Many people snigger at the Bible as an outdated, unscientific book, because it doesn't mention dinosaurs. The word 'dinosaur' (terrible lizard) was only coined in 1842 by Sir Richard Owen. So the original Bible writers did not know the word 'dinosaur,' but there is an animal called a behemoth in Job 40:15-24. 'His tail sways like a cedar.... His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron.' That sounds very much like a dinosaur! The 'leviathan' in Job 41 could also have been a dinosaur. God doesn't elaborate on dinosaurs and fossils, because they are not directly linked to the purpose for which He gave us the Bible.
The Bible teaches about the invisible God who created a planet on which to display His glory and might. Our planet came under the curse of sin and death when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden and listened to the lies of that ancient serpent, the devil or Satan (1). Therefore, when history has run its course, the earth will be cleansed by fire and then renewed. The renewed earth will be the future dwelling place of people who accepted Jesus as King (2). They are those people who responded to God's invitation to become part of His kingdom by repenting, accepting Jesus' forgiveness, and being trained in holiness by the Holy Spirit and the Scripture and developing a relationship with Jesus. Jesus rebuked His disciples several times for their lack of faith (3), recommending those who had faith in Him (4).
People who lived in 500, or 1000 AD didn't understand anything about fossil dinosaurs. Paleontology was an unknown subject then. Yet they understood that God is powerful enough to create creatures like the ones in Job 40 and 41. They understood the message of the Bible that God is the omnipotent Creator who created the heavens and the earth (5). Therefore God has the power to destroy the present world at some time in the future, and to create a completely new heaven and earth out of the ashes. The new heavens and earth will be suitable for people with resurrected bodies to live on eternally (6). They understood that God invites all people to voluntarily believe in Him and become part of His kingdom (7).
The person who lived in 500 AD will appear before God as a person saved by his faith in Jesus' sacrifice, because he believed the Scriptures without a detailed knowledge of dinosaurs. He knew God is strong enough to keep His promises, so he had reason to trust God (8). The same applies in our day to a Christian living in an isolated area, cut off from the advantages (and disadvantages) of higher learning about evolution, fossils and dinosaurs. He likewise knows that God is powerful enough to save people and to renew the heavens and the earth. He is not swayed by all the accusations leveled against the Bible.
What are we saying? If a person asks about dinosaurs in the Bible, show him the verses in Job 40 and 41. Also ask him if he has seen any references to cell phones, satellites, or computers in the Bible? If he hasn't, ask him why not, and then explain God's purpose for giving us His powerful message in understandable language, so that all people of all times can either come to saving truth or reject it. Ask him also if he understands God's problem with man: faith in the Word.
- Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19
- Revelation 21:1-6
- Matthew 14:31; 17:17a, 20; Mark 4:40
- Matthew 8:10,13; 9:22,29; 15:28
- Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Colossians 1:16
- 2 Peter 3:10-13
- John 3:15
- Joshua 23:14; 1 Kings 8:56