By Don Ruhl
Why should we concern ourselves with dinosaurs? God created all things, including dinosaurs. God delivered the Bible to the world, and His word speaks of His act of creating. The Bible does include these awesome creatures.
Evolutionists use dinosaurs as a gateway drug to dependency on evolution. How shall we answer people who bring this issue up? Shall we ignore them? Or shall we prepare ourselves to answer this issue? We must prepare ourselves to answer our critics. Therefore, we must address this issue!
If God created all things in six 24-hour days thousands of years ago, does that mean humans and dinosaurs lived on the earth together? (Gen 1.24–26).
That puts dinosaurs and man on the earth at the same time. Later, God made all the animals pass before Adam and he gave them names. Therefore, the first man saw dinosaurs.
We have other passages to show that man saw dinosaurs (Job 40; 41).
If they did live on the earth together, is there evidence outside the Bible to support that claim? I believe there is plenty of such evidence, as well as in the Bible.
One such piece of evidence is the worldwide phenomenon of dragon legends. Artwork and literature that ancient peoples left behind of dragons, show an amazing similarity to what we believe about dinosaurs. Yet, the stories of dragons seem to be fanciful. Is it possible to draw a picture of, or to write a story of, an animal or an incident, but embellish the story for entertainment sake? Sure it is, and probably happened. There seems to be no other way to explain dragon legends and artwork other than the fact that people saw dinosaurs.
The Carl Sagan Explanation
How do evolutionists explain dragon legends in ancient cultures? The likeness between dragons and what we think dinosaurs looked like is so close that either ancient people saw them or somehow got an accurate mental image of them. Evolutionists choose the latter explanation, because to accept the former, they would have to abandon their geological timescale of evolution. And time is the miracle of evolution.
Why people are dead set against the idea of dinosaurs and man as contemporaries is unexplainable to me, except that evolutionists have to maintain their geological column belief. With that neat arrangement, they can explain the theory of evolution.
Listen to this quotation on how Carl Sagan explained the amazing similarity between dragons and dinosaurs,
The pervasiveness of dragon myths in the folk legends of many cultures is probably no accident. (Curiously, the first representative skull of Pelting man—the Homo erectus whose remains are clearly associated with the use of fire.)
The implacable mutual hostility between man and dragon, as exemplified in the myth of St. George, is strongest in the West. (In chapter 3 of the Book of Genesis, God ordains an eternal enmity between reptiles and humans.) But it is not a Western anomaly. It is a worldwide phenomenon.
• Is it only an accident that the common human sounds commanding silence or attracting attention seem strangely imitative of the hissing of reptiles?
• Is it possible that dragons posed a problem for our protohuman ancestors of a few million years ago, and that the terror they evoked and the deaths they caused helped bring about the evolution of human intelligence?
• Or does the metaphor of the serpent refer to the use of the aggressive and ritualistic reptilian component of our brain in the further evolution of the neocortex?
With one exception, the Genesis account of the temptation by a reptile in Eden is the only instance in the Bible of humans understanding the language of animals. When we feared the dragons, were we fearing a part of ourselves? One way or another, there were dragons in Eden, in Sinkiang Province, China, in a place called the Mountain of Dragons.
The most recent dinosaur fossil is dated at about sixty million years ago. The family of man (but not the genus Homo) is some tens of millions of years old. Could there have been manlike creatures who actually encountered Tyrannosaurus rex? Could there have been dinosaurs that escaped the extinctions in the late Cretaceous Period? Could the pervasive dreams and common fears of “monsters,” which children develop shortly after they are able to talk, be evolutionary vestiges of quite adaptive-baboonlike-responses to dragons and owls? (Since writing this passage I have discovered that Darwin expressed a similar thought: “May we not suspect that the vague but very real fears of children, which are quite independent of experience, are inherited effects of real dangers and abject superstitions during ancient savage times? It is quite conformable with what we know of the transmission of formerly well-developed characters, that they should appear at an early period of life, and afterwards disappear-like gill slits in human embryology.”)
(From Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence. Found at: http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/sagan/ciencia_sagan_dragon06.htm)
Somehow then, while mankind collectively cannot remember where he put the keys, he can remember what his ancestors saw millions of years ago!
Dragons and Dinosaurs
From whence came the legend of dragons? Why are dragons so similar in appearance to dinosaurs? Why does the King James Bible mention dragons? (e.g., Psa 74.13 KJV; ASV has “sea-monsters” and Leviathan is mentioned in verse 14, possibly as a parallelism).
The translators of the King James Version were not superstitious, nor were they mythological, but when “dragon” was mentioned in their culture, they knew that people would have in mind dinosaur-like beasts. Men drew dragons, but glamorized them.
Listen to the bewilderment of a writer in Encyclopedia Britannica,
dragon, a legendary monster usually conceived as a huge, bat-winged, fire-breathing, scaly lizard or snake with a barbed tail. The belief in these creatures apparently arose without the slightest knowledge on the part of the ancients of the gigantic, prehistoric, dragon-like reptiles (“dragon,” Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago, 1978, Micropaedia, Vol. III, p. 652).
Encyclopedia Britannica is not alone in wondering how many dragons just happen to look like dinosaurs,
The winged dragon of mythology looks a lot like some dinosaurs, except for the wings. Some people see dragons and dinosaurs as being one and the same. But the big difference is that dragons never existed! (David Norman and Angela Milner, Dinosaurs, New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1989, p. 62).
Why do they quickly write off “dragons”? Because they are depicted as fire-breathing and as contemporaries with man. It is certainly possible that artists and writers took a literal animal and added things, such as the wings and maybe the fire (but remember Leviathan from Job 41). For example, consider Pegasus, the winged horse. Do horses exist? Do winged creatures, such as birds, exist? Yes, in both cases. Someone took wings and put them on a horse, and we get a creature that did not exist, but that does not mean the parts never existed.
The writers quoted above pertaining to dragons and dinosaurs, see that it is amazing how the drawings of dragons are often similar to dinosaurs, especially Tyrannosaurus Rex, Hadrosaurs, Duck-bills, Stegosaurus and the others with the hollow crests on top of their heads, and others that had sails on their backs, et al.
A new dinosaur discovery shows more similarities between dragons and dinosaurs. The Discovery Channel web site began an article with these words,
A dragon-like dinosaur named after Harry Potter’s alma mater has performed a bit of black magic on its own family tree, say paleontologists who unveiled the “Dragon King of Hogwarts” on Monday in Albuquerque.
The newly described horny-headed dinosaur Dracorex hogwartsia lived about 66 million years ago in South Dakota, just a million years short of the extinction of all dinosaurs. But its flat, almost storybook-style dragon head has overturned everything paleontologists thought they knew about the dome-head dinos called pachycephalosaurs (”‘Hogwarts’ Dragon Unveiled,” Larry O’Hanlon, Discovery News, May 23, 2006; http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2006/05/23/hogwartsdino_din.html?category=dinosaurs&guid=20060523041304).
The children’s museum of Indianapolis that had part in the dig, says on its web site,
Dracorex hogwartsia is now on display.
This 66-million-year-old, first-of-its-kind, dragon-like dinosaur has been named in honor of celebrated children’s book author J.K. Rowling…
This fossil helps us understand how discoveries of extinct animal fossils may have inspired people throughout history to believe that dragons once lived. Legends about dragons are common around the world, and dragons have held major significance in various religions and cultures (http://www.childrensmuseum.org/themuseum/dinosphere/draco_rex/index.html).
I e-mailed Joe Taylor, a paleontologist in Mt. Blanco, Texas and with whom I traveled to Peru to examine artwork of dinosaurs, asking him if he knew about this find. He wrote back,
Yes, I know this skull. Dr. Bob Bakker had a cast of it at this last year’s SVP, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. He had an interesting discussion that I was a part of with another superstar digger, Jack Horner. Horner contended that Draco rex etc., grew horns and then dissolved them and that there wasn’t but one or two species. Bakker argued that Draco, Stegoserous, Pachychepolasaurus etc., were all separate species.
Personally, such a find does not surprise me. As time goes on, we shall find more evidence that shows the dragons that the ancients drew and wrote about were what we know as dinosaurs. God’s word always proves to be right. However, many of the skeptics will not turn to the Scriptures in belief, because they do not want to believe. Nevertheless, we can use this to strengthen our own people and turn some to belief in creation as revealed in the Bible.