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Message Subject The Book Of Enoch
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I have always been puzzled as to how Noah gathered all the diverse creaturs from around the world to place in the Ark?
Has anyone else wondered about this?


"19And 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.

20Of 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."



Simple answer - Noah did not gather all the animals - God had the animals come to Noah - Genesis 6:20 - Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.


so koala bears and kangaroos swam across the ocean then walked to whee noah was?

wow.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1037098



I think you're working with some faulty starting assumptions. The antediluvian world was a much different place from what it is today. Yes, there were "gatherings of the waters" called "seas" (Genesis 1:9-10), but there were no vast oceans. Those are simply left-overs from the Great Flood.

God did not create all the animals in the geographic locations where they exist today. All the animal biodiversity of creation existed in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:19). Koalas and kangaroos and sloths did not need to cross any oceans at all; they were already within the general vicinity when they needed to board the ark. It wasn't until after the Great Flood that the animals spread out to their current habitats, where they would later be isolated due to a number of geologic catastrophes, which continued for quite some time (and continue to this day) due to the devastation of the Flood.

You can't use the present world to judge what the world was like before the Flood, simply because things have changed so much. The world that then existed has perished (2 Peter 3:6). Take the scar down the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the Ring of Fire in the Pacific, Mount Everest, or the continent-spanning catastrophic flood deposits we call the "geologic column"; none of these existed before Noah's day. Even the very soil of the antediluvian world has been reduced to metamorphic rock under the weight of all that upper-mantle/lower-lithosphere sediments that washed over the planet when the "fountains of the great deep" burst open (Genesis 7:11).

God had no problem gathering all the animals to Noah "from all around the world" because they were NOT "all around the world", but all close at hand. Noah had no problem fitting them all into the ark because it was so big and because he did not need to take on board every "species" (a very recent and arbitrarily narrow human-defined term). He only needed highly heterozygous representatives of the various gene pools in order to preserve the seed of all the land vertebrate kinds (Genesis 7:2-3). There should have been plenty of these so close to creation.

I would recommend reading the new book "Earth's Catastrophic Past" by Andrew Snelling for more on this.
 
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