If all you Christians believe every word in the Bible, then where did all the animals on earth come from?
Noah was told to take on board the ark a male and female of every species on the planet. When the flood was over God then told Noah to sacrifice 1 of every species on board as thanks to him.
"And 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)
If Noah sacrificed 1 of each animal that would mean there was only 1 of each left. How did those animals procreate to further their existence on earth? I very much doubt Noah and his entourage made sure every beast and fowl on board is cruise liner had a good time.
Will any enlightened and intelligent Christian please care to explain this conundrum?
- MarielLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Well, I see all the biblical literalists have had their say, so let me point out that the majority of Christians and Jews do NOT read Genesis 1 - 11 literally. These are allegories - teaching stories -- that happen to have been adapted by the Hebrews from other earlier myths.
There were other, older creation stories, like Enuma Elish, which were adapted by the Hebrews during their exile in Babylon.
And as for the Noah's ark story, there are a myriad of previously written "great flood" stories, also adapted by the Hebrews, like the epic of Gilgamesh for one.
There is evidence of a great flood around Mesopotamia, but a "global" flood? Never happened, and the more localised one that did happen, occurred a very long time before the Hebrews ever came on the scene.
http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/MESO/GILG.HTM (the payload is in tablet 11).
There's even more "fundamental" conundrums in that story. If God was so angry at the "Nephalim" (also a product of His creation?) then why take it out on all of humanity? In addition, if God was so intent on destroying all the "Nephalim", why did He do such a terrible job, since they were able to "repopulate" after the flood?
These concepts are so typical of the myths of "giants" etc, in that time period, and those of "god like" beings mating with humans, that to believe for one moment they were "dictated" to mankind by God is flatly ludicrous.
p.s. Nephalim as meaning "giant" is just another of the many mistranslations they have made. Fundamentalists don't do their research, or just willfully ignore all the evidence in the world that they don't happen to like.
- Ray WLv 69 years ago
I see you only listen to your Sunday School Teacher and never read the Bible for yourself. Noah took ever clean animal by sevens and the unclean by twos male and female. Noah only sacrificed one of each one of the clean animals. Genesis 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Genesis 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. Genesis 8:20 And 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.Source(s): The Bible
- Anonymous9 years ago
Not Christian, but if he took a pair of everything, they mated on board, and he slaughtered the males, leaving the pregnant females, the story is no less believable than it was if he didn't slaughter any. I still have issues, but I don't see this as shaking anyone's faith. I mean, if you can choose to believe that a man built a boat big enough to house 2 of every animal on earth, feed them, and not be driven completely crazy by the smell, the slaughter of a few isn't really likely to change anything. I do wonder how people can say every person on earth descended from Noah and his family, which had to cause defects, deformities, and other physiologic changes, and yet believe humans are exactly as they were created. Evolution, mutation, change is change.
- 9 years ago
Consider God has the ability to SEND every species to Noah, right? Did he send 1 or more? Did they conceive on the arc? You doubt Noah and his family made sure every beast and fowl on board the arc had a good time? Where did that come from? Was that an assignment of Noah's? Consider God is all knowing and capable. For all we know He could have caused the animals to fall into a deep sleep until the flood was over
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- LightningLv 79 years ago
"All you Christians"? Really? It's not necessary to believe the entire Bible is gospel truth in order to be a Christian.
Also, at least read the Bible before you nitpick it. Noah brought three pairs of every unclean animal and seven pairs of every clean animal on the ark.
To cap it off, the Hebrew translated as "the whole earth" is probably better translated as "the whole land." Meaning just where Noah lived, not the entire planet. Noah only had to take animals on board the ark so he'd have them for himself after the ark landed.
- FUNdieLv 79 years ago
No, he was NOT told to bring "two of every species" - he was told to bring "two of every KIND" - and he was only obligated to bring air-breathing land animals - only animals that would otherwise drown. It is estimated that there are only about 8,000 different KINDS (not species) of air-breathing land animals on Earth, so there would have been roughly 16,000 individual animals, most of whom were the size of a dog or smaller.
Also, God only told Noah to sacrifice one of each of the CLEAN animals, and there are only and handful of those. God told Noah to bring 7 each (not two) of the CLEAN animals - 3 breeding pairs and one sacrifice.
Please re-read Genesis 6:19-20 and 7:2.
- KissthepilotLv 69 years ago
He took seven of some for sacrifice. Clean animals are a small portion of the animal kingdom, and those are the ones he sacrificed. Don't worry, god wrote that book and you will never find a problem with any of it. People have been trying for a very long time, with no success.
Good luck, though.
- ebby08Lv 59 years ago
Please read that verse again. It did not say he took one of EVERY animal. It says:
"And Noah began to build an altar to Jehovah and to take SOME of all the clean beast and of all the flying creatures and to offer burnt sacrifices upon the alter."
Keep in mind too, that the animals procreated while in the ark. It rained for "40 days and 40 nights", plus they had to wait until all the water subsided. That took months. Plenty of time for animals to procreate and more than enough animals to make sacrifices without making them extinct.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Gen 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
Gen 7:3 Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
He only sacrificed clean beasts of which there were more than two as you can see by the Scriptures above.
- B FLv 69 years ago
If you read the Bible you would see that they took extra. Noah didn't sacrifice one of each animal, only those that were kosher.
Genesis 7:2 Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by SEVENS, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by TWO, the male and his female.