I keep coming across two debates in many forums that atheists use to 'prove' that the scriptures are a myth!
One is Noah's Ark and it's inability to contain all of the animal life that the ark was said to have held.
The other is the Young Earth debate and how it conflicts with scientific evidence.
I have studied these two issues and how scripture actually lays out what I as a Christian believe is the truth.
First .. The young earth debate:
The young earther's seem to believe in an earth that is only around six thousand years old and I believe founded on a faulty misconception of the word (or length) of the biblical day as set forth in Genesis.
If you follow scripture you will read: "In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth".
There is no reference (or time frame) as to when or how long before
he created man that this happened.
The actual time though could be billions of years, we just don't know.
(It is however, the beginning
Scripture doesn't say how long each creative day is in Genesis Chapter 1 but only gives the order of creation.
Genesis Chapter 2 verse 4 describes all of the creative days as one day.
The seventh 'day' is described as God's day of rest.
(I take this to mean that God is not 'creating' at this time because .. I doubt that he is tired) 8)
Paul indicated that God was still in his day of rest when he referred to the earlier words of David (ps95: 7,8,11) and to Genesis 2:2 where David urged: "Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest".
By Paul's time that day of rest was already thousands of years old.
My last reference as to a days length is at 2Pe 3:8 where Peter says: "one day is with God as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day".
I don't believe that Peter was saying God's day was actually a thousand years here, I think that he was indicating that God had no actual or true measurable length of time for him (God) as being a day .. and that God doesn't judge time as man does.
Now for the Ark controversy:
According to scripture the ark was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high.
A conservative calculation for the cubit is around 17.5 inches while some scholars believe it to be closer to 56 centimeters or 22 inches.
This puts the arks size at around 437 feet long, 72 feet wide by 43 feet high.
(A length to width proportion of 6 to 1 which is still used by naval architects)
There were two floors which gave added support and three decks equaling around 96,000 square feet.
Now for the amount of capacity.
Besides Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives, living creatures, of every sort of flesh, two of each 'kind' were to be brought on board.
(male and female)
It has been estimated by some that the hundreds of thousands of species of animals today could be reduced to a comparatively few family 'kinds'- the horse and cow to mention only two.
With this thinking, some scientists have said that had there been 43 'kinds' of mammals, 74 'kinds' of birds and 10 'kinds' of reptiles in the ark, they could have produced the number of species that we have today.
This is only speculation and seems restrictive since sources such as the Encyclopedia Americana indicates that there are upwards of 1,300,000 species of animals.
However, over 60 percent of these are insects.
Breaking the figures down further, of the 24,000 amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, 10,000 are birds, 9,000 are reptiles and amphibians, many of which could have survived outside of the ark.
5,000 are mammals, including whales and porpoises which would have also remained outside the ark.
Some scientists estimate that there are only about 290 species of land animals larger than sheep and about 1,360 smaller than rats.
If you wish to do the mathematics you can see where the ark was large enough to handle the amount of 'species' that would carry on to today.
(I have a headache in just researching the scriptures and getting this overly long post ready for posting)
I know, some will say what about the dinosaurs but since that isn't mentioned in scripture .. my guess is that they didn't live during the time of Noah.
These are just my thoughts, simple as they may be and not all encompassing for sure but .. I do believe a lack of study is why I think the young earther's and ark deniers are wrong and why some Christians are losing what should be .. a winning argument.
Other Christians can probably add more than what I have said here because .. there is so much more!
I apologize if I have upset any of my friends on the forum.
(any spelling errors are strictly mine)