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“Why aren’t dinosaurs in the Bible?”
And who doesn’t love dinosaurs? You’d think the Bible would at least mention them!
Now, there are some folks who are convinced that dinosaurs showed up on the sixth day of creation (which would mean that humans and dinos coexisted.) Others similarly believe that the creatures mentioned in Job (40, 42) are references to ancient “thunder lizards.” (Maybe, maybe not; one of them, Leviathan, sounds more like a fire-breathing dragon to me; see Job 42:13-21.)
But seriously, is there a problem if dinosaurs actually don’t appear in the Bible? Would that omission somehow call into question all those fossils we see in the natural history museum? More importantly, would that absence cast doubt on the veracity and reliability of the Bible?
Two important thoughts here: First, there are many things not mentioned in the Bible. For example, continental drift, volcanoes, meteorites and Colorado blue spruce trees aren’t there.
You know what else is not mentioned in the Bible? Brains. The liver, kidneys, bowels, heart, yes—but not brains. Do we have a problem in any way due to the absence of brains in the Bible?
What does this mean? Simply that the Bible doesn’t explain everything. It is not a science, or history textbook. It leaves many topics unaddressed ... and that is quite alright.
This leads to the second thought: the purpose of the Bible is not to provide scientific proofs. It is to introduce people to God. From the first chapter to the last, we find in it a portrayal of the eternal, purposeful, creative God. By showing how real people have interacted with this God who reveals Himself in history, the Bible helps facilitate our own dialogue with Him.
Fortunately, genuine faith is not based on finding dinosaurs in the Bible. Faith is based on an encounter with the living God who revealed Himself most fully in Jesus the Christ.