Frequently Asked Questions

Q.How did Noah fit all the thousands of species of animals that now liveon earth on board the ark?

A. First of all, Noah didn't take all the SPECIES of animals on the ark — just the KINDS. For instance, Noah didn't need the African elephant, the mammoth, and the stegodon on the ark. He just needed TWO elephants. After the flood, as the elephants spread out over the earth, different varieties resulted from the tremendous amount of information God put in the genes of these creatures. Thus, Noah didn't need anywhere near the number ofanimals we think he did. Calculations indicate that he probably only had about 16,000 animals. There was plenty of room! Secondly, many people think most land animals were large, like elephants, giraffes, and so on. However, only 11 percent of land animals are larger than a sheep. So, the average size of an animal that was on board the
ark was MUCH smaller than that of a sheep.When we research carefully, we find ANSWERS to show Noah's ark had plenty of room for the land animals.


Q. If the whole earth was covered during Noah's flood, where did all the water come from?

A. In Genesis 7, the Bible records two major events that caused the water to cover the earth. First of all, we're told that the"fountains of the great deep" were opened. Presumably, vast quantities of subterraneous waters burst out of the ground. Actually, even in today'searth, there are massive amounts of water under the ground. Before the flood, there was probably even much more water stored in the earth.The second event was when the windows of heaven were opened. This produced rain on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights. There must've been much more water vapor in the atmosphere before the flood, because if all the water vapor in our present atmosphere fell as rain, the ground would be covered to an average depth of less than two inches.In addition to these two major events that poured massive amounts of water onto the earth, earthquakes, volcanic explosions, and tidal waves probably occurred all over the globe. What a judgment it was on the wickedness of man!


Q.  How did Noah build such an enormous ship? 

A.  You know, skeptics often mock the idea that a man called Noah could build a massive ark 4,500 years ago. They claim that ships the size of the ark couldn't be built until the 19th century. However, as is usual in today's world, this assumes that people hundreds or thousands of years ago were nowhere near as advanced as we are today. In fact, because of evolutionary thinking there appears to be an assumption that peoples of long ago were little more than savages. However, archaeological discoveries keep proving the exact opposite — which of course fits with the biblical account of origins — that the first man was highly intelligent to start with. Researchers have found that the Chinese — at the time of Marco Polo — built enormous seagoing junks. In the 15th century, the Chinese built junks that approached the size of the ark. There's also evidence that the ancient Greeks had a ship that could carry about 4,000 tons of cargo. The point is, Noah, with his sons, could've had technology we don't even know about today to easily build this boat.


Q.  What are cavemen and where did they come from?

A.  There is a very simple definition of cavemen: cavemen are men that live in caves! Because of the influence of evolutionary ideas, which have popularized Neanderthal man as a less-than-human caveman, most people think cavemen have something to do with evolution. However, there are people in today's world who live in caves. Now the Bible tells us that Noah lived in a tent — so I don't think he was caveman. However, when Noah's descendants started spreading out over the earth after the Tower of Babel — some people would've used caves for shelter. This doesn't mean they were primitive — they just used the best shelter they could find before most of them would eventually build homes. In Australia there is an interesting opal mining town where it's very hot. Some of the people live in caves under the ground — real live cavemen . . . and with TV sets! Just because people live in caves doesn't mean they are primitive! We need to get rid of evolutionary ideas about man's origin, and get our ANSWERS from the Bible, beginning with Genesis.


Q.  Is original sin foundational to the gospel?

A.  Well it should be obvious — and yet I find most people in our churches today don't really seem to understand this. Because people have been brainwashed by evolutionary teaching, many Christians insist that Genesis is not important to the gospel. I've even had many pastors tell me that the most important thing is that people trust in Jesus and it doesn't matter whether they believe in Genesis or not. I challenged some pastors recently by asking this question: "If someone says they trust in Jesus — whatever that means — but they've not understood that they're a sinner — there's been no repentance — no understanding of a broken relationship with their Creator — then are they truly born again?" These pastors just looked at me. Finally, some of them said, "Well, no — they must repent of their sin." Personally, I think our churches are full of people who claim to have "trusted in Jesus" — but they've never understood about sin nor come to repentance before their Creator. I think they've just added Jesus in with all their other gods. Churches need to be teaching the gospel starting with Genesis.


Q.  What is theistic evolution and how does death rule out this view?

A.  Many Christians have been thoroughly indoctrinated in the ideas of evolution and millions of years of history. As a result, they believe that God must have used the evolutionary process as part of His creative acts in producing living things. Now there are many fatal flaws with this view. One of the most obvious concerns the issue of death. Evolution involves a process of death and struggle over millions of years. As animals kill and eat each other, and many groups die out — eventually the animals (as we know them) and man evolved. The record of the death of billions of creatures in the fossil record is supposed to be the record of the history of life, according to evolution. However, the answers in Genesis make it plain that the world was perfect before Adam's sin – there was no death, disease, bloodshed, or suffering. The animals originally were vegetarian. Death and bloodshed came into the world AFTER sin. This fact is foundational to the gospel and the reason Jesus died on the cross. The origin of death definitely rules out the compromise view of theistic evolution.


Q.  What is "progressive creation" and how does death disallow this view?

A.  Through our media and public education system, people have been bombarded with the idea that the earth is millions of years in age. As a result, many Christians have tried to fit the millions of years with the creation account in Genesis. One such position is called "progressive creation." This is the belief that God created billions of creatures over millions of years, but kept replacing them as they died out. This view accepts the idea that the fossil layers are the records of the history of life over millions of years. However, progressive creation is a compromise position that actually destroys the foundation of the gospel. It's a view that teaches that death, disease, violence, bloodshed, and suffering over millions of years are part of the way God creates. This makes God out to be a cruel ogre — not the loving God described in the Bible. Also, our answers in Genesis teach us that death came AFTER Adam's sin. You cannot reconcile the Genesis account of the origin of death and the supposed millions of years of history. To do so is to undermine the very gospel and the reason why Jesus died for us.


Q.  What is the "gap theory"?

A.  Back in the early 1800s, certain people started to popularize the idea that the fossil record was formed slowly, over millions of years. A very prominent theologian decided that he would fit these supposed millions of years in a gap between the first two verses of Genesis. This became known as the "gap theory." The classic gap theory has a world of people living before this present one, ruled by Lucifer, who then rebelled. God judged them with a flood called Lucifer's flood, supposedly forming the fossil layers. Then God recreated everything in six days. People who accept this believe that the earth really is billions of years old. But this is not true. The majority of dating methods, in fact, give dates far YOUNGER than evolutionists require! Secondly, if the fossils were formed BEFORE Adam sinned — then there was death, disease, and suffering BEFORE Adam rebelled. This doesn't fit with Scripture. Also, if EVERYTHING God created (which included the angels) was VERY GOOD at the end of the sixth day of creation — how could there be rebellion in the universe before that time? No, let's give up the gap theory.


Q.  Do geologists still believe that the Grand Canyon was eroded over millions of years by the Colorado River?

A.  Actually, many evolutionary geologists have now changed their minds about the formation of the Grand Canyon. They've come to recognize that the Colorado River could not have eroded the canyon in the supposed millions of years once believed for its formation. Secular geologists have now come up with a new idea — they believe massive FLOODS over millions of years formed the Grand Canyon. Maybe the canyon's museum displays will now change! Well, at least they're getting closer to what creationists have been saying all along. Creation scientists believe the various rock layers of the canyon were laid down during the flood and then uplifted towards the end of the flood. This explains why some of the rock layers are bent. This uplift formed a dam, trapping some of the leftover water from the flood. This water then broke through the uplifted layers — forming the Grand Canyon. There is much evidence consistent with this idea. You see, the Grand Canyon is NOT a testimony to millions of years of earth history — but a testimony to the judgment of the flood!


Q.  If there's a God of love, why does He allow death and suffering?

A.  The answer is in Genesis! The only way we can understand how to reconcile our world of death and suffering with a loving God, is when the Book of Genesis is taken as literal history. The Bible makes it plain that at the end of the sixth day of creation, God pronounced His creation as VERY GOOD. There was no death of animals or man — no suffering, no disease — it was a perfect world. However, our ancestor, the first man Adam, rebelled against the Holy Creator God. Thus, Adam forfeited his right (and therefore the right of all his descendants — which includes us) to live in perfect harmony with God. Because God is holy, pure, and without sin — He had to judge man's sin. Adam had been warned that death would be the penalty for rebellion. The death and suffering of this present world is a result of OUR sin! But we should also remember that God's Son became a Man to suffer this death and be resurrected, so those who trust in Christ can live forever with Him.

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