I recently stumbled across this topic on FaceBook:
“Noah and the ark, fairy tale, wives tale, or distortion of historical facts?”
Well, my take on this is kind of obvious but one person went one step further. 🙂
This is NOT my writing and you can go to my FB-page to find out who wrote the topic and who wrote the answer.
I don’t want to cause anyone problems.
Here’s the answer:
“The problem is not when the Bible’s stories are taken as allegory, as parables, as ‘metaphors for things we should think about’ (but more about that, ‘after the break’) but when they are purported to be literal.
The world-wide Flood is impossible.
Not ‘low probability’.
The Bible says: “The waters overwhelmed the earth so greatly that all the tall mountains that were under the whole heavens came to be covered. Up to fifteen cubits the waters overwhelmed them and the mountains became covered.” (Gen. 7:19, 20)”.
Now, we’re not just talking a little bit of water here, but billions and billions of tons of water. Enough to cover the ENTIRE world to thousands of feet deep (Everest is 29,000 feet tall).
So, doing the math, that’s 6 cubic miles of water deep. For the ENTIRE surface of the world. Which is 197,060,800 surface area square miles. So, doing the math again, that’s 1,181,328,000 cubic miles of water.
Now, since there’s 9,174,000,000 lbs in one cubic mile, that’s 10,837,503,072,000,000,000 lbs or 5,418,751,536,000,000 TONS of water. And that means in any one individual spot on the “bottom” (what would normally be sea level land) there is 1,101,117,147,000lbs of water or 550,558,573.5 TONS of water pressing down on that one spot.
Crushing any life below the surface, killing any plants with pressure and lack of sunlight and all burrowing animals. And not just for “40 days and 40 nights” but for almost a year. The deepest known spot in the ocean is the Marianas Trench.
http://www.marianatrench.com/mariana_trench-oceanography.htm at approximately 36,000 feet.
Go take ANY large amount of land with trees and burrowing animals and stick it down in the bottom of that trench under all the billions of tons of pressure and no light and see how long they live.
The Bible is wrong. Period.
Oh, we are told. But it’s “metaphor”.
Okay, let’s address that.
The Christian god picked one family that was ‘righteous’ and saved them. At the expense of drowning the rest of mankind. Including babies. Including toddlers. So, mankind is somehow ‘bad’ but drowning babies is somehow ‘okay’?
And yet, this same hypocritical deityclaim says “thou shalt not kill”. Oh, except all the times HE killed. And urged the Israelites to kill. Not just men. Men. Women. Children. Infants. Bashing their heads on rocks.
This is supposed to be “moral” behavior? This is supposed to be “good”? This is supposed to be “sane”?
No. It’s not.
Oh, we’re told. “That was then, this is now.”
So… your god was peachy-keen fine with slavery and child rape in the form of “marriage” and drowning babies THEN, but for some reason, isn’t okay with it NOW?
So… your god evolved? Your god changed his mind? He had a bad hair era?
No. MANKIND has evolved. MANKIND has changed. MANKIND has started to grow up. And we look at the childish tales we used to swallow unthinkingly and ponder how such evil could flourish in the world. And believers go through Olympic-level feats of mental gymnastics in order to attempt to keep their belief cogent and seemingly moral. When their god is patently nothing but a train wreck to behold.
Or, as someone else put it so clearly:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
― Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion“