I’d like to argue the idea that Noah and his family hardly were the only survivors after the flood.
This contradicts Bible if someone insists this book should be understood to the letter.
But if Noah’s family had been the only humans after the flood the distinction among our planet’s races would
have been hardly possible.
African people the Scandinavians are Noah’s descendants? I can hardly accept this assertion.
Besides linguistic drift takes place worldwide and the deviation among languages indicates thousands of years required to cause the present difference between e.g. French or Bulgarian languages.
To my mind the flood has only destroyed civilized countries.
Primordial people remained unharmed. This also points out the possible
difference between pre-flood civilization and ours â€“ the first didn’t
colonize wide areas of our planet.
Very likely their technology was sufficient enough to meet needs of ancient people and they regarded earth as a large reservation. So the worldwide knowledge about the flood is caused by the stories which Noah’s descendants were able to narrate.
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Response from s8int.com
Is the Bible to be Taken Literally?
Thanks very much for your note. We appreciate the chance to respond to the questions youâ€™ve raised because many of them come up here frequently -and plus, this gives us a reason to put off actual work for a few minutes more.
The Bible contains various kinds of literature, and I imagine, just as when you speak or write most of what you communicate is to be taken literally, while sometimes what you say is an analogy, or hyperbole or perhaps irony. The person youâ€™re communicating with simply needs to know which type of speech youâ€™re engaging in from moment to moment to correctly understand your communication.
We assume by looking at this particular e-mail that you expect all of it to be taken literallyâ€”including â€œsincerelyâ€ at the end?
The Bible is the same. Most of it is to be taken literally but the bible student and frequent reader understands when other types of speech are being utilized.
I do believe the account of Noah is to be taken quite literally.
Human Genetic Variation
You wrote: â€œBut if Noah’s family had been the only humans after the flood the distinction among our planet’s races would have been hardly possible.
African people the Scandinavians are Noah’s descendants? I can hardly accept this assertion.â€
S8int.com: We’re going to assume that we’re misunderstanding your intent when you differentiate between â€œprimordial peopleâ€ and â€œcivilized peopleâ€.
You are absolutely wrong about the genetic variation among humans and the possibility of the current racial makeup of the planet. In fact, the concept of race is not supported at all in our DNA; it is a recent invention of man.
Donâ€™t you realize that the materialists, atheists and “non literal Bible believers” would be all over Christians and creationists if eight people could not in fact contain the entire human genome? If that were true, the whole Noahâ€™s Ark story could be defeated right there.
On the contrary, however all human beings from a genetic standpoint are virtually IDENTICAL. The average genetic difference between any two people is 1 in every 1000 base pairs. This means that when a â€œBlack manâ€ stands next to a â€œWhite manâ€ or an â€œAsian man, each of them is in fact 99.99% genetically identical!
The human genome has approximately 3 billion base pairs. The .01% difference between humans on 3 billion base pairs comes out to about 3 million genetic differences between individuals. You get 3,000,000 differences on .01% because 3 billion is such a huge number.
Of those 3 million average genetic differences in DNA between individuals, the vast majority of them do not produce visible or even detectable effects on an individual.
Hereâ€™s the point. Humans are 99.99% identical. Therefore, all human variation could conceivably be contained in two individuals (as in James Brown and Keith Richards above) . Thatâ€™s unlikely. On the other hand, itâ€™s barely possible to assemble eight people who together do not contain the entire human genome.
Clearly however, it is possible for the entire human genome to have come from eight individuals. This includes your Africans and your Scandinavians!
Think of it this way; if two individuals both received a 99.99% on an exam, what is the probability that between the two of them they got every possible correct answer? How about three people who received a 99.99%? Whatâ€™s the possibility that between the three of them that they got 100% of the answers correct?
Humans are so virtually identical on a genetic level that the Author of this science article states:
“We actually found that one single group of 55 chimpanzees in West Africa has twice the genetic variability of all humans,â€ Gagneux says. â€œIn other words, chimps who live in the same little group on the Ivory Coast are genetically more different from each other than you are from any human anywhere on the planet.â€ end quote
Itâ€™s almost as though we were virtually wiped out in something like aâ€¦..worldwide flood!
For more information on this topic, please see:National Institute of Health Education-Human Genetic Variation
Deviation Among Human Languages
This falls on the idea of whether the Bible can be taken literally or not. This language variation, if you remember came about miraculously and instantaneously according to the Bible.
Incidentally, there is evidence of one world wide language in the past and evidence that all languages can be traced back to one â€œmother tongueâ€, all of which support the literal Biblical account.
If youâ€™re like us and Genetically You Are 99.99% Exactly Like Us, youâ€™ll find all this very interesting.
Thanks for the note and we hope that the genetic similarity of all humans will give you a reason to believe that the Bible is the literal, inerrant Word of God.