Since we posted Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology back in November of 2012, it has received over 22,000 page-views, plus uncountable others by methods other than actually visiting this blog.
Now we present you the flip-side of the argument. It’s probably not a response to our humble post, but we found it today at at the website of the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum.
AIG’s essay is Ark Tales — 10 Popular Misconceptions about the Flood. It’s a re-post of something we ignored when it first appeared at the start of last year. The author is Tim Chaffey. AIG says he “holds an MDiv specializing in apologetics and theology and a ThM in church history and theology from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is content manager for Answers in Genesis’s Ark Encounter theme park.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us.
After a boring introduction, Tim asks: “Are you guilty of any of these ten common misconceptions?” He doesn’t number them, but we will, and because he tends to drone on and on, we’ll have to be very selective in our excerpts. You need to read Tim’s entire post to understand it in its glorious entirety. We won’t bother with any rebuttal, because it’s not necessary. This is the list:
1. It Never Rained Before the Flood. Many creationists insist the Bible teaches that rain had never fallen prior to the Flood. This idea largely comes from a phrase in Genesis 2:5: “. . . before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground.” … [R]ather than describing Earth’s conditions throughout the pre-Flood world, this verse is likely just explaining the environment prior to Day Six.
We weren’t there, so we never worried about that. Next on Tim’s list:
2. Pre-Flood Society Was Complete Chaos and Violence. Genesis describes the world as extremely wicked and violent prior to the Flood. … Since that world perished in the Flood, it is impossible to know exactly what it was like. … Many civilizations throughout history have been filled with wickedness while still carrying on daily life. Ancient Rome built a grand society complete with law and order, roads, aqueducts, and impressive building projects. At the same time, Roman culture was quite wicked, filled with idolatry, violence, and sexual immorality. Another example is modern America. While much can still be admired, wickedness and violence have inundated American society. The same is true for our world at large. Perhaps other than technology we are not so different from the pre-Flood world.
So maybe pre-Flood society wasn’t all bad. But they were all slaughtered anyway. Tough luck! Let’s read on:
3. A Wooden Ark Would Not Be Seaworthy. Skeptics … claim the Ark could not possibly remain afloat. They cite modern examples like the six-masted schooner Wyoming, built in 1909 on a scale a little smaller than the Ark, which twisted in the sea and eventually sank.
Yet it is a mistake to assume the Ark was designed in the same way. Building large wooden vessels is difficult but not impossible. Some ancient Greek warships were of a comparable size to the Wyoming, and they managed to stay afloat. The Wyoming is probably not the best example of excellent design! Furthermore, before jumping to conclusions it’s good to get the whole story. The Wyoming successfully transported thousands of tons of coal for over 14 years! The Ark needed to float for only about five months before landing on the mountains of Ararat.
Okay. The list continues:
4. The Ark Was Box-Shaped. Perhaps no concept of the Ark has drawn more negative reaction from Christians than the sleek vessel being proposed for the Ark Encounter, now under construction in Kentucky. Convinced the Bible specifies that the Ark was shaped like a box, concerned Christians have argued against the bow fin and stern projection depicted on the Ark Encounter’s vessel. [We’re skipping a lot.] Another assumption has been that Noah did not have the time, tools, or technology to build anything other than a simple box-shaped boat. But Hebrews 11:7 reveals that Noah built the Ark in reverent fear, indicating he would have been very careful to build it in a way that honored the Lord. After all, every land-dwelling creature and the human race depended upon the Ark’s safety.
Given the uncertainty of the term’s precise meaning, we should refrain from dogmatism about the Ark’s shape, except that we can rule out the cutesy bathtub toy look portrayed in countless children’s books. The streamlined look of the Ark Encounter’s vessel was designed to maximize strength, stability, and comfort in turbulent seas. Noah’s Ark may have looked different, but short of finding the actual Ark, we do not know for certain.
That makes no sense. Hambo knows what the Ark looked like! Here’s more:
5. Not Enough Room for All the Animals. How could one guy fit a million species of animals on a boat for a whole year? Even Christians wonder about this question. They assume the Bible says two of every species went onto the Ark, and they envision an overcrowded boat like the ones they’ve seen in illustrated Bibles or films. … Noah was not instructed to bring two of every species, as if he used our modern classification system. Instead, Noah needed to bring two of every kind of unclean animal and more of the clean animals. The biblical kind seems to line up well with the family level of taxonomy.
Noah didn’t need to bring marine organisms, and it’s debatable whether Noah needed to take insects on board (but there would have been space on the Ark for them). An exhaustive study of the land animal kinds, both living and extinct, is nearing completion. At present, it looks like the total will be approximately 1,000 kinds of animals, meaning Noah brought fewer than 5,000 individual animals. In an earlier detailed study using representatives from every genus, it was demonstrated that there would have been plenty of space for 16,000 creatures, along with their food and supplies.
Impressive, huh? Moving along:
6. Dinosaurs Couldn’t Fit on the Ark. Most people are surprised to find out that many dinosaurs were actually rather small. Just a few of the most popular “terrible lizards” were ginormous [sic], and they were once small — the 65-ton Dreadnoughtus likely came from an egg about the size of a football. Moreover, each family usually had a smaller variety that could have represented the whole family. So if God brought juvenile animals or smaller varieties to Noah, then there was no need to squeeze enormous animals onto the Ark.
No problem with dinosaurs. The list goes on:
7. The Flood Was Only a Regional Event. Many Christians have heard arguments that the Flood account describes a regional or local event. … Genesis 6–9 describes a world-destroying global catastrophe, and not a regional flood. [Several scripture quotes.]
That settles the global question. Here’s another:
8. The Oceans Do Not Have Enough Water to Cover the Earth. Another common concern is that Earth does not have enough water to cover the mountains. There are multiple difficulties with this misconception. First, it is based on the assumption that the Flood needed to cover the mountain ranges we know today. However, the pre-Flood world was much different than today’s world. For example, it likely consisted of one continent (Genesis 1:9), and since the Flood destroyed that world, we cannot know with any certainty how high the pre-Flood hills reached. Our modern lofty peaks are formed out of sediments that were filled with animals killed during the Flood.
Second, the breakup of the earth’s plates at the start of the Flood would have heated the crust under the oceans, causing the seafloor to rise and pushing the water over the continents. Under these circumstances, the ocean (which is more than 6.5 miles, or 10.5 km, deep in some places) had plenty of water to cover the earth.
Ironically, most geologists believe Mars once had massive floods. If a planet with no known liquid water can have a flood of biblical proportions, then it should not be hard to accept that our blue planet, 70% covered in water and possibly containing far more water locked in the mantle, could have had a global Flood.
We’re getting near the end:
9. The Genesis Flood Account Was Copied from Ancient Myth. In the past two centuries we have discovered flood stories that predate Moses, so experts regularly claim the Flood account is just another myth borrowed from other ancient cultures. Christians who have bought into this line of reasoning underestimate the many differences between Genesis and these stories, while undermining the authenticity of Scripture.
The Bible gives us the true account, and any version that varies from this record must therefore be a distortion of the original history (or a complete fabrication). The Bible does not read like any of these myths; it relates a sober account of the righteous judgment a holy God sent upon a wicked world while sparing one family. Yet the Ancient Near Eastern myths include all manner of legendary details and trivial reasons the gods flooded the earth.
And here’s the last item:
10. The Ark Has Been Found. Dozens of expeditions have searched the slopes and summit of Mount Ararat in hopes of making one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. A handful of explorers claimed to have seen the Ark or pieces of it. Photos and satellite images have shown formations that can be construed as being Ark-shaped, but they are not conclusive.
Should we even expect to find the Ark? Even if frozen in ice, it is highly doubtful that a wooden structure would survive the elements for more than four millennia. As exciting as the Ark’s discovery would be for Christians, hardened skeptics who refuse to believe what Moses already wrote in God’s Word will refuse to believe even the most amazing of miracles.
Having demolished all misconceptions, Tim concludes with this:
Misconceptions will continue to spread concerning Noah’s Ark and the Flood. Hollywood certainly has not helped. The only antidote is a diligent study of God’s Word, being careful to separate what is actually in the text and our preconceived notions.
Very impressive. But we’ll stick with our top ten reasons why it’s mythology. What you decide, dear reader, is up to you.
Copyright © 2016. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.