Skip to content

Today's Creation Moment

Sep
04
Those Noisy Ants
Ephesians 4:29
"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers."
Scientists have long known that some ants communicate with one another using vibrations. They also know that these ants pick up vibrations through ears that are located in their knees. Ants in four...
RSS
share

Could the Legend of the Phoenix Be Based on Fact?

Acts 27:12a
"And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete…"

The legend of the phoenix goes back thousands of years. According to that legend, the phoenix bird lived for hundreds of years in the Arabian Desert. Then, to renew itself, it burned itself up in its own funeral pyre. It would then rise from its own ashes, renewed for several hundred years.

Dr. Maurice Burton, a British naturalist, has suggested that this legend may have some basis in fact. He points out that some birds like to play with fire. The British rook is a bird that is a little larger than a crow. When Dr. Burton hands a rook at his nature preserve an unlit match, the rook holds the match so it can peck at it. Once the rook gets the match to light, it quickly puts the burning match under its wing, appearing to want to set itself on fire. When supplied with straw and a match, the rook will set the straw on fire and then lie, wings outstretched, on the burning straw until the fire goes out. It is possible that in ancient times people saw this behavior and developed the legend of the phoenix to explain what they saw.

Dr. Burton points out that this behavior is common among intelligent birds, such as rooks and jays, who pick up discarded cigarettes that are still burning and fly off with them. It is even likely that this strange behavior is responsible for many house fires. While the legend of the phoenix may be a misinterpretation of a real event, we can trust that the Bible accurately records real events from creation to our salvation to eternity.

Prayer: 
Father, I thank You that I can trust Your Word in all that it teaches. Amen.
Notes: 
Toledo Blade, 10/8/59, "Phoenix Rises Again In Bird Fire Addicts."