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
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
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
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
Q. What is the "gap
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
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
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.