I GOT ONE MEASLY COMMENT on my Facebook page when I posted a link to Wednesday’s blog article about Noah’s ark, with the accompanying new video: Noah’s Art, Looking for a boat 3 miles above sea level.
Here’s the comment.
“It’s just one of many flood myths, no reason to believe there is any validity to it.”
Almost 14,000 people saw my link, and this was the one and only comment I got.
Not that I’m complaining.
I’m thinking. The one and only comment says something about either Facebook or my blog article, or both. Whichever, it’s not good and I’m taking notes.
After I read the comment, I hit the “Like” button. Not because I agree with it. But because the dude took the time to respond honestly and politely. I like that.
So I responded honestly and politely.
“I think a counterpoint might be to ask how many cultures it takes to report a devastating flood before people believe there was a devastating flood.”
I absolutely understand why many thinking people doubt the Bible’s storyline of the Flood. There are questions we should all ask about that story because there are details and factors that deserve questioning.
- How literally should we take a story written by an anonymous source we know nothing about?
- Without satellite cameras in the sky, how could the writer know that “the mighty flood was so deep that even the highest mountain peaks were almost twenty-five feet below the surface of the water” (Genesis 7:19-20)?
- How could a pair of every species of land animal fit into a barge a little longer than a football field and half as wide?
People who are new to the Bible think about questions like this.
We should, too. And we should probably learn to talk about them without ripping each other apart over our disagreements.
I wonder. Could we treat with tolerance and patience the following folks?
- Christians who embrace the Bible alongside the science of geology and archaeology. Then they find a middle ground somewhere between believing all of the Bible’s Flood story as literal history and believing no part of it at all.
- Christians who read the story as reliable history. Then they argue, politely, that God created science and he can do with it as he happy well pleases.
- Souls new to the Bible who read the Flood story. Then they ask the obvious questions and they wonder out loud if the story is a myth or a mystery.
When souls wonder if the story is a myth, would it be okay to “Like” it, if for no other reason than because the Bible is on their mind?
Noah’s Ark, the 3-minute video
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