Registered: Dec 2003
Re: Shocking News: 60% of US believe Noah story is literally true
Originally posted by clulup
I could hardly believe it: in an ABC News PrimeTime Poll, 1011 US adults were asked the following (http://www.pollingreport.com/religion.htm, background e.g. in http://www.washtimes.com/national/2...13955-2061r.htm)
"I'm going to ask about a few stories in the Bible. [See below.] Do you think that's literally true, meaning it happened that way word-for-word; or do you think it's meant as a lesson, but not to be taken literally?
- The story of Noah and the ark in which it rained for 40 days and nights, the entire world was flooded, and only Noah, his family and the animals on their ark survived."
The answers were:
Literally True 60 %
Not Literally True 33 %
No Opinion 7 %
I really don't understand. Do these 60 % believe we got our brain and our eyes from the Devil, or we got it from God, but are not supposed to use it?
For those who don't remember: according to the Bible, God said "The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high." That's not a hell of a lot of space, no? Specially considering Noah was "to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them." So how did Noah feed the carnivore animals? Did he take extra numbers of herbivore animals, plus of course all plant material needed to feed all the herbivores? Quite a task for a single man, literally.
That is in Genesis 6 but a few lines later in Genesis 7, God orders Noah "Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth." So apparently God's mind had not been made up regarding numbers in the first order, but as far as we know, Noah did not complain about the short-term changes (the flood was only seven days away by then). Noah was already 600 years old at the time according to the bible, which is a lot for a man, taken literally.
So then the rain comes, and "The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet" (given that we can detect minute marks of water that has disappeared ages ago on Mars, undoubtedly we can find ample evidence for such an enormous event on Earth, no.....? No?).
Everything moving on Earth dies (not plants, supposedly, which is good because Noah did not have them on his ark, apart from the food for all the animals). "The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days" - that means you need a LOT of food for all the animals on that rather small ark. However, it takes several more months until Earth is dry and they get off the ark.
Then, according to the Bible, they start multiplying. Noah plants an vineyard, gets drunk and falls asleep naked in his tent. His son Ham sees him and tells his two brothers. After Noah wakes up, he curses Ham's son Canaan (not Ham, which would probably have been slightly more understandable) and says: "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers." Not really fair, is it? After all, Canaan had done nothing wrong. Anyway, Noah lives on for another 350 years and then dies, cause of death not specified.
So 60% of adult US citizens literally believe this story has taken place on our planet, a few thousand years ago.... I guess some of them must be reading this, so maybe you can explain to me: Just about everything we know about geology, zoology, botany, agriculture, breeding, meteorology, must be wrong if this story is true, it is mutually exclusive with the story of Noah. Do you indeed think all of what we know about Earth is wrong? Science is made by the Devil because it contradicts the Bible? Science in general is ok, unless it happens to contradict the Bible interpreted literally? Please help me out, you 60 % of literal believers in the story of Noah.
No actually it means 93% believe in GOD.
And by the way, science has proven that a cataclysmic event happened at that period of time.
Funny the most brilliant scientist in the world believes in GOD !
It is a choice to believe or not to believe.
Amazing how people waste valuable time arguing this point ?
Life is short, go spend time with your family or loved ones, you don't want regets; I wish I had !