If God is real, then why doesn't the Bible mention dinosaurs?
It’s simple, really: the human beings that wrote the Bible did not know about dinosaurs, and had absolutely no reason to imagine that any such creatures had ever existed. Civilisation had moved past the hunter-gathering phase some while back (though plenty of superstition remained!).To the minds of ancient man, what better explanation for the creation of the Universe than “some really powerful being did it!”, bearing in mind that the understanding humanity had of science and the like hadn’t developed to the point it needed to to provide alternative hypothesis.So, to the writers of the Bible, the Genesis tale of Adam and Eve was likely one they’d heard passed down in oral histories by others (of the Jewish faith), and they wrote it down, so that such teachings might be preserved and recognised as ‘the truth as we understand it’.Fast forward a few thousand years later, and we start digging up fossils, and bones of massive creatures we hadn’t known about before, and combining such finds with modern forensic science, we realise that these things had been around millions of years before humanity had ever evolved. And so we ask: how is this possible? Does it mean the Bible is wrong?And the answer? Oh, yes. Absolutely. Of course! For were not humans placed upon the Earth shortly after the creation of all the animals, to look after them? How could this be, with T-Rex and other carnivores roaming around. Look after them? They’d eat us, if they existed at the same time. So it’s fairly evident that they came first, particularly since science has some very clear evidence that this is the case (with humanity being roughly 300–200 thousand years old at the most). So, yes, the Bible got it wrong.Everyone who suggests otherwise is doing that horrific backpedalling that people do when they know they’ve been caught out, but want to nonetheless validate their beliefs as ‘true’. Those who say ‘days’ in Genesis refer to vast swathes of time (without giving a set figure), or those who suggest that humans and dinosaurs somehow lived together (as Creationist ‘History Museums’ and The Flintstones would have you believe!).Remember: the Bible is designed to place God at the pinnacle of all, but humanity second thereafter, as a ‘special creation’. And humans simply didn’t know about dinosaurs when the Bible was written. It is, therefore, a reflection of ignorance corrected in modern times, and a statement of antiquated belief maintained at a time when we did not know better.
What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur?
The technical definition of a dinosaur is based on detailed characteristics of their skeletons...take a look at the "What is a Dinosaur" section of the wikipedia link below. Not all ancient reptiles were dinosaurs. The distinguishing characteristics of dinosaurs are (this list is from the second source): 1. underslung legs that gave dinosaurs an erect posture 2. a large hole in the bottom of their basin-shaped hip-socket 3. a secondary palate (uncharacteristic of reptiles) that permits dinosaurs to eat and breathe at the same time 4. a fairly straight thigh bone with an in-turned head 5. two pairs of holes in the temporal region of the skull (diapsid skull) 6. backward-pointing knees (or elbows) of the front legs forward-pointing knees of the rear legs (rather than pointing sideways) 7. front legs shorter and lighter than the rear legs (in almost every case) 8. a special bone (predentary) at the chin that capped the front of the bottom jaw in some dinosaurs (the ornithischians) 9. land-dwelling creature, rather than marine or airborne And sorry to be negative, but met posted a few things that aren't true: "Dinosaurs were the first true vertebrates. They were also the first creatures to come out of the ocean" The first true vertebrates were fish-like things that lived in the sea. The first animals to come out of the ocean were probably insects or sea invertibrates; there were land animals for many millions of years before dinosaurs.
Were dinosaurs real? Do they go against the Bible?
Hi, I am a 77 yr old Catholic guy who believe it or not is divorced. The marriages were not Church Marriages were not done in the Catholic Church by a Priest. A few years back I had s meeting with a Priest and did a Confession and am now able to be as a regular Catholic. I have to live in an assisted :Living Facility due to my physical problems caused by 50 years of smoking about 1 1./2 pkgs. of cigs a day and drinking about a 1/5 ths. of Vodka each day with a couple of beers in between the drinks. The Cigs. and Booze has helped me acquire some side effects a couple of which are COPD, Type 2 Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy. And some smaller odds and ends bad for health. I was able to quit drinking by saying a couple of Rosaries when I was in the Hospital and I took a nap and when I awoke I had a plan that was in my mind. All voluntary if I wanted to do it and I did. I quit drinking that very same day, no affects no desires to have any more drinks with alcohol. A few days after I quit smoking the cigs, but did use the battery operated nicotine sticks for a few months and then quit those. I no longer drink or smoke.I have read the Bible probably 2 times from the front to the back. I have attended all required science classes in the Michigan Schools system's science requirements. I have no recall of reading about dinosaurs in the Bible but I see no requirement or reason for them to be listed, I am a firm believer in the fact that they were on the Earth and in the Seas.Why would I think that those animals are against the Bible ????
Are there dinosaurs living in the deep ocean?
The term 'Dinosaur' actually means vertebrate animals (animals with a backbone) that lived ON LAND roughly 65 - 230 million years ago, so there never were any dinosaurs in the oceans. Though there were several large aquatic animals that lived in the ocean during the same time frame (plesiosaur, mosasaur), these creatures are incorrectly called dinosaurs. (1) As for creatures from the time of dinosaurs still being alive today, the fossil record of sharks extends back over 250 million years, before vertebrate animals even existed on land. (2) I would say that there is a good chance that there are large, strange creatures living undiscovered in the deep ocean. Rare creatures like the Megamouth Shark (3) and the Giant Squid (4) have only recently been discovered in the ocean depths. The Megamouth shark is a very unusual looking shark, and was not discovered until 1976, a mere 30 years ago. The existance of the Giant Squid was also hard to prove, as very few carcasses are found, and many of these are extremely decayed. It was not until only TWO YEARS AGO that a live giant squid was photographed in it's natural habitat. Given that these two species lived undetected for so long makes me think it's possible that animals similar to the Plesiosaur (5) or the Mosasaur(6) could still be hiding in the oceans depths today.
Why didn't the bible mention Dinosaurs? ?
It did. The word "dinosaur" wasn't around then. REad it yourself: Behemoth has the following attributes according to Job 40:15-24 It “eats grass like an ox.” It “moves his tail like a cedar.” (In Hebrew, this literally reads, “he lets hang his tail like a cedar.”) Its “bones are like beams of bronze, His ribs like bars of iron.” “He is the first of the ways of God.” “He lies under the lotus trees, In a covert of reeds and marsh.” Leviathan has the following attributes according to Job chapter 41, Psalm 104:25,26 and Isaiah 27:1. This is only a partial listing—just enough to make the point. “No one is so fierce that he would dare stir him up.” “Who can open the doors of his face, with his terrible teeth all around?” “His rows of scales are his pride, shut up tightly as with a seal; one is so near another that no air can come between them; they are joined one to another, they stick together and cannot be parted.” “His sneezings flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lights; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke goes out of his nostrils, as from a boiling pot and burning rushes. His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes out of his mouth.” “Though the sword reaches him, it cannot avail; nor does spear, dart, or javelin. He regards iron as straw, and bronze as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee; slingstones become like stubble to him. Darts are regarded as straw; he laughs at the threat of javelins.” “On earth there is nothing like him, which is made without fear.” Leviathan “played” in the “great and wide sea” (a paraphrase of Psalm 104 verses 25 and 26—get the exact sense by reading them yourself). Leviathan is a “reptile [a] that is in the sea.” (Isaiah 27:1)
Dinosaur in the Bible, not a hippo, not an elephant?
I'm sure these verses have come up a lot but this is why I personally believe the behemoth is not an elephant, hippo, or similar animal. Job 15 Behold now the behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox -- If you created the universe and was trying to show your power, you would have to use something incredibly huge to compare it to an ox. A large creature which still eats grass just like the ox. Even an elephant which is still pretty big, wouldn't make too much sense, an ox is still not WAY smaller than an elephant. 17 He moveth his tail like a cedar... That's almost self explanatory, hippos and elephants have really small tails. How can you compare a small tail to a cedar? So I would rule them out because of this, and because of my last point I made. Plus I doubt God would have mistaken the elephant's trunk for its tail. 23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. Now, hippos live in rivers and have huge mouths, but we've ruled them out. And plus, I think something a lot, a lot, bigger than a hippo or elephant would be needed to even joke about them drawing up a whole river. You would need an incredibly large animal to say that he drinks so much water without even hesitating. Now, you can say, "Well maybe it was a mammoth". They still have tiny tail in comparison to a cedar tree. But God said he eats grass like an ox, what that could also mean is that he bends his head down and takes the grass directly into its mouth. Elephants and mammoths don't bend down to eat, they use their trunks. And hippos aren't too much bigger than an ox to even use. So now what? Still want to rule out a dinosaur? Apatosaurus makes much more sense to me.