Are you one of those hell-bound evolutionists who dismisses the biblical account of the Flood because it was not only horrendously brutal, but also because it failed to accomplish its purpose of purging sinful behavior from the world? If so, we have an educational treat for you today.
The article we found is What Happened to the Animals After Noah’s Ark? It appears at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia.
Don’t be misled by the article’s title. It’s not about how the animals left the Ark and swiftly scattered all over the Earth without leaving evidence — living or fossilized — of their journeys. Perhaps at some later time they’ll explain how the kangaroos got to Australia and the three-toed sloths traveled to South America. Today’s article touches on a number of subjects, like the “kinds” of animals that were on the Ark, and the fact that there were extinctions afterwards, but those are side issues. The main focus is the purpose of the Flood.
It was written by Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson, a recent addition to ol’ Hambo’s roster of distinguished creation scientists. Here’s Jeanson’s write-up at AIG. They say he has “a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University,” and was “formerly with the Institute for Creation Research.” Harvard must be proud of him. His write-up in the Encyclopedia of American Loons says he has “a Medical PhD from Harvard.”
After a discussion of animal “kinds,” including what’s found in the fossil record, and assuming that they all existed in Noah’s time, Jeanson says, with bold font added by us:
Among mammal families, we found that the families alive today represent only approximately 30% of the mammal families that ever existed. Which means that around 70% of mammal families are now extinct. In other words, 70% of the kinds of mammals that Noah brought on board the Ark died. This is not extinction by virtue of burial in the Flood. Rather, it’s extinction after the Flood.
Gasp! What happened to them? And why did it happen? Let’s read on:
This fact may seem counterintuitive. If the purpose of the Ark was survival, why let over two-thirds of the kinds die off after the voyage was complete? To a skeptic, this fact might intimate failure on the part of God. However, following this logic through to its conclusion, the skeptic would then also need to conclude that not only the Ark but also the Flood was a failure as well. After all, salvation via the Ark wasn’t the only purpose God achieved in the Flood narrative; He was equally determined to judge sinful humanity who refused to repent and exercise faith.
Yes, it would seem that the whole thing was a colossal failure. Not only that, but get this:
Yet in just a few generations following the Deluge, the descendants of faithful, righteous Noah descended into gross wickedness again. Mankind rebelled in trying to build a tower to the heavens (Genesis 11:1–9). In response, God judged mankind again, not by sending a global Flood (since He promised to never do so again) but by confusing the languages of mankind. Since mankind fell so quickly into sin again, did God fail to judge sin adequately in the Flood? Was His initial judgment inadequate or poorly designed?
Egad — it looks like one divine failure after another. But Jeanson has the answer:
The Tower of Babel incident was not a compensation for — or correction of — prior failures. Rather, in the Flood, all of rebellious mankind died. In other words, the Flood was a very successful event.
Uh … yes, the Flood was “successful” in killing almost everyone, but the survivors still botched things up. So what was it all about? Jeanson continues:
What purpose then did the post-Flood return to depravity serve? If nothing else, the speed with which mankind turned his back on his Creator revealed in bold colors the fundamental depravity of the human heart — and hence his need for a Savior.
Ah — good point! Here’s more:
Furthermore, it appears that God intended to give humanity an unforgettable reminder of this fact in the long history that followed Babel. God didn’t send the Savior immediately following the Tower of Babel incident. Instead, He waited approximately 2,000 years before sending His Son. In other words, God has given mankind two ways in which to discover his sinfulness. First, by telling man explicitly in the Scriptures of his fallen state (e.g., Romans 3:23), mankind learns of his precarious eternal condition and pending doom. Second, by letting humanity flounder for thousands of years, God showed mankind just how wicked his heart really was.
Good plan! It makes perfect sense. One last excerpt:
Hence, the timing of post-Flood events in the human realm fulfilled a gospel purpose — revealing man’s profound inability to save himself and his desperate need of a Savior, which foreshadowed Christ’s condescension and salvific atonement — hardly a failure on God’s part. In fact, the skeptic should be thankful for this reminder of mercy in the Cross rather than be upset that somehow God had failed to achieve His purposes.
There’s more, about how the post-Flood animal extinctions were also according to plan. Go ahead and read it all. Then, be grateful to ol’ Hambo for gathering such a great collection of creation scientists together. You can’t find this material anywhere else.
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