Originally Posted by asdfasdf32
It might do you some good to research some of the more outlandish claims of the bible (like the ark story). Of course, what good it does depends on your current interpretation of the bible (what is literal and what is not). I'm not sure where you currently stand so I can't really offer prudent advice.
Why consider it a claim?
It could be and God could have concealed the evidence. Far be it from me to call God a liar when he's provided plenty of other proofs of the bible.
Or it could be prophetic allegory.
I don't have to read this passage as literal only:
6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth
until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
It reads like a prophetic allusion of the whole bible account.
"back and forth" ='s who? Why Satan is the one who goes to and fro in the book of Job.
The dove is the holy spirit.
As for the door. Who handles the door of the ark? Isn't it God?
16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.
The door is an allegorical reference to Jesus Christ.
So imo you have the whole story of the world and the bible in miniature set out right in Genesis 8 before you even check all the Messianic prophecies.
You're the one who thinks you have to explain everything God does. I don't.
I've never claimed to know everything. I'm not required to to follow God. Isn't that the point? Isn't he waiting to show us certain things....We don't get to write the terms though. The terms were set up far in advance of the contracts (covenants).