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  • I dont think Noah's Ark had any holes,it just got washed by the great flood onto mount ararat. Noah's Ark was a boat that god instructed him to build,but the Ark was an animal house actually for the anmals he had to rescue.
  • There are several, not the least of which is the fact that belief in the literal interpretation of the story has become a prerequisite for Christian living. Beyond that there's the obvious: there is no ship large enough on Earth that could contain 2 of each kind of unclean animal and 7 pairs of every "clean" one, including all of the supplies necessary to care for them. There's the not so obvious: it would take at least 7-11 pairs of each species, including the humans, to propagate after a global annihilation. Inbreeding would have wiped us out within about 5-10 generations. Then there's the obscure: it didn't take Noah 120 years to build the boat. The 120 year reference is a misinterpretation of a time frame God gave Adam to clean up his act. It didn't happen. Then there's the weird: where did the dove get the olive leaf if every living substance on the face of the Earth had been destroyed (Gen. 7:23) and the water had submerged the entire planet for nearly 12 months?
  • Here's what I was taught in Sunday School as a child: It had never rained before. These people didn't know what standing water was, no need for a boat. They were so far into the desert they wouldn't see the ocean. For the time, they would have not survived the trip. Can you imagine how bad Noah was mocked?
  • How come Noah lived to be 600 years old? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noah
  • are you saying that God could not have "magically" make all the boats sink excepts Noah's Ark. do you think that the power and survival were due to the quality of the Ark, but not due to God's will to only let whoever on the Ark to survive.
  • His 'boat'. It had holes!!
  • There boats probably have a roof.
  • The part I don't get is if everyone else died, and Noah and his small family were required to get busy and repopulate the Earth, how do we have so many diverse ethic groups? Just one more example of how that really old book can't be referred to as a source of "truth".
  • Certain plants that are around today couldn't survive a flood like that. Also, the dove that comes back with an olive branch doesn't make any sense. The olive branch couldnt survive the flood either.
  • There boats weren't big even the ARC was huge and designed to weather that flood. The other boats were sank and the evil with them drowned such is the Warth of God.
  • To me, the biggest and most obvious hole is how the hell did he get two of everything (elephants, hypos, horses, giraffes, cows and all) into that ark? Then, how the hell did he feed them all? And, last but not least, how ever did they survive the stench coming from all that poop?
  • Weren't there rules about incest? If Noah and his family weren't committing incest, then there would never have been any more people on earth.
  • There might have been boats, but the Ark was the size of the Titanic.(The Titanic was built to the specs of the Ark. Did you know?)
  • They dismantle them and gave the woods to Noah in order to build a bigger boat (LOL)
  • They must have had lots of trouble with animal waste right? How did they keep the animals seperated? Fun story though. Check this flash animation out.
  • what happened to all the bad ducks! ... they got off due to an unforscean lupole
  • The story is a plagiarism. The same story was told in mesapotamia centuries before the old testament account. Archilologists have had copies of the original story for years. If you think about it, it makes more sense for the story to have mesapotamian origins. Mesopotamia was in the fertil cresent between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers and floods were an almost yearly event. Flood mythology was certain to form. I wanted to double check my facts before I added this. Originally, Noah was Gilgamesh!
  • Easy one, God did not want the others to float..or they probably would have..he is "God" after all. Besides, no other boats were built the way God instructed that the arc be built. If Noah had him on his side, do you really think the arc would sink??
  • the story of Noah's ark is also found in Greek Mythology. When Zeus and Hermes went down to Earth to find some kind of good. BuUut, as for your question, yes, there were boats. But no one believed in what Noah was saying, and no one cared to listen. They just wanted to get drunk and get laid.
  • How did he gather two of every single species of animal still alive today? How did he feed them? How did he keep them from eating each other? How did one man build a ship large enough to keep them all for forty days and forty nights? Oh, and what sort of physical laws of water need be broken in order for there to be a 'bubble' of water in the atmosphere that bursts open to create the flood?
  • have you actually read the WHOLE bible?!
  • The issues seem to be. 1 Where did Noah get the animals from. Perhaps a world tour to safety test the Ark while he collected all the animals? 2 How did the animals get off the Ark and end up on different islamds? Perhaps another world cruise by Noah? 3. Would there be sufficient genetic diversity of animals and humans to explain current variation? 4. Where did the Dove get the olive branch as a sign that waters were subsiding? 5.Could all the animals fit in? Did they need food space too? 6. as the land masses were raised up and the valleys sunk down after the flood, why is there no geological evidence of this. 7. How do plant species cope with flooding for this length of time? Would thy all survive. 8. Did Noah take insects. How do we account for their survival? Did they survive on floating logs or something? 9. How was a boat of this size made given that everybody thought Noah was a loony? They wouldn't have worked for the good of the cause. He must have paid handomely for all that labour. Was Noah and his family incredibly rich? 10. Can we really believe in a world whee it hadn't rained until Noah's time. Within the last 5000 years or so. Given river beds that appear much older this seems highly unlikely. 11. Without rain fed farming, there is no way that the population would have grown much between the time of Adam and Noah. Getting buckets of water from a well makes for a very labour intensive form of agriculture, and will not provided for a labour surplus to stimulate growth of towns. 12. What did carnivorous animals eat after the flood. They must have eaten amilals that breed so fast there is no chance of the extinction of the prey animals. Either that or the carnivores caused a few extinctions when they were let off the ark. It only needs one animal to eaten to lose a breeding pair. OK there were seven of some animals, but even so... Maybe animals bred like mice whilst onboard the ark. 13. Could fresh water fish survive the flood? 14. Why did God create species optimized for living at altitude, when he created a world with no high mountains. They came about post flood. I's sure there are other issues to resolve too, but these should provide some food for thought.
  • The ark wasn't a boat. It was a floating box. It didn't look like the pictures you see of a boat with a stern and a prow. It was for complete protection from a downpour. The water canopy coming down on the whole earth would completely inundate any little boat. Water that could cover over mountains, would swamp any boat.
  • I don't believe in the myths of Xianity but for a good read pick up the book 'In the Shadow of the Ark."
  • The ark has 2 of every critter aboard - so somehow all the weird Aussie ones crossed the oceans to get TO the ark - and all those Galapagos finches that are found no where else etc... and then after landfall - they somehow make back? What - did god create an airline for a week before and after the flood to handle that job? +5
  • It's commonly taught that it took 120 years to build the Ark. At least that's what I've always heard. But if you read the Scriptures, you'll see that's impossible. Here's why, or at least why I think the teaching is incorrect. In Genesis 6:8-10 it's said that by the time Noah was told to build the Ark, he already had three sons. And then a bit later in Genesis 6 it says that these sons were grown and married. Around Genesis 10 or 11 it cites Shem (Noahs son) as being 100 years old, two years after the flood. I don't know if you can consider this a "hole", or just a misinterpretation of the Scriptures.
  • Whomever wrote it assumed all animal life would be killed by a flood. But that of course is not true. Turtles, frogs, fish, water snakes, ducks, albatross, various insects, and many other animal species would do just fine during a major flood, and floating trees and other debris would allow additional species like ants to survive that can't simply swim or float on their own.
  • Biggest problem is that the story exists in various older forms from Sumeria/Babylonia. It is actually a variation of part of their creation myths.
  • 1) First of all I just want to remark that you are right, there are many things in the flood account that are quite difficult to believe, and that if something similar could have happened, it probably did not happen like it is described in the Bible. However, I shall play the Bibel's advocate and prove that at least, the extermination of all other people having boats would have probably happened. 2) According to the Genesis account: Genesis 7: "11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights." "24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days." http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis%207&version=31 Genesis 8: "13 By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. 15 Then God said to Noah, 16 "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it." " http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=1&chapter=8&version=31 3) Let's say other people had boats. Let's us assume real boats for transatlantic travel. How long do you think that people on such boats, prepared for something like a transatlantic travel, could survive on their provisioning? Probably not much more than a couple of months. Noah, on the other hand, had become exact instructions on what he should take with him to survive. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days (about five months). But as far as Noah is concerned, although he landed on Ararat (theoretically the highest mountain) after those 150 days, he stayed aboard the Ark for one full year and 10 days in total, because until then, survival on Earth could still not have been possible.

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