If you still picture a tiny plastic ark with chubby little plastic animals when you think of Noah, you should check out the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. A life-sized replica of the same dimensions indicated in the Bible, it illustrates the plausibility of this story. They also point out that the animals which came to Noah need not have been fully mature, allowing plenty of space for the food as well as the animals.
It’s also important to realize that this was not simply a case of “it rained for forty days and forty nights” as catastrophic as that might seem. Verse 11 tells us, “all the sources of the vast watery depths burst open, the floodgates of the sky were opened.” If you’ve ever had to dig a well, you understand that beneath the surface of the earth lie water reserves contained in the water table and aquifers. The flood of Noah not only involved continuous rain, but also seismic activity as these underground springs erupted. In addition, many believe that the rain was not the meteorologic event that we might see today, but the collapse of the canopy of “water above the expanse” created in Genesis 1:6-7.
Regardless of the scientific explanation, or whether we can ever fully understand or explain such an event, there is ample physical evidence it occurred. From the remains of sea creatures found buried on mountain peaks to stratified layers depicting a cataclysmic flood and the resulting sedimentation, to over 200 flood “myths” in various cultures around the world. While most locations have experienced local flooding, these stories tell a different story. They are consistent in key points such as that the flood was world-wide, that God saved a man and his family alone, and the flood was the judgment for man’s wrongdoing.