Anniversary Post: Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness MonsterI’m not sure about the date on this, but it may have been on this day back in 565 that Saint Columba made the first eye-witness siting of the Loch Ness Monster. I didn’t realize that the whole thing goes back to a clearly apocryphal Christian story.

It goes more or less like this. Columba heard about a man who had been pulled down and killed by some monster living in the loch. So Columba went there the following day and had one of his subordinates swim across the loch. Sure enough, the monster pursued the hapless follower. But then, “Columba made the sign of the Cross and commanded: ‘Go no further. Do not touch the man. Go back at once.'” And the monster stopped in its tracks.

If that weren’t enough Christian apocrypha for you, the story wasn’t written down for over a century afterward. I think we all know that the Loch Ness Monster is just a myth. But this story is entirely typical of all the stories that all the Abrahamic religions are based upon. Really think that Jesus was born of a virgin? Or that he walked on water? Died on the cross and was reborn? Just remember the story of Nessie. And ask yourself, “Is there any more reason to believe one story than the other?”

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