I was always taught the flood waters covered the planet, which completely submerged Mt. Everest. Noah had every species and variety of animal, bird, reptile and insect on board the ark, as well as the food to feed them all for a year. All of nature today stems from these ark survivors; and all peoples today are descendants of Noah and his sons.  Dailyjaguar.com

By examining this event, there is nothing that threatens our salvation or our faith in the Lord and what He has done. Yes, we believe the flood happened, so let’s look at some of the evidence for and against a universal or a regional flood. There is no question a vast inundation did take place in the plains of Iraq and the Persian Gulf. The date of the flood is recorded by Josephus as the 17th day of Nisan, 1,656 years from Adam; which would be approximately 2,100-2,200 BC.

Should the earth including Mt. Everest been submerged, (which would require over five miles of water) the water level and the ark would have been at around 29,000 ft. in altitude. That would have provided cold temperatures for desert and jungle animals, as well as people to endure for months. What about the lack of oxygen at that altitude? Mountaineers call anything above 26,000 ft. the “death zone”, because there is not enough oxygen to sustain human life. Would the water have frozen at that temperature and height? Did Noah even know that Mt. Everest existed? If the ark were to rest on mountains of that height as the water receded a few thousand feet; wouldn’t the water level only be down to 20,000 or 25,000 feet? How did a dove bring back an olive branch, if olive trees usually thrive from sea level up to about 3,000 feet in altitude?

One of the wettest places on earth is in Hawaii, which receives almost 500 inches of rainfall per year. For the rain to cover Mt. Everest in forty days, the worldwide rainfall would have exceeded 8,700 inches per day! It is figured to require approximately eight times the water now available on the planet to bring the water level up to cover Mt. Everest. This would not be fresh water, but an 8 to 1 mix of fresh to saltwater. Most salt and freshwater fish would not survive the mix. The people on the ark could not drink this mixture; which would make them have to store a year’s worth of fresh water for them and the animals. This would not be a problem if the flood had been freshwater and regional.

Some aquatic life dies with just a few degrees of temperature change. The majority of marine life lives in the upper 1,000 ft. of the ocean. The depth pressure underneath five miles of sea is well over 12,000 lbs. p.s.i. There are few species that can survive this pressure. And where did eight times the water we see today go to after the flood? Why don’t the lakes and glaciers around the world exhibit this salt and freshwater mix now? And how did all the different species of fish find their way back to their respective remote habitats and specialized environments? After floating five miles above the earth for up to a year, how did the ark land right back in the same region it started from, and not some other distant location on earth?

The trees and vegetation on the whole planet must be considered. Being five miles underwater for up to a year at pressures over 12,000 lbs. p.s.i. would have killed most, if not all, plant life. It would also cut off all sunlight and the earth would have had complete darkness. How would any of the plant kingdom have survived to produce the next season’s seeds; without a year of light to grow the seeds? A local flood does not have this dilemma.

We must also wonder not only how animals, birds, insects and reptiles would have traveled to the ark, but how they would have returned to their respective lands, islands and habitats. Australia has life found in no other place on earth, and this is no exception. Many areas have life not found in any other locations. There are tens of thousands of different insects, snails, animals and reptiles. In the amount of time it would have taken for them to migrate over land, deserts, mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans and glaciers; their lifespan would have dictated they would have had to reproduce numerous times during their pilgrimage to the ark. This would also be necessary for the return trip to their respective habitats after the flood. This problem is solved with a local flood of the 45,000 square mile area of Mesopotamia and local animals on the ark.

There would have been some insects with lifespans much less than the year they spent on the ark, so they would have had to reproduce on the ark. Reptiles like insects to eat, which would require extra insects. Noah was instructed to take food for the people and the animals on the ark. Some animals eat other animals for food, which would require extra animals to feed the lions and tigers and bears… oh my. Some animals eat fish, which would require a constant supply of fresh fish. Some insects eat other insects, which would require extra other insects for the food chain. Anteaters would need many ants, snakes need a numerous variety of small animals to consume, and so on.

Not only does the ark carrying the weight of two or more pair of animals on earth unimaginable, but the weight of the amount of food required to feed every species on the planet is mind-boggling. (Gen.6:21) Two African and two Indian elephants can weigh 40,000 lbs. The food needed just for these four animals could be over 200,000 lbs. for a year! There were seven pairs of some animals; of which 14 cattle can eat 250,000 lbs. of hay and silage in a year. Then there are rhinos, pandas, polar bears, wolverine, jaguar, ocelot, giraffes, water buffalo, bison, every kind of deer, elk, antelope, oxen, moose, cow, sheep, goat, weasel, mice, dogs, cats, tortoise, kangaroo, koala, wombat, anaconda, python, cobra, cockatoo, hyena, platypus, penguins, frogs, monkeys and vultures; all with different and specialized diets. The amount of food every species required for a year would have been more than eight people could have kept up with, not only collecting and storing beforehand, but feeding the animals daily for a year. The amount of manure produced daily from every species on earth would also have been a constant chore. A smaller group of local animals and a local flood avoids these difficulties.

Depending on the measure of a cubit; if the 450 ft. ark was Noah’s first boat, then he and his sons did very well. After centuries of experience building the finest seaworthy vessels, even with steel reinforcements, teams of wooden ship building experts today have difficulty building a wood boat that exceeds 300-350 ft. Wood ships of this size flex, break apart and sink; and have not served well even in calm seas. One large wood ship of this size, without cargo, broke apart and sank while being towed to another location!

The Genesis account of the flood uses the translated word “earth.” Depending on how the Hebrew word “erets” (land, ground, country, or earth) is translated, the understanding can change a bit. If the Lord flooded the “land” or “country” in which Noah dwelt, it would have wiped out the wickedness in the Mesopotamian region and not necessarily wiped out the planet. This was before the people were dispersed and the languages were changed. (Gen. 11:5-9) If all people had been killed by the flood, how could there be the kingdoms of Babylon, Erech, Akkad, Calneh, and Assyria in just two generations for Nimrod to conquer and rule? (Gen. 10:9-12) These were established civilizations that seemingly were not affected by the flood and there had not been enough time for these various peoples to have descended from Ham, Shem and Japheth. At the time when Abram went to Egypt, it was an ancient civilization that had not been wiped out by the flood.

If Noah was the descendant of Seth, we must also wonder about the other lineage of Cain. Jabal was the first to live in tents and raise cattle, Jubal was the first to play the harp and flute, and Tubal-Cain made tools out of bronze and iron. (Gen. 4:19-22) Were these people killed by the flood, along with their respective talents? Did the Bronze Age come to a wet screeching halt until the art of metal working was rediscovered after the flood? Did music and musical instruments become nonexistent until someone after the flood invented them again? If all people today are descendants of Noah and his three sons; that would mean Noah had a white son, a brown son and a black son. Wouldn’t Noah have looked suspiciously at Mrs. Noah?

Historians such as Berosus the Chaldean, Nicolaus of Damascus and Flavius Josephus speak of the ark being within access of people. Josephus said; many who fled to Mt. Baris at the time of the Deluge were saved. (Antiquities of the Jews, book 1, 3:6) He added; Noah’s three sons were the first to descend from the mountains into the plains of Shinar and persuaded “others” who were afraid of lower grounds for fear of another flood. (Antiquities of the Jews, book 1, 4:1) Who were these “others” who were afraid to leave higher ground and live on the plains? Back in time 2,000 years ago, they did not think of it as being a global flood.

The Scripture gives record of the rate at which the water receded. The water went down 15 cubits in 74 days. (Gen. 7:20; 8:4, 5) If the water had covered Mt. Everest, it would take over 200 years at this rate to get back to normal. Yet, it took less than a year. As a regional event, the types of local vegetation quickly grew back in the wasted area and animals migrated back into the area so that after a period of time the damaging effects of the flood were eliminated. These are some of the strongest points in our minds that would indicate a regional event. Although the Creator can do anything, the evidence seems to support the smaller scale deluge rather than the magnitude of a global flood.

By yanam49

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