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Noah’s Ark Refuted [Update]

No doubt you’ve probably already read my previous entry concerning the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. As interesting as it was to write (and probably to read, as well), there are some things that need to be updated.

Aaron called me last night, coincidentally enough, talking to me about this very same topic. He’d been reading through Genesis, as I should have before I wrote my previous entry. He’d reminded me of some very important details in the story of Noah’s Ark. At this point, I’m going to ask you all to get your Bibles ready. I’m reading from the King James Version.

One detail I’d missed was that, beginning in Genesis 7:2, God tells Noah to take seven (7) each of animals that are “clean” onto the Ark. The same with birds. Of the “unclean” animals, he was to take only two (2) of each. So this also greatly multiplies the amount of animals on the Ark. With only two (2) of each, it would make approximately 8 million. Now, try fitting, conservatively, 8,001,000 animals on an Ark that has 1,250,000 square inches of surface area on which animals can possibly stand.

Now that we’ve dealt with the amount of animals on the Ark, it’s time to deal with the amount of time they were required to stay on the Ark. Genesis 7:11 says that in Noah’s 600th year, 2nd month and 17th day of his life was when the flood waters came down. Then we see that in Genesis 8:13-16, the time when God told Noah to depart from the Ark was on the 601st year, 2nd month and 20th day of Noah’s life. Doing the math, this calculates out to 1 year and 3 days. (A 601 year-old man? Come on now.)

Ok, now can someone please tell me how one man and his family are going to feed and maintain a population of 8,000,000+ animals for a span of greater than one (1) year? On a boat that doesn’t even have one quarter (1/4) of the surface area to even fit these animals? Where is one going to store the billions of pounds of food to feed these animals? And an even greater question. How does one feed the flesh-eating animals? What about the dinosaurs?

This would be physically impossible. There is no way to feed that number of animals with such limited space. Limited isn’t even the word for it. It’s physically impossible to fit that many animals on an Ark of the size described in the Bible. Remove it from your mind. It CANNOT happen. Not even taking into account that this boat is made of WOOD. The sheer weight of these animals alone would destroy this vessel.

Now, let’s delve into an even more interesting aspect of this story. The floodwaters. Genesis 7:20 says that, “Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.”

Let’s get back to the measure of a cubit again. Eighteen (18) inches. Fifteen cubits is twenty-two and a half feet (22.5). Ok, so all of the mountains on Earth were covered by 22.5 feet of water? What? Skaneateles Lake sits 863 feet above sea level! These supposed “floodwaters” wouldn’t even be perceptible from my house.

I’m sorry, but this entire story is simply outrageous. Anyone who can actually read this and believe it is an idiot. I mean, remember back in first or second grade when they began teaching “reading comprehension?” Yeah, this is a simple exercise in that skill. I’m almost tempted to modify my ending slogan.

Read a book and use reading comprehension.

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  1. Jeff
    Sunday November 11, 2007 at 5:00 AM

    Read it again, perhaps try a different translation, because any english translation obviously has some human error in it, but what is actually being said is that the water wasn’t only 15 cubits deep, but that it covered every mountain by at least 15 cubits. So take your highest mountain add 15 cubits, and there you go.

  2. Sunday November 11, 2007 at 8:26 AM

    I agree with you that it could be interpreted in that way. But then, this addresses another problem. Why on Earth would a God with infinite power choose to reveal his Devine Will through written language knowing that people all over the planet speak different languages, and that no two languages are perfectly inter-translatable? Couldn’t He have chosen a more efficient way, using magical powers? I say this because with the written word, this could always be used as an excuse… “Oh, the Bible contradicts itself here because ‘all human language has some human error in it.'” You’re, in essence (subconsciously or not), insulating yourself from any type of scrutiny. I feel that that type of reasoning is nothing more than scapegoat hunting. If all language has human error in it, than why should I accept any of the Bible? Oh, the version written in a language no one understands has no error in it. Ok.

  3. Dave
    Saturday April 20, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Almost six years late and no response. I think you won.

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