Christian apologists like to point to nice stories in the Bible as its “real” message. Jesus, being born in a manger, healing people or dying on the cross are nice.
But there is only one story popular enough to attract a $21 million planned tourist attraction. It is the best “we got even with you” story in the Bible. It’s Noah’s ark.
According to the writer who has seen a mock up of the display, it will include life like human figures screeming for mercy. Designers could have left this out, but they knew what they are doing.
I was at a gathering where religion was discussed a couple of weeks ago when a minister complained about children’s Sunday School teaching materials featuring the Noah story. “It is one of the cruelist stories in the Bible. No wonder people ridicule us.” he said.
Unfortunatly for the good Pastor, it’s the story’s cruelness that makes it popular. None of the nice stories kill sinners.
I’m not saying Christians are worse than other groups in this pleasure. Everyone enjoys it when their side wins. The Noah’s ark display will offer Christians the chance to experience this great victory.
The story, of course, did not happen. There is not enough water in the earth’s atomophere to float an ark. There wasn’t enough room for all the species of life on earth.
A great story is one people want to believe, that’s Noah.
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