Monday, September 27, 2010

Moses Had Help

According to a software engineer who works for the National Center for Atmospheric Research it is entirely possible that the Exodus story of Moses parting the Red Sea in order that the Jews who were escaping slavery in Egypt has, in fact a scientific basis.

According to software engineer Carl Drews, the parting of the Red Sea is eminently doable if you get a sustained wind of 63 miles per hour to blow it all back producing a land bridge for the soon-to-be Israelites to cross high and dry, and then let the waters return, drowning Pharaoh’s pursuing armies.

It’s all here.

Now am I the only one who is getting really tired of hearing about how scientific phenomena can explain miraculous Biblical events? I mean, is all this really necessary? Religion, last I heard, was something that people took on faith and needed no practical explanations to verify miraculous events.

Mainly because they pick and choose explanations for the same old events, and somehow ignore or give a pass to other miraculous events that rate right out there in credibility.

We hear how Noah had help. The glaciers melted near the end of the last Ice Age and the waters of the landlocked Black Sea suddenly rushed in as the Bosporus Strait was breached. How that got his Ark parked at the top of Mount Ararat still goes begging, however.

We hear how the Star of Bethlehem that led the Three Magi to the manger on Bethlehem was actually a supernova.

We hear how Jesus actually didn’t walk on water, but His disciples were led to believe this because he was actually walking on submerged ice that formed in the Sea of Galilee because of a mini Ice Age.

But what about that rod that Moses threw down before Pharaoh and how it changed into a snake that consumed Pharaoh’s snakes? No one has tried to explain that one with science.

Or what about how the sun was made to stand still in the sky while Joshua was retaking Canaan in the Battle of Jericho? No one has worked that one out.

Now if belief in these miraculous events is your cup of tea, then what’s wrong with just having faith that they occurred? Why invoke some scientific explanation for these phenomena? It is a religion, after all, not a branch of science.

To paraphrase the words of The Savior of the World, render unto Isaac Newton the things that are of science, and unto God the things that are God’s.

And please stop mixing up the two.

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