Many people, including christians are ignorant of this. Examples from Twitter:
Oh, the irony. A reply to the first tweet said: "Yep, it's called BIBLE." Grant Vandersee is a classic example of a militant christian fundie. He spouts off indoctrinated nonsense from IDiots, blind in one eye and can't see out the other.
Unicorns are mentioned in the bible nine times. Some believers claim this is a mis-translation (so much for the inerrant word of God). Others say that unicorns were a real animal, now extinct. The people who wrote the bible seemed to believe in unicorns and so did the people who translated it.
Kentucky's proposed creationist museum park featuring Noah's Ark is expected to feature unicorns and dragons, much to the embarrassment of other christians.
Unicorns in the bible seem to have gradually changed to other animals then phased out with new translations over time. Get ready for magic - poof - unicorns change into oxen before many other changes before doing a vanishing trick.
The unicorn was a mythological creature with the head of a horse with a single, spiral horn from the forehead, the beard of a goat, the tail of a lion and cloven hooves. The unicorn was said to be too fierce to capture but it would be as gentle as a lamb if a virgin exposed her breast and waited for a unicorn to suckle.
|Virgin with lion and unicorn|
What about dragons in the bible? Leviathan the multi-headed fire-breathing sea-serpent - the bible says God was only one capable of killing it and fed it to people. Behemoth the beast with tree-trunk legs that grazed on grass. Apologists try to say Leviathan and Behemoth (creatures of Jewish mythology) are real animals living today or since extinct.
Some say these creatures are dinosaurs even though dinosaurs died out way before humans lived. And how many dinosaurs have 7 heads? (like Leviathan and the Apocalyptic dragon that had an appetite for newborn babies).
The Catholic bible has a story of Daniel and the dragon (these verses are eliminated from the protestant bible). The dragon was bothering the village people, so Daniel fed it a mixture of pitch and fat which apparently made the dragon explode!
Dragons, unicorns, human giants and Leprechauns are creatures from folklore. Interesting that the bible incorporates mythology which followers claim is fact. The bible even features symbols and mythological creatures from Alchemy, such as the Phoenix. Ironically, believers of the bible burned Alchemists and cats in medieval Europe because of superstitions they were associated with witchcraft.
The bible starts off with a story of a talking snake that persuaded a rib-woman to eat magic fruit which made all babies born evil. How can this not be a book of mythology? How do believers expect anyone to take them seriously?
|Artist depiction of biblical dragons|