jasonbwatson

December 11, 2012

Evidence Not Necessary

Perhaps you saw the newscast or read about it online… Underwater explorer Robert Ballard, who found the Titanic, among other underwater finds, says he may have found evidence for Noah’s Ark and the biblical account of the flood. In an interview with Christiane Amanpour, Ballard discussed his efforts in Turkey to find the ark, or at least evidence of the flood. Said Ballard, “We went in there to look for the flood. Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed… The land that went under stayed under.”

Finding the ark has been akin to the Holy Grail for many explorers for a long time, but no one has ever been able to find the ship, or any evidence of it. In the 1990s two geologists did find credible evidence that a flood had occurred in the Middle East about 7,500 years ago.

According to MSN.com, “Robert Ballard says he now supports a theory floated by two Columbia University scientists, which holds that the Black Sea was once a freshwater lake overrun thousands of years ago ‘by an enormous wall of water from the rising Mediterranean Sea.’ Ballard found evidence of that inundation 400 feet below the surface of the modern-day Black Sea — an ancient shoreline. He now believes the ‘great flood’ may have taken place in 5,000 B.C.E.”

UK’s The Telegraph spins the story a bit, citing Ballard’s findings (which do not, to this point anyway, suggest a global flood, I should mention) before concluding with this statement: “As the theory goes, the story was then passed down over the years, with the story of Noah eventually forming.”

Therein lies the point I would like to make… If science does eventually find conclusive evidence that a flood occurred or finds evidence of the ark, that would be, for lack of a better word, neat, but will it really change any minds? Those who believe the Bible believe it in faith, not in scientific evidence, and those who do not believe it are likely to spin any evidence supporting Scripture by giving it some alternative explanation (like The Telegraph suggests).

Scripture makes it clear that the “wise men” of earth are not usually going to be the ones who will believe Scripture. Contrary to what might seem to make sense, these individuals are usually too smart for their own good, and they wind up “claiming to be wise” but in actuality are fools (Romans 1:22).

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