Does the Bible say anything about dinosaurs? Not directly. So how are dinosaurs and the bible related? One must keep in mind that the Bible is an account of man and instructions for man. Does the bible say anything about cats, dogs, rabbits, monkeys, etc.? Only by chance.
The Bible was written by the Holy Spirit through man for man. However, it does give us a clue about what happened to the dinosaurs. We know that dinosaurs once existed on this planet because we have dug up their fossilized bones. Some believe that dinosaurs are millions of years old. Others believe they were here when man came along but just lived in a different area of the planet. I have seen and heard good arguments going both ways.
Mankind is just now going into the 7th millennium. Man has not been on this planet very long compared to the age of the universe, which many Christian scientists think is about 14.5 billion years old.
What does the Bible say about the origins of heaven and earth? "In the beginning God created the heavens and earth."
How Does This Relate To Dinosaurs and the Bible?
The Bible tells us that at the beginning of eternity, God created the earth and the universe. Everything was perfect in the beginning because God is perfect. God does not create an imperfect thing. There was no evil in the beginning either. Lucifer, now known as Satan, was the highest ranked angel of all. All was well in God's universe. But something happened. Here is one possible clue on how dinosaurs and the bible are related. Some scientists, who are also Christians, believe this theory is flawed.
Verse 2 of Genesis 1 states: "And the earth was formless and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep (oceans). And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the water."
Something called the "Gap Theory" believes something happened to Earth to make it "formless and void". This theory hypothesizes that a great disaster struck the earth before the earth of Verse 2 came about. This disaster was God's doing. The question is why?
It is believed that Satan came to the earth and deceived the inhabitants (i.e. cavemen) and they rebelled against God. Being a righteous God, He had no choice but to destroy the inhabitants with a great disaster.
The big problem with this theory is that it hypothesizes that death was around before Adam sinned. The Bible tells us that Adam's sin brought a curse upon all of creation not just man. The Bible also tells us that Lucifer sinned and became Satan sometime before the creation of Earth. Was death possible or even exist before Adam? This is a mystery that could be debated for days.
Note what Isaiah 24:1 states - Behold the Lord maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof..
Some people believe this is referring to the Great White Throne Judgment when the earth is destroyed by fire and a new heaven and earth is made. This passage is referring to God's judgment, but upon whom? In the Great White Throne Judgment the people are "gathered together" to be judged. In Isasiah 24 they are "scattered abroad" implying that this is a different group being judged.
Could it be that Lucifer had reign over this earth before he rebelled against God and became Satan? Could it be that the inhabitants of this planet (dinosaurs and cavemen and whatever else may have been here) were led into rebellion against God by the fallen angel Lucifer, who became Satan? Could it be that the earth was destroyed prior to Noah's Flood? Some scientists claim that it was. Since the earth was covered with water in Verse 2 of Genesis, could it be that the earth was destroyed by flood twice? Many creation scientists reject this idea.
What was the command God gave Noah's family? Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons,and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply and REPLENISH the earth. KJV What does the term "replenish" mean? It means to "refill". What had happened that Noah was told to "refill" the earth. The flood that destroyed all life on earth with the exception of the life inside Noah's Ark of course.
Where else in the bible can we find the commandment to be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth? In Genesis 1:28 we read And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, multiply, and REPLENISH the earth and subdue it. Who was God talking to? Adam and Eve. Why were Adam and Eve commanded to "replenish" or "refill" the earth unless the earth had once been full and something had happened to wipe out the life that was on the earth? It is possible that the word "replenish" here might have another meaning.
Are Dinosaurs Proof Of The Invalidity Of The Bible?
Once upon a time, my favorite argument against the bible was "What about the dinosaurs?" Why doesn't the Bible mention them? Man is only 6,000 years old. No one really knows how old this planet is. The age of this planet is based on educated guesswork and no one agrees. The only way to know for sure is to ask God. The Bible is a history of man and a guidebook for man. The things that took place on this planet prior to the birth of man are irrelevant to man's condition because those things are now extinct. This is the same reason the Bible does not mention life on other planets. That information is irrelevant to man's condition. For that reason, our space program is doomed to failure. If God wanted us to visit beings on other planets or tell us about dinosaurs, He would have done so. The very absence of that information implies that it is not important for us to know. Man is the subject of the Bible that is why the issue of dinosaurs and the Bible should only be one of curiosity and not of great importance.
The absence of the mention of dinosaurs in the Bible in no way negates the validity of the Bible. There are numerable proofs that the Bible is true.