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Does the Old Testament Noah's Ark story line up with today's scientific data?
- JeremyLv 611 months agoFavorite Answer
Does the story of a 600 year old in the bronze age gathering all species of animals on the planet and putting them all on a single boat line up with science? No. The idea is laughable.
I'm sure people will go into the obvious problem of mechanics on that, so I'll highlight some more obscure questions.
Did the Ark have an aquarium? It may sound like an odd question if you aren't using critical thinking, but take a moment and consider it. Numerous fish like the Ozark cave fish require cold water with very low salt levels. Many tropical reef fish require temperatures and salinity well above that which a cave fish can survive or they die within an hour or so. While a few species can inhabit both fresh and saline waters, most freshwater fish dropped in saltwater shrivel and die.
And this doesn't even begin to get into problems with turbidity. As all dry land is covered, the waters would be substantially murky, killing off many animals on ocean floors. Bye bye lobsters, crabs, etc.
Did the ark have a botanical garden level? Like our freshwater fish, many plants, including seeds, would not survive being submerged in saltwater for that long.
Did the Ark have a sophisticated germ lab, before the invention of the microscope? Many diseases depend on living human hosts for survival. In fact, this includes many STDs. It is somewhat problematic to think Noah and his family would have become infected with dozens of diseases including many STDs, especially since they were declared the only righteous people on earth.
If they landed on Ararat, how did the animals indigenous to places like Australia get home? Did the kangaroos manage to hop across India, Thailand, and Indonesia, then swim across the Timor sea? Why didn't some simply stay where they were?
Next, where did the water go? We know the amount of water required to cover Everest. To cover Everest, you'd need to get the water level at an elevation equal to that of the summit for every inch of the planet. That would require about three times more water than actually exists on earth currently. We'd need over 1,000,000,000 cubic miles of water, but only around 330,000,000 cubic miles actually exist. This includes groundwater and water in the atmosphere.
And, how would the boat survive the rain itself? The amount of rain per second that would be falling to generate that billion cubic miles would also be unimaginable, 289 cubic miles per second. Divided over the world, that is an inch, worldwide, every 11 seconds. This introduces a host of other problems for the seaworthiness of the ark. At this rate, the water above the ark is an even more significant problem than the water below. This isn’t rain, this is being hit from above with multiple firehoses.
The record rainfall on earth is 71.85 inches in a 24 hour period. You’re talking about over 100 times that amount, constantly for over a month. This is far worse than any hurricane ever recorded. How did the boat stay afloat?
The Bible emphasizes that all the animals and human passengers entered the ark on the same day (Genesis 7:11-15). Simple division of our grand total shows that 44.66 creatures had to dash up the gangplank and through the door every second in order to fill the ark within twenty-four hours! Not reasonable at all.
Heck. The bible doesn't even line up with itself when it comes to continuity.
GE 6:4 There were Nephilim (giants) before the Flood.
GE 7:21 All creatures other than Noah and his clan were annihilated by the Flood.
NU 13:33 There were Nephilim after the Flood.
- Anonymous11 months ago
But the scientific community is proud to lie to prevent God from taking His rightful place on the earth. Lol!
- 11 months ago
For example we find fossilized clams on Mount Everest. They are unopened, meaning that they were quickly buried in large sediments (like is the case with massive flooding). Normally clams open their shells when they die. Obviously that land mass was under water at one time. It's obvious that the tallest mountain came about after the flood and was caused by massive seismic activity (Gen 7:11).
- SnowbirdLv 611 months ago
It doesn't need to line up with scientific data in this old natural world. God is CREATOR of all things so He can easily supersede scientific data. God is in the supernatural realm. In that realm, there are no barriers or scientific limits
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- Simon TLv 711 months ago
Not in the slightest.
Not only is there no evidence for the event happening, the evidence is all saying it could not have happened.
From the issues of getting all the animals into the Ark, feeding them, mucking them out and getting enough air to breath though a single window for a year (read the story, the rain is 40 days, but it is a year before they get off) Multiple species need very specific environments, and have life cycles less than a year. There is the issue of any wooden ship that size being un-seaworthy - You need steel to get sufficient rigidity to cope with ocean waves. And then the whole problem of getting all the animals off the Ark, to all the places that unique species live, all done with no creature eating another before they had time to produce sufficient offspring to have a viable population.
It is a myth, a story that might be based on some bad flood, but now bears no relationship at all to any facts. Anyone who thinks it is a true story needs their head examining.
- Bobby JimLv 711 months ago
With the exception of the time-frame, yes it does. But science uses a couple methods for dating ancient finds, neither of which account for the drastic atmospheric changes that have likely occurred because of the flood itself. Every ancient culture from around the world has a major flood story among its own lore. Even the idea of "Continental Drift" is supported by the Bible in the years after the flood. And, it would be likely that the tremendous hydraulic pressure of all the flood waters was what caused the continents to drift apart for Earth's original single land mass.
- TangiLv 711 months ago
It depends on how literal you want to take the story.
If it's a vague "a local flood happened and a dude and his family saved some animals" interpretation, then it's not incompatible with anything we know scientifically and historically, although it's not supported by anything that could confirm it.
If you mean a literal interpretation of "all the earth was flooded and a guy and his family took two of all the species of animals on a boat to save them and somehow managed to keep them all alive for a whole year and then managed to have them all repopulate the earth from the middle east", then it conflicts with a lot of scientific and historical data.
- FingersLv 711 months ago
I am at a loss as to what youre talking about. There is exactly zero scientific data on noahs ark. Its almost as if it never existed. Funny how that works, isnt it?
- yesmarLv 711 months ago
No, but then, it's not supposed to.Source(s): Jesus follower
- Anonymous11 months ago
Not even a little.
That fairytale falls apart literally as soon as you start questioning any part of it.
Like most biblical fairytales.Source(s): Bill Nye already deconstructed it against Ken Ham rather thoroughly.