Here at the Correlation, we take it upon ourselves to show the correlation (hence the name) between our fandoms and our faith. We’ve written about how Doctor Who depicts prayer, how anime as a genre depicts the church, and Captain America: Civil War…twice.
But one thing I’ve noticed, all respect due to my fellow writers, we’ve mainly been opening with a fandom. Don’t get me wrong, this is “our nerd blog.” I myself have taken a few posts to geek out about things without leaving a moral, Christian or otherwise.
That said, for the month of July, I’ll be reversing our M.O. and starting with Scripture, looking at the Bible as though it was a fandom.
Why? Because, to be honest, I am a bit jealous of fandoms. As far as literary criticisms go, I believe Tumblr could do it as well as a room full of people with doctorates. I’ve seen people from different backgrounds pick apart and analyze screenshots of Doctor Who, Supernatural, and the like. Internet users across the globe get together and share things they noticed. And that’s what I’m going to do, only with the Bible.
So, without further ado, I’m going to Set This On The Table for you to see, and hopefully get a better—or more interesting—understanding of God’s Word.
Let’s start at the beginning…
Noah’s Ark [not our Noah, but…you get it] and Dinosaurs
It’s become common for people, notably comedian Tim Hawkins, to note that the story of the Flood is not kid-friendly. All but eight people died, all but two of each clean animal drowned, and the entire Earth was covered in water for forty days.
I, like many before me, asked myself: how did the dinosaurs fit on the ark?
I mean, the dimensions are quite clearly laid out in the Bible. (My translation of Genesis 6:15 measures it at 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.) It would be a challenge to fit all of them, right?
Actually, I crunched the numbers, and it turns out the ark is big enough to fit at least two of the largest dinosaurs with room to spare. As long as they didn’t move for those forty days, Noah would have had nothing to worry about. However, the ark could only hold two of those dinosaurs and probably not the rest of the fossil record, so what about the other dinosaurs?
I wish to hypothesize that not all of them fit because not all of them made it to the flood. I crunched more numbers, and roughly one thousand years transpired between the Fall and the Flood. It’s likely a lot of dinosaurs could have been hunted to extinction by the time the Flood happened, either for self-defense or a tasty meal. Or for sport. “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.” (Genesis 6:11, NIV) Plus, some of the people living on the earth were Nephilim, so several species being hunted to extinction is not too far-fetched.
The Ten Plagues of Egypt
As much as I love the Bible, I can’t help but think its records of some things are nonchalant. The plagues in Exodus feel like one example. Or ten examples.
For the sake of time, I’ll unpack the most “harmless” of the plagues: gnats.
Looking at the Ten Commandments, it makes me wonder why God didn’t call in a massive dust storm over Egypt. The way I see it, He did. He called in a dust storm where every speck of dust had a brain of its own. And could work its way into the open windows, doors, keyholes, and roofs of the buildings. Egypt could prepare for a dust storm, but not one that could think.
I wasn’t an insectophobe, but I think I am now.
And that concludes this entry. I’ll be continuing this series for the month of July, Lord willing.
NIV Study Bible: New International Version. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011. Print.