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This source provides some excellent detail on the subject. In regard specifically to how all the animals fit, however, we look at the same verse that you quoted, Genesis 6:19-21: 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according ...


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I suppose there is one other possible answer: It was a miracle. That would put it in the "how did Jesus walk on water?" and "how did Jesus feed thousands of people with a few fish sandwiches?" category.


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There are several factors that allows this. One of this, is the sheer size of the ark. According to the dimensions that the Bible gives, the Ark will have Thus, the ark could have been up to 550 feet long, 91.7 feet wide and 55 feet high. These are not unreasonable dimensions. But how much storage space does this amount to? Well, 550 x 91.7 x 55 = ...


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I realize that what I'm about to put forward is not conclusively proven, but it is possible. It's specifically answering from the perspective of young-earth creationists, which isn't the only view out there. (But it is the one you specified you wanted in your question.) Noah didn't have to save the fish. Your question makes two assumptions that seem ...


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It's a global flood. There are several logical points why. First, the gathering of all of the animals in the world would be useless, if the Flood was only a local flood. If the Flood was only local, not all of the animals would drown, and thus, bringing all the animals of the World on the ark would have been a useless act. Secondly, if the Flood was only ...


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The flood happened precisely on account of the issues you raise. More specifically, it debunks the premises on which those issues are founded. As Christians living thousands of years later with only a short Scriptural account to go on, we can really only speculate about how the people of Noah's day must have reasoned with themselves. However it seems likely ...


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Does the Bible tell us anything about how the animals acted on the Ark? No, it doesn't. Any other answer here would be purely speculation.


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If it is a scientific certainty that a tree create one and only one ring per year, then this would be problematic. However, as you can read on Wikipedia, this is not always the case: Alternating poor and favorable conditions, such as mid summer droughts, can result in several rings forming in a given year. Wikipedia So, it would only take ...


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Noah was command to take every animal that walks on the face of the earth - not those that "swim in the deep." From Genesis 6:19 - 20, via the Amplified Bible. And of every living thing of all flesh [found on land], you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of fowls and birds according ...


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It's rather ironic — the thrust of your question is "Why did God wait so long?" Andrew Lloyd Webber asks the exact opposite question — "Why come so early?" As Judas sings in the finale: Every time I look at you I don't understand Why you let the things you did Get so out of hand You'd have managed better If you'd had it planned Now why'd you ...


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Yes, biologists have identified about 1.4 million species. There are surely other species not yet identified and cataloged, but estimates vary widely on how many. I've seen estimates for total number of species ranging from less than 2 million to over 100 million. But the majority of species are microscopic. By definition, microscopic creatures would not ...


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To expand on dancek's answer, here are several pieces of evidence that don't fit with a global flood: To cover the entire world in 40 days, the rain would have had to fall at about 15 feet per hour. It would have fallen with enough force to sink the ark. [source] The ark wasn't big enough to hold all the species of the world. There are at least 1.7 million ...


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The lack of archaeological evidence for a global flood. (According to those who don't believe in a global flood.)


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Jesus spoke in parables that were full of very familiar imagery to his hearers, turning them into spiritual lessons. The Lord commanded Abraham to circumcise all his male descendants, a custom which was already being practiced before the time of Abraham, but God made it a token of his covenant with Abraham. Likewise, there's no reason to believe that ...


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According to http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/SyedQadri.shtml, the total volume of the world's oceans is 1.3 to 1.5 billion cubic kilometers, which comes out to 310 to 360 million cubic miles. The surface area of the Earth is about 200 million square miles. So if the Earth was a perfect sphere, with no mountains, no valleys, no ocean trenches, the water ...


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Basically there are three ways that genetic diversity happens: Mutation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution#Mutation Sexual combination: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution#Sex_and_recombination Gene Flow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution#Gene_flow All of these processes do in fact have the potential of generating new genetic information. ...


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The flood is explicitly used typologically twice in the New Testament. Jesus, speaking of the final judgment (Matthew 24:37-41), says it will be like "the days of Noah". For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the ...


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The Catholic Church does not have an "official" position on the literal interpretation of the Old Testament (including the great flood narration). Whether they are literal or not has no bearing on whether the lesson they impart is true. Catholics are free to understand them as literal or not. The Church only insists that the Bible is inspired and inerrant ...


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There are several theories about major differences in climate pre and post flood. There is some reason to believe that our atmosphere had a rather different makeup before the flood: perhaps along the lines of perpetual heavy cloud cover. In these scenarios it is entirely possible that a natural phenomenon like a rainbow had actually never been observed ...


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The group "Answers in Genesis" will point out that the scripture is not bound by our understanding of species, but rather states the he should bring every "kind" or "sort" of animal. That is, rather than bring a cheetah, jaguar, lion, tiger, panther, leopard, puma, etc., he could have brought some sort of cat, and further speciation would have taken place ...


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Genesis 6:21 has your answer You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”


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The question seems to assume the Genesis account is literal, so I'll answer from the YEC view, which assumes it's literal. The usual disclaimer - not all denominations assume the Genesis account is actual history, I'm just answering as if it is, since the question seems to be looking for that viewpoint. From Genesis 9 (KJV) And God spake unto Noah, ...


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Usual preface that seems necessary to head off debate on such questions and answers - this isn't endorsing or denying the YEC view, just answering how various YEC groups would answer the question. Whether the YEC'ers are right or wrong is completely off-topic, as has the long-standing policy been. While we can't answer this definitively, several ...


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In support of the idea that it did not rain is the very next verse: Genesis 2:6 But a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. No further mention is made of rain until the Flood account. Anything beyond this is conjecture on our part.


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If you pick up any modern textbook on geology you will find plenty of explanations of sea fossils in geologic strata and all sorts of other "evidence" of a flood. Evidence is often times only evidence to a person who has already accepted the conclusions. In my experience, I see that the same modern geological understanding that rejects the idea of a flood ...


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The Answers in Genesis website has an article that covers historical records of the flood - Comparison of secular historical records, where they look at 200 flood traditions from across the world. 95% of the traditions had common elements with the Genesis account and described a worldwide flood. Answers in Genesis also provides a number of articles ...


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The other possible answer, one that most Christians would likely not accept is that the flood was not as global as assumed. The events of the flood predate the Tower of Babel, which is when humanity is said to have been scattered across the globe. So one could assume that the human population was very localized. God would not need to flood the entire planet ...


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It is relevant that Methuselah died just before the flood. Just have a look at the names of the first 10 generations leading up to Noah: Adam - Man (CJBPG) Seth - Appointed Enosh - Mortal, weak (Smith's, Hitchcock's, Nave's) Kenan - Sorrow Mahalelel - The Praise of Lord (Smith's, Fausset's, Easton's, Nave's) Jared - Descend (Smith's, Fausset's, Easton's, ...


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Relevant? Yes. Universally viewed as supportive? No. Scholars disagree on this. Some use those other accounts to lend credence to the Biblical account. Other scholars say that it is evidence that the author of Genesis stole from those accounts to make up the flood. Either way, it is a relevant discussion without universal agreement. (In my personal opinion ...



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