DayBreaks for 7/27/16 – Jesus and the Law of Probabilities

DayBreaks for 7/27/16 – Jesus and the Laws of Probabilities

From the DayBreaks archive, July 2006:


 “TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 4 (UPI via COMTEX) — Florida State University scientists say its more likely Jesus walked on a patch of floating ice than on water, as described in the New Testament.
“Oceanography Professor Doron Nof says his research points to a rare combination of optimal water and atmospheric conditions for development of a unique, localized freezing phenomenon that Nof and his co-authors call “springs ice.”

“In what is now northern Israel, such ice could have formed on the cold freshwater surface of the Sea of Galilee — known as Lake Kinneret by modern-day Israelis — when already chilly temperatures briefly plummeted during one of the two protracted cold periods between 2,500 and 1,500 years ago.
“A frozen patch floating on the surface of the small lake would have been difficult to distinguish from the unfrozen water surrounding it.
“As natural scientists, we simply explain that unique freezing processes probably happened in that region only a handful of times during the last 12,000 years,” Nof said. “We leave to others the question of whether or not our research explains the biblical account.”
“The research appears in the April issue of the Journal of Paleolimnology.”

Galen’s Thoughts: Whew.  Aren’t you glad that you now know how Jesus did it??!?!?!  And it’s all so official sounding with a title like “The Journal of Paleolimnology”, isn’t it?

You know, they’re right, actually, if you think about it in terms of probabilities.  It is more likely, given the laws of probability, to explain the miracle of Jesus “walking on water” by saying that there was ice just below the surface that the disciples couldn’t see.  They’re right – the probabilities of people walking on top of water are, well, zero.  

But what they have failed to take into account is that Jesus wasn’t just another foot traveler – he was God.  And with God, you can throw all the probabilities and statistics out of the window.  For science to try to explain the acts of God may be amusing, but it’s also often sad and pathetic.  I love science – and the job of real science it to discover the truth – not try to explain truth away.  

While it may be more probable, from human terms, for Jesus to have walked on ice.  He didn’t.  He walked on water. And he can make us walk on water with him if he so chooses!

PRAYER: God, I’m so glad that we have such a powerful Father to whom science can’t assign limits! I look forward to the day when the whole world knows without a shadow of a doubt that you can do anything you choose to do! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.


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