Friday, May 2, 2014

Unbelievable Bible beasts

When we read fantasy books, we may be intrigued by the many fanciful and frightening creatures that grace their pages. The dragon may be a staple of medieval tale, and they may lead to an exciting story. But they also help to tell us that it's a work of fiction. So with that in mind, let's take a look at the many mythological creatures found in the pages of the Bible...

Leviathan (a kind of sea monster)

Isaiah 27:1
In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.


Daniel 14:26
Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and boiled them together: and he made lumps, and put them into the dragon' s mouth, and the dragon burst asunder. And he said: Behold him whom you worshiped.


Isaiah 13:21
But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.


Isaiah 59:5
They hatch cockatrice' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.


2 Samuel 21:20-22
And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant. And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimeah the brother of David slew him. These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.

Jon 40:15-19
Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God: he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.
Seven-Headed Beast

Revelation 13:1
 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.


Numbers 23:22
God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

Isaiah 34:6-8
The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea. And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Exodus 22:18
Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

Talking Snake

Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Talking Donkey

Numbers 22:30
And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay.
All these are creatures that most would consider absurd. Yet here they are in the supposedly perfect word of God (and most mentioned multiple times)... I didn't even bother mentioning angels, demons, and the devil.

Lets face it, angles as described in the
Bible are just as ridiculous.

While these fantasy creatures are all to be found, there are things that are conspicuously absent. The first one people typically go to is the dinosaurs. But that's far from all that's missing. How about any animal that isn't indigenous to the areas immediately around where the Bible was written. No parrots, kangaroos, platypus, otter, raccoon, squirrel, etc. Yes, the Bible mentions unicorns and monsters as if they were real, but many common and well known real creatures get nary a mention. That should speak volumes about how believable and reliable Bible itself is...

-Brain Hulk

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