Some time back my family and I took a trip to the Creation Museum near Cincinnati, Ohio.  It’s a nice place with sprawling Botanical Gardens nearby and exhibits that are top notch at a reasonable price.  Since opening in 2007 they claim to have had over a million visitors.  For some it’s a wonderful place, for others who deny its claim it’s an abomination.

Creationism is defined as a doctrine that’s a true story of the creation of the universe as recounted in the Bible.  God created out of nothing a new human soul for each individual born.  That doctrine conflicts with the evolution theory Darwin envisioned, which in essence states we evolved from apes.  Or the Big Bang theory someone theorized happened when the cosmos came in line and a chain reaction threw it all here.

I, myself, am a believer in Creationism.  In essence, I’m convinced God created it all.  But after visiting that Museum I began to question their explanation for when Dinosaurs existed.  The curators of the Museum believe Dinosaurs lived right along with Adam and Eve ~ I’m not convinced.  A scale model of Noah’s Ark at the Museum had Dinosaurs inside, and that got me to thinking.

Later, my wife began to ask what the correlation between Dinosaurs and Creationism was.

I’d like to point out, I’m no Theologian and have never heard an explanation pertaining to this from any pulpit or Theological circle.  I’ve been told I have an analytical mind, I don’t dispute that, but when I question something I’ll dig away in search of truth – as best explained.

I have a theory and I explain it as:  Genesis 1: 1, 2 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness fell upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”  (The Modern Language Bible)

The text states in the beginning God created the earth, yet it was formless and empty.  Darkness fell upon the face of the deep.  Then it goes on later in the chapter to explain how he created Adam and Eve, in His image, and all that which exists in six days, and He rested on the seventh.

I’m a firm believer in that, but the text doesn’t elaborate on Dinosaurs and things of that nature.  There’s no denying that Dinosaurs lived, for there have been numerous fossils found.

One scientific theory, that I tend to give credence to, says the Dinosaur age was a tropical one.  And that a large meteor hit the Earth sending a dust cloud into the atmosphere that blocked out the Sun’s rays for a long time.  If the Sun were to no longer shine it would become quite cold and nothing would grow.  That would seem to explain the simultaneous extinction of the Dinosaurs.

Thus, the world became void and “Darkness fell upon the face of the deep.” {Take notice of the words Darkness fell upon in Verse 2}

Did God create the Dinosaurs, or cavemen for that matter, I’m sure He did.  Was He experimenting back then ~ who knows?  He’s God after all and can do as He pleases.

Dinosaurs once roamed the earth, but became extinct.   There became a void with that, then that’s where the Bible begins.  I believe that’s where the Dinosaurs ceased to exist, and out of the darkness God created man and everything we now know.

That’s how I’ve explained my theory to family and friends.  The theory’s one which raises a few eyebrows at first, but once I explain it there seems to be a bit of reasoning to it they can somewhat grasp.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at

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