A fact is a kind of truth, but not all truth is factual.
The English term “fact” comes from the Latin factum, which is a legal term referring to the act or deed of someone. In other words, a factum is something that is verifiable in a court of law. And, this is a kind of truth. A fact may also be something that is observable and repeatable, like a scientific fact. And this is also a kind of truth.
But, there is truth that is not accessible via a courtroom or the lab. There is truth that is verifiable via the human experience and this is the truth of the story of Noah and the Flood.
This story speaks truthfully concerning the forces of chaos in our world – reckless and indiscriminate chaos – like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, plagues, famines, military invasions. How do we speak about God in the light of calamity and disaster? This is the truth of the story of Noah and the Flood.
Can we verify the story as it is narrated in the Book of Genesis in a court of law? No.
Can we observe and repeat the story as it is narrated in the Book of Genesis in a lab? No.
But, contrary to popular opinion, this does not mean that it is not true. The past cannot take the stand nor can the past be placed in test tube, but this does not mean that history is not true.
History-telling is meaningful and true insofar as it informs the present.
The story of Noah and Flood is both meaningful and true. For those who suffer great tragedies, and we all do, this story has the power to speak to that which is broken and undone.
The Noah story is just as true as the flying spaghetti monster. An just as uplifting. Maybe a little less but still. Enough said.
It’s not that great of a story and it makes zero logical sense, it’s a reflection of humanity’s ignorance not of hard times, and gods genocide of humans he doesn’t like anymore (if he’s omnipotent he should have done it right the first time). Don’t go around saying the story is valid, it’s another biblical joke
Wait do American people not call their friends mate?? Is this a thing???
Yup. I’m sure some do but mostly people just say friend. Which is boring but whatever.
Wait so you go up to your friends and be like “Hello friend.”
we use names
New England people greet each other with insults
Don’t get creationists
I don’t get evolutionists…they claim their entire theory is based on science, but totally ignore the fact that science has proven that we actually lose DNA with each generation, making evolutionary gain practically impossible.
proud-atheist, we do grasp it but we simply put our faith that our God transcends science. :)
When people perpetuate ignorance and idiocy because they aren’t capable of putting in the time to use basic logic ^
93% of the National Academy of Sciences is non-religious for a reason