Why doesn't the Bible
Today's Question: If
the Bible is inspired, why does it not mention dinosaurs?
Bible Answer: Most agree
that dinosaurs lived and died out long before man. The Bible is
God's word to MAN; therefore, God is not interested in giving us
details about anything that doesn't pertain to mankind. The Bible
records the origin, fall, redemption, and future glory of
man--which has nothing to do with dinosaurs, since they lived
long before any of this.
The Bible says that God created the world in six days and rested on the
seventh. Since mankind was created at the end of the sixth day, after the birds,
fish and land animals, the scripture seems to affirm a world of animals without
mankind, and thus, dinosaurs lived before mankind was created. The only animals
that Bible mentions are the animals in the Garden of Eden that existed in the
time of Adam, and none of them were carnivorous. An argument
against this would be the fact that animals lived and died before Adam
sinned, and some argue that death did not exist until Adam died. However, the
answer to this is that the scriptures speak of "spiritual death" coming to Adam
when he sinned, and has no reference to the physical death of animals. In fact
the scriptures tell us that the tree of life was there to give mankind continued
life, and without him eating of that tree, he would eventually die physically.
In other words, the tree of life was not available for the animals to eat until
God made the Garden of Eden, and that the tree was given to man to eat, not for
the animals to eat.
Here is another argument to explain the world of dinosaurs.
Some say that the Bible alludes to an age before
mankind. In Genesis 1:1-2 we read, "In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless
and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep..."
When did God create the earth? "In the
beginning". The beginning is on the first day of creation. So
we see that the earth was here on the first
day of creation. Yet this contradicts modern science that teaches that the earth
is a fairly new planet compared to the rest of the heavenly bodies. However,
since Genesis is telling the story of Adam, it obviously focuses on his
The Bible says that the earth "was"
formless, empty, and dark. The Hebrew word for "was"
should be translated "became"--a good reference or study Bible
should bear this out. The book of Genesis teaches us that the earth was here on the first day of creation and that it "became" formless, empty, and dark. Why did it become this way?
The prophet Jeremiah told us why. After he saw
the judgment of God on this planet, he wrote a vivid description
about it: "I looked at the earth, and it was formless and
empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone" (Jer
4:23). Jeremiah described what Moses wrote in Genesis--formless,
empty, and dark! This is the description of the aftermath of
It seems possible that there was an age before
God created the present earth as we know it. It was a lawless
age, so God judged it. This could explain why the dinosaurs became
extinct. Moses was not an archeologist, yet he hinted that
there could had been a previous age that existed.
I should mention that there are good Christians
who believe that dinosaurs lived during man's time. They believe
Job 40:15 and 41:1 alludes to dinosaurs. Who knows for sure? They
could be right.
I don't make any claim to knowing for sure
about dinosaurs, I simply give a few possible explanations. The main point,
however, is that the Bible is a story of Adam, our ancestor, so the focus is on
his creation and fall, and not about the world of animals. In any story, there
could always be an imagined story outside the main story, but it is only
speculation, since the author does not tell us this story. God does not tell us
the story of the world of animals, only the story of Mankind.
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