According to the Bible, are frogs considered to be evil?

God created frogs with a special role in nature. And God said about all of His creation that it was good (Genesis 1:31). In and of themselves, frogs are not evil spirits. But unfortunately, humans has selected them at times to be worshiped as gods in their pagan religions. Thus, they “worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:23).

Such were the Egyptians who regarded frogs as gods that possessed divine powers. “In the Egyptian pantheon,” writes John Hannah in The Bible Knowledge Commentary of the Old Testament, “the goddess Heqet had the form of a woman with a frogs’ head. From her nostrils, it was believed, came the breath of life that animated the bodies of those created by her husband, the great god Khnum, from the dust of the earth. Therefore, frogs were not to be killed.”

So, God sent the plague of the frogs on the Egyptians (Exodus 8, Psalm 78:45, and 105:30). Though the main purpose of this plague was to punish the Egyptians for oppressing Israel. It was also given to cause contempt upon their false gods that caused them great harm and distress. Their religious superstitions obliged the Egyptians to respect the creatures they now hated and would otherwise have destroyed.

And in the New Testament, John the Revelator wrote about the evil spirits in the form of frogs (Revelation 16:13) mirroring the Egyptian pagan gods. These evil spirits shown by the frogs coming forth from the mouth of the “dragon,” of the “beast,” and of the false prophet, represent the policy that this threefold religious union proclaims to the world, spoken of in Revelation 17:2 as the wine of Babylon.

From this we can conclude that frogs are not evil spirits according to the Bible. But they can represent evil spirits as in the plagues of Egypt. If we consider these creatures as evil spirits, then, we are identifying with the pagans who ascribed supernatural powers to these weak and helpless creatures.

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