By Walid Shoebat
The Telegraph reported the story as Monster catfish which looks big enough to swallow a man whole caught in Italy. If so, why do we have so many doubt the stories in the Bible?
The giant fish, which weighed 20 stone, was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in northern Italy.
With its huge, gaping mouth, it looks big enough to swallow a person whole.
This giant catfish, which weighed 20 stone (127kg) was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in the Po River of northern Italy.
Believed to be one of the largest of its kind ever caught, the creature was pulled from the river on Feb 19 with a rod and line after a battle lasting 40 minutes.
The nine foot-long creature, a wels catfish, has been dubbed “the monster of the Po” by the Italian media.
After catching, weighing and photographing it, the brothers released it back into the river, which flows across northern Italy to the Adriatic.
“It’s a silurus glanis [the Latin name for the species],” Dino Ferrari said. “The American catfish doesn’t grow to such large dimensions – at most it can weigh 50kg.” He estimated the fish to be about 30 years old, based on its size, adding that the species can live for up to 50 years.
“They don’t range over very large distances, they tend to live in the same stretch of river, moving just a few kilometres either way. They eat all types of fish.
“To catch them you need a lot of patience but also physical strength. We fought for 40 minutes to reel it in. We tired it out and then lifted it out of the water.”
The Bible is absolutely true. And if someone tells you there are not absolutes, ask them “are you absolutely sure?”
Much of todays publications try to shed doubt when it comes to biblical stories like Jonah in the belly of the fish. When it comes to the Bible, one should never deny anything in it or read into it what it does not say, just believe what it says. It is the critics whom the wise must read into what they say if what they say contradicts Scripture.
Today, newspapers lie constantly, but once in a while, the story is too hot to loose, but only when it is told by a local fisherman, while they forget the fisher of men was telling the truth this whole time.
In 1758, a sailor fell overboard from a boat in the Mediterranean and was swallowed by a species of fish called a “Sea Dog.” The captain of the vessel ordered a cannon on the deck to be fired at the fish, which spit up the sailor alive and unharmed after it was struck. (1)
Sperm whales can swallow lumps of food eight feet in diameter, without necessarily tearing up their prey. Entire skeletons of sharks up to sixteen feet in length have been found in them. In February 1891, James Bartley, a sailor, was swallowed by a whale in the vicinity in of the Falkland Islands (in the south Atlantic Ocean). He was within the whale for more than 48 hours, and after he was found inside the whale, which had been harpooned and brought aboard the whaling ship, it took him two weeks to recover from the ordeal. (2)
The Bible is an anvil that all the hammers of fools broke trying to mold it, yet it is the mold that all the wise use to withstand all foolishness.
(1) Ambrose John Wilson, “The Sign of the Prophet Jonah and Its Modern Confirmations,” The Princeton Theological Review 25 (1927): 638. footnote 20.
(2) Quoted in Ibid., p. 636.