A wonderful example of patient parenting. Most parents wouldn’t think twice about reading the story of Noah’s Ark to their kids at bed time. But, which version?
The cheery, colorful children’s version where God chooses Noah’s family to go for a boat ride and wait out a bad storm and save all of the helpless animals? Or, the story of God, our father, who after losing control of his children on earth (for whom He never defined any rules to begin with), threw an epic temper tantrum and killed everyone and everything with a natural disaster? I mean, as a parent, you pretty much have to skip over Genesis 6:6-7, right? How do you explain all of the dead mommies and daddies, all of the dead sissies and puppies? Dead! Forever!
As an adult, I was amazed that throughout my upbringing and personal regurgitations of this story as a happy fairy tale, I had completely missed the real point of this story: Obey God or He will destroy you and everything you love in a mighty temper tantrum! And, let’s face it – even then you aren’t safe unless you just happen to be related to a 600 year-old shipwright…
Noah’s Ark – A fantastic bedtime story that also serves as fair warning to young and disobedient children who don’t follow rules that were never defined for them in the first place. Because… you know, apparently God loves you so much that He wishes He never made you!
SPOILER ALERT: This is the same God who comes to earth in the form of his Son, to be later characterized as the “Prince of Peace.” Right… (And, don’t even get us started on the ties to Gilgamesh…)
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Remember: Don’t blame us, it’s in the Bible!
This illustration was the result of a late night discussion among
interfaith friends that became the basis for our first book.