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Friday, February 10, 2012

Did God make Dinosaurs?

Why does the Bible make no mention of dinosaurs?

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The Bible makes no mention of many specific animals, i.e.: Elephants, Hippopotamus, Rhinoceros, Apes, etc. I don't think we can assume anything very meaningful from that. Dinosaurs are simply one of many specific animals not mentioned by name. As His second act of creation God created all animals. "God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth." Notice that the first animals mentioned are "great whales."  This is the Hebrew word "tannin," which, in many translations is "great sea monsters."  It is significant to note that this same word is frequently translated "dragon." Evidently the term includes all large sea-creatures, even the monsters of the past that are now extinct. Frequent references to dragons in the Bible, as well as early records and traditions of many past nations, cannot be shrugged off as mere fairy tales. Most probably they represent memories of dinosaurs handed down by tribal ancestors who encountered them before they became extinct. Some Christians believe the behemoth referred to in Job 40:15-24 is actually a dinosaur. Though not mentioned by name, God created the dinosaur.

So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1:21  NIV

And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:21 KJV

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