Noah’s Tale Presents New Ideas on Health

Noah’s Tale Presents New Ideas on Health


A guest post written by Bill Downs from Los Angeles, California

Noah, coming out this month and starring Russell Crowe, portrays the well-known Biblical story of Noah, the deluge, and the flood. While the movie is based on the story in Genesis 6 and 7, media reports reveal there will be some departures from the Biblical version, departures that are inspiring lively discussions even before the movie comes out.

It may surprise some, but these lively discussion may be not only on whether the movie is accurately portraying the Biblical story, but also what this story means in terms of health and healing. For centuries, the ancient Genesis stories were generally believed to be actual history. But in modern times, Bible scholars agree that the story of the flood is a mythical account.

We can look for symbolic meaning, rather than factual history, in this tale and others as prayer is used to expand understanding to include a loving, caring God, as expressed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy. This allows for a higher view of man and his relation to God. God is fully spiritual as divine Spirit, all-loving as divine Love, infinite Mind, Principle, Soul, Truth, and Life. If God is Life, how can He destroy life? The loving God, Divine Principle, Love, cannot be the cause of destruction of life on earth as claimed in the Genesis tale.

Healing through prayer is then experienced because there is an understanding that God is not the cause of illness, or any evil. Today, there is the possibility of abandoning the anthropomorphic concept of a fearsome, wrathful deity who just might destroy whole cities or cultures. Or a deity who would inflict hurricanes or earthquakes or volcanoes or other natural disasters on his own loved children. Mrs. Eddy writes, “Christian Science reveals God, not as the author of sin, sickness, and death, but as divine Principle, Supreme Being, Mind, exempt from all evil.”

And I’ve found that by understanding with certainty that I have a close connection with a loving Father-Mother God, I experience healing and health in my life.

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  1. Belle says

    Whether a story is an accurate account or a parable to teach us that obedience brings protection is somewhat immaterial. The story of Noah, like the parable of the prodigal, is a great reminder that good is rewarded. At a time of plane disappearances, earthquakes, international conflicts and more personal issues, it’s good to be reminded that we’ve a God who protects us, whatever we feel is pulling us under water.

  2. Adrienne says

    One of the definitions of “Ark” in Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, is “Safety…” and that has been so helpful to me in facing challenges of all kinds …..I remind myself to …stay in the Ark that God has provided to keep all mankind safe from harm of every kind.

    Looking forward to the movie…it should be interesting!! Thanks for writing.

  3. Bill Downs says

    Bible scholars point out that the myth of the flood, included in Genesis 6 and 7, is similar to other myths from the time and area of ancient Middle East, and is likely a combination of two previous versions, referred to as J and P sources. While Bible literalists accept the tale as an actual occurrence, we can be relieved that it is not any part of history. Our concept of a loving God does not allow for the possibility of a terrifying, destructive deity.

  4. Mary Lou MacKenzie says

    That blessed idea that the omnipotent God does not send earthquakes and floods is just the right idea to left everyone into a higher understanding of the creator. Thanks so much for sharing these splendid ideas.

  5. says

    Thanks Bill, so appreciate your comments and this blog. Bible scholars do point out that it is probably a combination of several versions put together but whether or not it is true or that it actually happened isn’t the point. The Bible is filled with lessons for us to learn by the example they leave.

    I too love the definition of Ark from Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scritpures. She ends that definition with these words, “The ark indicates temptation overcome and followed by exaltation.” When we place ourselves in the Ark of God, good, we are safe and protected. The temptation we overcome is the fear that something bad will happen to us and exaltation follows with the thought that nothing bad can happen when you are in God’s loving care. Thanks again for this, Bill, it is thought provoking.

  6. Anne Hughes says

    My husband, my children’s dad, had passed on, and we were all together. Suddenly a couple of us had runny colds and wondered what this “flood” was all about. The next morning my oldest daughter came downstairs and said, “Mom, I’ve figured it out…Sympathy.” Christian Science discoverer Mary Baker Eddy says in her textbook, p. 21, “Being in sympathy with matter, the worldly man is at the beck and call of error…” We realized that many caring people were sending loving thoughts our way, but also some were feeling sorry for us. We decided not to let that sorrowing into our thought, and instead we dwelt on appreciating the great good their dad had expressed. In short order the colds were gone, and no one else got them.

  7. Diana U says

    Thanks Bill! And thanks Anne Hughes for your addition too.
    The First Tenet of Christian Science is:
    “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible as our sufficient guide to eternal Life. ” Church Manual 15:3
    Noah’s story can inspire in so many ways, factual or not!