I'm not at all sure if this is correct, but I think many believe they were created at the same time as Adam and Eve. God created everything in six days and then rested for one, as most believe. I think many believe that Dinosaurs were created along with Adam and Eve and animals/beasts. This could be total BS. I'd like to hear other beliefs if anyone has any!
As a Hindu, I find that to be absolutely absurd!! I'm sorry Bonnie, but do people really believe humans and dinosaurs could co-exist? The earliest human records are no where near the earliest dinosaurs. And Breuna, to answer your question from a Christian mindset, do you think God created Humans first? Couldn't he have created a bunch of animals and destroyed them all, like he did with the flood and Noah's ark. Adam and Eve were not the first ones... they were the first Humans. Also, switching back to Hinduism, I find it funny that the first people were named Adam and Eve, even though we know the first humans came from Africa. Not all parts of Christianity can coincide with science, like Iris said earlier, it's important to ask these questions.
I think that many people's response to that question is that God's "six days" is much less literal than our six days. Six days in God's time could be six years or millions of years in our time. So God creating animals could have happened much earlier in our time than God creating humans. I'm not sure, but that's one argument I've heard people give.
Perhaps God tried to make a "rough" earth before he groomed it for us, his greatest creation. Perhaps he looked at how giant lizard/bird things would work out, thinking that they would be a good model for us. Then he might have seen that they were a little too violent and instinctual and based us off the early mammals that were present.
I think this is a really interesting question that I've actually never thought about before. I googled some information on this and found it interesting that the 2nd link below discusses different instances int he Bible where Christians could interpret the existence of dinosaurs around the time of Adam and Eve specifically in the Book of Job. On the first link below, it addresses some views that Christians hold that Bonnie and Isabel hold. Some Christians believe that earth was actually literally created in 6 days ,and because of this belief, these Christians would assume that people and dinosaurs were created at the same time as Bonnie pointed out.http://christianity.net.au/questions/dinosaurshttp://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-do-christians-believe-about-dinosaurs/
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