reply to post by lives
Problem is that your belief is off even in the disbelief. It's not that these things could not happen at all, but more that the issue is did
they happen the way that it was written?
1. With animals talking: 1. Animals do have languages--just not usually human-used, nor often quite as complex (debated). 2. Some animals manage to
talk in human languages enough to get the point across. Had a dog that used to tell me "out" when she wanted out--literally. The more mute one I
have now? She has her cues--frankly she has us trained, lol. 3. Animals have the capacity to process language--they have the brain space for it.
The part where the disbelief comes in is that this snake could be articulate, capable of reasoning on our level.
Think about this, many of those who are for evolution are constantly pushing for most animals being FAR smarter than we give them credit for--because
we're evolved from them, we shouldn't be so far removed that we are too unique as to be considered unaccountable. (Literally, people are running
with the reasoning that if we can prove animals are as smart as us, then there's no God. Seriously.)
So, first, it takes all kinds. Second, exactly what demographic is REALLY for this level of intelligence in animals? Both sides are discounting the
other and pushing the same reasoning forward, form both ends--just with a different conclusion. And this is typical.
2. The man parting the oceans was not merely a man parting the ocean. This is where the trick is. This is a man where the claim is that he was given
more power than a man should have. In modern thinking: this is the dude who was given the cheat codes to the programming by the programmer.
This is the only one you mentioned that is really difficult. But the mistake is in thinking that the power came from Moses, when looking at the given
information. The whole point of the sea crossing was to be so incredible that it isn't something a man could do on his own.
3. The living in the belly of a fish: Even in humans, we don't have acid in our stomach every waking moment of every single day, so the whole thing
comes down to how frequently a big fish puts out acid--and what fish. The Greek word there is the word that's used for any large ocean-living
creature (including the Kraken, lol) So to prove this impossible is to know all the species in the ocean (which we don't), to know what conditions
cause them to swallow without biting (something else we don't know), to assume that the creature in question still exists (the writing is older than
2000 years, what has died out?)
Look, the whole point to much of the Biblical story is for things to be so bizarre that they cannot be accounted by natural phenomenon. The Miracle
in Jonah is not that he was swallowed and survived, but that he made it from a boat going in the opposite direction from Nineveh, to being spit up on
the shores not far from Nineveh. But believing that something is capable of swallowing a man whole, and the man surviving? Sure, could happen. heck,
they survive being half-swallowed often enough--forget whole.
So, is it reasonable to doubt it? Sure, just as much as it's reasonable to believe it could happen. It's just a matter of the assumptions that we
hold to have any given view.