World Wide Flood!
Rain poured down in ultra-heavy torrents, like no one had ever seen before and no one would ever see again. Every bit of land was covered in dark greenish-brown water with large chunks of wood, plants, and even rocks being churned around. The tallest mountain peaks around the entire globe were covered by this water. Underwater volcanoes heated the water to boiling so that it shot huge plumes of water high into the air, replenishing clouds with more moisture to rain down. Alone among the fierce winds and overwhelming waves, a strong ship containing the only breathing animals left in the world as well as eight faithful people.
No Cute little Ark
Frequently, Noah’s Ark is made out to be a cute, chubby, little boat with a little window on top where Noah sticks his head out smiling with a dove on his hand. He has a two smiling Giraffes (one with a pink bow and the other with a blue one around his neck), two happy lions, two zebras . . . you get the idea. However, in reality, Noah’s ark was more like a battle ship than a charming little boat. The ark was huge. There was more than enough room for all the animals he needed. It was constantly being violently tossed about – imagine how seasick Noah and his family must have been! It stunk, it was hard work caring for all those animals, it was loud (you have probably seen a dog get really upset about thunder, just imagine what it would be like confined with hundreds of animals!), and it lasted for about a year!
John Woodmorappe with the Institute for Creation Research did an in-depth study on the feasibility (strength and dependability) of Noah’s Ark in the mid 1990’s. As it turns out, the ark is just the perfect size for maximum strength, stability, comfort, and size.
Did Noah Take Dinosaurs on the Ark?
Since dinosaurs are land-dwelling air-breathing animals, Noah must have taken two of each kind of dinosaur on the ark. Many people say that Noah could not have fit dinosaurs on the ark because they were so big. However, because they were supposed to replenish the earth with their kind, Noah would have taken baby dinosaurs that would live longer than an adult dino. Besides, the average size of a dinosaur is only the size of a sheep. A few dinosaurs survived in the ark, but because the climate after the flood was so much harsher than before the flood, it was a lot harder for dinosaurs to survive. Humans also killed these savage beasts, as we know from the many legends of dragons (which are just dinosaurs by a different name) like the stories found in the Beowulf manuscript.
Most of the dinosaur fossils that paleontologists discover were killed by the flood and then buried in the rapidly moving underwater mudflows.
Many people have wondered if maybe Noah’s flood was just a really big local flood, that did not really cover the entire earth. They say that although it killed every living thing, animals were all in the same place, so the flood only covered a small area, not the whole world. However, there are several problems with this. First of all, there would be no reason to build a boat when God could just tell Noah to move away for a while. Second, animals are designed to sense danger coming and evacuate the area. And third, it does not fit the description given in the Bible.
How Could One Flood Do So Much?
There is no such thing as calm flood, and Noah’s flood was certainly no exception. Just take a look at all the damage that a single hurricane like Hurricane Katrina of 2005 can do, and try to imagine how much more damage a much more intense global flood lasting about a year would cause. This flood completely reshaped the entire globe, building mountains, carving valleys, burying fossils, and even splitting whole continents apart. However, God has promised never to send a global flood again, and He gave us the rainbow as a reminder of His promise. The biggest problem with believing that the flood was only a local one is that there have been many local floods since Noah’s flood. God cannot lie and He never breaks His promises, so Noah’s flood must have been global. Next time you see a rainbow, remember that global flood.
Thoughts From Readers
CCK is written by Sara J. Bruegel. If you have a question or comment, please write to Sara at: CreationCluesForKids@gmail.com and it may get published in the next issue. Also, you can visit www.CreationClues.com to read a new clue each week or read past issues of CCK. Cartoon drawn by Eliza Haley.
Most scientists date dinosaurs to millions of years ago. And from what little I know of the evidence, I would tend to agree with them. ~ Comment from Anonymous Blogger
Blogger friend, thank you for commenting on dinosaurs. Yes, dinosaurs are generally thought to be millions of years old, but truth is not determined by scientists voting. Mary Schweitzer (an evolutionist) discovered living blood cells and Hugh Miller (and others) discovered radioactive carbon in dinosaur fossils, neither of which can last for millions of years. God created dinosaurs about 6,000 years ago, just like the Bible says.
Originally Published October-December 2012. Updated 2014. Copyright Sara J. Bruegel.