Just when you think that Fox News hosts couldn't get any more inane, along comes a comment that disabuses you of that notion. In what has to be one of the most extraordinary WTF!? moments of Fox News "news" reporting, alleged "news" anchor Bill Hemmer, in discussing whether or not Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be found, said the following: “So, what, it took us 100 years to find the Titanic. It took us 2,000 years to find Noah’s Ark. Do we ever find flight 370?" First, the story of Noah's Ark, part of a Middle Eastern origin story, has no basis in science. Second, claims that the Ark was found are as bogus as Fox News. Video after the jump.
Bill Hemmer was interviewing aviation attorney Salvatore Lagonia Wednesday morning about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane when he brought up a question that very well may have been on the minds of a least a few Fox News viewers.
Two things here. Calling God anything other than what He is is blasphemy. Secondly, if you really understood scripture you would know that under the old law you could not eat unclean animals. I’ll leave it up to you to find out which ones they were. The Bible reading may do you some good. Also, Noah and his family had to eat during the flood so that is why they took more clean beasts.
The “alleged” Flood occurred around 2348B.C.E
Gen. 6:19-20 And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive.
Gen. 7:2 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.
Gen. 7:8 Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth, …
Clean beasts by Sevens? Did GOD change his mind about how many animals should be loaded on the ark in only a few paragraphs?
GOD must have been a woman; cause she can’t decide what to pack for the trip!
Ararat is believed to be a geographical region that corresponds with an ancient kingdom called Urartu (which covered most of the eastern part of modern-day Turkey as well as parts of modern Armenia and Iran). Urartu just happened to have been a major kingdom—even a major power in the region—at roughly the time period that the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible, corresponding to the Christian Old Testament) was first being written down, instead of merely being passed down orally. At the time, it was at the “edges” of the known civilized world (from the Hebrews’ perspective) and the mountains were the highest known peaks, far higher than any the Hebrews were directly familiar with.
Of course, it’s all a moot point since the Genesis account is pretty identical to a much older Sumerian flood story (the story of Ziusudra) and, there are suggestions that much of the Genesis story also added in elements the Hebrews had become familiar with during their time in Egypt (a place very familiar with severe flooding on a yearly basis in which local unprotected flora and fauna are killed but, after which, massive amounts of fertile silt cover the land).
But even assuming Earth used to be Narnia, the fact remains that things like Noah’s Ark, Jesus’ cross, etc? They’re long gone. Even if they weren’t destroyed by war, natural disasters, or good ol’ human stupidity. A 500 year-old man built an ark to save the world from a flood? We don’t have the remains of the man to prove he was 500 years old, we don’t have the remains of the Ark, and the best they can do with the flood after we looked there is saying “well, what was the world then?!”
I mean, really- They don’t even put enough stock in science to get even that part? It’s like they’re begging to be debunked and mocked.
“And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.” Gen 6:19 (KJV)
While verse 20 continues with “Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come unto thee, to keep them alive,” there’s NOTHING that says the creatures of the seas and rivers were not to be gathered. “All flesh” pretty much covers EVERYTHING.
Further, cetaceans (whales, dolphins, etc) need to breathe oxygen from the air. If it’s raining non-stop for 40 days, how do they come back up for air without the risk of water getting in their blowholes? Bear in mind how much rain has to fall in order to cover the whole Earth within 40 days and how constantly that rain has to be coming down. (Test it for yourself by standing in the shower facing away from the shower head. Then, lean your head back and try taking a breath in the shower spray.) Also, don’t forget that FRESH-water fish canNOT survive in salt-water and vice versa*. (Test this out by putting fresh-water fish in a salt-water aquarium; then turn yourself in to the animal welfare people.) If the whole Earth had been flooded, that means that all the water gets mixed up so some fish are going to die if they’ve not been “protected.”
A few species of shark have been known to survive *temporarily between the two environments and, of course, salmon migrate from fresh-water rivers to the sea and back for spawning (of course, the salmon die after spawning, so not really great).
It’s no wonder Paul Ryan wants to do away with Social Security, he must think everyone lives as long as they did in the Bible.
That alone should put an end to that bullsh!t story.
But inserting a little reality into this, the Ark was made out of gopher wood. I’m not sure how long it would have lasted on a volcano in that climate. No one was able to find it in biblical times… So, if it was real, it was already gone by the time they started looking.
Also, I’ve never really understood why Noah would gather the mosquitoes and the flies and the cockroaches and the lice and the rats and all the other vermin species.