Within western culture, High Middle Age legend has it that there were fire breathing dragons that once roamed the earth. These are the mythical creatures that make for the most exhilarating, or death defying of adventures. The mere thought of their alleged existence is what necessarily begs the intervention of a heroic knight who saves the day, and the beautiful princess, of course, by administering the death blow to this flying, fire-breathing, four-legged serpent. Despite the fantasy element of such myths, dragons fit perfectly well within the Christian world view as these could have been dinosaurs that once roamed the earth alongside the people who were created in God’s image (Job. 40:15-18; Ps. 74:13-14; Is. 27:1). Even the fact that many cultures in the world recollect some or other story that includes the presence of big reptile like creatures, or “dragons,” supports this conclusion, the Welsh flag, not the least of these.
However, as much as I love creation science and the beauty and mystery of the world that God created, the kind of fire breathing dragon that I have in mind would not be identified on any list of extinct dinosaurs. The dragon I have in mind is ANGER. If ever there was a real, living, fire-breathing dragon in the world, this would be it. This dragon cannot be fought with a sword forged in steel. It is a creature so fierce and wicked that it has been known to lead to physical or bodily damage, the ruin of friendships, wars and other kinds of strife, murder, and the crumbling of marriages and families. No physical means aimed against it will ever prevail. The only way that it can be conquered is purely by knowing how Scripture defines it and instructs us to fight against it.
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