Monday, January 3, 2011
Of Snowmageddons And Floods Of Biblical Proportion
That the Bible has had an impact on modern Western culture is undeniable. We are constantly being reminded of this fact, and of the common view that God is sovereign over nature. Case in point, or perhaps I should say cases in point:
The heavy snowfalls and blizzards that recently bedeviled much of the eastern portion of our nation has been dubbed Snowmageddon, or Snowmageddon 2010 by many. Certainly this was a really big storm, but hardly did it signal the end of the world.
The name of the battlefield for the final battle between good and evil (according to the Bible's book of Revelation) has become a synonym for "the end of the world." Through overuse it seems to have been downgraded to mean "something really devastating." Not a respectful handling of biblical imagery, I suggest.
Then there is the terrible flood that much of Australia is enduring right now, with its heartbreaking scenes of devastation for many there. Lives have been turned upside down, human suffering is on every hand affecting 200,000 or so people.
It is being called a "flood of Biblical Proportions" by many. While not for a moment downplaying the horribleness of this weather event, it is an extreme exaggeration to suggest it is of biblical proportions. We are told that the area flooded is equal in size to the countries of France and Germany. Truly hard to imagine. Yet the biblical flood, known as Noah's Flood, covered the mountains of all the earth. That is what necessitated Noah's gathering of the animals into the ark. In the biblical flood, only Noah and his immediate family survived. We can expect a better outcome from Australia's flood, but my heart is with everyone being affected.
This whole thing just reaffirms something I have come to believe: For all of its influence, more people talk about the Bible than actually read it.