By Nnorom Azuonye
On the 21st of September 2010, many reports appeared on the Internet about computer simulations that could explain the parting of the Red Sea by God, through Moses as recorded in Exodus in the Holy Bible.
According to a report in the BBC website;
"New computer simulations have shown how the parting of the Red Sea, as described in the Bible, could have been a phenomenon caused by strong winds. The account in the Book of Exodus describes how the waters of the sea parted, allowing the Israelites to flee their Egyptian pursuers. Simulations by US scientists show how the movement of wind could have opened up a land bridge at one location.This would have enabled people to walk across exposed mud flats to safety. The results are published in the open-access journal Plos One. The researchers show that a strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have pushed water back at a bend where an ancient river is believed to have merged with a coastal lagoon."
I use a computer. I Skype. I am a believer in a lot of scientific breakthroughs. Therefore I am not one to sniff at science. There are however some scientific arguments that border on a bit of ridiculousness. Let us assume that in a science laboratory, at a given time, scientists simulate, I repeat simulate, wind conditions and try to use these to explain the parting of the Red Sea.
Some questions come to my mind immediately.
First, Moses led the Israelites to the lip of the Red Sea, with the Egyptians in pursuit. How did Moses know the precise moment that the strong east wind would blow and part the water, in order to point his rod at the water and say, 'behold the power of the Lord'? How did he know this?
Second, Moses crossed the water with men, women, children, animals and their properties. Is it not interesting that the wind held the water and kept it parted until the Israelites had all crossed before the wind ceased and the water flowed back in, drowing the Egyptians?
I am not arguing with the suggestion that strong winds caused the parting of the Red Sea. My quarrel is with the suggestion that the parting of the Red Sea was not a miracle delivered by God through His servant Moses for his people.
God has power over all the elements He created including the winds and the waters. It is therefore possible that when Moses obeyed and pointed his rod at the sea, God sent a strong East wind at that material time to blow the water apart, and when His people had safely crossed, He stopped the wind.
If the scientists want to prove that it is not something awesome wrought by God's hands, let them get out of the laboratory, stop simulating and go to the sea, any sea, at a given time and ask it, or make it part for a specified length of time.
It is sad really that there are people out there who are obsessed with disproving everything that forms the basis of Christian faith. The wonderful thing about some of these efforts is that they end up justifying what they attempt to undermine.
Let me end this piece by saying to all God's people, today;
The Almighty God of possibilities
will raise a strong wind for you.
It will part that Red Sea
standing between you and success,
it will part that Red Sea
standing between you and freedom,
it will part that Red Sea
standing between you and good health,
it will part the Red Sea
standing between you and the job of your dreams.
God will certainly send a powerful wind
to part the Red Sea between you
and the Christ spirit. He will bring you together
with the power above all powers.
© 2010 Nnorom Azuonye