20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
23 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
Finally, God and science agrees on something, the fish came before men. We also were given beautiful birds, and some birds that are beautiful in less than traditional senses of the word. At the end of the fifth day, we have fish, and birds enjoying all the creation from the previous days. When the birds arrive on the scene, the reader begins to ask, if there was no death in Eden, what did the carnivorous birds eat? Genesis 1:30 “And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened. ” I have studied this subject rather thoroughly over the years, and there are only two options available: they killed and ate, or as the verse seems to imply, they were vegetarians.
My personal feeling on the matter is that if God spoke the world into existence; God can feed his creatures within the parameters that he set forth at the time. If we consider the Tower of Babel, we will note that everyone spoke the same language and began building the tower. God did not like their actions, and confused their languages, and the people could no longer communicate as a community and left the scene. This leads us to believe that races of men and their languages were defined at this point. This happened in an instant via the sheer will of God.
God could have had the power to convert a herbivore to a carnivore at the fall of man. This is just my opinion after looking at the text, and doing my best to follow the pattern God has established so far. As Christians do we really need to shoe horn modern science into the Bible? It seems unnecessary to humor atheistic evolution, and inflict that method on God. What we need to do as Christians is to trust God. Ponder the evidence, and realize we can only see a small sliver of an infinite timeline.
There are two different authorities at work in this debate; one is man’s fallible reason apart from God, the other is that of a perfect God. Many Christians do Christianity a disservice when they choose to divide over the age of the earth. Let’s instead respect each other’s view points, and instead focus on the duty God calls us to do; spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to unite in harmony, we have the power of Christ and the comfort of his love to back us up when he is the focus.
For further reading on the young earth vs old earth debate: Answering Genesis