Jerry Falwell Is Dead… Thank God! ["Noah’s Ark" Refuted]
The end of an era? I hope so. Jerry Falwell. The man who epitomized religious zealotry. The televangelist who preached hatred under the guise of Christianity.
He had this to say following 9/11:
“The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way — all of them who have tried to secularize America — I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.”
This is the guy who claimed that one of the “Teletubbies” is homosexual.
“He is purple — the gay-pride color, and his antenna is shaped like a triangle — the gay pride symbol.”
And then his tirade about AIDS:
“AIDS is the wrath of a just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite jumping in the Red Sea to save one of Pharaoh’s charioteers … AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals; it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.”
This man was filled with bigotry and hatred for anyone who was apparently not a white evangelical Christian.
He’s one of those fevered egos that this world is better off without. He represents an attitude in this country that the world is better off without. The Fundamentalist attitude that they are right, and everyone else is wrong because we (the people who aren’t them) don’t take everything the Bible says without questioning it.
As I’ve said many times before, most wars are over who has the better imaginary friend. I, on the other hand, worship the True God, the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Now, before I get to the “Noah’s Ark” portion of this post, here’s a link to my favorite article about Falwell’s death, and here’s a video interview with the author of that article on Fox News’ “Hannity & Colmes” show. How can these guys consider themselves “Fair & Balanced?”
Now, on to what I think is some important info to go along with the passing of Falwell. What I might call the passing of a false idea. A ridiculous fairytale. This whole idea of “Noah’s Ark.” People actually take this story as truth, as fact, and as something that had actually occurred at some point in history.
I’m not going to go into very much detail about the story, because I think most everyone is at least familiar with it. If you want to refresh your memory, the story can be found in Genesis 6:1 – 9:17.
The part of the story I want you to notice is where “God” describes what size the Ark is to be. Three hundred (300) cubits by fifty (50) cubits – three stories tall. A cubit is approximately 18 inches. It was the measure from the tip of the fingers to the tip of the elbow.
With these measurements, the Ark would have been 101,250 square feet of surface area where two (2) of each animal on Earth were to roam for 40 days and nights – without killing and eating each other.
Here’s the point I want to make. Our planet has over 4 million land animal species. 101,250 square feet calculates out to only 1,250,000 square inches. Even if you were to cut out a single 1” square to represent each species of land animal on Earth, you’d still have to stack those paper squares at least 3 high just to fit them on this Ark, if you were to lay them out edge to edge, covering the entire floor surface. And you still have to take into account that God told Noah to take 2 of each animal on board! That’s 8 million animals.
Just taking into account surface area, each animal would have to be .15625 of an inch just to fit on the Ark. This isn’t accounting for room to actually move around! Just to exist on the Ark, each animal would have to be a fraction of an inch.
It’s just absurd to believe something like that. So many people just take the story at face value and don’t even think about it. “Oh yeah, Noah had an Ark and he took 2 of every animal on board. That’s why we’re here. Because Noah was good in the eyes of God.” No. It’s a story. There’s no actual truth to it. Just like the fact that snakes can’t talk. They have never talked. The Devil didn’t “trick” anyone into eating some fruit.
Try thinking about it. Can you seriously look in your backyard and imagine two naked people standing there, listening to a snake talk about apples? I mean, honestly. It’s ridiculous.
And this is why, my loyal readers, I say it is so important to read a book!