Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The first rainbow

Rainbows are a beautiful sight to behold, but where do they come from? According to the Bible, God created the first rainbow as a promise never to flood the world again...
And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” -Genesis 9:12-16
Okay then, so the Bible claims that God created the rainbow after Noah's flood. But this raises a huge problem. We know what makes rainbows. They are an optical illusion that is formed when light from behind you is refracted by the water droplets in the air. The result is a scattering of the visible spectrum of light that we recognize as the familiar rainbow.

But back to the problem... Rainbows require three things to exist. 1) A light source. 2) Water droplets. 3) Someone to view it. The Bible claims creation of people and the Sun and stars in the six day creation. But what about rain? If the rainbow didn't exist until after the flood (as the Bible claims), that would mean that there were no rainbows prior. The dramatic implication would be that it never rained at all before this world-wide flood.

The length of time between Adam and the flood has been calculated to have been 1,100 years! I don't know about you, but if it doesn't rain for a week and I don't water my vegetable garden for that short period of time, everything would start to die. Given how crucial water and rainfall is to plant life (and life in general), how are we expected to believe that anything would be alive after 1,100 years without rain? And to make matters worse, suppose evaporation continues without the water being returned via rain... You can say goodby
to lakes and rivers!

Obviously the story of Noah and the rainbow isn't true. But why is it there? The answer is simple really. The Bible was written by simpler people who didn't know that the rainbow was not an actual physical thing. They knew of a legend for the rainbow's origin. A story older than anyone they knew. As far as they knew, rainbows were things that at some point God created. Little did they know that the truth would make these old tales even less believable...

-Brain Hulk

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