Why do we have fish?

…and other questions about Noah’s flood for the layman.

What did the animals eat?
Sure, Noah took two of every species on his ark. As if that’s not believable enough, how did all the animals survive? Some animals have a very particular diet: they’ll only eat certain plants, grasses, berries, or other animals.

What did the vegetarian animals eat? Did Noah also bring plants, trees, grass, nuts, fruits, and berries on the ark? Did he remember to bring eucalyptus for the koalas and bamboo for the pandas?

What about the carnivores? Surely an animal such as the lion would require more than two antelope to survive for five months. Speaking of that, why do we still have antelope if the lions ate them on the ark?

Did Noah also take fish on the ark with him?
If not, why do we have such an abundance (80%-ish) of sea life on the planet? A worldwide flood that covered the tops of all the mountains would have severely offset the saline level in the ocean, killing all the saltwater species. Likewise, as the ocean’s salt water and the land’s fresh water met and mixed, all of the freshwater species would have died.

We would have a mass extinction of approximately 80% of all life on earth in the geologic record taking place only 6,000 years ago. This is not the case. We would have only very few (if any) species adapted to a strictly aquatic life. As the ocean is earth’s most life-abundant biome, that is clearly also not the case.

Why are there trees?
And grass, and bushes, and ferns? No plant could survive being drowned for five months (fact-check that if you’d like; there may be some that can – I’m no botanist). Unless Noah also included some of every type of vegetation on his cruise, a worldwide flood would have killed off all (or most) of the species of plant life on earth to the point of extinction. And yet in no time at all after the flood waters abated, a raven managed to find an olive tree in bloom. This would not have been the case. Six thousand years is not enough time for all the plant life on earth to re-evolve to where it is now.

Why is there still life?
With all the plant life extinct, all of the vegetarian animals who relied on plants would then go the way of vegetation and sea-life, followed by the carnivores and finally, humans. We’re talking about a global mass extinction here, consisting of 99% of all species on earth. You wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t be here, the berries that became my coffee wouldn’t be here, there wouldn’t be a beautiful tree standing outside my window, and the lawn wouldn’t be neatly trimmed.

Editor’s note: my wife has explained to me that the animals on Noah’s ark packed their own lunches, and the carnivores depended on a diet of  “tofurkey.
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17 thoughts on “Why do we have fish?

  1. I hadn’t thought about the salinity of the water vs fresh water fish, but only “unclean” animals went in 2 by 2; the others go by 7s. Which on one hand could be a good source of food for some animals, but yet require extra animal food sources for others…

  2. There is no such verse in the bible that the earth is only 6000 years old, it was just miscalculated by false preachers like jehovah’s witnesses, seventh day adventist church (these are not christians because they contradicts the teaching of christ),….and etc. A day in the bible is not a 24 hour earth day, in fact earth day is created on the fourth day of creation. God said that a day for him is the same as 1000 years so a day for him can be the same as 1 billion years. In fact we are part of the seventh day of creation.
    There is no such WORLDWIDE flood in the bible, can you site a verse saying that there was a worldwide flood? ,it was just misinterpreted by false preachers. Only the earth/drylands were flooded, there is no such verse in the bible that the seas were also flooded. Please dont mis interpret the bible. As if we know something infact we know nothing!

    for more information please read this:

    http://esoriano.wordpress.com/2007/05/30/the-truth-about-noah-and-the-worldwide-flood/

    • Please explain HOW the land was flooded without raising the level of the lakes and oceans. Was there a wall of water right to the edge of the ocean and lakes but they were left as is? Were small lakes and ponds holes in the larger flood? Did this pose a risk to the Ark?

      I mean this I have got to hear (or read as the case may be).

      How do you know you are not following the real false preachers?

      How do you know it is not YOU that is the false preacher misinterpreting the bible?

      Are you so all-knowing that you get to define others as false preachers?

    • Jehovah’s witnesses don’t believe the earth is 6K years old.
      Sorry.
      While you’re busy calling people “false preachers” (this to assume you’re not one?) you should get your facts straight. And no. I’m not a JW. I just don’t like it when I see religious people being ignorant over who’s version of bs is the correct one.

  3. I will come back to you with a properly thought out response later, as it’s 1am here and I’m tired, but just one or two things first…

    If 1day equals 1 billion years and we are made on the seventh day / billionth year as you say then what about Gen 1 saying mankind came on the sixth day? Also it seems that you are trying to fit the bible into science, but there’s a few billion year problem here. The universe is give or take 14billion years old, and the Earth only 4.5Billion, so we now have humans being created 3billion years before the planet…

    Secondly Gen6:17 says: “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.” which sounds like a worldwide flood to me, otherwise some life would remain.

    Thirdly, please explain with diagrams how such a flood would not involve sea water. Raising the flood to a point where “They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.” would mean that they were.

    As you yourself say: “don’t misinterpret the bible.”. It’s quite clear from it that your arguments have no foundation…

  4. maybe my grammar is wrong because i’m not an english person.

    i mean that these days/time is still part of the 7th day of creation.

  5. ‘erets

    eh’-rets

    From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land): – X common, country, earth, field, ground, land, X nations, way, + wilderness, world. (Dictionaries of Hebrew and Greek Words taken from Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance by James Strong, S.T.D., LL.D., 1890.)

    The word ‘erets’ may mean ‘partitively, a land, a country, a field, a ground, etc.

    so the flood is just a local flood.

    • As well as the Gen6 quote above, what about this one from Gen7? “And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.”

      ALL the hills under heaven. Not just the local ones…

      The bible is very clear on this point. Wrong, scientifically laughable, but on this occasion at least is internally consistent, (which makes a change!)

      • The Bible has a unique language. It was written to be read, first by the people of the then known world. In the time of the apostle Paul, he said:

        (Colossians 1:23) “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister…”

        Here, he used the past tense of the word ‘kerusso’. Paul is confident when he wrote to the Colossians that he was able to preach the Gospel to ‘every’ creature which is under heaven. At about the same time that Paul was preaching the gospel to the known world (the world of the Roman Empire), the famous Rice Terraces in Banaue, Mountain Province in the Philippines is being built by the Ifugaos, one of the aborigines of the Filipinos.

        But Paul did not reach the Philippines, or the Americas, so, having flexibility in mind in understanding the language of the Bible we can discern that what the apostle Paul means when he said he “preached the gospel to every creature under heaven”, is to the people only of the known world then. Incidentally, the Philippines was discovered only in the sixteenth century by the Europeans led by Ferdinand Magellan.

        Analizing this verse;
        “And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.”, it means that the whole heaven refers to the heaven of the known world that time, the world of noah.

        When the apostles were commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples and ‘teach all nations’, the Lord Jesus Christ knows, and the apostles understood it, that He speaks only of all nations of the ‘known world’. It is impossible for the apostles to physically reach the Americas or my country, the Philippines. The apostles do not have the slightest idea that there are countries existing that time, like the Philippines and the Americas! The phrase “all nations” does not necessarily include all nations of the world or the whole earth.

        When the Bible mentioned that the whole ‘erets’ was flooded, it does not necessarily mean that the whole world, including the seas, were flooded! Remember that the word ‘erets’ was used in the Bible, not only to mean the planet earth, but also the dry land.

        Most probably, Noah lived not far from where Adam and Eve lived. He is about the tenth generation from Adam. Adam and Eve lived not far from Eden after being expelled from the garden of Eden. Eden is within Turkey. So, the probability is that the flood happened within Turkey. The highest mountain ranges in Turkey are the mountains of Ararat. It was where the ark rested.

        (Genesis 8:4) “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.”

        The mountains of Ararat are at the extreme eastern part of Turkey. The ark of Noah did not go too far from ground where it floated because it was not meant to travel, but to float.

        The idea of a worldwide flood did not come from the Bible, but from people who do not understand its language!

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