Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Jesus Never Really Walked On Water?!

So says some scientist at LiveScience.com. You see, we really didn't mean to imply that this guy didn't walk on water, but this strange ice formed around the time the guy was said to be alive. So you see, if it happened, and he really lived, and he was alive around this time, it's possible, not absolutely sure, but we think we believe it a probability that he never walked on water. So, in effect, he didn't do anything miraculous. Well, we mean, he was a nice guy and all, if he really lived, and he taught some nice things, but well, he's no more important to heaven, if it exists, than Mohammed, (pbuh) or that meditating guy, or golden calves or elephant or dog headed beings. So let's get rid of this religion stuff, OK? Just saying's all. Don't have a cow. Er, don't eat it either.

Alright, seriously now. Do scientists look to specifically debunk Jesus and His actions, or does someone else set them on these projects? It seems to me that no one would specifically try to link the ice to Jesus unless he had an agenda. Listen to what the scientist says. "'We simply explain that unique freezing processes probably happened in that region only a handful of times during the last 12,000 years,' said Doron Nof, a Florida State University Professor of Oceanography. 'We leave to others the question of whether or not our research explains the biblical account.'" The question is, did you go specifically looking for possible freeze dates that matched up to the reported time of Jesus' ministry? If Nof didn't, who did?

One other point the scientist is forgetting. Peter also walked on water, only for a few seconds, but he did walk. No one wrote that he walked on ice, wouldn't he notice that he was on ice, not water? How thick is this ice? How thick does ice have to be before it can hold the weight of a fully grown man? A few inches? Two? Six? The Gospel account indicates a bit of distance between Jesus and the boat. Nof doesn't indicate how large these floes are. Small pieces? Large sheets? Unless the whole lake was covered in ice the Gospels show Jesus walked from the shore to the middle of the lake where the boat was. Not likely according to the report in LiveScience. "Such floating ice in the unfrozen waters of the lake...." This indicates pieces of ice, maybe large chunks but this wouldn't cover the whole lake.

It's theoretically possible that Jesus walked from floe to floe picking his way across the lake, but if he did that would negate the miraculousness of it. Perhaps that's the whole idea behind this story. Not claiming, but insinuating He's not what He claims to be.

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