Dinosaurs—Part of God’s Creation
It is the most dramatic and important opening of any chapter of any book: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) Thus began the world and everything in it—everything. The Bible further details the living things of the creation: “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after its kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: And it was so.” (Genesis 1:24)
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We have physical evidence of many creatures that no longer live today, including reptiles now called dinosaurs. Skeletal proof exists that several kinds were huge, plant-eating land animals. And keep in mind: God created everything, even “beasts of the earth.”
A Perfect World—at First
Initially, God’s creation was perfect, with all animals and humans living in harmony, all feasting on plants, trees and their fruit. Soon afterward, man sinned and this perfect world was corrupted in many ways. One way was that creatures then preyed upon each other.
Eventually, God saw fit to punish the wickedness that had overtaken the world. But he spared Noah, “a just man, and perfect among his generations and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9)
Noah Saves the Day—and Creation
The story of Noah saving the animals by sheltering two of each kind on the ark has provided evolutionists with an argument against the creation story: That the ark could not possibly hold the huge land creatures now known as dinosaurs. However, it is logical that Noah selected the younger and smaller of the representative animals, realizing that space was at a premium and also to help keep the peace among them. What happened to the dinosaurs after the flood, which precipitated their extinction, we don’t know, but most surmise it was due to climate changes.
A Dinosaur by any Other Name is Still a Dinosaur
In Job 40:15-19, there is a reference to what is certainly the creature we call “dinosaur”: “Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly! He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass, his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.” For this animal to be described by God as “the chief,” it must surely have been a huge and magnificent sight!
“Behemoth” in Hebrew translates as “gigantic beast.” Some, trying to relate this animal to our own experience, say it refers to an elephant or hippopotamus, yet neither of these have a “tail like a cedar.”
The Bible = Truth
Elsewhere in the Bible, there are mentions of animals fitting descriptions of different kinds of dinosaurs for which we have physical evidence.
Isaiah 27:1 — “… and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
Jeremiah 51:34 — “… he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates …”
Psalms 74:13 — “… thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.”
Job 41:19-21 — “Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.”
Isaiah 30:6 — “… the viper and fiery flying serpent …”
Most often, these animals are referred to as “dragons,” as we see in the Bible, because there was no word “dinosaur.” Remember that “dinosaur” is a more modern term, coined in 1841 by Sir Richard Owen, an English anatomist, from the Greek words “deinos” (terrible, monstrous) and “sauros” (lizard). We may even be living with them still, in the form of Komodo dragons! Science has proven to be shifting sands, the Bible steadfast. The Lord God made us all. Period.
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