Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood

Noahs_ArkClearly, from a purely scientific point of view, a worldwide flood did not and could not have occurred in 2348 BC. There is absolutely zero credible scientific evidence whatsoever to support this flood scenario. Not withstanding, sixty percent of American’s believe the flood occurred simply because it says so in the Bible [Genesis 6-9]. Pseudoscientific theories abound which attempt to reconcile the story with established scientific facts to no avail. We are faced with the inevitable dilemma: either science is completely wrong or the flood story is an allegorical myth.

My money is on science. I can not believe that God endowed us with our beautiful analytical minds only to forgo their use. What would be the point of that?

On the other hand, I believe that God could have caused a great flood if He so chose, but didn’t. Why would He then proceed to hide absolutely all evidence of the event? And why would he create the laws of physics in such a way to render such an event a scientific impossibility?

Was it strictly a miracle? Perhaps this bypasses science altogether. There is no need to come up with a scientific explanation if we just take “God done it” as an article of faith. However, true miracles seem to be of the coincidental variety. God rarely if ever sees fit to violate His own physical laws. That would indicate a lack of foresight on His part. God’s miracles occur, I believe, as opportune timing of otherwise natural events. But in the case of Noah’s flood, even if it did occur, it is hard to call such an otherwise horrible tragedy a “miracle”. Was it a miracle when hurricane Katrina wiped out a large part of New Orleans? Or was it a miracle when the worst tsunami in recorded history hit the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia? Hardly.

But probably one of the main reasons I don’t believe that God sent a flood to destroy mankind’s wickedness is that it obviously didn’t work. Wickedness still abounds as the Bible demonstrates almost immediately after the supposed flood. God is no fool. In His omniscience, He should have/would have known better.

What of the Bible – aren’t we as Christians supposed to take every word of it literally? Absolutely not! The Bible is chock full of metaphors, hyperbole, allegories, parables, poetry, symbolism and abstract imagery. These things are not be taken as actual scientific or historical fact but used as instructional tools. How are we to know the difference? A little common sense comes in quite handy. If  something from the Bible seems too incredibly bizarre or factually incongruous to be literally true, it probably is.

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