I just love to get questions from kids. To kids the Bible is more real than to grown-ups and they really ask some good questions. Just today, a pastor friend of mine shared this question with me. My friend was like, how do you answer this kid, not knowing what garbage that they are giving them at school.
The question was did Adam live with dinosaurs? I can find no place in the Bible that specifically says that Adam lived with dinosaurs. However, the word dinosaurs was not even made up until 1842, and the Bible was written about 1800 years before that. Therefore, that makes sense. However, the Bible does say:
King James Version (KJV)
24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
This shows that God made all the living creatures, Man, and dinosaurs on the 6th day. He just does not call them dinosaurs because that is a man-made word that means terrible lizard. Therefore, the short answer is yes, Adam had to live the same time as dinosaurs.
That really leads to the next question, can you find dinosaurs in the Bible. I would say yes, the book of Job describe two creatures that must be dinosaurs. First is the behemoth found in Job 40,
15Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
16Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
17He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
18His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.
I have had some people try to argue that this is an elephant but it cannot be because it says he move his tail like a cedar. Have you seen an elephants tail there is no way you can describe an elephant’s tail like a cedar. (See below)
Also, see the size difference. I agree the parts of the description could be an elephant, except for the tail and size; therefore, it must be what we call a dinosaur today.
The second animal is the in the next chapter of Job and the description takes up the whole chapter. It is called the Leviathan. I will only give excerpts here for size but please go read the whole chapter 42. The Leviathan has scales:
15His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal.
16One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
17They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
Scales are found on lizards and these are strong and impenetrable.
25When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.
26The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon.
27He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood.
28The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble.
29Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
The leviathan is so big that anybody who sees it is scared. No known weapon works against the leviathan.
31He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.
He leaves in the sea.
I believe the only explanation of these two creatures is that they are what modern day people would call dinosaurs. Therefore, God did make dinosaurs because he described them in detail and He made all living beings as stated in Genesis. And God made all the living beings in the beginning, so dinosaurs were made, therefore, logic tells us that Adam lived with dinosaurs.