(9:1, 7) "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth."|
Although this would have been good advice for the mythical Noah, it is wrong for humankind as a whole. Overpopulation is one of
our greatest problems, yet there is nothing in the bible to address it.
What the Bible says about birth control
(9:2) "The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon
every beast. Into your hand are they delivered."
According to this verse, all animals fear humans. Although it is true that many do, many do not. Sharks and grizzly bears, for example,
are generally much less afraid of us than we are of them.
(9:2) "Into your hands are they delivered."
God gave the animals to humans, and they can do whatever they please with them. This verse has been used by bible believers to
justify all kinds of cruelty to animals and environmental destruction.
(9:3) "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you."
Which animals may we eat?
(9:4) "But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof,
shall ye not eat."
God forbids eating meat without first draining the blood. Many Jehovah's Witnesses have needlessly died because the governing body
considers blood transfusions to be "eating blood".
(9:6) "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed."
Then why did God put a mark on Cain (after he murdered Abel) so that others
wouldn't kill him? (Gen.4:15).
Does God approve of capital punishment?
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(9:9-13) "I do set my bow in the cloud."
God is rightly filled with remorse for having
killed his creatures. He makes a deal with the animals, promising never to drown
them all again. He even puts the rainbow in the sky so that whenever he sees it,
it will remind him of his promise so that he won't be tempted to do it again.
(Every time God sees the rainbow he says to himself: "Oh, yeah.... That's right.
I promised not to drown the animals again. I guess I'll have to find something
else to do.").
But rainbows are caused by the nature of light, the
refractive index of water, and the shape of raindrops. There were rainbows
billions of years before humans existed.
The "just and righteous" Noah (6:9,
7:1) plants a vineyard, gets drunk, and lies around naked in his tent. His son, Ham,
happens to see his father in this condition. When Noah sobers up and hears "what his young son
had done unto him" (what did he do besides look at him?), he curses not Ham, who "saw the nakedness of his father," but
Ham's son, Canaan. "A servant of servants shall he [Canaan] be unto his brethren." This
is a typical case of biblical justice, and is one
of many Bible passages that have been used to justify slavery.
Are we punished for the sins of others?
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(9:20-21) "Noah ... drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent."
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(9:22) "Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father."
(9:24) "Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him."
What did Ham do? Did he just look at his naked father or was there something more to it than that? Some commentators have suggested
that Ham committed homosexual rape on his drunken father, and that this was why Ham's descendants were eternally punished with slavery.
Does God approve of slavery?
(9:25) "And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren."
(9:29) "All the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years."
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and
multiply, and replenish the earth.
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the
earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth,
and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you
But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of
man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he
And you, be ye fruitful,
and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
And I, behold, I
establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of
the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of
And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut
off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a
flood to destroy the earth.
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me
and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it
shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the
bow shall be seen in the cloud:
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every
living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to
destroy all flesh.
And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may
remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of
all flesh that is upon the earth.
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have
established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and
Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth
|Noah, the Drunk and Naked
And Noah began to be an husbandman,
and he planted a vineyard:
And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
|The Curse of Canaan
And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren
And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their
shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces
were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what
his younger son had done unto him.
And he said, Cursed be Canaan;
a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his
God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and
Canaan shall be his servant.
And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
And all the days of Noah were
nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.