Did Some Animals Really Used to Breathe Fire?

From Issue: Discovery 7/1/2007

Dear reader,

You have asked a great question. Stories of reptiles that blew fire from theirs mouths have been told all over the world for thousands of years. However, many people have a hard time believing that such creatures ever existed.

There are three reasons the creationist should have no problem believing in the possibility of an animal breathing fire. First, an all-knowing, all-powerful God who created the Universe out of nothing and life from non-life would have no problem making an animal that could breathe fire. Second, God created many creatures with remarkable qualities, including the electric eel and the bombardier beetle (which can shoot a harmful, boiling-hot spray out of its backend). Couldn’t God have made a fire-breathing animal, too? Third, God said in Job 41 that, indeed, He did create a fire-breathing animal. The animal called leviathan could shoot sparks of fire from its mouth and cause smoke to go out of its nostrils (Job 41:18-21).

Those who say that no animal could ever breathe fire fail to recognize the truthfulness of the Bible and the awesomeness of God. “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14).


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