An Examination Of The Story Of Noah
By James Donahue
Of all the miracle accounts in the Bible, the story
of Noah and the ark he built so a remnant of humans and living creatures could escape cataclysmic events has survived scholarly
efforts of disproval.
Not only is the story found in the fifth chapter of
the Book of Genesis, a comparable account is told in the Epic of Gilgamesh and flood stories survive in many tribal myths
including the American Indians and on the Islands of Hawaii.
Just what happened at that distant time in the past,
and why it occurred, remains a mystery. All of the stories say there was a great flood. Yet some have shown through scientific
data and mathematics that even with the collapse of a suggested vapor canopy it would have been impossible for enough water
to gather over the surface of the Earth to cover all of the land.
Archaeological and geological discoveries show that
something spectacular brought cataclysmic events that caused a mass extinction at least once, if not several times in the
history of this planet.
There are various places, now raised as high as mountain
peaks, that show fossil evidence of once being sea beds. The ruins of a once great City of Tiahuanaco, near the boundary of
Peru and Bolivia, show that the place was a harbor with well-designed docks capable of accommodating hundreds of vessels.
Yet the place today is found on a plateau 4000 meters above sea level.
The ruins of other ancient cities have been found
in hundreds of feet below sea level, deep in the Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico and just off the coasts of India and Japan.
They give credibility to the myths about splendid civilizations of Atlantis and Lemur that were destroyed by powerful earthquakes
before sinking into the sea.
Obviously the Earth experienced cataclysmic upheavals
of its surface, long after civilizations were established. But when did all of this happen?
That the ruins of well developed cities with docks
to accommodate ships are found on a high plateau suggests that an advanced civilization existed a very long time ago. That
story conflicts with the Biblical time table, setting the flood at about 5,000 to 6,000 years ago.
Geological evidence suggests that the dinosaurs went
extinct from some kind of cataclysmic event about 65 million years ago. Evidence in the rocks also seems to show that humanoids
with enough intellect to hunt and wear foot coverings, lived at the same time as the dinosaurs. But was it a flood and did
it happen that early in human history? And if so, how could there be such a wide variation in time estimates?
Hopi legends suggest that we have survived from earlier
worlds, each time climbing up through a trap door to new ones to begin again. Their stories suggest that humans have developed
into great societies and then failed more than once, each time escaping from some kind of disastrous event that brought us
to the brink of extinction.
So how did that remnant of humanity escape the past
disasters? Was there really a person named Noah who built a massive ark, or was it something far more advanced that saved
us? Some believe it may have involved alien intervention and possibly time travel.
And if there was alien assistance, why would they
be that interested in us as living creatures on a lone planet in a busy solar system?
Humans appear to have been created for a very special
purpose. We have been given magnificent bicameral brains which, when working in unison, become a vast information system that
is capable of feeding into the universal information system.
The effort has always been to get the human brain
working correctly, with every human utilizing the full extent of our brains.
Unfortunately there has been clever intervention by
outside energies that do not want us to succeed. We have wrongly followed false religious systems that generate a fear-based
social platform where humans are discouraged from activities that expand mental and spiritual evolution.
We have been given spiritual help in the form of angels
and other entities that appear to be constantly working to interact with us and challenge our intellect. The diverse and conflicting
thinking was supposed to force us to utilize our brains and outfox negative spiritual forces bent on destroying us. Happily
we can report that there has been a major shift away from organized religious systems and a growing world interest in other
spiritual pathways, which is very good news.
This is happening as the world appears to again be
moving toward total life extinction. Can we avoid yet another critical need for an escape by a few survivors? And if it happens,
how will be make our escape?
In the Biblical story, Noah met extreme social resistance.
He was the target of constant barrage of ridicule while building the “ark.”
Rather than a ship, could it have been that Noah was
building a machine that was designed to move a remnant of people through time? Building a barge large enough to carry a male
and female of every species, including food and water to last the years it would take for a torrent of water that covers the
planet to go away appears technically impossible. That we are still here is proof that whatever he was doing, he succeeded.
The question may now be: can we do it again?