Thursday, 10 February 2011

Is God a dragon?

So, is God a dragon?
It fascinates me that people have used imagery to describe God for thousands of years. Sometimes these images are helpful for us and at other times they seem unreal. Obviously every generation and culture has a different way of relating to God, especially if there are other gods to compete with.

When I read the following words in Psalm 18, I immediately thought of a dragon. Tell me, if you think the same. It just goes to show that we must be careful not to read scripture out of it's context...

"Smoke poured from his nostrils;
fierce flames leaped from his mouth.
Glowing coals blazed forth from him.
He opened the heavens and came down;
dark storm clouds were beneath his feet.
Mounted on a mighty angelic being, he flew
soaring on wings of the wind."
- Psalm 18:8-10 (NLT)

What are you thinking? Let me know sometime...

Living in Grace,


Pete Lange said...

interesting thought. david did often use earthly symbols to show divine realities... and it is quite possible for there to have been leftover dinosaurs or "dragons" around at that time around 1000 BC... so why not? maybe david is using a real creature to symbolize god's great power and strength...

Delme Linscott said...

Absolutely. Certainly makes one think hey?
Appreciate the thoughts Pete.