Most people who follow my writing are pretty well aware that, while I am a Christian, I don’t view the Bible as a fact-based, literal depiction of actual events. Though the story of Noah’s Ark is a pivotal one within the Bible, even as a child I found it ridiculously far-fetched.
One small ark, every animal on earth, a massive flood – it just didn’t make any sense.
Well, Bill Maher went off on one of the best rants blasting the story of Noah’s ark that I think I’ve ever heard. He brought up several key facts that seem lost in what is often a story told to children.
You know, like the fact that in the story during this flood almost every person on earth died. Men, women, children, the elderly, sick, needy – babies. He went on to say that the story of the ark is incredibly immoral because in God’s vengeance against a few, God slaughtered nearly everyone.
Maher said the story of the ark is essentially one about a “psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it and his name is God.” He then continued, “What kind of tyrant kills everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at?”
While I don’t always agree with Bill Maher, I do feel he’s absolutely right with his assessment of this story. When broken down to exactly what it is – a story where even infants were slaughtered because of the supposed wickedness of a few – it’s kind of shocking that it’s often used as a story taught to really young children.
Oh sure, it’s a neat story about a big ship with a lot of animals all piled on board. Stuff like that appeals to the minds of children, but it shouldn’t appeal to adults. Still, despite the fact that everything surrounding the story of Noah is so completely unbelievable, there are tens of millions of adults who still believe that the Earth is 6,000 years old and the story of Noah’s ark is completely accurate.
And that’s basically the point Maher was making. For someone to honestly believe the story of Noah’s ark is completely true, that means they’re perfectly fine with the fact that God used a massive flood to commit global mass murder.
Because while the giant ark and all the animals sound like a great story – it seems these people forget that this ark was supposedly built so a handful of people could survive while the rest of the world’s population (regardless of sex, gender, age or innocence) was murdered.