45 Questions Christian’s can’t answer

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45 Questions Christian’s can’t answer

If Noah did fit all of these species on the ark for forty days and forty nights, how did the penguins make it from Mt. Ararat to the Antarctic? How did the koala bears make it to Australia with no eucalyptus to eat along the way?

I don’t know if you have looked at the 50 Questions Christians can’t Answer by Pucket, but some of his questions, like the one above, set a tone that is anything but sincere. Pucket may not believe in Noah’s ark, but the question asked, (and many of the others in his list of 50), can be sarcastic, belittling, or condescending. His questions often mischaracterize the views of mainstream Christians and instead build a straw-man argument that few Christians hold.

Some of his questions may also frame Scripture in such a way that quickly puts someone on the defensive. His questions can also assume some fact, when in truth he lacks any supporting evidence. I point this out below, especially concerning the penguin.

All this should be kept in mind when reading his objections to the Christian faith. Regardless of how Pucket couched his questions, in responding to them, I believe it is important to address his objections with sincerity.

Imagine for a moment a family was stranded on a very small desert island for year. On the island was single coconut tree. It just so happened that this tree produced enough coconuts every day for this family to survive. Not only would they eat the coconuts, but also drink the milk. Most days it rained, so they were also provided with fresh water. Another amazing fact was that each day for months, a box of provisions would float to shore. The boxes contained other food items, but only certain food items. For example, one box might have had some tri-tip steak, another box had flour, another box coffee, you get the idea.

If we were to to hear this story, there is a host of objections we could come up with considering the number of miracles that took place. Yet, if one was to accept many of the events that aided the family’s survival, questioning the appearance of a crate that held coffee, or tri-tip steak, might seem rather odd when we consider the line up of other miraculous events.

If we are to assume the building of the Ark, managing the entry, and the housing of all the animals, collecting the massive amount of provisions needed for them to survive, (not to mention Noah’s family), the flood itself, and the Ark remaining afloat for approximately 12 months, the question of how Koala bears and penguins migrated to their homelands, (along with thousands of other species), seems rather inconsequential.

Considering the numerous miracles that would have taken place for the story of Noah’s Ark to be true, I find it odd that someone would question the appearance of Koala bears and penguins. Yet, here we are, looking into the possibility of Koala bears and penguins arriving, surviving, and returning to their specific location on the earth.

Speciation is the evolutionary process that gives rise to new biological species. You may hear an example of the stickleback fish as proof of the evolutionary process, but as Ray Comfort pointed out in his Evolution VS God DVD, “It is still a fish.” Nevertheless, it is obvious to any observer of nature that we will find changes in species over time. Starting with a wolf, I doubt the process to a toy poodle was quick.

As Joel Furches points out, “Oddly, this is something upon which almost everyone – Christians and Atheists, Creationists and Evolutionists – agree: the current population of wildlife that we see around the planet is the result of gradual migration and speciation of a smaller population from a particular location; probably in the area of North Africa.” 2

I learned that Koala bears actually drink very little water because they gain most of their moisture from eating the eucalyptus leaves. They spend nearly their entire lives living in eucalyptus trees. Koala’s consume about 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of leaves per day. Because they consume so many and almost exclusively eucalyptus leaves, they have an odor similar to cough drops. 3 They have a very slow metabolic rate and consequently retain their food in their digestive system for much longer periods than we do. They sleep between 18 and 22 hours a day. 4

Currently, there are over 700 species of eucalyptus trees. They can be found in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, China, and in parts of India. Some can even tolerate frost. So did the Koala go without eucalyptus on his journey? I have no idea, but if we take into account speciation, Pangea, and land bridges, the possibility does not seem so remote. That is, without the aid of miraculous intervention.

How this could have taken place is up for debate. Even science can’t come to a general conclusion on the migration of species throughout the world. A National Park Service article said, “The most important thing to realize is that even the most current and modern theories we have are entirely speculative and continually evolving. Discontinuity in sparse evidence, combined with weaknesses in dating methods, discrepancies in artifacts and genetics, and our own subjective interpretations provide endless hurdles to overcome.” 5

As far as penguins surviving on the ark and then returning to Antarctica, they spend up to 75% of their lives in water. Also, they ‘are not’ only found in Antarctica as the question suggests. Some species of penguins are actually found far north, near the equator. In fact, (I found this rather ironic as I researched this piece), that one species of penguin is named the Galapagos penguin, and are found where Darwin did his research on the finches. Oddly enough, Darwin never mentioned the penguins.

“False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel. We may preach with all the fervor of a reformer and yet succeed only in winning a straggler here and there, if we permit the whole collective thought of the nation or of the world to be controlled by ideas which, by the resistless force of logic, prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more than a harmless delusion. Under such circumstances, what God desires us to do is to destroy the obstacle at its root.” – J. Gresham Machen

Christianity is a viable world view. Anyone who summarily dismisses it as a foolish religion for the uneducated have not seriously researched the claims, or are greatly influenced by their own prejudices.

If you are giving Christianity a serious look for the first time, please let me know. I will be glad to answer questions you may have. If you are just having doubts, again, feel free to e-mail me with questions that seem difficult and subtract from your faith.

Sources:

1. Living Waters. “Evolution Vs. God Movie.” Online video clip. Youtube. Youtube. 6 Aug. 2013. Web. 26 Aug. 2014
2. Furches, Joel. “Answering Top 50 Questions Christians Can’t Answer (6-10)” Examiner. Examiner.com, 17 July 2014. Web. 18 August 2014
3. “Koala Phascolarctos cinereus.” National Geographic, nationalgeographic.com, n.d. Web. 17 August 2014
4. “The Koalas Diet & Digestion,” Save The Koala, savetehkoala.com, n.d. Web. 17 August 2014
5. “Other Migration Theories.” National Park Service. nps.gov, n.d.Web. Aug. 29 2014.

 

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