Giants in the Bible


How can people take the Bible as a scientific account? Creationists have to believe in giants, dragons and all sorts of other creatures that we know are not real.

In this post we’ll talk about giants. They are first showcased by a verse in Genesis, shortly before the story of Noah’s ark.
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4
And races of people like the Amorites,the Emim and the Zuzim are mentioned several times in the Bible as being ‘as tall as cedar trees’ And let’s not forget Goliath.

The Creationist website, answers in genesis, gives a whole list of fossils of animals that used to be huge, but they forget a few things. Firstly, their list includes several giant insect species and several giant mammal species all together, but these creatures lived hundreds of millions of years apart! The giant ancestors of insects lived during the carboniferous period, where oxygen levels were very high, and this allowed the insects to get so huge. And the ancestors of modern rats, beavers and other animals lived in the mid Cenozoic era, which came way after the dinosaurs. But then again, Creationists don’t care about dating or rock layers, so they can make up all sorts of stupid ideas.

Secondly, these animals were not just ‘big versions’ of modern ones. Look at an ancient Entelodont, which was a carnivorous pig the size of a car, and compare it to a modern day wild pig, can you see the difference? These giant animals were not the same species as the ones that we see today.

Furthermore, humans aren’t supposed to get taller than 7 feet, any larger and our bodies start to become unable to support our weight. Humans are very poorly designed, and for us to get twelve feet or taller we would need some massive structural changes. Humans can reach 9 feet at a push, but as tall as cedar trees? Even giant humans that we can observe today do not function as well as ‘normal sized’ humans.

And if these giant humans existed, why are there no fossils? That same answers in genesis page states that fossils are ‘hard to find’ and that humans would be smart enough to ‘avoid being buried in sediment’, but firstly, we should have found some evidence by now, and secondly, flash floods and mudslides are not the only ways fossils are formed! All a giant would have to do is die in an area near water, or a swamp, where their bones can be sealed in mud.

Science: 1, Bible: 0

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