April 4, 2006 | David F. Coppedge

Scientist Tries to Explain Away Miracle of Jesus Walking on Water

Easter is approaching.  That must mean it’s the season for skeptics to try their hand at debunking the miracles of Jesus.  The first entry this year seems to be one by Doron Nof of Florida State University who claims Jesus walked on ice, not on water.  He came up with an explanation for how parts of the Sea of Galilee might, on rare occasions, create sheets of ice that would have given the disciples an appearance Jesus was standing on the water.  Conditions for ice formation on this body of water below sea level are effectively zero today, but he presumes it could have happened once in 30 to 160 years at the time of Jesus.
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How come scientists expect believers to just sit back and take their weird-science theories without objection, but the moment someone challenges their own weird-science explanations of evolution, they get paranoid and threaten lawsuits?  This hypothesis is so stupid.  To avoid creating irreverent mental images, let’s imagine some Hollywood actors trying to reenact the scene.  The actor playing Jesus is trying not to slip and slide all over a tipsy piece of thin ice.  The actors in the boat playing the disciples are faking a sense of awe looking at their leader wavering and struggling to keep his balance.  Suddenly he plunges through a hole, and the sense of awe turns to laughter.  Cut; take two.
    Once the actor on the ice manages to keep his footing while the cameras are rolling, the actor playing Peter gets out of the boat but his slab of ice slips from under him and he falls in, to the laughter of the other actors.  He swims over to the actor on the slab and yells back at the other disciples that it’s just a trick.  The character on the ice reaches down to pull in the one in the water, and loses his footing, and both wind up flailing around in the drink.
    It won’t work.  Doron Nof tried this before with the Red Sea crossing.  He tries to come up with purely natural explanations for Biblical miracles.  They wind up taking more faith than just trusting the word of the credible eyewitnesses.  Next thing you know he will say the calming of the storm was all just special effects on a sound stage.

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