Friday, May 5, 2006

Noah's Ark

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark.

Don't miss the boat.

Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.

Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you
to do something really big.

Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs
to be done.

Build your future on high ground.

For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board
with the cheetahs.

When you're stressed, float a while.

Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by

No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always
a rainbow waiting.

Now, wasn't that nice? Pass it along and make someone else smile too.

In case you are not familiar with Noah's Ark, the following
is from Wikipedia:

A painting by the American Edward Hicks (1780–1849), showing the animals boarding Noah's Ark two by two.

According to the Bible, Noah's Ark was a massive vessel
built at God's command to save Noah, his family, and a
core stock of the world's animals from the Great Flood.

The story of Noah's Ark, according to chapters 6 to 9
in the Book of Genesis, begins with God observing man's
evil behaviour and deciding to flood the earth and destroy
all life. However, God found one good man, Noah,
"a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time",
and decided that he would carry forth the lineage of man.

God told Noah to make an ark, and to bring with him his wife,
and his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives.
Additionally, he was to bring pairs of all living creatures,
male and female, and in order to provide sustenance, he was
told to bring and store food.

When Noah completed the Ark, he and his family and the animals
entered, and "the same day were all the fountains of the great
deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened, and the
rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights." The flood
covered even the highest mountains to a depth of more than
twenty feet, and all creatures on Earth died; only Noah and
those with him on the Ark were left alive.

Read more in Wikipedia. There's also the story of how the
rainbow came about.


  1. i love this cartoon!!!
    reminds me of my younger days!


  2. Of course, you could always simply read the Noah's Ark story in the Bible. I'd also be willing to bet you can find more or less the same story in the Q'uran.

    Of course, that whole story is fodder for all kinds of heated arguments concerning geology, zoology, anthropology, and simple logic, but I won't get into that here. It's a good story, and there are things to be learned from it.

  3. Winn, am glad.

    MM, you're right - the story is in the Bible as well as in the Quran too but unfortunately not everyone has one or the other. At least I don't - neither. I first knew of Noah's Ark from bible studies in school.

    You're right too about the story being a source for arguments. In fact, I've read that even the Bible could be a work of fiction (and a brilliant one at that) and that it could have been written by some genius. An unconventional school of thought?

  4. Actually, any good historian and/or theologian would tell you that the different books of the Bible were written at different times by different people...usually as a scribing down of tales told by word of mouth. Most of the books of the so-called "Old Testament" were compiled by Jewish priest/scholars from the 10th to 5th centuries B.C.. The "standard" New Testament was compiled by a single priest (selected from many dozens of Christian texts existing at the time...all the rest of which he declared heresy and ordered destroyed) in 367 a.d..

    Fiction or not...hard to say, but it's hard to lump the whole thing under one term like that.

  5. Personally, I always liked Bill Cosby's version of the story. In one part, Noah is grumbling and complaining about the job....

    God: Noah!

    Noah: What?!

    God: How long can you tread water?

  6. MM, great notes. Thanks for sharing.

    Pandabonium, this is good. LOL! Sometimes we don't see far enough.