Week 8 of Bible Study
This week is more about sharing my research than reading the Bible.
Everyone is familiar with the story of Noah and the Flood
But most people think this story is a myth.
Or if it is true it was a local event, not global.
I do believe it to be a true story.
But it takes a lot of work to research the various supporting pieces of evidence.
Below are what I have found,
Please feel free to google parts of my findings to learn more for yourself.
It is all very interesting from a historical as well as biblical prospective.
(and even scientific prospective!)
The Antediluvian World was much different than today's.
On the second day of creation God separated the water to be
under and above the firmament.
This caused an extreme Green House Effect
such that it was very warm everywhere, tropical even.
There was no rain.
Mist formed every day that kept the vegetation watered.
Because of the thick water vapor cover around the Earth,
no harmful radiation reached us allowing for longer life spans.
The atmosphere was much higher in Oxygen levels which allowed for
creatures to grow very, very large and have longer life spans.
There were cities, and they had a certain level of technology.
Some technologies we can't understand today
(we still are not sure how the pyramids were built, for instance)
Cities grew and people forgot about God.
There was an increase in worship of demons who posed as "gods".
There was an abundance of art and music,
but none that worshiped the One True God.
God was not a part of this world and sins were rampant
There were temples filled with prostitutes,
some of whom were very young girls....or boys
Murder, rape and orgies were commonplace.
Use of alcohol and drugs commonplace.
Theft, extortion, lying all commonplace.
Human sacrifice to the gods was common.
As was infant sacrifice.
One ritual involved "rolling" live babies through fire to their deaths.
Other rituals involved burning people alive in the bellies of statues of their gods.
This world was worse than any we have ever known.
Including the holocaust, the killing fields,
the Gulags or North Korean prison camps.
The world had become so over run with Evil
that only one remained who worshiped God, and that was Noah.
Noah was a farmer
He was 500 years old when he fathered Shem, Ham and Japeth.
He preached repentance in hopes of saving souls
Noah lived for 350 years after the flood
(he died when he was 950 years old)
Think about that-----America is about 250years old.
Can you imagine knowing someone who was alive at the time of the founding?
What if George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were still alive in 2017?
What would they tell us about what they meant about the Constitution,
about slavery, about religious freedom.
How much are we getting wrong today compared to their original intent?
Noah was alive at the time of Abraham.
His son Shem was alive during the time of Isaac.
This is important!
Any stories about Noah's ark could be verified by eye witnesses!!
So when Abraham told the stories of the Great Flood, he could verify their veracity with the ones who survived the deluge!
~The Ark ~
The ark took 100 years to build
The ark could only float, there was no rudder for steering,
no sail to allow purposeful travel
No ship was built bigger than the ark until 1884 AD.
The ark ratio of 30:5:3 is perfect for surviving rough seas
according to modern maritime experts
This reveals an advance knowledge and understanding of ship building.
Read Genesis 6:20
Two of every "kind" of animal does not mean every species of animal.
For example, You can have 1 kind of rabbit,
so you don't have to have every species of rabbit
Notice God calls for 7 pairs of every kind of Bird
and 7 pairs of every kind of "clean" animal.
God distinguishes between Clean and Unclean
Clean animals are those that chew cud and have a divided hoof
such as cattle, deer, sheep and goats.
Unclean animals would be all others.
Also note that this verse says that
The animals will come to Noah.
Noah did not have to round them up, God guided them to Noah.
Now if the average size of animals are about that of a sheep,
then the ark could hold 125,000 animals without a problem.
Today there are less than 18,000 species of animals.
Even if we double that to account for unknown species,
or those that are now extinct
that would give us 36,000 animal species.
And 2 of each would be 75,000 animals
So there is plenty of room on the ark for 2 of every "kind" of animal.
And there is plenty of room for food for all
which is important as they were on that ark for about one year.
Read Genesis 9:2
After the flood God placed fear of humans into animals and gave humans permission to hunt and eat them.
Prior to the flood animals did not fear people, so they would've been easy to handle while on the ark and this means animals were not hunted for food.
So why can we eat them now?
Now that the atmosphere has changed,
vegetation will not grow as thick and lush.
It may be harder for humans to find enough plants to eat,
and perhaps not all the same plant species survived the flood.
What exists now may not be as nourishing as what there was before.
So God is allowing them to eat meat so they can survive
and re-populate the world.
There are over 200 cultures around the world that have flood stories.
2014 scientists discovered ancient clay tablets with the
flood story about animals and an ark.
National Geographic News found evidence of the Ark in the
Mount Ararat Mountain chain in Turkey
Mount Ararat Mountain chain in Turkey
At this site they found petrified dung and fur
Local historians claimed this to be the site of the ark
Locals have always called this site the "Valley of Eight"
(Noah and his family were 8 people)
All major world languages are traced back to origins of one language from Eastern Europe---probably Turkey.
Here is one of many interesting videos on this subject
Also, really cool thing to do, go on Google Earth
and you can see Noah's Ark for yourself!
I'm not sure how to give you coordinates to find it
but if you go to a place called Uzengili in Turkey,
Noah's ark is to the Right (East)
Let me know if you find it and what you think!