From: callen roy
Subject: Re: Noah and his lil' ark
I thought the following would make interesting reading. Its from the
March 92 ICR Acts and Facts:
HOw could all the animals get on board Noah's Ark?
by John D. Morris
Not long ago I was interviewed on a 'news-talk' radio show. the Host was a
particularly venomous anit-Christian, with a long history of ridiculing
Christianity on his show. Evidently he particularly likes to ridicule
His introductroy comment was, "You're one of those idiots who believes the
earth is only sis-thousand years old. Tell me one thing. How did Noah get
all those millions of diosaurs onboard Noah's Ark?"
I asked if he knew how many dinosaurs there were. He didn't, but he know
there were too many to get on the Ark. When I explained that only about
600 species of dinosaurs had ever been named, that many species had been
named from only a piece of one bvne, that many of the species were
probably of the same "kind," that many dinosaurs were small, that God wouldn't
have brought the largest specimens to Noah, and that, in my opinion, there
were only around 100 dinosaurs on board the Ark, with an average size of a
cow, he changed his tune. But he still know the story was ridiculous.
Then he included all the animals--fish, whales, clams, etc.--along with
the land animals. I explained that the Bible clearly teaches that it
was only those "in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that
was on the dry land" (Genesis 7:22) that were present on the Ark, and that,
although marine animals died by the trillions in the Flood, at least
representatives of each "kind" would have survived. I further speculated
that insects may not have been on board, since they don't breath air. They
obsorbe oxygen through abdominal membranes. They could have survived,
particularly in their egg and larvae states, on floating plant debris.
Actually, they would be needed worldwide as the Flood ended, to help seeds
and sprigs re-germinate and flourish once again.
Restricted to only land animals and birds, this host still insisted they
couldn't fit on the Ark. I asked how many there were? He didn't know,
"but they couldn't fit!" I asked if he know the size of the Ark. He
didn't, "but it wasn't big enough!"
Now, this was an amazing admission. According to him, an unknown number
of animals couldn't fit onto a boat of unknown size!
Let us honestly ask the same question: How many animals were there, and
how big was the Ark? Could they fit?
The total number of land-dwelling mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibian
species is less than 20,000 or so. The number of "kinds," the Biblical
designation, is probably much smaller. For instance, of the 9,000 bird
species, approximately 400 are hummingbirds, with only minor differences
in color, size, and habitat. Very likely, they all come from only one or
a few kinds, thereby dropping the total number.
The Ark itself was huge! With gross dimentions of about 450 ft by 75 ft
by 45 ft, its volume was easily able to house two (or in some cases seven)
of each land species, let alone kinds. The trip may have been difficult
for Noah and his family, but it was possible, with God's help.
And so it is with us. With God's help, even the tough questions have
answers. We only need to study and believe. ICR
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