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By   •   July 17, 2006

Q:

I am eight years old and I have a question for you. Did Noah's ark have dinosaurs in it? Or did they maybe die in the flood? My parents didn't know the answer and they said to ask you.


A:

Noah lived many thousands of years ago, and the Bible doesn’t give a detailed list of what birds and animals were included on the ark.

The Bible does say, however, that the reason God preserved the animals and birds on the ark was “to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth” after the flood was gone (Genesis 7:3). Since dinosaurs apparently were extinct a long time before Noah, and also didn’t appear after the flood, it seems unlikely that his ark included such creatures.

Noah’s life is more than just an interesting story, however—and I hope you’ll read it for yourself. (You can find it in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, beginning in chapter 6.) When you read it, I hope you’ll study carefully what kind of person Noah was. He lived in a terrible world—a world that had forgotten God and made fun of Him. But the Bible says, “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God” (Genesis 6:9).

I pray that this will be your goal as you grow older. God loves you, and He wants you to love Him in return. More than that, He wants you to be part of His family and to be with Him in Heaven someday. Ask Jesus to come into your life right now—and He will. Then ask Him to help you to be like Noah, living for Christ and walking with Him every day. God bless you.

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