Life on Earth from Creation to the Flood was very different from present times. The Bible says that people before the Flood used to live over 900 years. After the Flood, within a few centuries, life span dramatically decreased and reached the present length of slightly over 120 years. How could people live over 900 years? Let us take a look at the word of God and read what was created on the second day:
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made a firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. (Genesis 1:6-8)
Taking this part of the Scriptures as the basis many creationists who conduct research in order to support the biblical account of creation, developed A Canopy Theory which states that before the Flood there had to be Canopy of Water – an additional layer of solid water above the atmosphere. In the New Testament the Apostle Peter refers to the same Canopy of Water:
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: (2 Peter 3:5-6)
Carl E. Baugh, the founder and director of Creation Evidences Museum in Glen Rose, Texas, in his book Panorama of Creation, thus describes the Canopy of Water:
Envision the Earth before the flood, with a firmament consisting of compressed energized hydrogen taking on near-metallic characteristics, in the middle of a solid water formation suspended about eleven miles above the Earth. (Source: Carl E. Baugh, Panorama of Creation, p. 51)
In the Hebrew text of the Book of Genesis, the word describing the firmament is raqia which means: to press, to pound together into thin metal sheets. One of the physicists involved in the hydrogen bomb project at Laurence Livermore National Laboratories explains that when you take elements of water and compress them under super cold, cryogenic circumstances, hydrogen becomes near-metallic in form, and takes on the characteristics of metal. It also becomes cristalline, transparent, fibre optic, superconductive and ferromagnetic. All these characteristics of hydrogen, in configuration developed in Canopy Theory, have amazing implications:
I. The energy of the Sun upon a nearly-metallic form of hydrogen would have caused a gentle pink glow
Energized hydrogen, if exposed to the light from the Sun, produces pink colour of light. Scientists find that plants grow better under pink light and that individuals respond more positively in mood to it. When a person is affected by the right spectrum of pink light,her brain secretes norepinephren – a natural tranquilizer and neurotransmitter. This means that, the environment before the Flood offered person the ability to have her brain work at maximum efficiency.
II. The firmament would make the atmosphere pressurized to a greater degree than we have today
Before the Flood, the air pressure would have been about two times what it is today. . . . The ratio of oxygen in the atmosphere would have been about thirty percent, compared to twenty-one percent today. (Source: Carl E. Baugh, Panorama of Creation, p. 56-57)
In hyperbaric medical chamber experiments it has been discovered that under these circumstances an open wound would heal overnight. Heavier air pressure and more oxygen in the atmosphere were therefore significant factors, conductive to several-hundred-year long lifespan of men before the Flood. Higher oxygen content in the atmosphere would acoount for land animals of monstrous sizes. Fossil record bears evidence that such creatures existed. In the Bible we find a description of the Days of Noah:
There were giants in the earth in those days: . . . (Genesis 6:4)
In the Preflood World, man was possibly twenty percent taller than he is today, which means that Enoch and Noah were probably about 7 feet tall. In Glen Rose, footprints of such giants, preserved in muddy sediments, have been excavated.
III. The firmament would reflect harmful radiation from the Sun
The water canopy above the Earth atmosphere acted as a filter which was trapping most of the shortwave radiation. This kind of radiation is harmful to men because it causes genetic damage, cancer and other diseases that shorten the lifespan. Moreover, it is causing more and more health problems today. Ultraviolet radiation is streaming down at an alarming rate.
IV. The canopy of water would annihilate certain microbes and disease germs
There are some microbes and disease germs that could not live in the atmosphere which used to be in Preflood World. They can only live in an oxygen depleted atmosphere as we presently have.
How could a Canopy of Water be suspended above the Earth? By examining superconductive materials, NASA had discovered that when they are held near a magnet, the lines of force generated in the free flow of electromagnetic energy hold the materials in place, either above or below it. Canopy of Water would simply suspend itself above the Earth thanks to a superconductive solid metallic base of hydrogen. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to live in such a paradise, with a perfect environment, perfect food with all nutrients, almost none harmful radiation from the Sun, and disease germs held in check?