As I’m sure you know, there’s a big Russell Crowe movie about Noah’s Flood set to hit theaters. Personally I will probably watch it, because I love a good action fantasy movie. This movie is no different than the Star Wars movies, or the Lord of the Rings movies, and I enjoyed all of those. Although, I must say that Star Wars and Lord of the Rings come from better written and more easily believed source material.
However, this movie will no doubt reinvigorate Bible literalists who believe the flood actually happened and the apologists will be out in force. I have recently finished my covering of this part of the Bible on my other blog, so won’t go into detail about it here, but I will prepare you for the coming statements of ‘proof’ and explanation, by discussing some of the B.S. that has been thrown at me over the years.
So here are a few of my favorites:
“Fossils of sea life have been found on tops of mountains. This proves a flood happened.”
This is one of my all time favorites. This actually proves the mechanics of plate tectonics, and since the fossils are still laid down in the order predicted by evolutionary science, it supports evolutionary science as well.
“Genesis 6:20 says that Noah is to take two of every “kind” of animal, so he didn’t have to have two of every animal.”
This one tries to play to ignorance of what the Bible says. You can avoid this altogether by asking why, if it says two of each here, does it say seven of some in 7:2/ Most of the people who throw this haven’t actually read the source material. But, if you want to pursue it: 6:20 does say “kind” but, 6:19 says: “And of every living thing of all flesh…” which clearly means every animal. If this isn’t clear enough, Genesis 7:2 says : ”Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female” which clearly says every beast, as well as adding confusion about how many.
“The fossil record shows that the heavier dinosaurs are on the bottom while lighter animals such as saber-toothed cats are above them. This is how water would sort out animals with heavier ones sinking first, thus proving the flood and disproving evolution.”
Yes I have seriously heard this one. If it were true, then all of the dinosaurs which were smaller than a Mammoth would be above Mammoths in the record, however there is not one single instance of a Mammoth being lower in the record than any dinosaur. Then there’s the issue of all of the sea dwelling dinosaurs, which would have been able to swim as well if not better than whales, and the record for them is the same as for Mammoths and Dinosaurs.
There are better examples, such as human ancestors lower that Mastodons, but keeping it simple with chicken-sized dinosaurs and Mammoths generally stops the debate.
“God killed the dinosaurs with the flood because he knew that the post-flood environment wouldn’t support them.”
Combine both of the arguments above, paying special attention to words like “every.”
“God sent baby dinosaurs to the Ark to save room.”
They still don’t fit, and see the previous dinosaur-fossil arguments.
“The fact that other cultures also have flood stories proves that it happened, the other people just got the how and why wrong.”
Actually, when you look at maps of all of these ancient cultures you see one glaring constant. They are all centered around rivers. Rivers flood. Ignorance of why rivers flood, combined with superstition clearly explains the abundance of flood stories.
Or, you could point out that many of these were written before the Bible version, which means that their story and Gods might be the “correct” ones.
Then there’s the issue of there being absolutely no evidence of a planet wide flood ever, much less in 2348 BC, when the Egyptians, Sumerians, and others were busy writing stuff down, yet making no mention of 29,000 feet of water above their heads.
“The Devil, Satan, ‘ole Scratch, (whatever his name) put the fossils in the ground to fool us into not believing.”
Aside from being stupid, this argument has no basis whatsoever simply because according to Job 1:1-12 Satan has to ask God’s permission to do anything like that, and he doesn’t have powers of creation.
So, these are just a few arguments that I have had thrown at me. If you come across any more I would love to hear them, and help formulate responses.
Be safe, and Watch out for Fanatics, Ron.
The link below is to an argument which isn’t covered here, but it is a very well done response to a really stupid creationist argument about how animals could have been dispersed after the flood.