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Jesus Walked on Ice?? You have to be kidding me

Thursday, April 20, 2006

In one of the stranger attempts to explain away a miracle of Christ that I have seen, an article in the April 2006 edition of the Journal of Paleolimnology suggests that rather than walking on water, Jesus actually walked on ice.

Here is an article about the article: Jesus Could Have Walked on Ice, Scientist Says

I wonder if this scientist or the author of the article actually took time to read the Biblical account of this story.

Mt 14:24-33 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

If you notice, in the story, there are a number of factors that make this "theory" rediculous.

1. The disciples (of whom a majority are experienced fishermen who had spent much time on this very lake) are in a boat and don't notice all the supposed ice.

2. Christ not only walks on water Himself, He also bids Peter come out and walk on the water, without letting Peter know where to find the floating ice.

3. Apparently Peter's ice was not any good, as Peter began to sink.

This attempted explanation reminds of the old discussion when people claim that the Israelites only crossed a swamp instead of the God parting the Red Sea. Okay, then explain how Pharoah's army all drowned in this swamp.

Christ walked on water. It was a miracle. The disciples recognized it as such and responded the way we all should respond to the miraculous Christ - they worshipped Him.

Just my thoughts,


File under Bible_, Culture_War, Fundamentalism_


Scott said...

Good thoughts. I saw the report on the news a while back and was disgusted at the plug for "global warmingism." My reaction was "Why not just take the Bible for what it says?!?!?!?" I hadn't thought about all the other implications of Jesus walking on (frozen) water.

Godzheart said...

Good post pastor. I wonder what they will come up with next to defy Jesus' Lordship. But I am sure of one thing, they cannot and never deny that Jesus is Lord.

God Bless..