I just read an intriguing comment; this story is about faith! Of course it is; it isn’t only about faith but that is an element, one I hadn’t considered!
I mean, here’s this guy building a huge ship on dry land, and putting everything he has into the job, filling it up with a menagerie of animal squatters, domesticated and otherwise. Either he’s got a large tribe of hired help, not mentioned here, or he’s had to employ his neighbors for the occasion; aren’t they going to talk?!
So far as we know, there has been no person, book, weather report or any external source telling him he needs to do this! It isn’t telling him to go smite his Wicked Neighbors, or sacrifice his son to Chluthu, or to do anything antisocial, but he is taking a big step out of Consensus Reality here!
Now we typically hear the word “faith” from some person trying to tell us we need to do what he wants us to do, out of blind-faith in the Bible and in his understanding of what it all means.
But I think “faith” is a lot more about taking a step where we don’t see the ground, but only know it’s there!
“Belief” is another, related word. I recently read a Borg book where he pointed out something new to me. (Okay, Tony Priete (if I’m spelling him right) had said something similar about Hebrew… Their word for “true” was not about the factuality of a statement, as in Greek logic. It meant something more like “trustworthy, dependable.”) Borg says that until recently, we did not say that we “believed in” some statement or other. We “believed” a person; we trusted him. To “believe in God” implied that we agreed God exists, but the essence was, to trust God. It meant that we “beloved” God–which is the expression Borg says came first here.