Answering The Atheist
August 31, 2003 / Volume 3, Issue 35
THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
When did the earth dry after the flood? Genesis 8:13 says one date, while Genesis 8:14 says another. Is there a contradiction?
Throughout Genesis 8, Moses speaks of the continual decreasing of the waters (see 8:3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12). So far as the supposed contradiction between verses 13 and 14, the statements are a matter of perspective. In 8:13 (first day of the first month), Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looking about concluded that all the surface of the ground was dry. However, it was not until the twenty-seventh day of the second month that God declared all the earth to be dry. In 8:15-16, the Lord commanded Noah and his family to exit the ark.
The fact that man and God concluded two different things about the same event, and the fact that the Bible records both conclusions does not amount to a contradiction. Manís view is limited, Godís is infinite. Noah saw what was within a manís eye view of the ark, God saw the whole earth.
There is no contradiction.
This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible