Love the Questions

The story of Noah and the Flood raises so many more questions for me than answers.  I keep puzzling over certain aspects of the story.  And for me, that’s the wonderful thing about reading the Bible:  Reading the Bible closely makes us ask questions, and the questions are the fun part!

My mother came to my house and shared this quote with me, which she heard at church last night:

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.-Rainer Maria Rilke

3 thoughts on “Love the Questions

  1. One possible solution that is interesting and definitely off the beaten path is this: what if Noah’s family was “pure” in that it was the only family that was not infected by this inbreeding of angels and men – the Nephilim, who were apparently very wicked. (Perhaps the power of angels was just too much when combined with humanity?)
    So Noah was “righteous” or “in right standing with God” because of this purity. This could explain why he was chosen. I am not putting this out there as “right,” so I’m not trying to begin an argument. I just heard this theory one time and it has hung around in the back of my brain. I totally trust God that if knowing the “right” answer were to become important in my life, He will reveal it to me, but I love the fact that reading the Bible raises so many good questions.

  2. Thanks for leaving a comment. Definitely food for thought. The reference to Nephilim is one of the most perplexing parts of the story. I found myself wondering if the reference were included as a teaching point for when the story was told to young adults. In the version that includes the Nephilim the story starts and ends with questionable practices. With the message being something like: if you don’t want to cause a huge flood or have your family cursed forever, marry the right kind of person and don’t do anything to your dad (or anyone else) just because he’s drunk and naked. The other version of the story feels like its directed at a younger audience, and the flood seems to be caused by violence and corruption. Like you, I am definitely not putting this out there as “right”–just something I pondered.

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