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Holy Spirit Interactive Youth: Bible Geek: Why Aren't Dinosaurs in the Bible?

Why Aren't Dinosaurs in the Bible?

There are no references to dinosaurs in the Bible at all. How do you explain that?

Because even God is annoyed by Barney!

No, seriously, it’s because dinosaurs weren’t cool until Steven Spielberg came along.

Alright, enough, I have to say that I really like this question.

The most basic answer is that the dinosaurs lived and died in that timeframe in Genesis 1:19-20, because when it says “days” it doesn’t necessarily mean a literal 24 hour period; just because it doesn’t list the “dinosaur” by name, doesn’t mean that it didn’t exist. For that matter, it didn’t list the kangaroo, the giraffe, or the grizzly bear either.

Remember, some portions of the Bible are meant to be taken literally, some historically, some symbolically, some figuratively, and some a combination of these ways. Put simply, the creation account in Genesis is not intended to be an “all-inclusive” historical “ledger” of everything that did or didn’t happen, or did or didn’t take place within a given “creation time frame”.

The final verse in the Gospel of John gives us a little bit of insight, “There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.” (John 21:25)

This verse reminds us that not everything was written down in the Sacred Scriptures…only the things pertaining to God, Christ, the Holy Spirit…the early Church, etc., and only the things that the authors were inspired by God’s Spirit to record, and the early Church Fathers were lead to include.


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