When people hear the word “dinosaur”, they think of prehistoric creatures living in the ancient past millions of years ago. They think of the fearsome T. rex or a mega-ton Diplodocus that roamed the earth long before man set foot on the earth. But is this true? Not according to the Bible! The Christian/Creation worldview is based in real history and that the Bible is not just a book about salvation, but is the history book of the universe. The Bible is actually for the born-again believer who received the Lord as Savior by faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) and is growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
The Bible starts from the beginning. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This is when history started on Earth. This is the beginning of time for the universe and the Earth and it was not billions of years ago. But there is people who insist that the Bible leaves people wanting more in its dialogue on dinosaurs. This is simple not true. We must first understand that the Bible is foremost God’s revelation to man about Himself. He provided us an amazing account that describes, in wonderful fashion, the relationship between God and man. There has been many creatures created by God but due to the purpose of Scripture, we would not expect its revelation to go into vivid detail on all the animals God created. For example, a zebra, an octopus, or a great white shark is not mentioned in the Bible and no one seems too disturbed by their absence. But when you say dinosaurs are described in the Bible even though the word “dinosaur” is not used, people go ballistic, especially the evolutionists. It is because evolutionary philosophy tries to place dinosaurs in a prehistoric environment and timetable, which causes dismay and bewilderment towards Creationists. This confusion surfaces only because the word “dinosaur” is not used in the Bible. People ask why is it not there? The reason it is not is because the King James Bible was printed in 1611. The word ” dinosaur” was not coined until Sir Richard Owen did so in 1841. Therefore, it was linguistically impossible for the word “dinosaur” to be in the English Bible before 1841 because the word was not part of the English language. But words such as “dragons”, “behemoth”, and other names ere used to describe these magnificent beasts.
The Book of Genesis gives us the account of creation in chapter one verses one through thirty-one. On the sixth day of creation God created the land animals which dinosaurs were a part of (Genesis 1:24-25). This is the same day He created man (Adam)(Genesis 1:26-28).
In Genesis 1:24, God created the beasts of the earth which would include dinosaurs. When God gives His discourse to Job, He mentions the lions, wild goat, and the ostrich as examples of types of animals that were known to Job, but not animals Job would have as a pet. Then God tells Job of a special animal He created that is different from all other animals. He calls this animal “behemoth”. Many of the modern Bible editions attempt to pass off this creature as either an elephant or a hippopotamus. Once again, either God was confused about what He and Job were familiar with, or the scholars are wrong. Neither an elephant nor a hippopotamus has a tail for instance, that resembles a cedar tree moving in the wind. (Cedar trees are tall, straight evergreen trees). And although the hippopotamus lives in a river, the elephant does not. An elephant may live near mountains and under trees, but the hippopotamus does not. The total description is easily matched to what we know from the fossil record. This creature that Job saw is extinct now. It fits the description of the larger sauropods (four-footed dinosaur with long necks) that we find in the fossil record. God was using behemoth as an example of a dinosaur He created to tell Job that He is both Creator and Caretaker of this wild beast.