Wednesday, April 5, 2006

In yet another pathetic attempt by scientists to minimalize and explain away Christianity, Florida State University Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof says that rare conditions could have aligned to form a small, isolated patch of floating ice on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus didn't really walk on water, he walked on ice!

Looking at temperature records of the Mediterranean Sea surface and using analytical ice and statistical models, scientists considered a small section of the cold freshwater surface of the lake. The area studied, about 10,000 square feet, was near salty springs that empty into it.

The results suggest temperatures dropped to 25 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 degrees Celsius) during one of the two cold periods 2,500-1,500 years ago for up to two days, the same decades during which Jesus lived.

With such conditions, a floating patch of ice could develop above the plumes resulting from the salty springs along the lake's western shore in Tabgha. Tabgha is the town where many archeological findings related to Jesus have been found.

"We simply explain that unique freezing processes probably happened in that region only a handful of times during the last 12,000 years," said Doron Nof, "We leave to others the question of whether or not our research explains the biblical account."

Uh-huh. Anyone else think he may be stretching a bit for this one? Conditions that are almost impossible happened at that precise moment, and a floe of significant enough size, stability and thickness appeared at exactly the right position for Christ to walk across it? Seems like a miracle to me!

I wonder what it is about the Christian faith that inspires so many scientists to try to disprove it?

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