME: Believe me, I understand. What’s on your mind.
STRANGER: Why does the Bible say that people and dinosaurs lived together? Doesn’t that make the entire Bible wrong? How can you trust something that is so obviously scientifically wrong?
A long time ago, someone told me that it was speculated (by someone) that dinosaurs may have lived alongside humans. I pondered this. Perhaps some isolated species did survive the extinction and managed to be seen by people. I’m not a scientist, so I don’t know how implausible that is, but it sounded interesting. (And, no, it’s not in the Bible.)
Little did I know that what was being speculated was different from what I imagined. Scores of people were trying to rewrite history and claim that ancient people had lived alongside dinosaurs and considered these large beasts to be a normal part of life. They even decided that people may have ridden on dinosaurs and used them for labor! That’s not what I had in mind.
People in ancient times left us records about the animals they knew. Aristotle even wrote a book on zoology in which he details every creature he’d ever heard of or read about. How good was this work? It was the first scientific writing to point out that whales were mammals and not fish. But he never mentions a dinosaur.
There are no records to back up these wild claims. But there is a entire silly museum devoted to teaching this nonsense. And when I tell people that I’m a believer, do they ask me about Jesus’ life on earth or the theology of redemption? No! They just want to laugh at me because of this:
This makes Christianity into a laughing stock, and it keeps people from seeing the beauty of God’s Truth. The Creation Museum is fighting the wrong battle.
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