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, threw an epic temper tantrum and killed everyone and everything with a natural disaster? All of the other mommies and daddies, all of the other 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. But, He loves 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 Gilgamesh…)
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Remember: Don’t blame us, it’s in the Bible!
This illustration and commentary can be found in:
Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible – Volume #1.