Christ On Ice? Part II

In my last post, What It Takes To Put Christ On Ice, I related the story of a study that explained how Jesus "may have" walked on an ice floe rather than on water like God's Word says. Then, I opened up for comments on what my readers thought about the whole thing. It was not until David Ketter left his two cents or three cents that anyone really hit the nail on the head: "In order to make the case, let's refer to the original story, shown in John 6:16-21. . . ." This is where the crux of the issue lies. When I first heard this story, my initial response was purely from a scientific basis: If Galilee isn't cold enough now, why are they saying it was cold enough then? But I soon realized that this is not the correct approach. Instead of looking to fallible science for the answers, we must look to God's Word: the only thing that never fails. David K. did such a good job with this that I am reposting his comment in its entirety:

In order to make the case, let's refer to the original story, shown in John 6:16-21:

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."

Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

In this passage alone, we see the key evidence aqainst the ice-theory: "The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing." Also, we can see that this ice is affected, in part, by depth. According to John 6, "they had rowed about three or four miles [out]."

So, really, it's futile to believe this idea. A more detailed account (of the same event) in Matthew 15, states:

And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind,[d] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me." Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

Here, again, we have more evidence against it. Peter steps out (in faith) and seeing the wind (again, no calm water), he loses his faith and begins to sink. Jesus, coming to the same spot, pulls him up onto the surface of the water once more and helps him to the boat. The point in this? In order for the ice-theory to work, Jesus would have to be quite a manipulator of ice to move it around like that. But consider the evidence:

1) The water was rough

2) The wind was raging

3) The weather was warm enough for crowds to spend the day by him (read the first portions of Matthew 15 and John 6 and you'll find Jesus had been teaching the whole day prior).

4) Jesus was walking 3 or 4 miles out on the Sea of Galilee.

5) Peter was sinking.

Biblically speaking (and that's not taking the science into account because THAT is not my area of expertise), there is no grounding for this ice-theory in the Christian life.

Attaboy, DJ! Tomorrow (Lord willing) I will be posting on a Missing Link that has captivated the evolutionary crowd     stay tuned. In Him, David S. MacMillan III

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