Topic #3: Dragons

I think dragons were real. Most people dismiss the beasts as a myth, something to use to scare children. You might think the same thing.

Stories about dragons were told all over the ancient world. And fundamental characteristics were the same: sharp teeth, scales, tremendous size, and, of course, the ability to breath fire.

So how did such a monster form out of the mists of time? I believe the pervasiveness and consistency of dragon stories occurred because dragons existed at one time.

It might surprise you, but the Bible mentions dragons several times. In the book bearing his name, Job describes a creature called the leviathan that sounds striking similar to a dragon.

    His snorting throws out flashes of light; his eyes are like the rays of dawn. Firebrands stream from his mouth; sparks of fire shoot out. Smoke pours from his nostrils as from a boiling pot over a fire of reeds. His breath sets coals ablaze, and flames dart from his mouth. (Job 41:18-21)

The New Living Translation says, “Possibly the crocodile.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a crocodile breathe fire.

Dragons have likely gone the way of the dodo. Or, I should say, the dinosaur because the fire-breathers were likely a type of dinosaur. The big difference between a dinosaur and a dragon is the ability to breathe fire. And it turns out that the ability to “breathe fire” exists in nature.

When provoked, the bombardier beetle ejects a mixture of hydroquinone and hydrogen peroxide at an enemy. These two chemicals react with each other and form a boiling, noxious chemical that can kill other insects.

The existence of dragons is strange and amazing. But, if you think about it, dragons are much easier to accept than the reality of a God-Man dying to restore humanity and then rising from the dead.

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  1. Kells

     /  May 7, 2010

    thanks for writing this 😀
    i have thought before about dragons being real because various traditions have similar stories of them, but i just dismissed it as wishful thinking on my part.
    it’s good to hear your opinions, especially since it looks like you did a lot of writing.

  2. Kells

     /  May 7, 2010

    oopsie i meant
    *did a lot or research

  3. Dad

     /  May 9, 2010

    Hmm, very interesting…enjoyed reading!


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