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    (Genesis 9:13a). This also points to a change in post-flood atmospheric conditions.

    5. After the flood, God reduced the length of man's life. More direct exposure to the sun's radiation could be the means the Lord used to produce this change, as our aging process is influenced by radiation. A water-vapor canopy would have greatly reduced man's direct exposure to the sun's radiation. In the pre-flood world, people lived to be eight or nine hundred years of age.

    6. The collapse of a water-vapor canopy surrounding the entire earth could be one of the means God used to provide for the tremendous amount of water which covered the entire earth during the flood. "And the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights" (Genesis 7:11b-12).

    7. Larger forms of plant, animal, and human life existed before the flood: "There were giants in the earth in those days" (Genesis 6:4a). Excavations in snow-covered Siberia reveal large forms of tropical plant and animal life; fossils throughout the world reveal numerous gigantic plant and animal life forms that are extinct today. Knowing that the earth's climate would not be the mild, "greenhouse-type" after the flood, and that it would no longer support the rich, tropical vegetation it did previously; God may have allowed numerous larger forms of life, which require such a climate, to perish in the flood.

    8. In 11 Peter 3:6-7 Peter writes: "Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now..." Again, Scripture appears to point to differences between the pre- and post-flood worlds.

The "Canopy Theory" is a theory, a possible explanation. It is neither Scripture nor proven fact. However, because it does not contradict, but rather appears to be supported by Scripture and our knowledge of the pre-flood world, it certainly is a worthwhile explanation to consider.

  • Radiation - Energy generated and transmitted (conveyed) by the sun and absorbed throughout our solar system - also by man on earth





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    The same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

    And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

    - Genesis 7: 11 b-12

    There were giants in the earth in those days.

    - Genesis 6:4a

    Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

    But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and peridition of ungodly men.

    - II Peter 3:6-7

     

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