The Bible presents a fantastic story of Noah and the Ark in which one man, Noah,following God’s command, builds an Ark to God’s specifications and puts one pair (or seven additional pairs) of each “kind” on the Ark. The all survive for over a year on the Ark and then repopulate the earth.
The Truth Is…
There was no flood and there was no Ark
- Noah was a stone age hunter-gatherer
Using the bible’s own words, we learn that Noah was the ninth generation after Adam and Eve. Thus, he would have been a stone-age hunter-gatherer totally invested in finding food and shelter every day. It would have been impossible for him to find time to build an Ark. If one asserts that Noah was not a stone age man, then please educate me on which generation of Adam’s progeny generated the millions of stone age artifacts that we have today.
- Ark couldn’t be built
Again, using the bible’s own words, we can deduce that the flood was in 2344 BCE* and we know that Noah was a stone age man. How then, is it possible to build an Ark to the tolerances required using the stone tools and technology** available at that time? No wooden ship has ever approached the size of the Ark.
- Population of over millions just four years after the flood? NOT!
If the flood was in 2344 BCE, how did the earth’s population go from eight people to the prosperous and powerful civilizations of Egypt, Sumer and Minoa that we know existed in 2340? India and China had large populations in 2300. We know that the Hsia Dynasty ruled in China around 2300. How is all that possible if there were only eight people alive in 2344? How did the Chinese get to China?
Be aware that the earth would have been a sodden mess. after the flood, no food, no drinkable water, ad infinitum.
- Unexpected guests just seven days before departure.
Only seven days before the deluge, God instructed Noah to bring seven times the number of clean animals he originally told Noah to prepare for. (Genesis 7:2-4). Can you imagine planning to house and feed, let’s say 15,000- “kinds” (according to creation “scientist” John Woodmorappe*** – real scientists say at least a million) then having 105,000 show up? And you only have seven days to accommodate the increased number of guests? Again impossible.
- What about the plants?
Nothing is ever said about the plants. If you assume they were brought into the ark – even though nothing is said about them – you have just introduced a whole additional set of problems (space, soils, water, sunlight, ad infinitum), easily imaginable so we won’t elaborate. Some say Noah brought seeds – same problem; how did he get them, preserve them, take them back to their native habitats? The seeds did not “come to Noah” as the animals did. If you say they weren’t brought into the ark, then they all died in the flood too. How then did the plants regenerate themselves after a year underwater with no sun? Impossible.
- Noah sacrificed the animals!
Most people are unaware of the “seven days, seven times more than I told you” impossible conundrum that Genesis (7:2-4) presents. But, if they chose to dismiss that problem, they are left with an even worse one because 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.” Genesis 8:20.
Now, if there were only two (male and female) of every clean beast, how is it possible for the animal kingdom to have rebuilt itself if Noah “took of every clean beast… and offered burnt offerings on the alter” … ?
These are just six of the more than 100 points that we present in the treatise, “The Nonsense of Noah” which can be found here.
None of the approximately 100 other points have any rational explanation either. None of them can be answered with anything other than “God can do anything”. Every aspect of the Noah story requires a miracle from God. But why then did God need Noah? He used Noah as his agent yet didn’t allow Noah to do anything on his own. God intervened at every turn if one is to believe the Noah fable. God could have just started over from scratch. Why didn’t he? “God works in mysterious ways” I guess. So far that’s the only response
There is another well reasoned refutation of the Noah fable published by the National Center for Science Education. “The Impossible Voyage of Noah’s Ark”, raises many of the same questions we do. It has the added creditability of being thoroughly referenced; unlike our observations which are just common sense.
Now, one last question but we will answer it:
Why did God kill all the innocent animals?.
Answer: Because the Jewish flood story is designed to top all the other flood stories of the day and you can’t have a worldwide flood without having to kill all the animals.
*BCE – When was the flood?
Using the timeline presented in the Bible, the flood would have been about 4300 years ago. The Biblical data places the Flood at 2304 BC +/- 11 years. This date is confirmed by no less an authority than the supreme “Creationist” website, Answers In Genesis.
Generation Date Born
0 4000 – God created Adam
1 3870 – Seth, son of Adam born
2 3765 – Enos, son of Seth born
3 3675 – Cainan, son of Enos born
4 3605 – Mahalaleel, son of Cainan born
5 3540 – Jared, son of Mahalaleel born
6 3378 – Enoch, son of Jared born
7 3313 – Methuselah, son of Enoch born
8 3126 – Lamech, son of Methuselah born
9 2944 – Noah, son of Lemech born
2344 – The flood. Genesis 7:6 “And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth“.
2343 – Flood ended, waters receded
**Technology Requirements For Building An Ark
Noah would have needed a thorough education in naval architecture and in fields that would not arise for thousands of years such as physics, calculus, mechanics, and structural analysis. There was no shipbuilding tradition behind him, no experienced craftspeople to offer advice. Where did he learn the framing procedure for such a structure? How could he anticipate the effects of roll, pitch, yaw, and slamming in a rough sea? How did he solve the differential equations for bending moment, torque, and shear stress? – Oh, I know… God provided all that knowledge to one man and then dispersed it over centuries later to others.
*** Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study
El Cajon: Inst. for Creation Research, 1996
By John Woodmorappe
By the way, Woodmorape’s use of the weasel word “kinds” implies evolution. How did we get from “kinds” to bonefide species? e.g. “cat” to leopard, lion, house cat, et al if not by evolution?
Evidence for “No Flood” rather than “common sense”
There is no question that the Egyptian pyramids were started in 2500 BC.
That puts the great pyramid at Giza being built BEFORE the flood; yet neither the great pyramid nor any of the others were destroyed in the flood.
Even more compelling is the fact that during Egypt’s sixth dynasty (2345 – 2181BCE i.e immediately AFTER the flood) there is incontrovertible evidence that there were 3 pyramids built: the pyramid of Teti @ Saqqara for the Pharaoh Teti, the pyramid of Teti I @ South Saqqara for Pharaoh Pepi I and the pyramid name @ location for the Pharaoh Merenre.
However, according to the Bible, immediately after the flood, 2304 BCE, there would have been only 8 people on the face of the soggy, barren earth. How then did those pyramids get built?
They were built by Egyptians who were alive because there never was a flood.
See this complete list of Egyptian Pyramids – hard evidence that there could not have been any world wide flood. The point: some were built before “the flood” and they are still intact; and some were built immediately after “the flood” when, presumably, only Noah and a few of his inbred relatives were on the earth.