So I’m watching the Discovery Channel recently and a program titled “Noah’s Ark – The True Story” comes on. The title of course caught my attention, as I like to watch anything on TV that appears to have a Christian component. The title right away suggested that I was in for a humanistic expose of something that must have been “untrue” in it’s original form – that being the story of Noah’s Ark in the Bible Book of Genesis Chapters 6 through 8.
Sure enough I was not ‘disappointed’. This program co-produced by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and the Discovery Channel took the approach that the Noah’s Ark story as told in the Bible could not have been accurate, because it violated the laws of Physics, Anthropology, Meteorology and so on. Their interesting take however was not to dismiss the story outright as a fraud, but to suggest more ‘plausible’ explanations for the details within the story.
One example: In the Bible God said to Noah “So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out” (Genesis 6:14). The program however indicated that it was impossible for the Ark to be constructed with wood, because wood could not have been bent to conform to the curvatures required of a ship. Therefore, the Ark must have been built with a more ‘appropriate’ material. Another example: In the Bible God said to Noah: “You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.” (Genesis 6:19-20) The program countered that it would by physically impossible for Noah and his 7 family members to be able to collect all of the animals in the world to conform to God’s supposed requirement. Instead, they probably collected only the ceremonially clean animals of their region.
This program utilizes a very familiar approach when it comes to the systematic dissection of God’s Word by men who themselves were made by God – that being not to dismiss God’s Word outright, but to present a more ‘credible’ explanation that by definition causes God’s original Word to be "in error". The danger in this approach is for those viewers who are sincerely searching for truth. By using the so-called laws of the natural earth the program conveys a sense of accuracy to viewers who after all, live their lives in the natural realm. People are more accepting of such seemingly plausible explanations, because it fits in with their natural understanding of the world around them. However the true aim of this approach is to breed the seeds of doubt regarding God’s Word. After all, “how could God reasonably expect all of the animals in the world to be gathered into a single vessel within a relatively short period of time?”
This program as many of its kind tend to do, relies heavily on the corroboration of scientific experts to underscore its version of events. The experts simply confirm the lack of possibility in the events as explained by the Bible.
Faith however is a very interesting concept. The simplicity of the Bible is made so only by way of complete faith in what it says. Not by what limited human minds can “figure out” or comprehend. Hebrews 11:7 says the following - By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (NIV)
The Bible says Noah built the Ark by faith. My suggestion is that we (now some 6,000 years later) continue to believe this account also by faith. Otherwise the scientific experts are right. We can’t out-argue their wisdom based on natural laws. It is interesting to note however what God says about wisdom in 1 Corinthians 1:19-20 - For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (NIV)
One last thing to consider: based on the wisdom of this world, just how did God manage to get that great big sun to hang there in the sky each day and provide us with light so that we could study and become so wise?
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