DINOSAURS and DRAGONS
Hello all my fine friends!
We have been graced here with another wonderful week of much needed rains. But I also know that some of the desert regions of the northern hemisphere are having tremendous heat waves. And I am sure that some of you folks out there in the southern hemisphere are dealing with frigid conditions of ice and snow. Either can be life threatening.
Speaking of mortality, some legends of dragons (dinosaurs) held the belief that they were immortal. What aspect of this could be true if any? Let’s take a closer look…
Scripture as well as extra biblical accounts tell of the flesh and blood and mortality of dragons. For example Isaiah 5:19 says “Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?” And Psalm 91:13 says “Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and thy dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” Also I have previously mentioned the next two scripture; Isaiah 27:1b “…and He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” And Psalm 74:13b “…thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.” All of these scripture tells of the flesh and blood and mortality—the realness of dragons.
The following are a few accounts from reliable extra biblical sources. Ulysses Aldrovandus was a renowned naturalist (wildlife biologist) and founder of the first ever natural history museum established in the 1570’s. He writes on an incident involving a hissing dragon he observed for himself. The animal was caught on a public highway by a herdsman who struck it on the head with his rod and killed it. Aldrovandus identified it as a juvenile reptile judging by its underdeveloped claws and teeth.
Another documentation of dragons being living (thus mortal) creatures is the dragon of Carthage. St John of Damascus (an eastern monk in the eight century) wrote that dragons were mere reptiles and did not have magical powers. “He quotes the Roman historian Dio who wrote concerning the Roman Empire in the second century. Regulus, a Roman consul, fought against Carthage, when a dragon suddenly crept up and settled behind the wall of the Roman army. The Romans killed it, skinned it, and sent the hide to the roman senate.” The Roman senate ordered the hide to be measured and found it to be 120 feet long.
Here is one more account…Saint Martha of Tarascon who lived in the beginning of the first century, calmed the wild dragon called a Tarasque. The Tarasque had an ox-like body covered with a turtle-type shell and had a curved scaly tail said to have poison on the tip. After Saint Mary calmed the dragon it was killed bythe townspeople who then regretted their actions. Saint Mary then led the people to Christ.
So we can see from history that dragons are indeed mortal. But what about the few claims these animals have on immortally? How then did that come about? Despite the common belief that dragons/dinosaurs perished centuries ago there is evidence that some dragons/dinosaurs still exist today. For example; Ceratopsian and Mokele-Mbembe of Africa; the Loch Ness monster of Scotland; Champ of Lake Champlain by Vermont; Ogopogo of Lake Okanagan Kelowna, BC; and the ropen of Papua New Guinea. All of these animals have been observed—some many times—and even photographed. It is reasonable to understand that as dragons and dinosaurs were exterminated around populated areas, men who explored farther into wilderness and desolate areas would catch glimpses of these creatures. It would be easy to mistake descendents of the slain dragons for a single immortal animal thus springing to life the magical powers of immortally these beasts possessed. After all, the later generations of dragons would have learned to be extremely cautious and evasive of mankind. Humans have inadvertently bred into dragons/dinosaurs a very cryptic nature that has allowed several species to survive mass extinction
How exciting to understand the dinosaur/dragon connection and to know some still exist! What a tribute to God on His wondrous variety of genes that has enables these creatures to survive in the wild and desolate places of our planet!
Until next time, God bless and take care,
Willow DresselThis week in the night skies; Monday, July 22 is full moon for this month. Friday, July 26 once again is the Delta Aquariid meteor shower. It “should be in its broad maximum all this coming week. This and other weak, long-lasting July showers with radiants in the southern sky increase the chance that any meteor you see these nights will be flying out of the south.”
Hogue, Bodie, Dragons, Legends and Lore of Dinosaurs, 2011, Master Books, pp. 5, 14.
 Woetzel, Dave, chronicles of dinosaurian, the history and mystery of dinosaurs and man, Master Books, pp. 36