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Noah And The Ark

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Do you believe the Bible as the verbatim word of God to be taken literally, written by men inspired of God filled with many allegories and stories while documenting their lives, or a book of fiction?

Those who like to argue that the Bible is the word of God to be taken literally often come into conflict with those who hold that God has nothing to do with writing the Bible or science. One of those arguments come to full blows on the Noah's Ark topic.

Around 2400 BC, it has been claimed Noah packed up his wife, three sons and their wives, along with 2 of every animal (and 7 of other types of animals) along with enough food and supplies to last them.

Was this a true account of what really happened or a story of what happens when men stray from God? Is there scientific proof that this happened or can it be scientifically proven impossible? Are there other origins to this story or did the other stories originate from Noah?

The Bible Story

Genesis Chapter 6

  1. And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
  2. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
  3. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
  4. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
  5. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
  6. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
  7. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
  8. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
  9. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
  10. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
  11. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
  12. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
  13. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
  14. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
  15. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
  16. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
  17. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
  18. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.
  19. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
  20. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
  21. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them.
  22. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

Genesis Chapter 7

  1. And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
  2. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
  3. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
  4. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
  5. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
  6. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
  7. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
  8. Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
  9. There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
  10. And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.
  11. In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
  12. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
  13. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
  14. They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.
  15. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
  16. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.
  17. And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.
  18. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.
  19. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.
  20. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.
  21. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:
  22. All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.
  23. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
  24. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

Genesis Chapter 8

  1. And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
  2. The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
  3. And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
  4. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
  5. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month: in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, were the tops of the mountains seen.
  6. And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
  7. And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
  8. Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground;
  9. But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
  10. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark;
  11. And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.
  12. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.
  13. And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry.
  14. And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.
  15. And God spake unto Noah, saying,
  16. Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives with thee.
  17. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth.
  18. And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him:
  19. Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
  20. And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
  21. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
  22. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

Genesis Chapter 9

  1. And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
  2. 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.
  3. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
  4. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.
  5. 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.
  6. Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
  7. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.
  8. And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying,
  9. And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;
  10. 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 the earth.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 generations:
  13. I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
  14. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
  19. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
  20. And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
  21. And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
  22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
  23. 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.
  24. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
  25. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
  26. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
  27. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
  28. And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
  29. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

Pro-Noah's Ark Believe

As those who are regulars on my site know, I am not a Christian and do not believe in the Bible, so needless to say I do not believe in the account of Noah. However, I have found other sites of people who do believe. While I do not agree with Christianity, I neither agree with people who want to bash them for their faith. A proper guest will accommodate all visitors.

For those who believe, this section may strengthen your belief. For those who don't believe, this section will also strengthen your belief.

Other Flood Stories

Literally, all over the world there is a version of a flood story. Does this prove or disprove the Noah's story is true or does this prove it is a myth? One would have to examine the time and the source of these stories to come to any rational conclusion.

According to the Bible story, this account would have taken place in the Near East around Mount Ararat. The Hebrew, Christian and Islamic accounts are almost identical as would be expected as they all stem from the same origin. However, there were other stories from this region.

The Chaldeans, Babylonians, Sumerian and Assyrians all had accounts of the flood. Those accounts involved the flood lasting a period of 5-7 days and immediately getting off the ship with animals in tow. The reasons for the flood range from the gods punishing man for evil to ridding the world of overpopulation. These accounts are also older than the account from the Bible.

One might expect if there was a great flood, this story would reach around the world. There were similar stories of the flood in Europe, Asia, and Africa. These stories involved the Gods which would be considered "pagan" by Bible believers. Most of these stories were about great floods that covered their entire regions, but not the entire Earth. Much like the similar stories in the Near East, the time length and reasons for the flood varied.

These stories even reached further than that of the known occupied regions of the time, from the Near East point of view. They had trade routes going into Europe, Asia and Africa, but what of the other areas such as the Americas, the Pacific Islands and Australia?

One who believes in the Flood would say this is proof that it did happen. If every culture and land knew about it, surely they had this story passed on from their ancestors! However, this proves to nonbelievers that this is nothing more than widespread mythology. Why?

Take the accounts coming from the Americas, the Pacific Islands and Australia which the believers point to as their proof. Unlike most of these accounts where the flooding has taken place over months or days, these were one day events, some have the women as the focal point of the story, many without gathering of animals or building a ship.

To a believer, these conflicting stories don't matter. It is only the account in the Bible that they believe is factual and all these other stories have embellished their "fact."

Non-believers will say these conflicting stories are only that - stories. Every location in the world has at one point in time been flooded. Before the rise of science, all natural disasters were accredited to the "Gods" as either a punishment or a trial. These other stories point to that fact. But does this include the Noah's account?

Problems With The Ark Story

Let's just say for argument's sake that all those stories are imitations of the Biblical Noah. That the story in the Bible is to be taken literally. Is it possible that things could have happened as it was stated?

Some who believe in the story of the Flood, but can't get past the science want to say that this global flood was only a flooding of the world as they knew it. It could be easier to swallow that a great local flood could happen and destroy a town. However, for those who want to take the Bible as literal will refute this position. If the Bible is the word of God, then the entire Earth was literally flooded to the top of the mountains in a period of 40 days and 40 nights - no compromise!

There are the believers who stand fast to the "miracle" argument that in the 40 day period God flooded the earth and over a period of a year miraculously blew away all traces of the flood which created the deep mountains and valleys which changed the structure of a relatively even surface where the mountains were not so big. There is no reasoning with those who want to stay away from proving this because "The Bible says so!" argument.

What of those who are not only believers, but say this is all possible? Are they correct? Can any of this be proven from a logical, scientific, medical, geological, or biological point of view?

How Long Did It Take?

Noah came on the ship when he was 600 years old (plus two months and 17 days when the rains started.) It took about a week after they all came on board before the rains came for 40 days and 40 nights. After about 150 days, God remembered them and went to work to abate the waters. After 7-1/2 months the ark gets lodge in the mountains and the waters were still draining and it took 10 months for them to be able to see the top of the mountains. So at this point, they were stuck on the ark for 10 months because there was nowhere else to go.

By the time Noah was 601 years old (plus one month - or eleven months after getting on the ark), Noah got to the point where he could uncover the ark as the earth was starting to dry. A month and a half later, it was dry enough to leave the ark.

They were on that ship for 12-1/2 months, a little over a year. The rains only took 1 month and 10 days, but imagine the water damage that would be left on any existing structures!

The Structure Of The Ark - Size Does Matter

Let's start with the ark itself. Genesis 6:15 says the ark was made of cypress wood, coated with pitch inside and out and measured 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high with a lower, middle and upper deck (each floor would be 15 feet tall). Could something like this be seaworthy for a period of over 1 year and hold all those supplies, food, animals and people?

In 1909, there was a schooner ship called the Wyoming which was made of wood and smaller than the ark. It was 329 ft and considered the longest ship on record. It took a team of marine engineers to try and build this ship who knew the odds were against them. This big boat would exceed the structural limits wood could handle. They had to re-enforce the structure with steel bracing to prevent the flexing that would result in the separation of the hull planking. It also required the use of pumps as it leaked from the first day. 14 days after it was launched, it broke up.

Noah would not have had the benefit of steel re-enforcement nor a pump. With a crew of 8 people who would have had a lot to do, someone would have to manually clear the water 24/7.

Another fact about wood which cannot be disputed - wood warps! Even the best built wooden ships today leak because of that fact. This is why ship such as the Wyoming needed the steel re-enforcements and pumps. Noah did not have either.

Having gone through a flood recently in the Nashville area, I have witnessed what happens when wood (both treated and untreated) is exposed to water, even after a few days. If you cannot get the water off the wood quickly enough it starts to warp, get distorted, splinter, and mold.

If the floor space was 75 feet wide and 450 feet long on all 3 floors, this amounts to 33,750 square feet of room [450w x 75l =33,750]. Could the 8 people fit in that space with the supplies, food and animals?

To give you perspective, look at Pine Valley Elementary school which is exactly 33,750 square feet. Pine Valley has over 350 students and add to that the teachers and staff and you have about 400 people in relatively comfortable quarters. They only have to spend 8 hours a day in this atmosphere with restroom facilities, a cafeteria, and all the necessities to running a school.

[Pine Valley Elementary School Picture]

Consider victims of the Atlantic slave trade on a ship like the Henrietta Marie. She was a three-masted, square-sterned vessel, with a keel length of about 60 feet long (the ark is about 5 times bigger). She was a relatively small ship, capable of holding about 200-300 slaves in her cargo area (2 floors out of the 3). A ship could take anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the starting and landing locations and conditions of the ocean. Even with a good journey, the slaves were not exactly in peak condition when they got off and many had to be doctored up to be presentable for the auctions. How well do you think those victims would have been if they were stuck in those conditions for a year?

A ship the size of the ark could, in theory, keep about 1500 people if they were confined in chains and lying down and a few more if you want to expand on what the Henrietta Marie could have carried extra on the top floor. Some creatures are smaller than men, others are much larger. And there are many more than 1500 types of species let alone getting them in pairs or in sevens.

Fitting The Living Onto That Vessel

For a minute, let's forget about the people and the food and the supplies and concentrate on the animals. Even before we get to the total population of animals on board this ark, how many types of animals would be on the ark?

Those who want to believe literally every single animal type was on board come in three different camps - those who believed dinosaurs and other creatures called prehistoric became extinct after the flood, those who believed they were extinct shortly after or during the creation and those who believed such creatures never existed. Just to get some room on the ark, we won't even take into account these species.

If we were to go into generic terms of animals, we would have to conceded to a type of evolution among those surviving animals. In other words, if we were to count a pair of cows, that pair would have to produce the many different types of cows that now exist today which could only be done through an evolutionary type of process - unless you want to go down the "miracle" argument. As the first argument would offend Bible believers and the second argument is only faith based, we will have to count all known species.

And as many species have become extinct in between 2400 BC and now, let's just consider how many species exist today. After all, if the Bible believer does not believe in evolution, all existing animals existed back then.

And to clear up even more room on the boat, we will not even consider the fish population or other underwater creatures just to be fair. After all, how would they take these water creatures on board? [Note, just because they were in water would not guarantee survival - more on that later.]

Where there are animals, there will be gnats, fleas, lice, mosquitos, flies, roaches, and other annoying pests. In fact, some of these pests live on the animals. If it was a strict rule to have 2 or 7 of each type, someone would have their hands full trying to free all those animals from their pests. Even eliminating this population of creatures, how many types of animals exist?

Anywhere from about 10 to 100 million species probably exist today. This is not including the hundreds of thousands of species that have died in between now and then. If there is no evolutionary process, then all these creatures that exist now existed then. By eliminating the vermin, parasite and fish population, we still have over half a million species which in no way could fit on 33,750 square feet.

However, to make more room, we will only consider the number of animals which were more familiar to most people [i.e - those you see in the zoo, farm, or around your home]. That would be roughly 250 types of animals. Some of those would have two of each and others seven which could amount to over 600 animals if you don't include the different types of cows, cats, dogs, chickens and so forth.

However, unless you go for the miracle argument of how these other types came about, there would still be over 15,000 animals on board this ark. For all of these 250 generic types of animals, each of these species have many different types which would bring the number up to well over 15,000 animals.

From a believer's point of view, this could be swallowed. After all, if there were 33,750 square feet on board and only 15,000 animals, they would all have at least over a foot of space [ha, ha!] And many believe these animals were babies or small. Look at the picture of Pine Valley Elementary school and honestly ask yourself if you could see over 15,000 animals, even baby animals, in a school that size. A zoo is bigger than that and holds far fewer creatures.

Can you really imagine the weight of 15,000 animals, even as babies? A wooden boat sailing with a light load would have a hard enough time making it through for 2 weeks, but add to that fact there were no re-enforced steel parts holding the ship, a lot of water with no pump, and wood has a tendency to warp, logic would dictate that this weight load would doom this vessel.

[The Deluge Myth]

Caring For And Maintaining Life

Care and maintenance of the animals would have been quite a feat. Many of these animals would have been meat eaters and some of them require a diet of fresh vegetation and others have a special diet where they cannot substitute foods. There really wouldn't have been much room for extra animals to kill for food and no method to keep fresh vegetation. Don't forget, these animals were on board for over a year.

Unless you want to stick with the "miracle" argument that God put them all to sleep for a year thus stopping their need to eat or extract waste fluids [which would cause a whole other set of problems alone], then you have to deal with the reality of what it would be like to feed and care for a variety of animals for a year with only 8 people.

Even if God "miraculously" guided the ark, kept the water out and floating, and let the animals sleep, the care of all these animals still would be too much for only 8 people.

Unless the animals were used to a cycle of hibernation, they would have a lot of problems on a physical level being asleep as they are not equipped to store fat and water resources from their bodies to preserve their metabolism which controls their heart as well as other vital functions. Even a comatose human must be kept on an IV of nutritional liquids to survive. Even those animals used to hibernation do not do so for over a year and wake up periodically during hibernation. Even sleeping, these animals would still release waste by-products which would have to be cleaned or the bacterial factor would kill the humans and all life on board.

And What Of The Fishes Of The Sea?

As for the fish and other creatures of the water, they would have a big problem with the flood. Again, unless you want to go down the unwinning "miracle" argument, there is no scientific proof that these creatures could survive such a flood.

All water creatures have in common the fact that they need water. That's all. If you put a fresh water fish in salt water, they would die. A salt water fish would die in fresh water. Fish that thrive in warm water would die in cool water and vice versa.

The idea of a world flood where all the water is leveled would mean the integrity of the water all over the world would be compromised. It would be an immediate change to the living conditions of all water creatures which would kill them almost immediately. And should any of them survive the initial shock, they would be exposed to other water creatures they never encountered before which is an ecological and biological danger in and of itself.

Not to mention, if the water creatures were allowed to survive in their original numbers while humans and land creatures were spared in groups of 2 or 7, the ratio of underwater life compared to land life would be way out of kilter.

And Vermin, Mold, The Smell?

If ALL species, including vermin, parasites, and other bugs were on board, this would present a problem if the animals were all active.

Not only would the storage of food supply for a few weeks have the boat packed way past capacity, but how could food be stored for over a year, especially given there were pests who could compromise the safety of the food supply?

Without the ability to preserve the many different types of food required just for the care of the animals, the food would be eaten by rats, mice, ants, roaches and other little creatures who could not be easily caged. After a few days, mold and bacteria would break down these foods causing them to spoil. The only forms of food preservation known at the time would have included pickling, dehydration, and salting/curing - most animals would not touch such foods.

Aside from the feeding, room and weight issue of the animals, there is the more disgusting issue - waste products. A zoo can have a few dozen employees and far fewer animals to tend and that is a 24 hour day job. All those animals would squirt out tons of urine and excrement in a day that these poor eight people would have to shovel out. Manpower-wise this would be impossible. If they fell behind in the poop-scoop duties, the vermin and bacteria on board would kill them all.

Not to mention the smell! There were three floors and the only vents were on the top floor. On each of the floors were compartments for the animals, therefore there was no ventilation below the top level whatsoever. The toxic buildup of carbon monoxide and ammonia from waste and breathing by-products would kill them all.

And with such little room on the ark, the animal would be like veal. Do you know why animal lovers protest veal? It is because it is cruel to keep these baby cows locked in such cramped quarters. Their muscle tissues don't develop very well and are otherwise weak.

Could you imagine treating some of the wilder animals like veal? Lions, tigers, bears, horses, and so forth could not tolerate such little room. If they did not die off during the trip due to the overall lack of muscle use, they would die shortly after stepping off the ark because their too weak bodies and too weak hearts could not get very far.

I leave the other arguments of the problems of raising animals to a very good site called Talk Origins.

[Talk Origins - Caring For The Animals On The Ark]

The Age And Structure Of The Earth

The problems with the ark itself and life in general on such an ark is enough to make most reasonable people stay clear of believing Noah's Ark as fact. However, some will still hold on to the miracle aspect that God could have kept them alive as He can tell all his creation to move according to His will [although this discounts the fact these same people believe God gives people free will and this would mean God is responsible for all the evil in the world by this same logic.]

What are the other problems of the Flood story? Geology is a good place to start. How old is the Earth?

According to Bible believers, the Earth is only 6000 years old. The proof? The Bible is the word of God and according to the genealogy from Adam to today, only 6000 years have passed and this includes for a literal 7 day creation period.

Other Bible believers may take the side of the secular scientists who say the Earth is over four and a half billion years old. Many Christians stray away from the literal 7 day creation and will say that perhaps God created the Earth in 7 non-literal days, each which could be thousands or millions of years.

[How Old Is The Earth?]

What does the age of the Earth have to do with the Flood? Believers in the Flood argue that before the Flood, the Earth was surrounded by a canopy of water that circled the globe and the mountains were mere hills, therefore in 40 days it was possible to flood and kill all people in the world. Then with the "miracle" of God letting the waters clear, it created huge peaks and valley. These peaks and valleys, according to the believers, would be only 4500 years old. What do scientists say?

From all fossil and rock records, there is great proof that the Earth is well over 4 billion years old. Most of these great mountains and valley have existed for hundreds of thousands of years and contain fossil evidence of animals which were extinct even before the Flood story.

How Did Great Wonders and Civilisations Survive?

The Flood would have been around 2500 BC. There was no mention of the Flood in the records of Egyptian or Mesopotamian civilizations which not only existed, but thrived during this same time. Great civilizations such as the Sumerian, Assyrians, Babylonians, Indus Valley, not to mention the Americas, Australia, and Far East have been proven to have existing, thriving populations during and after the time of the Biblical Flood. How could such a global flood take over the whole entire Earth while these areas were still living in a normal, routine manner, sans floodwater?

In Egypt, the Great Pyramid was built between the 26th and 25th century B.C., 100-500 years before the Biblical date for the Flood. Such a Flood which would allegedly cut mountains made of granite would have destroyed the Pyramid. What about Stonehenge which was built around 3000 BC? Could such a rock structure withstand such flooding?

[How Old Is Stonehenge?]

The Tower of Babel incident mentioned in the Bible was about 110-150 years after the Flood. It would have required a lot of people to build such a structure. On the Ark were only 8 people. Could those 8 people in a period of 110 years make enough people to build this tower? Could these 8 people pro-create and scatter throughout the earth to make other buildings as well as develop languages, cultures, inventions, and developed civilizations in that short time? It is impossible!

The fact is, there is NO scientific proof whatsoever to back up the Flood story or Noah's Ark. Despite all the searches and claims to find the Ark, there is no proof that it has ever been found. Without hard fact, all the believers have is faith. And most of the things that cannot be explained by science is said to be one of those miracles of God, yet if this same God of miracles is so powerful, why go through all this trouble to clear the world of evil when He could merely eliminate the bad ones by His thought alone?

Distribution of Plant, Animal And Humans Afterwards

Those who love to draw pictures of Bible stories often portray the heroes as Caucasian. This even includes the story of Noah and his family. These were people from the Middle Eastern area around the general location of the start of homo sapiens life out of which all races were born. If we are to believe the Biblical account, all races we see today came about in a relatively short time of 4000 years ago. Evolution would grant the racial features we see on people developed over tens of thousands of years based on where their common ancestors settled and obtained traits to survive in that climate. The Bible would make the miracle argument that all races, languages and cultures changed at the Tower of Babel a few generations later, although the sons of Noah's sons separated themselves and spoke in different tongues before Babel.

Only if you want to take that cop out excuse of miracles to explain away how the different races and languages came to be can you honestly believe Noah's ark story true.

The platypus and the koala bear, both native animals of the island of Australia. These animals cannot be found elsewhere in the world. Why is it they are in that one part of the world and not anywhere else? What about the aboriginal people of Australia? Could they have traveled with these animals in tow taking every instance of these beasts with them so they could not appear anywhere else? Or perhaps these species evolved from other life forms in that part of the area to become what they are today.

Birds, fish and insects carry seeds all the time which can distribute plants in various locations, but to deliver them exclusively to far flung regions of the world without dropping elements of them somewhere else is out of the question. Corn and Red baneberry are plants native to the Americas. Sugar cane originated in the Southwest Pacific, and perhaps specifically, on the island of New Guinea. Eucalyptus trees from Australia. These are areas not easily traveled by man and harder to travel by animals on their own. These plants did not grow naturally anywhere else. The origin of these plants started from these location far from where Noah landed with the ark. Logic would state if these plants were saved during the flood, seeds would have dropped off between the Middle East and America and these plants could be seen elsewhere.

One might say, perhaps these plants were already in those parts of the world and recovered there after the flood, but then if there was a global flood, the seeds would have scattered in many other places.

Through Out The Baby With The Bathwater?

Okay, so it is clear on my position that I do not believe in the story of Noah's Ark. Does that mean there is no merit in the story?

As one who takes the Bible as an important work of historical fiction much like the other works of mythology, I would have to say there are many different level to the story for a person to learn about life.

  1. Good versus Evil. In the end, the bad people are destroyed and the good survive. After all, don't we all wish that if we kept doing the right thing when everyone keeps doing the wrong things that somehow we will come out on top? If that weren't the case, why bother go through the trouble of trying to do the right thing?
  2. The importance of survival of the species. Which is why emphasis was put in pairing up. Back then, whole families could be wiped out by disease. When families were either Nomadic or Agricultural, they both required large numbers. Population density was equal to survival. In a way, this was this early version of those who wish to save animals from extinction and general survivalists.
  3. Reliance on something greater than yourself. There is no way they could have made such a trip without having that kind of strength. Even if this isn't a true story, aren't there times when you wish there was something out there greater than yourself to cushion the blows of an otherwise harsh life?
  4. Being able to survive any hardship. Yes, those conditions would have been very harsh to live in, yet they were able to survive. To learn from this, it may give one hope that anyone can overcome great hardships.

I like all kinds of works of literature and it disturbs me to no end that those who don't believe in the Bible want to obliterate it altogether. Even if you don't believe it to be a factual account, you would have to be stubborn to deny this work of literature did not have a lot to do to shape our cultures, societies and viewpoints whether good or bad. It is a good reference tool to evidence how we came from one way of thought and life to where we are today.

Most do not have a problem with works such as the Odyssey or the Iliad and devote a lot of time to study the merits of them. The Bible is an important work of Hebrew mythology and, in my viewpoint, should be regarded as such.