Did you know that Jehovah's Witnesses believe in Evolution? Not just Evolution in fact, but a Super Evolution! They believe that there were only two of every kind of animal on the Ark, two dogs, two cats, two snakes, etc., and that these pairs Super-Evolved into the some 10 billion different sub-species of the animals that we see today.
That's right, that means they believe that all of the animals Super-Evolved in the short few-thousand years since the Ark supposedly parked on a mountaintop! So while they don't believe that animals could have evolved into different species over billions of years despite the massive fossil record that proves it, they have no problem believing that all of the animals came from pairs of originators and evolved into all of the species we see today in just 4,000 years...despite said fossil record.
But wait, there's more! They also believe that the dinosaurs were still alive at the time, but they didn't have to take them on the Ark because they only had to take smaller versions of them.
Don't believe it? Here's the proof:
Could the Ark Have Held All the Animals?
It is true that encyclopedias refer to over a million species of animals. But Noah was instructed to preserve only representatives of every “kind” of land animal and flying creature. Some investigators have said that just 43 “kinds” of mammals, 74 “kinds” of birds, and 10 “kinds” of reptiles could have produced the great variety of species of these creatures that are known today.
When did God create dinosaurs, and when did they become extinct?
At the very latest it seems likely that they must have disappeared off the earth at the time of the flood of Noah’s day. - Not all types of dinosaurs were of such gigantic size. Hence, even if they had survived till the Flood, this would not have required taking pairs of the mammoth varieties into the ark. Other smaller members of the particular family or “kind” to which these belonged would have sufficed to fulfill the divine command.
What does the Bible say? If you will read the first chapter of Genesis you will see that God is spoken of as separately creating different kinds of living things on earth, over a period of time. First was the vegetation, then the fish and flying creatures, then the land animals, and finally man.
But does the Bible say that every individual plant and animal was created directly by God? No, only basic kinds. Within each kind a great variety could develop over thousands of years. For example, many different types of cats could develop within the cat family, or different dogs in the dog family, or different humans within the human family.
However, Genesis chapter one says that each basic kind could produce offspring only “according to its kind.” So while the varieties within a kind could mate and produce offspring, that would not be true outside the kind. One kind could not mate and produce offspring with another kind. Nor could one kind ever change into another kind. That would be true no matter how long a time was involved. Thus, fish would forever stay fish, birds forever birds, land animals forever land animals, and humans forever humans.
Ample Carrying Capacity.
The passenger list of the ark was quite impressive. Besides Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives, living creatures “of every sort of flesh, two of each,” were to be taken aboard. “Male and female they will be. Of the flying creatures according to their kinds and of the domestic animals according to their kinds, of all moving animals of the ground according to their kinds, two of each will go in there to you to preserve them alive.” Of the clean beasts and fowls, seven of each kind were to be taken. A great quantity and variety of food for all these creatures, to last for more than a year, also had to be stowed away.
The “kinds” of animals selected had reference to the clear-cut and unalterable boundaries or limits set by the Creator, within which boundaries creatures are capable of breeding “according to their kinds.” It has been estimated by some that the hundreds of thousands of species of animals today could be reduced to a comparatively few family “kinds”—the horse kind and the cow kind, to mention but two. The breeding boundaries according to “kind” established by Jehovah were not and could not be crossed. With this in mind some investigators have said that, had there been as few as 43 “kinds” of mammals, 74 “kinds” of birds, and 10 “kinds” of reptiles in the ark, they could have produced the variety of species known today. Others have been more liberal in estimating that 72 “kinds” of quadrupeds and less than 200 bird “kinds” were all that were required. That the great variety of animal life known today could have come from inbreeding within so few “kinds” following the Flood is proved by the endless variety of humankind—short, tall, fat, thin, with countless variations in the color of hair, eyes, and skin—all of whom sprang from the one family of Noah.
These estimates may seem too restrictive to some, especially since such sources as The Encyclopedia Americana indicate that there are upwards of 1,300,000 species of animals. (1977, Vol. 1, pp. 859-873) However, over 60 percent of these are insects. Breaking these figures down further, of the 24,000 amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals, 10,000 are birds, 9,000 are reptiles and amphibians, many of which could have survived outside the ark, and only 5,000 are mammals, including whales and porpoises, which would have also remained outside the ark. Other researchers estimate that there are only about 290 species of land mammals larger than sheep and about 1,360 smaller than rats. (The Deluge Story in Stone, by B. C. Nelson, 1949, p. 156; The Flood in the Light of the Bible, Geology, and Archaeology, by A. M. Rehwinkel, 1957, p. 69) So, even if estimates are based on these expanded figures, the ark could easily have accommodated a pair of all these animals.
I see this as God favoring of fish, any other aquatic animal, and insects. If he really was sad he created life why not use some of his magic to snuff us off, seems like he slaughtered the largest amount of animals including humans in history. But that idea would never be compared to Hitler or anything... it was out of love.
|377 days ago|
who are these investigators who estimate the number of animal"kinds"? When I read statements like that I get a mental picture of some old bloke in a room counting cats thats 1 dogs 2 etc
|716 days ago|
I'd love to see the Watchtower's bibliography of sources for their bizarre statements.
|977 days ago|