what we can learn from noah


A short time after the all-knowing god of the Jews and creator of all, God, had created humanity, he realised he’d made a mistake:

“The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.” Genesis 6:6

So he decided to murder every living creature. But the all-knowing and perfect god God had forgotten about Noah, who was a decent human being and therefore, it must be assumed, his only successful creation. He told Noah to build a big boat, put some animals in it, and then the god God went about slaughtering every other living creature with a big flood.

When the god God had finished drowning almost all of humanity and the animal kingdom, rather than creating more flawed human beings, he relied on Noah and his sons to re-populate the whole planet.

“Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” Genesis 9:1

From this story, many Christians conclude that the god God, the invisible deity they speak to in their heads, is:

  • a benevolent being and ethical decision-maker (WRONG – see slaughter/mass murder)
  • an all-knowing or all-powerful being (WRONG – see big mistake)
  • a perfect being (WRONG – regret for actions, and forgetfulness/oversight regarding Noah)
  • against the use of contraception (WRONG – no mention of condoms there)

From this story, most rational people conclude that, like the rest of the Bible, it is a piece of imaginative story-telling that sits nicely alongside myths from every culture around the world. And it’s a story that makes a pretty picture book for children, especially if you want them to be introduced to the concept of genocide from an early age.

What do you think?