[quote=Wormwood]I do not mean the dragon reference in revelations. I recently heard a bible stroy in which the hero killed the marduk dragon (an actual dragon) of the babylonians, so they threw him in a pit with lions. Also saints have killed dragons attributing to the miraculous status. So is there a standard literal interpretation for that, or is that something open to interpretation?
As a secondary question: If you choose to interpret that as something other than a literal dragon, aren’t you saying that you don’t believe what the cannan teaches, or the claims of the saints?
If you do support a literal interpretation, where are the dragon remains? Thank you.
Whether the dragon is real or not is not important. The dragon is the serpent is simply Satan. An Index Verse, Revelation 12:9, says so. The fat and hair which is boiled into pitch, a mineral, is sacrificed Christ in His Church. That is why it kills the Satan-dragon.
Re whether the dragon is real, don’t be too skeptical. In fact, the modern lore of sea serpents and lake monsters is huge – enormous. I have long suspected that these things are demonic “tulpas” – “thought-forms” in our existence, permitted by God, generated by personal and social evil, occupied by demonic beings. That “thorn in the flesh” Paul refers to at 2 Corinthians 12:7, which he defines as “an angel of Satan” who “beats” Paul, is probably a tulpa generated by Paul’s own prior sinful activity.
There is a fascinating account out there in the literature of an Anglican priest who tried to exorcise Loch Ness because he believed that the serpent there was a demon entity, and was killed when the stage of exorcism known as the Clash occurrred.
So, against all logic, there is a small chance that the dragon in the Book of Daniel is non-fiction.