Jesus may not have walked on water as the Bible claims but rather skated on ice formed through a freak cold spell, a scientific study has suggested. Isn't ice water? Is the scientific hypothesis more likely than the religious one? Are they compatible in some way, along the lines of Galileo; I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. So, if the ice theory is true and the bible is true, what is the significance of this act? If Jesus intended it be educational, what was the lesson? Would it be any less of a miracle if Jesus knew the conditions on the Sea of Galilee from observation? Black ice looks very much like water, especially if it is wet. Did it demonstrate faith to walk across a perilous and partially frozen surface? Or did he create a machine that allows you to walk on water through his supernatural powers?