Giants in the Bible

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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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12 thoughts on “Giants in the Bible

  1. “Creationists have to believe in giants, dragons and all sorts of other creatures that we know are not real.”
    In this case, I’m not a creationist. But I do believe that this Universe is created by God.

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  2. It’s not the Bible who has score. It is the human interpreter of the Bible. It will be unfair for the Bible being graded against Science since they do not belong to the same class. Bible = set of books. Science = collection of known truths about (natural) systems.

    I did not know, in my experience of Christianity, that the Bible offered any scientific claims at all. It offered a great deal of historical accounts (in the eyes of the writer and in the context of their culture) of the Faith as it was handed on from one generation to another over time and space. And culture.

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    • A logical person, like yourself, can see that the Bible is not supposed to be a science book, however there are many, many people out there who think that the Bible should be taught as science and is an accurate account of history.

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      • Unfortunately. And I join you in this sentiment and sadness. I however, would like not to send wrong message about the Bible putting up straw men that, for those people out there, look more real than the dragons and giants of the Bible.

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    • For one, several structural issues occur. As it is, our backs, knees and feet are not very well designed for being bipedal, therefor (much) taller people would suffer from bone and joint problems because of an increased size and weight. There is a reason humans don’t get huge, and that reason lies in our structure.

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      • While giants were human, I think it is reasonable to assume they had some structural differences. There’s no reason why you should base the limits of their size on the structure of modern man.

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        • Modern man is about as big as humans can get. Giants would need to be very, very different in order to support themselves. Humans actually have a very poor design, and that limits our size. And if giants are able to overcome these structural differences they would likely be so different genetically that they are a different species. Not to mention that the giants mentioned in the Bible are not just tall humans, they are as tall as cedar trees. The only animals that have ever gotten that big are sauropods and the ancestors of elephants, and none of them resemble humans in any way.

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          • I’m sure that a rather convincing argument can be made that man’s design is not poor. I don’t necessarily want to go in that direction for this discussion’s sake. I’m not sure of the exact text you are referring to, but have you considered that it might be figurative language. Hyperbole or simile perhaps? Furthermore, Goliath was considered a giant and the Bible actually gives us measurements. I think something like 9 ft. Most sources I’m reading say cedars can grow to 100 ft plus. It’s unlikely that that is what the bible authors had in mind.

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            • I agree, whether the human design is poor or not is another thing completely, but I will give some examples of human flaws. http://bit.ly/1PqIAGS
              “Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.” Amos 2:9
              The Bible clearly says that the Amorites, a type of giant, were huge. Perhaps some types of Biblical giant were more plausible than others.

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  3. I had a discussion with a Creationist the other day, and he was trying to tell me that carbon dating occurred faster when the Earth was “created” than when it occurs now. His evidence was the Bible. Because it had to be true in order for the Bible to be true.

    I can’t wait for the day that religious beliefs are held to be no more than a part of human history that we tell our children never, ever to repeat.

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  4. As a side note, I find it humorous that the Nephilim were mentioned just prior to the flood, where all life except Noah and his family was wiped out. So long Nephilim, right? No. Somehow the mysteriously reappear in Numbers 13:33. I guess they must have been immortal in addition to being giants.

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