Insects and the global flood
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Many people regard the biblical story of Noah's Ark as literal truth. This attitude produces a slight problem: the story is impossible. In an attempt to make feeding the animals on the Ark during a global flood a little less impossible, many creationists will claim that Noah would not have needed to feed the insects that he brought on board. The problem of insects can be easily demonstrated by the sheer number of species and their diversity of habitat. Even taking into account baraminology, the varieties of insects are massive in number. It is easy to see why someone would want to get around this problem:
“”They are the most diverse group of animals on the planet and include approximately 2,200 species of praying mantis, 5,000 dragonfly, 20,000 grasshopper, 82,000 true bug, 120,000 fly, 110,000 bee, wasp, ant and sawfly, 170,000 butterfly and moth, and 360,000 beetle species described to date. The number of extant species is estimated at between six and ten million, with over a million species already described.
Answers in Genesis claims that insects could have survived outside the ark on "floating mats of vegetation". This, like every other idea used to try and validate the Ark story as "truth", is impossible. Insects are fairly good survivors, but very, very few species are ocean-going, and anyway most would be unlikely to survive for a year (or even for forty days) on the waves.
The idea that insects were not on board also violates scripture. Any Biblical literalist like the young earth creationists at AIG, must confine their views within what is written in The Bible, otherwise their position becomes untenable; if minor details can be wrong, then medium sized details may be wrong and then larger details may be wrong. The Bible clearly states in relation to what died in the flood:
“”And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man.
|—Genesis 7:21 (KJV)|
"...Creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth" — This very, very clearly includes insects. No mention that some were left floating on rafts or that some were spared.
The New International Version, however, translates this verse as "Every living thing that moved on the earth perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind". Although this doesn't specify creepy, crawly insects as directly as the King James Version prefered by modern fundamentalists, it still features the quite clear phrase "Every living thing that moved". In short, according to the Bible, and working within the framework that Biblical literalism allows, anything NOT on the Ark would be dead.
So how is it that we have insects today?
- Bringing the animals to the ark
- Caring for the animals in Noah's ark
- Global flood
- Plant survival during the global flood
- Post flood animal survival
- Survival of aquatic species during the global flood
- How did all the animals fit on Noah's Ark?
- Many insect species have lifetimes shorter than this so would have died of natural causes away from a suitable environment in which they could reproduce.