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Noah's Ark? Why is it taken so literally?

is it lack of knowledge of what that would mean to the planet and what would be required?
a lack of knowledge of world history (the other cultures that existed then)?

Ignorance of how things work in the world make believing in religious tales a lot easier, it seems. If you have that knowledge it creates a seed of doubt, and they don't want that.


Asked by Anonymous at 6:35 AM on Nov. 20, 2010 in Religious Debate

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Answers (52)
  • Because the world was 'smaller' back then and a flood in one big area could ealiy be seen as a 'world flood' because that's all the world they thought existed. On a side note- the Noah flood story is NOT the oldest and therefore not the correct version. It was taken probably from the ancient Sumerian flood myth, embellished, changed slightly and presented as something true and unique which it's not.


    Answer by IhartU at 8:55 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • Just because YOU cannot understand it and you try to explain it with something as limited as science, that doesn't mean it isn't true. The problem with people trying to disprove the Bible with just science or history as their only means is that they automatically take G-d out of the equation.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:35 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • I am going to go with because the story is found in just about every major religion of the world. It is found in every corner of the world. What else would explain this besides a world flood?

    Answer by purpleducky at 8:39 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • Because it's in the Bible. If you don't want to believe it, fine, but don't call those of us who choose to believe the Bible "ignorant." We have our beliefs, and respect your right to your's, and that's all we ask in return.

    Answer by cbk_mom3 at 9:43 AM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • You're assuming that the story IS false. There is evidence to suggest that it was very real - they've even found what is most likely THE arc. I think the ignorance comes from those who refuse to believe that anything in the Bible could possibly be true.

    Answer by Gal51 at 6:34 PM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • Where are all these people who supposedly take it literally...I mean, outside a preschool classroom?

    I know QUITE a few who believe it to be literally... My mother, grandmother & husband for three... And from reading her answer I would fair to guess Shaneagle as well... There are actually a great many out there.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:37 PM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • See, the thing with these religious writings is that its never really about the stories themselves. Its about the message BEHIND them. It doesn't matter if these things really happened or not, because what we're meant to take away from the text is something beyond the literalism of the event. These tales, no matter how much or little historical accuracy there is to them, are meant to illustrate a greater point, a message that transcends what's actually going on. Kind of like fables or parables, but on a much grander scale, as the messages of these tales are meant to convey to us glimpses into a divine understanding about the Ultimate Reality and Truth. Getting so caught up on what's going on on the page only makes one miss the point.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:14 PM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • You forget we are talking about God where all things are possible.

    Answer by dgall3 at 3:05 PM on Nov. 21, 2010

  • Its like watching a play or a film or painting, book etc, etc, that's meant to convey to us a deeper message about life or society, etc. - those themes we look for and motifs that are what the artist is trying to convey to us. Sure, the story is one that resonates with people, and it may or may not be based on actual events, but the point that the artist/director/author is trying to make, the truth that s/he is trying to convey goes much deeper than whether or not the story is real. Its a tangible, applicable lesson to all of us.

    Religious text is much the same. The point never was about being completely historically accurate or literal. Its about conveying a deeper message that is relevant and true - truths that aren't about one moment in time but are about every moment.

    I highly suggest reading Karen Armstrong's biography of the Bible. I absolutely love her. She looks at history and at faith and really explains it well...

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 2:20 PM on Nov. 20, 2010

  • a global flood of that length would suffocate ALL life on earth.

    Uhhh ... that WAS the idea.

    Answer by Gal51 at 6:35 PM on Nov. 20, 2010