The mystery behind Noah's Ark is recognized as a contestable phenomenon among many theologians and historians. Initially, the story is captured in Genesis 8: 4. Archeologists and historians form all over the world take pride in researching the phenomenon of Noah's Ark to obtain workable evidence of its existence. There are several opinions regarding this mystery since most theologians believe that the Ark existed and support their claim with biblical concepts (Frazer 107). Indeed, those who believe in the authenticity of the biblical story claim that the Ark is the only way in which every species of the existing creatures were saved from God’s wrath and punishment by means of floods. Conversely, some philosophers, historians, and scientists adopt rather different view on the same topic and claim that Noah's Ark is just a story created in order to win the minds of believers. However, all the opinions in fact base on the level of one’s faith and belief in the Creator as well as in the old events that have been recorded in the Bible or Quran and other historical books. Personally, I have been convinced by the explanation and believe that the Ark existed. Yet some philosophical details imply an alternative perception of the matter. Therefore, the following paper seeks to ascertain whether the Ark actually existed and what are the policies concerning this phenomenon.
The biggest problem associated with the Ark is the variety of ideologies with regards to faith. Similarly to the question of the resurrection, Noah's Ark has received raised many controversial issues such as the period of its existence, the material used for its construction, and the source of life supported by the Ark amongst other matters. These aspects caused concerns among both believers and nonbelievers thus substantiating the need to clarify the existence or non-existence of the Ark for various parties. In this regard, it is possible to identify several policies that support or challenge the claims about the Flood.
Noah's Ark Exists in Turkey Policy
This policy supports the occurrence of the Flood. The studies performed by the Noah's Ark Ministries International reveal that Noah’s Ark exists in Turkey. The scientists found several wooden compartments buried 4,000 meters above the sea level. Christians believe that Mt. Ararat in Turkey is the final resting point of the Ark that protected Noah, his family, and animal species. A carbon test that was conducted on the remains suggested that their age is 4,800 years - similarly to the time of Noah's flood implied by the Bible. The biblical location equally tallies the same final destination of the Ark.
The research proves that the found ark contains purified wood, high-tech metal fittings, the skeletal structure of a boat, and the huge anchor stones. Further, Dr. Bill Shea discovered ancient pottery adjacent to the ark with a carving of a bird, fish, and the inscription of the name Noah. These items seem to be an accurate reflection of the elements used for construction of the Ark described in the Bible (Frazer 126). Furthermore, the site is below Mt. Al Judi as claimed by the Quran. The patterns of timbers may be a reflection of the partitions used to separate the space for different species, objects, people, and plants. The fact that this data was recorded by various religions and individuals at different times raises the possibility that the information is valid.
In addition, Dr. Walt Brown gives a compelling evidence of the Flood through the law of doing what is rightfully acceptable. The signs and warnings of the impending punishment from God were highlighted during the error of Noah before the occurrence of the flood, yet the human nature of compromising and negligence overpowered the inhabitants of the world at that time.
Scientists Policy on the Non-Existence of the Ark
The whole narrative of Noah's Arch leaves a lot of unanswered questions which need a through consideration. Initially, the vessel was to be composed of gopher wood with the length of 300 cubits, 50 cubits widthwise, and 30 cubits in height. Moreover, the ship was designed to have three floors, a huge door for a shared access, and a single small window at the top. Ideally, the logic behind this plan is questionable, especially considering the mass populace contained in the Ark. Evidently, it would have been difficult to attain the required space and ventilation for the survival of different species (Jackson 1).
Additionally, there exists no record of Noah's experience in ship building. Therefore, it is possible to assume that his knowledge of building such a vessel was minimal. For the purpose that was claimed to be served by this voyage, the competence in the construction would have been of paramount importance. However, all the policies that support the Floods event provide no details concerning the experience of Noah in ship building, physics, science, or structural or mechanical analysis. Obviously, the astronomical leap in size, safety, and skill required by Noah is far too vast for any naturalistic explanation (Radford 111).
Moreover, the details on the process of the animals feeding during the Floods period are not availed. Considering that both animals and human beings need to eat to survive, the lack of these details makes the claim void. For example, no products were grown for herbivores, and no record of the interdependence of the species would have been possible because only two species of every creature were present. The Bible in Genesis 7: 11-15 registers that both animals and humans entered the Ark on the same day. This claim is impeccable since meeting such demands would have been hard due to the small size of door of the Ark. The scenario reflects a condition that would have led to the injuries of the species under the care of Noah and would have suffocated and died due to the competition over the air for breathing. Mere survival is equally hard since animals are more sensitive in terms of reproduction and they could have been extinct. Therefore, from scientific point of view, the policy for the Floods needs to provide more details on the feeding and water availability of the species in the ark (Jackson 2).
Moreover, most of the theology specialists provide different numbers of the population that was accommodated in the vessel. For example, the authors LaHaye and Morris estimated it at 50,000, Morris and Whitcomb suggested the number of 35,000, and Dr. Arthur Jones proposed 1,544 (Walt 97). Therefore, no specificity is available on the actual number of the species that were safeguarded in the ark. However, scientists contrast in the given numbers because the world creatures surpass the given estimates. Consequently, the theory on Floods and the Ark appears to be an invalid claim.
The ark was on Mt. Ararat – an active volcano. The Bible records that before setting the animals into the Ark, Noah ensured that the land was dry. This opinion is a rather controversial statement due to the nature of the eruption of the mountain. The mere truth is that the magma from the hill could have burnt the organisms entering the Ark leading to the destruction of the latter as well.
According to the law of nature, any object having any weight must respond to gravitational force. In the Floods context, it is believed that the population was quite heavy and could sink the boat structure, which in fact did happen and the structure upholding such a huge weight managed to float. This fact is another mystery and a paradox yet to be explained. The above assumptions equally translate to questioning the survival mechanism in terms of breathing issues. It is scientifically proved that human beings, animals, and plants compete for oxygen. However in the flood story, the three survived in enclosed structure and never suffocated to death for such a long period with no air inlets (Walt Brown 237).
The Flood is one of the controversial stories recorded in the biblical analogy. The level of belief in its authenticity is highly dependable on personal choice and faith. Following the arguments of those who support the biblical story, it is clear that Noah constructed an ark that saved the present livelihood. His generation exists till nowadays as a result of his faithfulness to the Creator. The nature of the story with regard to the Floods in the book of Genesis follows the true style of narrating incidences. The facts outlined above under the concessions of Noah's Ark Ministries International reveal that Noah’s Ark exists in Turkey. The proofs such as the location of the ark, the period of existence, and the remains of materials serve vast enough evidence to qualify the claim that the biblical story of Floods during the error of Noah is a certain truth. However, many issues remain questionable, since such details as the ability of the Ark to hold the capacity stated, the inadequate material on the feeding methods, controversial figures, and the law of nature raise questions on the whole issue about the Floods. Overall, the paradox whether the Ark actually existed or not remains a personal choice depending on one’s perception of validity of the fact that God had a plan to save humanity via Noah's Ark.