The Cape Buffalo is among the most lethal and dangerous animals known to humans. In fact, Cape Buffalos kill more humans in Africa than any other animal. They are enormous, weighing 1.5 tons, almost two meters high and three meters long. If threatened they will charge you at 35 miles per hour and slice you in half with razor sharp horns. Its nickname in Africa is the Black Death.
It is unwise to attempt to interact with a Cape Buffalo. Many hunters and photographers have met untimely deaths by getting too close to these murderous creatures. Any attempt to domesticate a Cape Buffalo will end in death, probably for your entire neighborhood.
So why then does the Epistle of James claim that humans can tame (and have tamed) the Cape Buffalo? According to James 3:7, “For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species.” In other words, there is no animal on the planet that has not been and cannot be subdued to the point of domestication.
To be fair this verse seems a little out of place. James 3 is about how the tongue can be used to corrupt men. Suddenly, for no apparent reason James suddenly says “But we can use our tongue to tame animals; that’s cool. Just don’t try to corrupt man.”
Anyway, I digress. There are more species of animals than we can count that cannot be tamed, domesticated, or humanly socialized under any circumstances. Even where we see extremely dangerous animals such as lions and elephants in circuses, they are not tamed. They are responding to negative reinforcement, and have numerous times snapped and killed scores of people.
If you trust the bible, go out and try it. Try to tame a Cape Buffalo, a Kodiak Bear, an Asian Cobra, a Great White Shark, a Hyena, or a Wild Boar. I guarantee you that, despite James 3:7, your tongue will be useless against the viciousness of these incredible killing machines. You’ll either be dead or maimed.
Obviously the bible wasn’t written by zoologists. James has absolutely no idea how animals behave.