Like most sensible people, one of the reasons you scoff at the tale of Noah’s Ark and the Flood is because of the impossibility of plants’ surviving a global deluge. Here’s your opportunity to learn what a fool you’ve been.
This information comes to us from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom. AIG is the online creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Their article is How Did Plants Survive the Flood? It’s a long article, so we can only hit the highlights. Here we go, with bold font added by us and their links and scripture references omitted:
Many critics of the Genesis account of history scoff at the idea of plants and seeds lasting for a year in fresh and salt water, therefore discounting the biblical account of the Flood, even though simple and elegant explanations abound. This article will serve as a synopsis of several of those. So really the heart of the matter becomes whether or not one is willing to accept the scriptural account of the Flood and these plausible or even probable explanations for the difficulties they encounter.
That describes the problem. The AIG creation scientists have “simple and elegant explanations,” but it all depends on whether you’re willing go along with them. They continue:
For instance, when God created vegetation, He created it perfect, so it would have been beautiful, vibrant with color, sturdy and strong, with the possibility of built-in survival mechanisms to withstand harsh conditions. … But this simple explanation is usually not enough for skeptics, since they draw from false presuppositions. Even though it is only the Holy Spirit who can remove their blinders so they see the truth, it is still our duty as Christians to give them a reasonable explanation to this question.
They’re trying to help you, dear reader, so please pay attention as we read on:
First, we know God’s Word is true and there was a global Flood. Knowing the Flood happened, and in light of the fact that we have plants today, the important question is: in what ways did the plants and seeds survive the Flood? The logical argument for the fact that plants survived the Flood is actually quite simple.
The Bible states there was a worldwide Flood.
We see plants today.
Therefore plants survived the Flood.
What could be more clear? If you don’t see the truth now, you are indeed a fool! AIG’s syllogism is worthy of Captain Queeg:
Ahh, but the strawberries that’s… that’s where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with geometric logic, that a duplicate key to the wardroom icebox did exist!
AIG continues, and shows that scripture is on their side:
According to the Flood timeline, it is worth noting that the earth was not completely covered for the entire Flood year. The longest possible amount of time that seeds/plants would have been in or under water, without any contact with land, is 278 days (about nine months and one week).
So there! Don’t you feel silly now? Here’s more:
Something else to be addressed is the ocean’s salinity. … Skeptics assume that it has taken millions and billions of years for the ocean to become this salty based on current rates. They presume the current salinity to be about the same as at the time of the Flood, since it happened around 4,400 years ago. But this is an unfounded assumption … .
There is more than one feasible scenario for the salinity of the ocean, but what follows is the most likely. First, it is possible that the water had salinity similar to that of freshwater before the Flood.
Yeah! How do you know how salty the ocean used to be? Were you there?
There’s much more to this AIG article, and you’ll have to read it all for yourself. We’ll give you only one more argument:
Another way plants would have survived is that they were taken onto the Ark as food for Noah, his family, and the animals. … After leaving the Ark any seeds the animals ingested during their final days on the Ark could have passed through and then left on the ground in the animals’ excrement.
There you go — excrement! You never thought of that, did you? Admit it, dear reader. Until this moment, you’ve spent your life in ignorance! This final excerpt is the last sentence of the article:
However, the real question becomes: how can any skeptics’ claims (man’s ideas) survive the great flood of logic from God’s Word and common sense? They can’t!
Go forth now, and scoff no more!
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