In the discussion thread: OK, if the T-Rex was allowed onto the Ark, didn't it start eating people? [View all]
Response to marmar (Original post)
Sun Jul 8, 2012, 04:00 PM
spin (16,580 posts)
42. The myth of Noah's ark is common to MANY religions ...
Myths are the smoke of history and it is indeed possible that a man and his family survived a great flood or a tsunami and had some animals on a boat with them.
Any really good story is worth repeating and is often enhanced to make it a better story or in ancient times more appropriate to the religion of the listeners.
The Bible is NOT a science text book. T-Rex was fortunately long extinct before our species came to be. Cave men might have been able to kill a mammoth but throwing spears at a T-Rex would have been a bad plan.
Constructing a replica of the Biblical ark is an interesting project but putting it on land or a small lake proves nothing. I would be more interested in seeing if it was actually sea worthy. If it passed that test, I would love to see what happens if you stick a large group of animals including dangerous game on it for an extended period of time along with just a few people. The problems faced by such a family and the challenge of feeding the animals and cleaning their cages would have probably convinced the humans to either go on strike or to wish they would have perished in the flood.
I find the Old Testament a fascinating collection of documents written by men that teach moral lessons many of which were mainly appropriate to a small and rather insignificant tribe of people thousands of years ago. Some of these values can be beneficial to instructing an individual in how to live a rewarding and beneficial life even in our modern times.
We often assume that we are far more intelligent than our ancestors but in reality while we have developed far more knowledge than they had, their brain power was the same as ours. One hundred or one thousand years from now (if we survive) we will have far more scientific knowledge than we do today. Perhaps far in the future both religion and science will find common ground. Who knows.
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