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The Flood In fact, although the theory of evolution has long been taught as fact in most schools and universities with the Bible's account and other opposing views being given little or no voice, a growing number of respected scientists are joining the "creationist" camp. Evolutionists are fond of stating, "Evolution is a fact." But a fact is incontrovertible, meaning it is certain, undeniable, and not open to question. The truth is that the theory of evolution is not as factual and convincing as its proponents pretend.
The next big issue with which evolutionists take exception to is the Genesis account in chapters 6-9 of the worldwide flood, commonly called Noah's Flood. Did it cover the whole world? Is there any evidence today that such a flood ever occurred? How could all those animals fit in the Ark?
According to Genesis the Ark measured 300 x 50 x 30 cubits (Genesis 6:15), which is approximately 140 x 23 x 13.5 meters or 459 x 75 x 44 feet. The ratio of length to width to height is 30:5:3. Tests on models of the Ark made to exact specifications have shown that it could survive capsizing by waves of up to 200 feet high, and that even if it pitched to a near 90 degree angle it could then right itself.
The total volume of the Ark was 43,500 cubic meters or about 1.5 million cubic feet “equal to that of 522 standard American railroad livestock cars, each of which can hold up to 240 sheep. That means the Ark could hold over 125,000 animals, if the average size were that of a sheep. The Bible says that Noah took two of every kind of animal, bird and reptile, except when they were
"clean" animals he took seven. (There is some debate as to whether it was seven pairs or just seven in total.)
About 8,000 genera have been identified, including extinct ones. That would mean that there would have been about 16,000 animals, birds, and reptiles in the Ark. There was plenty of room for all the animals on Noah's Ark.
There is also the question of the very large animals, such as the dinosaurs or even elephants. How did they get in the Ark? There is no mention that Noah took fully developed adult animals onto the Ark. Most animal experts say that younger animals are much easier to handle, so it would seem sensible for Noah to take adolescent or even younger animals. If this were the case, then only about 10% of the animals would have been bigger than sheep.
So since the Ark could theoretically hold. Many questions about how this or that happened remain unanswerable by means of scientific investigation, but more and more evidence is being uncovered that indicates the universe and all that is in it was the work of an intelligent designer, not chance.
Ted Rudow III,MA, Tedr77@aol.com