We were having a discussion the other day about the longevity of life before the flood and possible causes. The discussion moved to the atmospheric conditions at the time and how they were most likely different than they are now. For the dinosaurs to become so large and for Pterodactyls to have the ability to fly, the atmosphere could not be the same as modern day, so something changed. In order for the dinosaurs (reptiles) to be able to achieve such a feat, the atmosphere would have to be dense and moisture would abound.
So, in the beginning there was a mist that watered the land, but no rain. Wouldn’t this indicate a humid and dense atmosphere. According to God at least.
According to the Bible, the first mention of rain actually happening would be during the flood. Is it an assumption that we have made to think that it had been raining up until this point? After the flood, we see the life span dropping for the next generation, which coincides with God saying the age of man would be 120 years. Could just be a coincident. Anyways, the atmosphere had to change sometime in history to what we currently have.
This could lead to the dismissal of the ark story. How would Noah have gotten all of those animals and put them on the ark and deal with the special dietary restrictions of animals. My thoughts went to the question of when did evolution stop? I feel like that was more of a God directed thought that mine, so I am giving Him the credit. The way most people try and disprove the stork of the ark is to look at the number of animals currently running around, do the math, and add in food needed to sustain all of the animals for over a year. How do we know though that the number of animals/birds/insects that we have now were the same during the time of the flood? Maybe another assumption.
I am not trying to prove the flood happened. I believe in God, so I have no need to prove it to myself. I am just offering up a theory, that is full of divine inspiration.
Gen 2:5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up–for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground,
Gen 7:10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.