Written on: April 11, 2009
I always think of the Bible as a very simplified analogy of everything that happened in the past. If you talk to the people back then about genes, space exploration… basically any modern science, they would probably look at you and conclude that you have gone mad or that you were possessed by the devil. In order to make things more understandable, such prehistoric events were then told in the form of stories, much like the way the Aboriginals pass on their tales. The story of Noah’s Ark is probably not any different.
As much as I know about Noah’s Ark and Dooms Day (which is not a lot), I can see a strong resemblance between the two. In Noah’s Ark, Noah was told by God to build an Ark that houses a selected portion of all the life forms on earth, as a way to survive the flood that God would induce to destroy the earth. Even as I was small, it never made sense to me how an individual like Noah, who is probably a shepherd (cannot remember if the Bible said who he was), could suddenly build a humongous ark. It just doesn’t make sense! However, thinking about this as a parallel to Dooms Day seems to make some sense. Let’s say Noah was actually a representation of a group of individuals, who, though their intellect, realize that a “flood” was to come. And let’s say this “flood” was like what is to happen in Dooms Day. After some long-term decision making on whether or not they should do anything regarding this “flood”, this group of people, called “Noah”, decided that they would build an “ark” that would act as a refuge to a selected population of living things. This “ark” could be a space shuttle that would take the creatures to the moon (also part of this “ark”), where they would reside in during the great catastrophe. Or this “ark” could be something that remained on earth while the catastrophe was going on. The former seem to make more sense.
So let’s say that “Noah” was able to send as many humans and other organisms to the moon through their “ark”, along with any plants and bacteria that is essential for the survival of the Moon Ecosystem. (The rest were left to die on earth.) The Bible said that the catastrophe lasted for 150 days. Whether this has anything to do with the 7 days during creation… I cannot think of any ways to attempt explaining it yet. But there was the reoccurrence of the number 7, which might signify that the timing/cycle of earth remain the same? No idea. But anyway, “Noah” did send out a “raven” and a “dove” to explore the earth’s environment. These might just represent the space probes that were sent out to take pictures and to collect info about the conditions of an unknown landmark. Try explaining space probes to the prehistoric people. I doubt very much they would have a clue as to what you are talking about. Anyway, “Noah” had to send the “dove” out several times to collect detailed information on whether it is safe to go back to earth. It was said that the “dove” never returned after going out for the third time. Perhaps this was because analysis of the information that the “dove” brought back the first two times was enough to indicate that earth was back to its original condition. The third time (which might not literally mean the third) might just be a final check to reinforce “Noah’s” observations. After verifying that everything was fine, there was really no point in sending the “dove” all the way back to the moon, explaining why “it never returned”. “Noah” then brought everything in the Moon Ecosystem back to earth, as represented by “Noah” and his family leaving the “ark”. The condition for every living creature was probably extremely harsh at the time. So when “God”, which I currently believe not as a higher being that overlooked the earth, but purely the human conscious, said that “he” would never bring doom to this earth again, it is like the human promising not to do things to mess up the world again. (Since I said “God” is a representation of the human conscious, “God” telling “Noah” to build the ark in the beginning is like a representation of a collection of human conscious urging the group of people to build the “ark”.) But of course, history repeats itself, and now we’re closing in to Dooms Day.
The very last part was really stretched, as I cannot really understand what the number of days and the rest could mean. But there does appear to be a parallel pattern between “Noah’s ark” and what people presently wish to do about Dooms Day. Is the Bible foreshadowing that building an “ark” is a possible to survive this catastrophe, if there is really one to begin with? Who knows. But even if there is, it probably has nothing to do with me as I would be one of those people that would be left on earth to die.
Published: August 13, 2011