Wednesday, April 05, 2006

It Is To Laugh

Great news for the Un-faithful! A scientist has determined that he has an answer for Jesus having apparently walked on the water:
“A Florida State University researcher believes he has a natural explanation for the biblical account of Jesus' miraculous walk on the surface of the Sea of Galilee – ice.
Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof and the co-authors of his study theorize that a rare combination of optimal water and atmospheric conditions resulted in a unique, localized freezing phenomenon called "springs ice," according to, which specializes in news about science, technology, physics and space.

A frozen patch of ice floating on the surface of the lake would be difficult to distinguish from the surrounding unfrozen water, making it appear as if Jesus were walking on water, according to the theory.”

DOR-ON! DOR-ON! He’s the Man!
If HE can’t explain it,

More from the master of science:

"In today's climate, the chance of springs ice forming in northern Israel is effectively zero, or about once in more than 10,000 years," Nof said.

"If you ask me if I believe someone walked on water, no, I don't," he told Reuters. "Maybe somebody walked on the ice, I don't know. I believe that something natural was there that explains it."

"We leave to others the question of whether or not our research explains the biblical account."

A few decades ago there was a book published-not by Doron Nof, but by (quoting wikipedia-I looked it up)
British Biblical scholar Hugh J. Schonfield which maintained, among other lugnuts of wisdom, that:
Jesus was a deeply religious man, skeptical of the Pharisees, who mistakenly thought that he was the awaited Messiah-and planned on being on the cross for only a few hours, to fake his death and then miraculously re-appear-often called the swoon theory. Jesus, according to Schonfeld, worked the scam perfectly up until that spear thrust from the soldier unexpectedly killed him. Ooops.
Not mentioned at wikipedia is the answer Schonfeld came up with for the feeding of the five thousand: Jesus was standing in front of a cave, from which his disciples were slipping the many stockpiled loves and fishes like a stage magician being handed his props from behind a curtain.

Which is more believable? That a man could have trusted Spring lake ice to hold him up all the way to his friends boat? If it had failed him halfway from the shore he would have drowned, or at least looked like a fool, hardly the Master of wind and wave. (Oh, and if the boat weren't locked in the ice, those last few feet of open water would have been quite a jump to make, though not as great as the illogical leap Doron makes supposing the ice in the first place.)

Or that Jesus is the Son of God, and it is no harder for Him to feed 5000 from a few loaves and fishes than it would be for Him to walk anywhere He wished? Peter also walked on that same water, until he let his fear sink him. But Jesus lifted him up, and asked, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

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