Glenn clarified his position (for me) immensely, when he wrote: "But if a
religious document claims God did something which would leave observational
evidence, we most assuredly can look for that data. Doesn't prove God did
it, I agree, but it is consistent
with that statement."
I think that is a fair claim. I agree with it.
On the basis of that claim I claim that the flood of Noah's time was either
very local or non-existent -- a myth, for the observational evidences a
global flood would necessarily leave are not found, and observational
evidences which are consistent with a 4BY earth and inconsistent with a
global flood are abundant.
On the basis of science I don't know as I can go any further than that.
Similar statements can be made about much of Gen 1-11 as well as later OT
Now if one is persuaded that one MUST not hold to the myth concept, it
appears that he next begins to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to
rationalize scripture. This is not wrong to do of course, but for me at
least it never appeared particularly productive. I do not need (although I'd
be glad to see) additional correspondences between OT history and objective
measurements. I greatly doubt that the uncovering of any more is going to
change the minds of those not honestly seeking the Christ. Perhaps the
finding of such evidences will help bolster the faith of some folks, but to
what advantage? Will they, as a result, suddenly become better followers of
JC? Will they find more compassion for the oppressed? Will they do more than
before to salve the wounds of a hurting world? Maybe, but what I've seen is
that such information seems to turn good rational people into "bible
searchers," spending their time learning more and more about sacred writ and
doing less and less to show the compassion of Christ to others.
Are there exceptions to this somewhat bitter point of view? I hope so. But
from what I see my description is of the norm.
Hoss (aka Burgy)
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