4.06.2006

What It Takes to Put Christ On Ice

The article started off strong.
"The New Testament story describes Jesus walking on water in the Sea of Galilee but according to a study led by Florida State University Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof, it's more likely that he walked on an isolated patch of floating ice."
In an effort to dispel the ancient "myth" of the walking-on-water account, a team of scientists has done research on what is known as "springs ice". When a salty spring flows into a freshwater lake, the heavier saltwater sinks to the bottom, creating a temperature imbalance that can lead to ice formation above the saltwater. This only occurs in calm water when the air temperature is at or near freezing. These scientists have decided that since Jesus "couldn't" have really been walking on water, he must have been walking on ice that happened to form just at the right time for this to occur. They say that the chances of this happening today in the Sea of Galilee are about "once in 10,000 years" but that the odds "might" have been higher around two thousand years ago during a "prevailing climate" - whatever that means. I will post my opinion on this startling new piece of "evidence" soon. For now, I am asking my readers to contribute their views via comment. Perhaps we can get some controversy here! To see the original article, go to www.physorg.com. In Him, David S. MacMillan III

5 comments:

Soldier of ONE said...

Wow, that's pretty sad. It's amazing what people will try to come up with to avoid the reality of Christ, isn't it?

Incidentally, I like your sub-header. Is that by any chance from Brad Stine?

thepatriot15 said...

Very interesting... but no matter what theory they come up with about Jesus walking on water, how are they going to explain turning the water into wine, or raising people from the dead? Hmmm... that will be a hard one!

Anonymous said...

Pretty stupid, but I think the idea is so outrageous that most people are either going to
1) Think it's true because they're already Christians.
2) Say the Bible is false.
3) Ignore everything in the first place.

Nobody besides this professor would actually believe that Jesus used ice...

Unconformed said...

"calm water"
ridiculous!

David Ketter said...

Hehe...my kinda thing.

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.