OK, so my wife and I were at Dairy Queen tonight scoring a little family time out of the house. During our various conversations some interesting things came up. 1) how much of a daredevil our children are, and 2) unicorns.
My position is simple. No way.
Unicorns are mythical and legendary creatures. That’s it. She counters that there are stories from over thousands of years that include these creatures, including many references in the Bible itself. So as I Googled about the internet looking to settle the Christian (under $20) bet made between spouses, I came across some interesting stuff. Here’s an excerpt from this site, and I’d love to read and respond to your comments to our bizarre discussion.
The Bible also offers an explanation about why the Unicorn has not been seen for so long. During the flood that engulfed the world for 40 days and 40 nights, Noah took two of each animal to safety; but Unicorns were not among them. A Jewish folk tale mentions they were originally on board but demanded so much space and attention that Noah banished them. They either drowned or managed to swim during the flood and still survive somewhere in the world or, as some believe, evolved into the narwhale.
In addition, there are seven clear references to the Unicorn in the Old Testament; although, there is now doubt about the original translations that may have erroneously named another animal as a Unicorn. The Jewish Talmud also makes many similar references to the Unicorn.
Throughout history, the church has interpreted the Unicom in a number of different ways. In medieval times, it became a symbol of Christ himself, and its horn was symbolic of the unity of Christ and God. Some medieval paintings show the Trinity with Christ represented by a Unicom. On the other hand, the Unicom also appears as a symbol of evil in the book of Isaiah. Overall, however, the Unicom has come to be regarded as a pure and virtuous animal.
Regardless of the place of the Unicom in Biblical theory, it is evident that there was a strong belief in the animal’s existence in Biblical times, as well as in the following centuries. After all, it appears so often in the Old Testament that it can hardly be overlooked in the Christian world. The fact that it appears in the Bible meant that no devout Christian could doubt its authenticity.