Saturday, May 06, 2006

Dinosaurs? In the Bible?

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so (Gen. 1:24).

Why aren’t dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible? I’ve heard this question thousands of times.

You might wonder what dinosaurs have to do with quiet time with God. Let me see if I can answer!

For many years secular science has maintained that dinosaurs lived long before man. Many Christians become so confused about the origin of these “terrible lizards” that they try to push the question out of their minds.

I actually believe dinosaurs are mentioned more than many other animals in the Bible. You see, the word “dinosaur” is not in the Scriptures because it wasn’t invented until the year 1841. Dinosaurs were called dragons before the word “dinosaur” was invented. And the word “dragon” appears in the Old Testament a number of times.

I believe there’s a very detailed description of a dinosaur in the Bible. In Job 40:15 we have a description of an animal called behemoth, which is described as the largest land animal that God made. Now this certainly couldn’t refer to an elephant, hippopotamus, or anything like this.

Actually, as you read on in this description, it says it had a tail like a cedar tree. Now some Christians have thought that this refers to an elephant. But an elephant’s tail looks nothing like a cedar tree. It looks more like a little bit of rope dangling in the wind. If behemoth was a dinosaur, that means Job lived alongside dinosaurs, which means that dinosaurs survived the flood on Noah’s Ark.

These ideas are so radical in our day because we’ve been literally indoctrinated by evolutionary teaching for generations. It is almost universally accepted that dinosaurs became extinct some 65 million years before man appeared. And yet the Bible tells us that God made the great land animals on Day 6! All of them!

How can we find out about dinosaurs? The answer’s in Genesis. God created them, and they lived beside people.

~ And God saw that it was Good - Reflections of God's Handiwork
by: Ken Ham


Sign of Design: Overall, doubting Genesis has caused more and more people to doubt the rest of the Bible.

5 comments:

BrittLeigh said...

Very good! Growing up I had been taught the misconception that dinosaurs never existed... I guess our church at the time overcorrected the evolution theory with that idea. So dinosaurs were big no-no's. But thanks to Kent Hovind, I don't feel that way anymore, and find dinosaurs to be such an interesting, intriguing topic. I really enjoyed this post. Thanks!

Matt A. said...

Great post! Thanks for the link! I will link to you!

Elizabeth Ellen Moore said...

Zachary,
I enjoyed this post. "Dinosaurs" are mentioned more than other animals like, for example, kangaroos. Does that mean that they never existed? I would think that the description in Job should silence any unbelievers.

Elizabeth

Wholesome Works said...

BrittLeigh,

Until I had watched Kent Hovind's tapes, I hadn't even questioned the evolutionary model concerning dinosaurs. He really made me think.

Thank you for commenting.


Matt,

Thanks for the comment.


Elizabeth,

On His site, Ken Ham noted that the modern Bible translations have completely removed "dragon" from the Bible. Not replacing it with "dinosaur", but often replacing it with "jackal" or "hyena".

Just some food for thought.

Thank you for the comment.

Zac

Kaitlin said...

Wow! That's great Zac!
Because of the misconception of "when" dinosaurs existed, I used to think that they were all made up - when I was little, of course. Thanks for further proof! :-)