Even though Noah’s Ark has not been discovered yet, we have the Word of God that records in the Hebrew book of B’resheet (Genesis) that the Ark rested in the Mountains of Ararat. This emplacement implies an altitude high above the current sea level, the result of the catastrophic and universal Deluge, that in biblical chronology happened about 4400 years ago. This universal flood refaced the earth’s surface (mountains, oceans, rivers, valleys, caves, fossils, sedimentary layers, volcanoes, etc.). Furthermore, Noah, his seven family members, and pairs of land dwelling animals that were carried in the Ark survived the catastrophe. No water dwelling creatures or insects were included in God’s rescue venture.
We do not know with certainty what happened to the Ark afterwards. The Ark may have disintegrated or rotted, or perhaps the lumber was reused, or it may still exist intact somewhere on those mountains.
Scoffers have mocked the Bible entirely. The secular theory of evolution has its own version of the origin of life that allegedly happened millions of years ago. Several branches of science have been developed under this secular but also religious worldview.
If we think for a moment, most of western culture developed its standards for society from biblical principles. The founders of the United States brought to life the American Exceptionalism Experiment based on principles found within biblical knowledge. The US Constitution is one example of this thinking. Most western societies were built on some sort of biblical concepts. We can predict that the further away a western society goes from its roots (biblical principles), the more likely that society will end up with progressive degradation, loss of identity and extinction.
I want to bring up the strong and unchanging authority of the Bible. That authority is not from human initiative but from God’s. With the advance of modern technology and science, most histories narrated in the Bible have been supported with some scientific evidence from archeology, radioisotope dating, satellite exploration, life science and more.
The Bible has history and mentions places, people, events, and even dates. If skeptics are right, and those histories are just-so histories, then why has modern science and archeology been finding more and more evidence to support those histories? The discovery of Noah’s Ark would not only provide profound confirmation of the authority of God’s Word but carry profound implications for many fields of science (geology, biology, astronomy, anthropology, archeology) that have been hijacked by the secular evolutionary mindset. This article is based on the claims made in the Bible, and we have a history to tell. The discovery of Noah’s Ark and its official recognition (for example with the support of UNESCO), will carry several implications.
a. Noah’s flood was not a local flood but a universal one.
Finding Noah’s Ark in the mountains of Ararat will settle the question of the size of Noah’s Flood as being global and not merely local. Even though the argument for a local flood is silly by logic, the explicit narrative of the biblical text and common sense tell us that God did not tell Noah to build a colossal boat over 100 years while patiently listening to the mockery of his contemporaries, to fill up the vessel with land dwelling animals and then stay for a year inside the Ark just for a local flood. If the Flood had been local, God would have just told Noah to move.
b. All humans are from Noah’s lineage, the only one on Earth after the Flood.
This would leave the modern human evolutionary tale as just that, a fairy tale for grownups. The missing link would be forever missing (as it always has been), and all those imaginary ape-like creatures displayed in secular museums would be (as they always have been) just the fruit of the imagination of mislead minds.
c. Most secular geology books will need to be rewritten.
With the proof of a universal and catastrophic flood, all geologic features of the Earth would be understood as a result of such an event narrated in the Bible. Fossil formation, plate tectonics, erosion, glaciers, volcanism, continental drift, cave formation, sedimentary rocks and most of the geologic concepts and features would finally have the right basis for interpretation, understanding and analysis.
d. The millions of years ideas will vanish.
The “once upon a time” or the “millions of millions of years ago” timescale for earth history would just become a secular yet religious fairy tale. The chronological timing of the Bible gives a date of about 4400 year ago for the event of the universal flood, which is totally incompatible with the purposely distorted millions of years of secular science.
e. All evolutionary biology and anthropology books would become useless.
If the Flood was global and recent, then the fossil record is not a record of evolution, so those evolutionary trees of life that adorn the biology textbooks will end up in the trash. Surely someone will ask, “Where did Noah fit the huge dinosaurs?” Noah (being 600 years old) possibly took juveniles, which eat less, sleep more, and are more flexible for long journeys. What happened with the dinosaurs (called “dragons” in scripture) after the Flood? They possibly were hunted, starved, or turned to cannibalism, and eventually became extinct, although there may still be some alive in remote jungles and deep oceans.
f. The Ark would become the oldest existing manmade structure.
Effectively, the biblical timetable puts Noah’s Ark as the oldest manmade structure on Earth. The global flood destroyed all previous manmade structures leaving the Ark as the oldest in existence.
g. As a corollary, Noah’s Ark would be the only manmade structure in existence from the pre-Flood lost world.
The Ark would give us some information on the technology and general knowledge of the pre-Flood world. Who knows what technology was used in constructing the Ark itself or what other articles were left inside.
Probably Noah or his children kept some log or wall writings that would give us the knowledge of the only language that was spoken in the pre-flood world. Let’s remember the extraordinary event that happened after the Flood at the Tower of Babel and the supernatural confusion of languages. It has been speculated that Hebrew was the pre-flood world’s language.
The older the biblical history, the more difficult it is to find proof that such events ever happened (e.g., Israel’s captivity in Egypt, the historicity of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, or the Tower of Babel). The most difficult event to prove would be the six days of creation. We have only the Word of the One who created everything; He is the only witness of such events. Even though scientific evidence is mounting for God’s creative activity and the historicity of many biblical events, critics still remain skeptical. The bottom line is that skeptics would deny the history of creation even if we had proof of the original six days of physical creation, because it is not a convenient truth for their relative mores. They will never admit the existence of absolutes, nor God.
Finally, if Noah’s Ark is discovered, that would be shocking worldwide. Fundamental philosophical ideas upon which entire branches of modern science have been built such as the Theory of Evolution, Humanism, Atheism and their denial of a Supreme Being would be in question. However, the Creator of Heavens and Earth, with his set of absolutes, would be confirmed.