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Dragons: Mysterious mind creatures or real animals

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Man's fascination with dragons and dragon lore have been in many cultures around the world for generations. The mere thought of dragons may conjure up images of flying, magical creatures in which the ancient cultures endowed splendid powers, from controlling of tides, rivers, and seasons, to the carrying of celestial objects upon their shoulders and mighty tails. The legends of the dragon are unique from other mythology. Dragons have a platform in every corner of the world. There is not a continent that major groups of people inhabit that is void of dragon stories. The truly shocking aspect of dragon mythology is not that these stories of so-called dragons exist, but the stories so often describe the same creature. " The most general description of the Occidental Dragon (European) is very similar to that of the Oriental Dragon, being an enormous, elongated, scale covered body, like that of a crocodile, often with vast wings like that of a bat, and having huge legs like those of a lizard with long claws. It may have a toothed dorsal ridge extending to a long serpentine tail, usually barbed. Its head maybe like that of a vast lizard or crocodile but with either a crest or horns on the head, while its gross nostrils and huge fanged mouth, breathed fire and noxious fumes. Their body color may have ranged from green, red, and black to unusually yellow, blue, or white dragons. Dragons generally inhabited isolated places such as swamps, mountains, deserts, ruined castles, caverns, and forests. They are highly predatory creatures whose victims are livestock and humans" (Carol Rose, "Giants, Monsters, & Dragons", W.W. Norton & Company, (2001), p. XXV).

Here is what the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia had to say about dragons : "The dragons of legend are strangely like actual creatures that have lived in the past. They are much like the great reptiles, which inhabited the Earth long before man is supposed to have appeared on Earth" (Knox Wilson, "Dragon", The World Book Encyclopedia, Vol. 5, (1973), p. 265).

The King James Version, printed in the year 1611, gave the widest use and breadth to the dragon, more than any of the most recent English Bibles. The King James Version is very consistent with other historical references to dragons. Various types of historical accounts use the term dragon to refer to reptilian creatures on the land, in the sea, and in the air. The common element is the dinosaur size and ferocity. The King James Version references dragon or dragons thirty-five times. It also references proper names of places and or things, and symbolic references of evil and the Devil. If dragons were just mythology, the translators of the King James Version of 1611 would not of used the word dragon to describe real creatures. Many references in the Old Testament have dragons inhabiting places with real creatures.

It is with absolute conviction that I can say the Bible (KJV) is the infallible, inerrant, preserved Word of God that most certainly describes dragons as real creatures which could be dinosaurs that were created by Jesus Christ in the beginning of Creation. Dragons are not mythological mind creatures at all.

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