I wrote this article recently for Christian Today.
It surprises me that people on the fringe of faith, or totally opposed to faith,often ask me about Noah. Of all the stories in the Bible, why Noah?
I suspect it’s because they heard this story as a child and now as an adult,they realize it’s more gruesome than they appreciated as a child. This story which was once a cute children’s story, with animals marching two by two, has become a violent massacre initiated by an apparently harsh God.
There are two reasons why the story of Noah’s ark seems harsh to us. First, we seriously overestimate our own goodness, and second, we seriously underestimate God’s holiness.