Jesus walked on ice not water?

Jesus on waterIn the Gospels from the Christian Holy Bible, a story is told that Jesus once walked on water to join his disciples on a boat that was at that time, rocked by rough seas and winds. When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they thought that he was a ghost, but Jesus told them to calm down and once he was on board the boat, the seas around them calmed down as well.

This was just among the numerous miracles Jesus performed when he was still alive 2,000 years ago. I remember as a young student back in elementary, that for a moment, I was struck with awe upon hearing this story from the Cathecist but immediately asked how did Jesus did it or if the story was even true. The Cathecist told us that Jesus was God and so he had the power to walk on water.

Today, we now have an alternative explanation as to how Jesus was able to walk on water. A Discovery Channel News says that Jesus walked on ice, not water according to a study on the weather and water conditions in northern Israel in Jesus’ time.

Jesus may not have actually walked on water: he may have skated on an isolated, hard to see piece of ice, according to a study on the weather and water conditions in northern Israel in Jesus’ time.

Doron Nof, professor of Oceanography at Florida State University, and colleagues report in the April issue of the Journal of Paleolimnology (the study of prehistoric lakes), that a rare combination of water and atmospheric conditions in northern Israel could have led to the formation of “springs ice” on the surface of the Sea of Galilee, now known as Lake Kinneret.
Nof’s team examined the dynamics of a small section of Lake Kinneret comprising about 10,000 square feet near the salty springs that empty into it. Currently, ice may form there only once every thousand years.

However, temperatures were much lower in the region 2,000 years ago.
An analytical ice model, a statistical model and records of the Mediterranean Sea’s surface temperatures supported the likelihood that a cold snap descended over the lake and dropped to 25° Fahrenheit (-4° Celsius) for at least two days, coinciding with the chill that had already settled in for about a century.

“We show that because the water directly above the plume created by the salty springs does not convect when it is cooled down to 4°, freezing of the region directly above the salty springs was possible during periods when the climate in the region was somewhat cooler than it is today,” the researchers wrote.

In the last 120 centuries, spring ice may have developed once in 1,000 years. But the phenomenon was much more frequent when Jesus was alive.
Nof calculated that it may have occurred once every 160 years or less between 1,500 and 2,500 years ago.

“One set of those springs associated with the freezing is situated in Tabgha, an area where many archeological features associated with Jesus Christ have been found. On this basis, it is proposed that the unusual local freezing process might have provided an origin to the story that Christ walked on water,” Nof wrote.

I wonder of Dan Brown knows of this new study, it would be a good piece of info to include in any future book of his.

This may truly prove-or not, something real about Jesus but like Prof. Doron Nof, I’ll leave this to the theologians, scholars, believers and faithfuls to decide. Personally, I’d rather talk about Jesus’ teachings rather than waste time pondering on the stuf he did and some other details that just distracts us from doing our mission; serving the poor. I’m just amazed at how science, technology and research could open up new possibilities to us all.

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4 thoughts on “Jesus walked on ice not water?

  1. Haha, there is even a guy who argued that marriage should be eradicated and now Jesus to might have walked on ice and not on water. Things are getting tougher these days.

    Another thing I observed is that, people have been in the grand mission to try to disprove religious tenets using science, whereas I think the two should go hand in hand. IMO.

    Nice post jhay.

  2. Good questions Jaypee, and I’ll try answering them since my college course qualifies me as a man of science – just for arguments’ sake.:wink:

    To the first question, maybe Peter didn’t know that there were ice back then.

    Second, maybe Peter knew there was ice, that’s why he tried his luck. He sank because he was too heavy? 😆 Anyways, the difference between science and religion is that the former is objective while the latter is highly subjective.

    Recalling my theology classes, stories from the Bible were not accounts of actual events that happened in the past, rather they were stories hyped up to appeal to the imagination and heart of those who will read the sacred text – whose primary purpose was to win over new converts.

    So everything had to be hyped up to increase the marketability of the Bible and in itself, Christianity, wherein Jesus was the star.

    So the story about Jesus walking on water while his disciples, besides being too heavy or oblivious to the fact that there were ice (scientist have already proven this via as mentioned in the article) but as the Bible says so itself, were ‘lacking in faith’ was intended to project Jesus as one awesome, powerful dude that everyone else should follow and worship. Quite a mindful isn’t it?:lol:

  3. I agree with you. We shouldn’t pay attention to these kind of stuff and concentrate on our responsibilities as Christians.

    But to question the scientists theory, if there was indeed ice, how come Peter was hesitant to go out of the boat? Second, why did Peter sink and almost drowned? If there was ice, then the other disciples could have also gone out of the boat and walked on the ice.

    The problem with scientists is that they try use their own human knowledge and understanding in trying to prove theories including those that involve religion.

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