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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Let Me Get This Straight 

Meteorolgists can't accurately predict whether it will rain tomorrow, let alone the temperature, but I'm supposed to believe that they can accurately tell us whether a lake could freeze for a few days here and there a few thousand years ago?

Rare conditions could have conspired to create hard-to-see ice on the Sea of Galilee that a person could have walked on back when Jesus is said to have walked on water, a scientist reported Tuesday.

The study, which examines a combination of favorable water and environmental conditions, proposes that Jesus could have walked on an isolated patch of floating ice on what is now known as Lake Kinneret in northern Israel.
The results suggest temperatures dropped to 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius) during one of the two cold periods 2,500 to 1,500 years ago for up to two days, the same decades during which Jesus lived.

So a lake could have been frozen for a few days here and there during a 1000 year period... of which Jesus only lived for about 40. Given the track records of most weather men, I'm more inclined to believe the Bible than a statement like that... and I haven't been to church in a few years now.

Of course, anyone who has grown up in Wisconsin knows that "spring ice" is usually incredibly thin, and a male adult would easily break right through it. Not to mention that floating ice, bobbing on a lake is... well... kinda slippery. I think the apostles would've noticed Jesus trying to keep his balance.


This is just another attack on Christianity by Science. Science followers think that if they are able to somehow gin up a solution to certain problems in the Bible, then they prove the Bible is false. If they prove the Bible is false, then they prove that Christianity is a lie, and thus Science wins.

While I lean heavily towards Science, this is a huge stretch, and will not add to the credibility of Science in the debate.

  Posted at April 07, 2006 5:34 PM by Blogger Chip  
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