Watchtower's Latest Remarks Concerning the Flood
In the most recent (and presumably final) letter I received
from the Watchtower Society, they addressed my questions by stating:
More than three years have elapsed since that letter arrived in my mailbox,
but the Watchtower Society has published nothing regarding the questions
in my letters. During the 2009 “Keep on the Watch” District
Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, the Watchtower Society
released the brochure The Bible – What Is Its Message?
Section three of the brochure (on page 6) is entitled “Mankind
Survives the Flood”.
Here are a couple of fascinating tidbits from this brochure:
1. Notice the Watchtower Society claims that “numerous
animal species” were preserved in the ark. In their book Reasoning
From the Scriptures, the Watchtower Society defines the ‘kinds’
in Genesis as equivalent to ‘species’:
Each “kind” has the genetic potential for great variety.
Thus there are reportedly more than 400 different breeds of dogs and
upwards of 250 breeds and types of horses. All interfertile varieties
of any animal are just one Genesis “kind.” (page 87)
In the past, they asserted a specific number of “kinds,”
or species that were aboard Noah’s ark. In 1988, they claimed
43 “kinds” of mammals; 74 “kinds” of birds,
and 10 “kinds” of reptiles (Insight on the Scriptures, page
327). Their new publication, cited earlier, does not specify the number
of species on board, choosing rather to offer the vague “numerous.”
2. In my second letter to the Watchtower
Society regarding Noah’s Flood, I asked them if it was at
all possible that the deluge was not global in nature. Despite the fact
that a localized flood is consistent with both scriptural text and scientific
evidence, they held to the doctrine that the flood covered the entire
planet. Judging from the excerpt in their latest publication, above,
they have evidently not wavered in this position.