Why aren’t dinosaurs mentioned in the Bible?
The problem with that question is that it is assumptive language. The question assumes something that may or may not be true. The truth is, dinosaurs are mentioned in the Bible!
“Where?” You say. It just all depends on who you trust, God or man?
Man says that dinosaurs could not be in the Bible because they lived millions of years before humans (for more on that visit Separated Neighbors) and the Bible is a record of human history. But, this is also assumptive language. Man assumes that dinosaurs lived on earth millions of years ago. But, they don’t have any evidence.
God, on the other hand, says that dinosaurs were made on the sixth day (Genesis 1:24 and 31), that they roamed with man and originally ate plants (Genesis 1:30)!
Where is the evidence?
Well, we know that God created all the land animals on the sixth day and that dinosaurs are land animals. We also know that dinosaurs were herbivores in the beginning (see Dinosaurs – Vegetarians? and Genesis 1:30).
Well, you might say why don’t I see the word “dinosaur” in the Bible?
The Bible was translated the English in 1611 and the word “dinosaur” was first created in 1841; thus if the word “dinosaur” doesn’t even exist then you would find a substitute word for it, we will discuss that more below.
(See Behemoth – Draw Up Jordan Into His Mouth) Job 40:15-24:
15 Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
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.
24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose pierceth through snares.
The above description could easily describe multiple dinosaurs, including Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus and Apatosaurus. These dinosaurs all had tails like cedars and were at least herbivores. The name for Diplodocus actually means “double beam lizard” and is believed to have great strength in the stomach area.
(See Leviathan – That Crooked Serpent) Job 41:1-34:
1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?
2 Canst thou put a rope into his nose? Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?
3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? Or will he speak soft words unto thee?
4 Will he make a covenant with thee, That thou shouldest take him for a servant for ever?
5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? Or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
6 Will the bands of fishermen make traffic of him? Will they part him among the merchants?
7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons, Or his head with fish-spears?
8 Lay thy hand upon him; Remember the battle, and do so no more.
9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: Will not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
10 None is so fierce that he dare stir him up; Who then is he that can stand before me?
11 Who hath first given unto me, that I should repay him? Whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.
12 I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, Nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame.
13 Who can strip off his outer garment? Who shall come within his jaws?
14 Who can open the doors of his face? Round about his teeth is terror.
15 His strong scales are his pride, Shut up together as with a close seal.
16 One is so near to another, That no air can come between them.
17 They are joined one to another; They stick together, so that they cannot be sundered.
18 His sneezings flash forth light, And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 Out of his mouth go burning torches, And sparks of fire leap forth.
20 Out of his nostrils a smoke goeth, As of a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 His breath kindleth coals, And a flame goeth forth from his mouth.
22 In his neck abideth strength, And terror danceth before him.
23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: They are firm upon him; they cannot be moved.
24 His heart is as firm as a stone; Yea, firm as the nether millstone.
25 When he raiseth himself up, the mighty are afraid: By reason of consternation they are beside themselves.
26 If one lay at him with the sword, it cannot avail; Nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
27 He counteth iron as straw, And brass as rotten wood.
28 The arrow cannot make him flee: Sling-stones are turned with him into stubble.
29 Clubs are counted as stubble: He laugheth at the rushing of the javelin.
30 His underparts are like sharp potsherds: He spreadeth as it were a threshing-wain upon the mire.
31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: He maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
32 He maketh a path to shine after him; One would think the deep to be hoary.
33 Upon earth there is not his like, That is made without fear.
34 He beholdeth everything that is high: He is king over all the sons of pride.
Although this description may not describe a dinosaur it most likely does describe a water-dwelling creature that evolutionists say lived with dinosaurs (Isaiah 27:1).
As for the description of it possibly breathing fire there is nothing wrong with that. Most animals can develop flammable gases, they just don’t have a way to light it; this creature could’ve had that ability.
Not only do these accounts in the Bible exist but there are also many other words in the Bible that tell us man did live with dinosaurs and that they are mentioned in the Bible!