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Dinosaurs

by Billy Prewitt

Occasionally someone will ask me, "Do you believe in dinosaurs?"

That is when I get to say, "Yes, of course I do. They're in the Bible."

In this little tract, I am going to share with you something that will potentially have the power to reshape the way you think about God, the Bible, and evolution.

To start, evolution tells us that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago before man evolved. Is that true? If it is, then that means that the Bible is wrong. The Bible says that God created everything in 6 days. This included both dinosaurs and man. So, according to the Bible, dinosaurs and man lived together. Is the Bible wrong about that? I don't think so.

If you read the Bible, you will not find the word dinosaur. The reason for this is that the word dinosaur was invented in the 1800s. In other words, the word dinosaur is a new word. When the Bible was written, people used other words to talk about dinosaurs. Back then, they used words like behemoth, leviathan, unicorn, or even dragon. If you look these words up in a modern dictionary, it will say that they are mythological creatures, but the Bible does not include stories that are mythological in character. Some of the Biblical writers certainly knew that they were not myths. Let me share some of their experiences.

God told Job to go out and look at a behemoth. Job 40:15 says, "Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee." There are three things we notice in this verse. First, Job is told to go look at behemoth. This means that there was one available for Job to see. Second, behemoth was made at the same time as man. He was not extinct when man arrived. Third, God created behemoth. He did not evolve.

Fortunately, the Bible goes on to describe this creature. Job 40 describes this creature as a very large vegetarian animal with a big belly and a tail like a cedar tree. "His force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar" (Job 40:16-17). I would like you to imagine a very large big bellied animal with a tail like a pine tree. Scientists tell us that the brontosaurus was a vegetarian dinosaur with a very large belly and a long powerful tail. That is interesting isn't it. They are right about that. Job saw one.

There are several places in the Bible that mention a leviathan. Job saw one of those also, but so did plenty of other men. In Job 41, leviathan is described as a frightening creature that lives in water. It is interesting that Psalm 104:26 says, "There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein." Apparently, there were many people that had seen these creatures. Did you know that there are literally hundreds of stories of people seeing large dinosaur like creatures in the ocean. Many of these stories call the creatures sea monsters or sea serpents, but remember the word dinosaur is fairly new. What is even more interesting is that in 1962, there was a small group of boys that decided to go scuba diving off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Only one of the boys survived the experience. He said that the other boys were eaten by a creature that had a long neck and a round head. He could hear the other boys scream as the creature ate them. That sounds like a leviathan to me, or if you prefer, you can use the word dinosaur.

Another interesting discovery was made in Genn Rose, Texas. There is a little dry riverbed there that has become famous. They now call it Dinosaur Valley State Park. The reason for this is that there was a flood that washed away a layer of rock on the bottom of the riverbed. When the river dried up again, people saw literally hundreds of dinosaur footprints in the rock layers that were now exposed. Dinosaur footprints are interesting, but what is really interesting is that there were man made footprints also. One of the human footprints was actually in a dinosaur footprint. How did that happen if dinosaurs and humans were not living together? Well, there were some scientists that thought it was some kind of hoax, so they decided to cut back more of the rock layers to see if there were more prints underneath. Underneath the undisturbed rock, they found more dinosaur and human prints.

In short, I do believe in dinosaurs. I believe that they are magnificent creatures that God created in Genesis 1 that lived along side of man throughout history.

For us, there is only one question. You can choose to believe whatever you want to believe. You can believe that dinosaurs evolved before man if you want to, but the Bible says otherwise. What happens if the Bible is right. If it is, then God created everything. If God created everything, then he has the right to make the rules. Have you followed His rules? He has made rules against lying, stealing, lusting, cursing, hating, and even disobeying parents. The Bible also says in John 3:36, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." Does the wrath of God abide on you?

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