Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Quotations From The Answer To Question (21) Of The " 100 Tough Questions about God And The Bible " By Stephen M. Miller.

By Sodium

Re-citing Question (21):
" How on earth could the Red Sea have parted so Moses and the Jews could escape from the Egyptian Army ? "

Quotation One:
According to Stephen Miller: " The Dead Sea has not parted lately--or ever, as far as anyone reading a history book can tell.
Stories like the one in the Bible haven't shown up in the Egyptian history. If the Read Sea ever parted for them, you'd think they'd have written about it.
But the Red Sea might not have been the body of water that parted for Moses and the Jewish refugees when they fled Egypt during the Exodus.
Many versions of the Bible identify the body of water as the Dead Sea --but with as asterisk: " God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea " ( Exodus 1:18 NIV ). The asterisk often reads something like this: " Or the Sea of Reed.. " "

Quotation Two:
" In two separate studies, scientists specializing in meteology and oceanography concluded that a strong, sustained wind could push back the beachfront water of the Red Sea's narrow Gulf of Suez--mimicking a low tide that extends the beach by about a mile ( 1,6 km ). Then when the wind stopped, the water would rush back within half an hour, and up to ten feet ( three meters ) deep.
    That sounds a lot like what the Bible described " All that night the Lord pushed back the sea with a strong east wind and turned the sea into dryground " ( Exodus 14:21 ). "

Quotation Three:
" It would also help explain why Na poleon nearly drowned while riding his horse on the Red Sea's beach.

Quotation Four:
" Many Christians read the story literally and say whatever body of water the Jews crossed, God blew a path through the water for them--just as the Bible says. "

Quotation Five:
" Another option might feature a combo ( meaning combination ) of science, history and exaggeration. Perhaps, some would say, the scientific theories explain what happened. And a touch of exaggeration might explain the "walls of water. " "

Quotation Six:
" However, many Christians, if not all, would take unkindly to someone arguing that the Bible writer exaggerated such a key event in Jewish history. "

Final Words::
In the 1970's and 1980's of the last century ( the Twentieth Century ), I had made countless business trips to major Egyptian cities, including, of course Cairo, Egypt's capital city. On some trips I had ended up staying for a week or so at the Nile Hilton Hotel, which was located in the middle of Cairo, and not too far from the Egyptian Museum That had made it so convenient to me to make visits to the nearby Museum, after finishing my business obligations and waiting for my flight reservation to fly back to my point of business operations, for the Middle East and part of Africa.

During so many visits to the Museum, not once did I ever encounter a story or a historical evidence that confirmed, in the slightest manner, the story in the Bible with regards to the parting of the Dead Sea.

Furthermore, the Suez Canal was built mainly at the narrow strip of land that connected the Sinai desert land with northeastern Egypt--exactly at the location as the one described in the Bible.

All of the above combined has compelled me to finally raise the following question:

Why during building the Suez Canal, and to my knowledge, no evidences were found of the drowned Egyptian army's soldiers, their horses, or their chariots ?  Just a simple question which needs to be answered honestly and rationally.

I am not trying, here, to take the side of Stephen Miller. Not at all. I am trying, here, to be close to the truth as much as possible. I am not even certain whether or not I have succeeded in coming close to the truth. But, it does not hurt to try, if one can do so.

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