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Isn't the Bible full of mythical creatures like talking serpents, dragons, giants and talking donkeys?

              The Bible uses a mixture of styles to communicate its message.

·         HISTORICAL language gives you facts and figures.

·         POETICAL language uses descriptions and metaphors.

·         APOCRYPHAL languages uses strange and dramatic images to communicate dire and scary future events.

Sometimes those styles use words that sound mythical when all they are trying to be is descriptive.

The only DRAGON in the Bible is found in Revelation, using apocryphal language, and it's an image of Satan.  So it’s not really a dragon but a description of what the writer John saw in a dream to represent Satan.
             The TALKING SERPENT is also an image used for Satan in the garden of Eden that tempted Eve.  Many read that description as Satan deceiving them by appearing as a literal talking snake while others see it as a figurative representation of Satan (like the dragon).  For a detailed discussion on that question, go here.

GIANTS are in the Bible, like Goliath and his descendants, but they are not like Jack and the Beanstalk, 100 foot giants who say Fee Fi Fo Fum.  These are 7-9 foot guys, depending on the measurement they used back then, easily around the size of our tallest NBA player.  Since the average height back then could have been around five feet or so, these big guys seemed even bigger by their standards.

The TALKING DONKEY is found in the story of the prophet Balaam.  Most likely it was an angel of God speaking through the donkey, but God wanted the voice to come through the animal to humble Balaam to say to Balaam that "this stubborn mule has more sense than you!"

So the Bible is not full of mythical creatures.  We have to read the Bible in such a way that we understand what it is trying to say and how it is trying to say it.

The Bible uses phrases and descriptions that writer’s use today in order to communicate and feeling or a message.

In no way is it to be confused with mythology.  Just good literature.