Kenny's Korner- In the Belly of the Dinosaur

by Kenny Rader

Prehistoric time

Let’s continue our discussion from this past week’s message (July 25, 2021) when we talked about God, our Master Creator. We began the lesson with Genesis, chapter one.


1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

 -Genesis 1:1-2 (NIV)


Verse one tells us that God is our creator. He created everything, yet verse two sometimes trips people into thinking that something already existed before God began His six days of creation. To the skeptic, it appears something already existed (something that might have taken place over millions of years), and this leads people to think that was the era of prehistoric times. Let’s examine that possibility.

Created out of nothing

Read Genesis 1:1 once again. It says, “In the beginning." Time did not exist before God created it, so in the beginning, means just that. The beginning took place when God created the heavens and the earth. But can we verify that God started with nothing? After all, all artists begin with something. The potter begins with soft clay and his tools. The painter begins with her easel, canvas, paints, and tools. So, God certainly started with something, right? Wrong!


Let’s look at a few verses.


Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

-John 1:3 (NIV)


Notice that without God, nothing was made.


By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

 -Hebrews 11:3 (NIV)


Here again, look at the last part of the verse. The beauty of nature we see was not made from visible things. God started with nothing. 


The Apostle Paul gives us another source.


. . . the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.

 - Romans 4:17b (NIV)


We might ask ourselves the question, “Does the Bible need to give proof of itself?” No. Since the Bible is the inspired Word of God, every passage comes legitimately from God, but our simple minds often like to read passages that agree. Thus, we have that proof in Genesis, John, Hebrews, and Romans. It appears God wants us to understand that He started with nothing, and He is the Master Creator.

Six days of creation

The rest of Genesis chapter one tells us of the six days of creation. Note the order.


Day 1 God created light


Day 2 – Atmosphere/sky


Day 3 – Seas & land and all the vegetation


Day 4 – Sun, moon, and stars


Day 5 – All the birds & fish


Day 6 – All the land animals and human beings


Day 7 – God rested


Question: Where do dinosaurs fit into this creation process? When God finished creating, life was blissful. It was peaceful. Chaos did not exist until Adam and Eve’s sin. So, with this logic, dinosaurs and prehistoric times could not have existed before God's six days of creation.  


Do you remember what scientists tell us of prehistoric times? It was chaos. Various dinosaurs ate other dinosaurs. Dinosaurs ate cavemen, and cavemen ate dinosaurs. Do you remember the movie Jurassic Park when the various meat-eating creatures chased and ate the scientists on the island? That might give us a glimpse of life with those creatures. So, how could that have taken place before Adam and Eve's sin? It could not have taken place. There was no chaos until after their sin.


Also, remember that people did not eat meat until after the flood. When Noah came out of the ark, God gave him permission to eat meat (Genesis 9:3). Before that, people only ate plants. 


Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

-Genesis 9:3 (NIV)


With this sequence of creation and historical events, dinosaurs and prehistoric times could not have taken place before the six days of creation.  

Let’s use logic

Many scientists that believe in prehistoric times also believe in evolution. So, using the six days of creation, God made vegetation on day three. Let’s ask ourselves if plants could survive if the process of evolution took place over millions of years. Plants (day three) could not grow without light, which came into existence on day one, so maybe plants could exist with the light God created on day one, but not likely. 


Think about your house plants. Many plants can grow with a limited amount of light, yet most cannot grow without the direct rays of the sun. But God did not create the sun until day four. If the creation took place in consecutive days, plants could survive that long without the light of the sun, but if it took millions of years for the sun to come into existence, then plants could not have survived.  

Another crucial problem

Following the six-day creation process, we saw that God created plants on day three, but God did not create the pollinators until day six. Many, if not most, plants cross-pollinate. Wind can aid in cross-pollination, but many cross-pollinating plants need insects that serve as pollinators. If God created the cross-pollinating plants on day three and then created the pollinators on Day six, the evolution process of millions of years is impossible.  

What are we getting at?

With the logic as stated, we cannot mix the theory of evolution and prehistoric times with the Bible. Do we take the Bible as literal? If so, we cannot place the dinosaurs before the six days of creation. Also, if we take the Bible as literal, we cannot mix millions of years of evolution with God's six days of creation. 


So, are all scientists wrong? No. Many scientists are Christians and believe in the Bible. Christian scientists use science and logic to explain the creation process. Sadly, however, evolutionists have the loudest voice and political backing to place their agendas in textbooks and on television.  

Where does that leave Christians?

Kenny Rader’s logic says that we have far more critical things to focus on as Christians. But some people want to understand every detail of making science and the Bible come together – and I believe that is possible. My purpose here is to offer some good arguments against prehistoric times falling outside of God's creation process and to argue the impracticality of trying to tie the creation with evolution.  


I say, “Let’s take God at His word.” Let’s have faith that God, who created everything out of nothing, also created the universe and everything we see in six 24-hour days. Just as it takes faith to believe in God, it takes faith to believe in the creation process. If we believe Jesus came back to life from the grave and lives today, why is it so difficult to believe that God created the universe and the earth as stated in Genesis? And as for prehistoric times happening outside the six days of creation, let’s feed that theory to the so-called prehistoric beasts. Let those theories end up in the belly of the dinosaur.


Love you & God Bless,