ABC:Genesis 7

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Verse 1 claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage in the section "Can Man Be Righteous?", and makes the following comments (italicized):[1] RationalWiki also claims there is a Bible contradiction here.[2]

The simple answer is that there are two kinds of righteousness, Biblically, and Paul himself makes this plain. In fact, the entire book of Romans has as perhaps its major theme the contrast between the righteousness of the Law which noone measures up to, and the righteousness through faith which comes by trusting Jesus. Paul is contrasting two types of righteousness, a self-centered righteousness based on our works by which none will be justified because none are good enough in themselves, and a God-centered righteousness based on trusting Jesus to save us where it is God's righteousness that is credited to our accounts.

There is no contradiction here. Paul is contrasting two types of righteousness, a righteousness according to the Law of works that nobody but Jesus measures up to, and a righteousness of faith where God credits righteousness based on trust in Jesus.

Verse 2

Jim Meritt of claims the Bible contradicts itself concerning the Ark, commenting "The flood story is really two interwoven stories that contradict each other on how many of each kind of animal are to be brought into the Ark--is it one pair each or seven pairs each of the 'clean' ones?"[3]

Jim Meritt like other critics who've claimed this as a contradiction is just entirely ignorant of the whole kosher concept of Judaism and what clean/unclean meant in the Torah. As seen from the Mosaic Law, clean animals were those allowed for EATING. Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are dedicated to explaining which animals specifically were considered clean and unclean. God declared some things clean and others unclean apparently for purposes of keeping Israel from infectious diseases by having them avoid animals and situations likely to cause diseases, e.g. not touching the blood of what is unclean or the clothing of infected people, even unclosed jars in diseased areas were considered unclean. (Leviticus 5:2, 7:26, 12:4-7, 13:59, 15:2-33, 19:14-15)

In other words, to be perfectly clear, all animals were being brought in pairs of two except clean animals which were brought in pairs of 7 for purposes of FOOD, though whether that was for Noah or the other animals is unclear. Thus 'clean' animals were the exception because more were needed as a food source. I'm sure any Jew familiar with kosher could have told Meritt this as well.

Verse 6 claims the Bible is wrong about the following passage, and makes the following comments:[1]

Why not? Since humans at the time lived over 900 years with regularity (Genesis 5) they were probably stronger and sturdier than humans today, and had much more time to work on the Ark. After all, we are not told how long Noah spent building the Ark, it could have been a century or three.

Furthermore, don't forget that if the Bible is right about the timeline and dinosaurs did coexist with early humans, then Noah might have harnessed their might for use in constructing the Ark. Maybe that could explain why early monuments like Stonehenge and the Easter Island statues could be constructed, perhaps there were rare cases where dinosaurs were used as part of the labor. Noah had the aid of animals it would appear, which were doubtless directed by God to enter the Ark, and thus those same animals could have helped construct the Ark.

Verse 19 claims Genesis 6:19 is wrong, and makes the following comments:[1]

Rate of Downpour

That is not the rate of rainfall required, first of all. The rain was just one of two sources of water, and possibly not even the main one. The other was the "fountains of the great deep" breaking up.

Science by the way has recently begun confirming the Earth has a large amount of water inside. It was first discovered from experiments in 2002 simulating the Earth's structure that there is quite possibly more water deep underground than in all rivers, lakes, and oceans combined.[4]

Then in 2007, scientists discovered from seismograms that a huge amount of water existed below east Asia that is at least the volume of the Arctic Ocean.[5] However, the lead researcher, Michael Wysession, denied that it is a literal ocean but more likely moisture-containing rocks.[6] In 2009, analysis of electrical conductivity in the Earth's mantle provided further evidence that large amounts of water exist in the Earth's mantle.[7] There is also a huge body of water underneath the Sahara Desert trapped since the Ice Age called the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer, which holds 150,000 cubic kilometers of water, roughly 30 times more than the entire world uses.[8]

Needless to say, there is plenty of water that could come from underground during a global Flood, and rainfall rates could be far less extreme.

Evidence of the Flood

Aside from flood legends worldwide that agree even on very minute details like what birds were sent from the Ark (dove and raven)[9] there is plenty of geologic evidence supporting a global Flood. Early science abandoned Catastrophism in favor of Charles Lyell's theory of Uniformitarianism, that rather than huge catastrophes altering the geologic record, Earth today is the result of gradual, uniform, evolutionary processes.[10] Modern science now recognizes that it was wrong to have done so, and acknowledges a mass catastrophe did cause the simultaneous extinction of ancient life, though it prefers to believe there were numerous catastrophes over hundreds of millions of years.[11] There is considerable evidence from the geologic record that the majority of life was instantly, catastrophically wiped out at the same time.

Cubit Measurement

Logically, the 15 cubits (possibly around 22 feet) mentioned in v. 20 is approximately the distance at which the mountains could no longer be seen, because they were too deeply underwater. Furthermore, the author nowhere says all mountains or specifies Mt. Everest.

Apparently the Ark was passing by mountains, perhaps which Noah was very familiar with, and he marvelled at how they were covered until they were no longer seen (presumably past 15 cubits). Thus it's mentioned here. The text in no way requires an assumption this spoke for the entire planet's mountains or that a precise measurement was made.

Noah was perhaps watching from the ship's window until the mountain tops were covered by water and gradually disappeared from sight, submerged too deeply to be visible (past 15 cubits).

Verse 21: Were there Nephilim after the Flood?

Don Morgan's list at Infidels claims this is a contradiction and makes the following comments (italicized).[13]

First of all, the same Hebrew word for giants, n@phiyl, is used in both Genesis 6:4 and Numbers 13:33, so it is Nephilim being referred to in both cases. However, there is no reason that they could not have existed in both cases, and have been fathered in separate cases by fallen angels. Even if one concludes imprisonment of fallen angels occurred prior to or during the Flood (Jude 1:6), clearly not all fallen angels were imprisoned before the Flood since the book of Job states that Satan was still walking the Earth, and even refers to Satan as one of the 'sons of GOD' mentioned in Genesis 6:4. (Job 1:6-7; Job 2:1-2) As such, the Bible specifically states that the 'sons of GOD' including Satan were still walking the Earth after the Flood in the book of Job, thus explaining why Nephilim would have existed after the Flood as well as before it.


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  7. Oregon State University (2009, August 19). Water in Earth's Mantle May be Associated with Subduction. Retrieved from
  8. Science Serving People. Great Lakes Beneath Their Feet: Probing North Africa’s Oldest Water Treasures. International Atomic Energy Agency. Retrieved from
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  10. "Uniformitarianism:Charles Lyell." Understanding Evolution. University of California Museum of Paleontology. 08 May 2013 <>.
  11. CNRS (2010, February 11). Mass extinctions: 'Giant' fossils are revolutionizing current thinking. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 18, 2013, from
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  13. Morgan, Donald. Bible Inconsistencies: Bible Contradictions? Internet Infidels.