“And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.”
We are used to the fact that the dragons of legend may refer to dinosaurs. The word dinosaur was invented comparatively recently, in 1841, by Sir Richard Owen. Before the invention of this word, scientific papers describing the discoveries of fossils of the creatures that we now call dinosaurs, referred to them as dragons. Even evolutionists, although they do not accept that dinosaurs and humans co-existed, are happy with the idea of dragon legends being invented as a result of people finding dinosaur fossils. As biblical creationists, we take this further, suggesting that people did indeed see dinosaurs, which, as land animals, God must have made on the sixth day.
One problem with the authenticity of the dragon legends, however, is the most well-known aspect of their behavior. This is the fact that dragons are reputed to have been able to breathe out fire.
The Bible mentions fire-breathing, so it must have been a thing at one time. Although the leviathan of Job 41 is an aquatic creature, it is, nevertheless, reported as being able to breathe fire.
We already know that the bombardier beetle can make scorching hot excretions by mixing chemicals from two chambers in its body. Is it possible that the chambers of certain dinosaurs could contain these two chemicals so that the creature could breathe hot liquid and steam, looking like smoke, out of its nostrils? Certain hadrosaurs, such as parasaurolophus, have such chambers, and many creationists have suggested that these could be the dragons of old.
Prayer: Your word is always true, Lord, and it speaks the truth on every issue where it touches. Thank You that Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Hodge, B. (2011), Dragon Legends—Truths Behind the Tales, < https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/dragon-legends/dragon-legends-truths-behind-the-tales/ >, accessed 4/29/2019. Image: Public Domain.
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