Some questions are simple. Some questions are complex. Some questions seem simple until you begin to pursue the answer. The question about dinosaurs is that third kind of question in my opinion.
I do NOT claim to be any sort of expert or definitive voice on this issue, and there are a lot of matters that need to be addressed in answering this question. The dinosaur dilemma involves everything from age of the earth to evolution to ancient history and pre-history of mankind.
I think the following videos from Apologetics Press are very helpful in answering the dinosaur dilemma in both a biblical and a scientific/historic way.
While I may not be an expert, here are some things I know (and many of them were covered in these videos).
1. God created the heavens and the earth and everything in them. God created gigantic lizard creatures just like he created the blue whale. His power and might are on display through what he has created.
2. Evolution, especially as Darwin suggested it, cannot be proven. Evolution is more of a worldview and belief system than it is a scientific observation. And the one thing we know from the history of science is that theories are made to be disproved. The more we discover about the way the universe works, the more we realize how little we actually know. Why hang your hat on scientific theories that can change in an instant while disregarding God and his word which never change and are consistently proven true?
3. As far as dinosaurs go, you won’t find them mentioned in Scripture because the term “dinosaur” is only 150 years old! But you do see descriptions in Job 40 and 41 of the behemoth and the leviathan which do not match any known creature alive today. But they DO match descriptions of known dinosaurs…
4. We simply cannot explain away universally held beliefs. For instance, why would the Aztecs, the Chinese, and the Celts from prehistoric times ALL have dragon stories and depictions? That doesn’t just happen. All of these cultures from millennia past MUST have had some encounter with these type of creatures – and they all depict creatures very similar to what we call dinosaurs.
I’m not saying that in order to be a Christian you must believe in that dinosaurs and mankind shared this planet at some point in the past. In the grand scheme of things, this issue is not that important. What is important, however, is that we never doubt the creative power of our God. I believe that as our scientific study progresses our own human errors in observation and data collection (aka, manipulation) will come to light.