Despite being sick, this has me rolling on the ground laughing

Jesus may have walked on ice

Doron Nof, a professor of oceanography, said a rare combination of water and atmospheric conditions in the Sea of Galilee 2000 years ago may offer a scientific explanation for one of the miracles recounted in the Bible.

Yes, and Jesus, a charlatan and master of deception seeing the patch of floating ice saw his opportunity and simply allowed his disciples to be completely deceived by the non-miraculous miracle. And St. Peter, someone who we may presume knows a little something about water and specifically the Sea of Galilee (a little like I might be accused of knowing something about the Skykomish River) was too stupid to realize he was only stepping out of the boat onto a piece of unstable ice? The alternative is that he knew he was but was playing along with the deception?

How strange is this need to find natural explanations for miracles like these? For instance: Why try and say that those who came to Jesus as demon possessed were actually suffering from some illness? Were they not healed by his words? And if so would this not be just as miraculous and amazing as claiming that an evil spirit possessed them?

Wouldn't it be A LOT easier (and nicer) just to say that these things simply didn't happen to begin with than to insinuate that our Lord and his disciples were pulling fast ones on the people? Seems to me that most con artists would give up their con when it came to being tortured and killed for it.

The good professor Nof is said to be concerned about his hate mail...good thing he didn't say anything about a certain "prophet" from the Arabian pennisula.


Mimi said…
Oh, *that's* what it was. Rolls eyes.

I hope you feel better.
Anonymous said…
In order for ice to be thick enough to walk on it would have to be pretty cold and for a period of time. Sigh... but I even feel dumber even bringing up the matter. I would question exactly why the professor felt the need to try and "explain" the miracle with science in the first place.
Meg said…
Obviously, the professor needs to explain the unexplainable because it's easier than *believing* in the unexplainable.

What occurred to me is, if a storm had blown up, wouldn't that take care of the ice on the lake? I mean, there would still be ice *floes,* but nothing that a human being could stand on without being capsized into the water. And the Gospels are pretty clear that it was blowing hard that night.

People of "Science" -- just accept the inevitable and get on with learning about Christianity, and stop wasting your time trying to make it all go away.
Luz the Magpie said…
Well.. despite being 3/4 Russian and an avid ice-hockey fan AND living in miserable cold Scotland I do not find this idea appealing. And sometimes science deepens the mysteries of God, as in psychology,and sometimes it's sooo predicably boring as in this guy :-/
fdj said…
Luz...please send scotch.
Thomas Ham said…
I heard that on NPR yesterday. I could not help but think about the boat being frozen in place with a small area just on the side of St. Peter that was cut out and started to sink when he was stepping out... HMmmm... Would people think if they saw an image of a person on thick ice that it was a ghost? I don't know, some other things to think about!

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