Are Dinosaurs in the Bible?

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Carl is a biblical scholar, minister, husband, father and life coach. In his mid-twenties he had a powerful encounter with God and saw miraculous healings as a result. He passionately shares these stories and empowers others to fulfill their God-given potential.

Many people have cast Christ aside because they can’t reconcile the existence of Dinosaurs with the Biblical narrative. But what if there are Dinosaurs in the Bible? What if the Bible reveals that man cohabited with Dinosaurs? Few realize, the fossilized discoveries of dinosaurs are in unison with the Scriptures.  Join Carl now, as he delves deeply within the Books of Job, Isaiah and Psalms, which provide accurate accounts of several dinosaurs. No Bible believing Christian would deny the existence of dinosaurs as they were a part of God’s creation. If you like science themed podcasts, you’ll enjoy this one!

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Friend, today we are going to discuss why some people have abandoned God and they’ve abandoned God because of …wait for it….dinosaurs!…Excuse me? Some people have just flat out quit God and their retort is…”well what about the dinosaurs?”… Well, what about them? There are three dinosaurs in the Bible, well four in fact if we include the mysterious Rahab mentioned in Isa 51:9. Truth is, dinosaurs found in the fossil record are in unison with the scientific community and the Holy Bible. To believe in dinosaurs is to believe in the God who created them. It’s not one or the other, but both.

I remember when I was about 11 yrs. old visiting the Natural Science and History Museum in London and being witness to the reconstructed fossils of Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brontosaurus and other dinosaurs. These were huge creatures, so vast in size and scope, they made quite an impression on me as a child, yet I will say the way that museum is set up, as with all museums around the world, evolution is presented as fact, as if it’s already proven without the slightest hint that creation could be a plausible mechanism for the existence of dinosaurs or the human race for that matter. Scientific consensus and vox populi in Europe are that evolution is indisputable, and anyone who believes otherwise is a complete and utter fool. Yet a fool is one who takes another at his word, without checking out the facts firstly. And we’re going to check out some facts today friend. Scientist Lyall Watson once commented on evolution stating: “The fossils that decorate our family tree are so scarce that there are still more scientists than specimens. The remarkable fact is that all the physical evidence we have for human evolution can still be placed, with room to spare, inside a single coffin.” And that just about sums it up friend, it could all lie in a coffin because their theory is about as dead as a ‘do-do.’ Because of the lack of evidence, many secular scientists today are now contesting evolution and are instead, embracing panspermia as the cause of our existence.

But Like I said before, carefully placing human and monkey bones in the same museum glass case doesn’t validate evolutionary sequencing but our children continue to get duped.  Now few realize the term, ‘dinosaur’ is a relatively new one. It was Sir Richard Owen, who first coined the term, dinosaur meaning, ‘terrible lizard’, way back in 1841 but up until that point in time, any sighting of a dinosaur would be called a ‘dragon,’ not dinosaur. So, are there any legends of dragons living alongside man throughout antiquity? There sure are.

St George, the patron saint of England fought a dragon, but was it mere allegory or is there something tangible behind this story? For millennia dragons were prevalent throughout Europe especially corroborating that dinosaurs lived alongside man in ages past. In areas of the earth like the jungle forest of the Congo and Polynesia, some claim there have been sightings of dinosaurs even to this very day. I sincerely believe these sightings to be the very last remnants of the dinosaurs. Babylonian legend, the Aztecs, the Japanese, Chinese and even Welsh culture have accounts of dragons.

Scientists say that dinosaurs roamed the earth, 60 million years before humans, yet neither the Bible nor fossil record backs this up. All fossils demand interpretation and how we interpret fossil findings will be heavily influenced by our worldview unless we purposely decide to be objective. Few consider that human footprints were found alongside dinosaur fossils in the Paluxy river of Glen Rose Texas in the 1980’s. Some secular scientists argue this offers no evidence whatsoever of contemporary humans, but this only proves that what we believe will influence what we see, even if it’s staring us in the face. Others contend that if dinosaurs truly lived alongside each other, there should be vast evidence in the fossil record. Trouble is, it’s extremely rare for things once living to fossilize. Dead animals in a field or alongside a road do not fossilize at all. In order for it to fossilize, it must be buried rapidly in just the right place and conditions. So, to say that we should have abundance in the fossil record of contemporary dinosaurs and man living alongside each other is just unfair and extremely rare indeed.

The creation scientist Ken Ham posits that contrary to popular belief there are less than 50 dinosaur kinds and the average size of the dinosaurs are about the same size as a sheep or large dog but most of them were not nearly as large as the movies make out. Therefore, the majority of dinosaurs could have made it on Noah’s ark and for the larger sized ones; infant dinosaurs could have made it on board too. Most dinosaurs drowned from Noah’s flood and some survived on the ark. But every indication is that the majority of dinosaurs were vegetarian or herbivores, such as the Diplodocus and Brachiosaurus, which goes against the popular notion they were fierce meat eaters and the Bible backs this up, as I will reveal shortly. If dinosaurs survived the flood (and based on the book of Job we know they did), then some of them would’ve been on Noah’s ark certainly. Soft tissue and blood vessels found in dinosaur fossils also suggest that dinosaurs were on earth much sooner than we originally thought. However, let us not forget that after Noah’s flood, the earth’s environment changed greatly because the earth’s canopy was destroyed. Therefore, earth’s new environment was not conducive to supporting these creatures because much of their vegetative food source would not have survived the flood.

Now, in the book of Job, one of the oldest books in the Bible, and many surmise written about the same time that Father Abraham walked this earth, there are very detailed accounts of not one but two dinosaurs and one is called the Behemoth, mentioned in Job 40:15. Let’s read that now

15 “Behold now behemoth, Which I made with thee; He eats grass as an ox. (i.e., he was a vegetarian, NOT a meat eater).” verse 16,16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, And his force is in the navel of his belly.17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: The sinews of his stones are wrapped together.18  His bones are as strong pieces of brass; His bones are like bars of iron.19  He is the chief of the ways of God: He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, Where all the beasts of the field play.21 He lieth under the shady trees, In the covert of the reed, and fens.22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; The willows of the brook compass him about.23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: He trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth (swallow a river!)...wow awesome.

Now some scholars have said this animal is either an elephant or hippopotamus, but let me ask you this fiend, how many elephants have you seen with a tail that’s the length and thickness of a cedar tree? How many hippos have you seen with a tail like a cedar tree? None! Is the answer to that. Cedar trees are large evergreen trees and will usually grow to about 50 ft but some can reach as high as 100 ft but typically anywhere between 30-40 meters for those who go by the metric standard of measurement. The thickness of a cedar can be anywhere between 4-8 ft in diameter! Wow, once again, clearly God’s word is not describing an elephant or hippo but an animal of vast size that’s no longer in existence yet lived alongside man at one time, following Noah’s flood and within the antediluvian period. God snuck this account into the Book of Job I believe to answer the critics who claim that dinosaurs didn’t live alongside man and prove God doesn’t exist.

Friend, if you delve into the fossil record, you will find out this animal described in the book of Job is in fact one of two possible dinosaurs, either it was a brontosaurus or perhaps a brachiosaurus. This animal weighed approximately 20 and perhaps up to 40 tons!Then we have another dinosaur, the Leviathan. Leviathan, mentioned is 4 times in the Bible.

Psalm 104:26 (KJV) 26 “There go the ships: There is that leviathan, whom thou hast made   to play therein.”

Isaiah 27:1 (KJV) “In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword Shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent (another dinosaur or dragon); And he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”

Psalm 74:14 (KJV) 14 Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, And gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.” It can be eaten and not the devil.

Then we switch back to Job chapter 41 for a more detailed description. Remember that God is speaking to Job in this passage, job is not speaking here and this adds credibility. verse 1.

“Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?
Or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
Canst thou put an hook into his nose?
Or bore his jaw through with a thorn? then let’s skip to verse 15,

His scales are his pride,
Shut up together as with a close seal.
One is so near to another,
That no air can come between them.
They are joined one to another,
They stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
By his neesings a light doth shine,
And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.(luminous and glow in the dark)”

Friend, based on this description the Leviathan is said to be a Brontosaurus. And finally, we have the dragon mentioned in the Bible, remember what I said before until 1841, all large reptilian sightings were labeled as dragons not dinosaurs. Dinosaur is a Latin word for large fierce reptile.

In Gen 3:1 – we have the account of the serpent, this is the Nachesh in Hebrew. Eve was talking to this mysterious nachesh.

Genesis 3:1 (KJV) – “Now the serpent (nachesh) was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

Some biblical scholars believe this serpent was in fact a DRAGON, not a snake like we think. There are others who believe that Lucifer and the nachesh are two separate entities, but the bible makes it clear in the book of Revelation that the devil is described as a dragon and old serpent; therefore, they are one and the same. Revelation 20:2 (KJV) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.”

We know from scripture that Lucifer is able to transform himself into many spiritual or perhaps physical forms and one of those forms is a dragon and another a serpent. Yet we know Satan can transform himself into an angel of light and is also described as the prince of the power of the air, so we cannot doggedly say he’s just one manifestation because clearly, he’s able to transform himself readily. In the garden of Eden remember, the dragon or nawkash was a reptile that had the ability to walk, because part of the curse was that for the remainder of his days he would crawl on his belly. This nachesh lost his legs as part of the curse. Let’s read…

Genesis 3:14 (KJV) 14 “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”

Evidently before the curse this reptile or dragon could talk and walk. Friend, I firmly believe what the Bible has to say about dinosaurs and the fossil record backs it up i.e., Dinosaurs were contemporary WITH man. In fact, Alexander the Great apparently encountered a dinosaur in a cave in India, whom the locals worshiped, and these locals asked his army to attack it. This beast was reportedly over 100 ft long.

Friend, just because dinosaurs existed in ages past is not a reason to abandon God. Many Christians just don’t take the time to adequately research the bible and look for the existence of dinosaurs, so they’re unable to give a defense of their faith in light of the fossil record. Well, you do now friend, I’ve listed a series of scriptures here for you today documenting their existence. Don’t let the topic of dinosaurs be a reason to shy away from your firm faith in Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Peter says in 1st Pet 3:15, “we must always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

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