Maybe God Misplaced The Schedule
When did the global flood end?
HUMANIST QUESTION:Genesis 8:4 reports that, as the waters of the flood receded, Noahs ark rested on the mountains of Ararat in the seventh month. The very next verse, however, says the mountaintops could not be seen until the tenth month.
Here are the verses:
In the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark rested upon the mountains of Ararat. The water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible. - Genesis 8:4-5
Carefully read what the above says. Can you see why there is no contradiction? Remember, words are important, and reading scripture without reading our biases into scripture is important.
Maybe this one is so easy because I live on the coast. What happens when a ship gets into water that is not deep enough? We call it running aground. The bottom of the ship contacts the bottom of the river (or channel, or bay, etc.) and the ship becomes stuck. Is the ship still in the water? Yes. It is surrounded by water, but it is resting on solid ground under the water. It is stuck.
Noah's ark was huge. As the flood waters receded the bottom of the ark contacted one of the mountains of Ararat. It stopped floating, but it was still surrounded by water. It took another eight to ten weeks (approximately) for the water to recede enough such that the tops of the mountains became visible.
Many of the atheists I've met are very smart. So, come on humanists... use your brains. Use some common sense. These 'contradictions are not hard to figure out. What it appears you are trying to do with these accusations against the Bible is to dupe unthinking people into believing they can't trust the Bible.
There is no contradiction here.
I'm going through these "contradictions" in the order there are presented on the humanist web site. I'm tempted to skip some, such as this one, because they are so easy. But... if it did that someone would complain that I skipped it because it could not be explained. So I'll answer every one... here is the next question, which actually is more difficult to answer because it requires some specialized knowledge..
Genesis 8:13 describes the earth as being dry on the first day of the first month. But Genesis 8:14 informs us the earth was not dry until the twenty-seventh day of the second month.
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