Friday, May 05, 2006

I don’t watch the evening national-world news.  On Friday, April 7, 2006 I turned the TV on earlier than normal to watch the 6:00 p.m. local news on NBC.  The national news was just beginning the last story of the night.  

Paraphrasing what the announcer said, “It has been a rough week for Christians.”  Since it had not been a rough week for me and I am a Christian, I listened to find out why we had had such a rough week.  It seems that three different news stories were suppose to be the cause for this tumultuous week.

First, a scientist had declared that JESUS did not walk on water.  Rather, HE had walked on a layer of ice according to the scientist.  What?  The announcer is taking the position that a scientist almost two thousand years later has “solved” some kind of mystery over whether or not JESUS had walked on water.  The
Bible contains two eye witness accounts of that historical event.
Both Matthew and John were part of the twelve disciples who were in the boat.  Both wrote about JESUS walking on water.  Neither mentions ice.

“When they had rowed three or three and a half miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were terrified.  But he said to them, ‘It is I; don’t be afraid.’” (John 6: 19-20)  According to this eye witness account, the boat was three miles or more from shore and JESUS was walking on water.  Isn’t three plus miles a long distance for ice to form especially since the boat was being rowed through that same water?

“During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.  ‘It’s a ghost,’ they said and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage!  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.’

‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’

‘Come,’ he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.  ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’” (Matthew 14: 25-33)

Matthew has written the second eye witness account of the event.  As in the first account, JESUS is walking on water according to an eye witness.  But, Peter joins HIM in the water and briefly walks on water also.  Peter begins to sink.  Yet there is no record of Peter saying that JESUS was walking on ice.  Why not?

Because Peter was there and knew HE was walking on water.  Peter even worshipped HIM and with the others declared that JESUS truly is the SON of GOD.  

The choice is clear.  Accept the speculation of a scientist almost two thousand years later or accept two eye witness accounts as testified through the Bible.  I’ll select the Word of GOD over speculation every time!!!

Second, bones were found of an “animal” that some speculate was part fish and part land animal.  They further speculated that this could be the evolutionary missing link proving Darwin’s theory.  Wow!!!  What a discovery!  Finding a skeleton of an animal that lives both on land and in water!  

Wait!!!  Don’t we have such animals today?  Aren’t they called amphibious?  Oh, yah.  That’s correct.  

The most that can be claimed about this discovery is that there may have been an amphibious animal that once lived on the planet and is now extinct.  That is all.  No missing link!!!  We have examples of amphibious animals already.  Do they really think we are that stupid!!!  (To be continued)    


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