Yes,

There are dinosaurs in the Bible



    That dinosaurs existed in this world cannot be rationally disputed.   Most museums of natural history have collections of dinosaur bones in life size reconstruction on display for any to see.  From these bones, size and weight can be calculated with a fair degree of accuracy.  From the structure of their teeth, whether these dinosaurs ate meat or plants can be reasonably deduced.

    However, the large size of these animals has given the paleontologists a huge paradox.  On the one hand, there are a group of scientist that say the sheer structural size and weight of these creatures would have created dynamic stress on the bones supporting them and these scientists calculate huge dinosaurs could not move very fast for fear of hurting themselves.  On the other hand, and quite contrary to this scientific theory, is the fact that detailed bio-mechanical reconstruction’s show them to be active agile mammals.  Both sides of this argument appear to have equally valid points.  Nonetheless, what can really be stated, as fact from both sides is, that they are GUESSES?   On top of that they are not very good guesses either, for to resolve this paradox science ASSUMES, without any valid proof, that the earth’s gravity was weaker when the dinosaurs lived.   These scientists claim, the earth’s gravity was weaker at that time, which would have allowed both the size and the agility of these animals to be compatible.   In short, science would alter the whole universe to make their conclusions work.

What does God say about all this?

    To begin with the moon was put into position on the forth day of creation. (Genesis 1:14-19) If the earth’s gravity were weaker then, would the moon not have been pulled down to the earth when our planet had eaten all its wheaties and grown stronger?   Isn’t that the way gravity works? The point of this silliness is, it is not very scientific to ignore the laws of the universe just to make a hypothesis about dinosaurs seem applicable.

    Scientists have, in recent years, uncovered a dinosaur they have named the supersaurus. Its neck extended 39 feet into the air and it had a giant tail, which they claim was used like a whip, along with a claw on one toe of each of its massive feet.   It was about 138 feet long or roughly a bit more than a third the size of a football field and weighed in at about 55 tons. 

    However, what is really interesting about this dinosaur is, it is exactly the kind of animal

God Himself speaks of in Job.

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The exclamation point the arrow above is pointing at under the tail,  (although not drawn to scale) will give you a rough idea of the comparative size of man and beast.

Job 40:15-41:10 (NIV)

15 "Look at the behemoth, which I made along with you and which

feeds on grass like an ox.

The Hebrew word used here is behemah (be-hay-maw');
from an unused root (probably meaning to be mute); properly, a dumb beast; especially any large quadruped or animal. 


    Notice:  [God is saying,...
"Which I made along with you"... and there are footprints imbedded in the earth in Texas of both man and dinosaur, side by side, that prove man and dinosaur existed at the same time.   However, since man was the last of creation on the earth the dinosaurs were here first, consequentially a longer time.   Also since those creative days are much longer than 24 hours we have no idea how long dinosaurs roamed the earth.]

16 What strength he has in his loins, what power in the muscles of his belly!

17 His tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are close-knit.

    [Most Bible commentators equate this beast spoken of here in Job with a hippopotamus or rhinoceros but both their tails are only noteworthy because they are so small compared to the animal.   A cedar tree is a large sturdy tree.    So much so, in fact, that they were used as ceiling beams in the temple built by Solomon.   If either the hippo or the rhinoceros had tails like a cedar tree they would find it difficult to move. ]

18 His bones are tubes of bronze, his limbs like rods of iron.

19 He ranks first among the works of God, yet his Maker can approach him with his sword. (NIV)

    [In other words he ranks first in might amongst the animals created by God, but even this gigantic dumb beast has sense enough to bow before the power of his maker.]

20 The hills bring him their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.

    [The above verse is saying that this animal, in spite of its size, was gentle in nature or at least other animals did not feel threatened by it for they play near him without fear.]

21 Under the lotus plants he lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.

22 The lotuses conceal him in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround him.

23 When the river rages, he is not alarmed; he is secure, though the Jordan should surge against his mouth.

    [The Jordan, like the Mississippi River when it acts up, can be pretty devastating. Yet, verse 23 is telling us this animal is so large it pays no attention to it.]

24 Can anyone capture him by the eyes, or trap him and pierce his nose?

    Capturing something by its eyes seems strange to many so let us use another version of the Bible to clear this up.

Job 40:24

"Can anyone capture him when he is on watch, with barbs can anyone pierce {his} nose? (NAS)

    [Many believe that God is speaking of two different animals in Job because He refers to it as a behemoth in this chapter and a leviathan in the next.    The truth is both words fits the description so carefully laid out.    The confusion comes because the word leviathan can also be used to describe a huge serpent or a crocodile, or a hippopotamus which are also animals one would find in a swamp or marsh area, which is why God used behemoth to begin with.   However, it is the same animal and chapter 41 is simply a continuance of this narrative by God in which God is making the point that the animal cannot be caught or tamed.]

CHAPTER 41

1 "Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope?

2 Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook?

3 Will he keep begging you for mercy? Will he speak to you with gentle words?

4 Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life?

5 Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls?

6 Will traders barter for him? Will they divide him up among the merchants?

7 Can you fill his hide with harpoons or his head with fishing spears?

    [Jehovah above is speaking in a contemptuous tone.   To understand why, picture yourself standing on the one-yard line of a football field, with this creature beside you taking up a little more than one third of the field with its head in the sky four stories high.   This would allow you to understand the point God is making to Job concerning this animal in the next two verses.

8 If you lay a hand on him, you will remember the struggle and never do it again!

9 Any hope of subduing him is false; the mere sight of him is overpowering.

    Perhaps it would help to understand that this discourse by God to Job was in answer to Job complaining that he was innocent, which he was. However, Job was very special in Gods eyes and God used this dinosaur to explain and earlier statement to Job.]

Job 40:8

"Will you really annul My judgment?  Will you condemn me that you may be justified? (NAS)

 

    God summed up his remarks about this dinosaur by stating:

10 No one is fierce enough to rouse him.  Who then is able to stand against me? (NIV)

To which we echo... WHO INDEED!

 

In case you are wondering what Job thought of all this:

Job 40:4

"Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand on my mouth. (NAS)


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