The Social Cons aren’t the only ones who can cherry pick Bible verses. Though mine aren’t for establishing oppression against gays or others. This isn’t an attempt at preaching any religion, just pointing out that if you’re going to use the Bible for creating intolerance, then why not intolerance against affliction and injustice?
“If there is a poor man among you, one of your brothers, in any of the towns of the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart, nor close your hand to your poor brother; but you shall freely open your hand to him, and generously lend him sufficient for his need in whatever he lacks.” ~ Deuteronomy 15:7
“But if someone who is supposed to be a Christian has money enough to live well, and sees a brother in need, and won’t help him–how can God’s love be within him?” ~ 1 John 3:17
Watching the History Channel this morning and they have this program about asteroids and comets that have hit the Earth over the past 4 billion + years and their craters and effect of such impacts. They think the last major impact on Earth with a comet may have been over 2,000 years ago. Now I’m not a big believer in the literalness of the Bible, I think they are all basic parables and stuff. Nor am I big on the whole Noah story, but what if that story was really some sort of eye witness account of an impact from a comet?
I’ve seen several educational shows about asteroids and comets in the past whether on one of the two History Channels or the Science Channel. These shows explain that it isn’t if the Earth can be hit by one of these celestial bodies but when. One of these shows, The Universe, had a portion where scientists said they recently discovered a massive crater deep in the Indian Ocean. Perhaps that’s the physical proof that some large body from outer space hit the Earth during Noah’s time?
Now the story in Genesis, to me, is just a story. For when they said the world flooded for 40 days and 40 nights, one has to keep in mind that the authors are saying this from their perspective. To them, the “world” only extended as far as they knew it, which could have been Asia and part of the Mediterranean Sea. But while I don’t think some deity convinced some antediluvian patriarch and a few of his family members to build a boat that allegedly saved all the world’s animals. I do have to wonder if this fairy tale and others in the various sacred religious texts are in reality just accounting for some historical events that have been lavished with these other props.