- All the rain we’ve been having in North Carolina recently (it rained heavily this morning, and is raining again now) has made me think about Noah’s Flood.
If anyone thinks Katrina was bad, what about Noah’s Flood? It was a little over a year before Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives were able to leave the ark. Many atheistic or agnostic scientists laugh at the idea of a worldwide flood that covered the whole earth, but when you dig into the facts a little, you can see how it was possible. It is definitely stated in the Bible:
“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord … In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened … The waters rose and increased greatly … all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.” (from Genesis 6 and 7)
Mt. Everest is over 29,000 feet high. Covered by water? Really? Actually, there’s more:
“The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than fifteen cubits. [a] – Genesis 7:20 That is, about 23 feet or about 6.8 meters.”
Henry Morris on the subject:
“The key is to remember that the Flood didn’t have to cover the present Earth, but it did have to cover the pre-Flood Earth, and the Bible teaches that the Flood fully restructured the earth. ‘The world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.’ (II Peter 3:6) It is gone forever. The earth of today was radically altered by that global event.”
In other words, we have no idea how high “all the high mountains” were. In Florida right now, it takes about one minute to walk to the “peak” of the highest point of land in the state. If you’re slow.
So the pre-flood earth was radically altered by the flood. This is borne out by the science of geology in such evidence as an altered geologic column. “Geologic column” is the name given to what you get if you cut a vertical column out of the earth: you see layers of different types of rocks. Scientists who believe in evolution claim that these layers accumulated slowly, and can tell us when certain animals and plants existed in the geologic past.
The problem with that is, first, that gradual accumulation of soil and rock layers would not have produced fossils. Animal remains have to be protected from weather and other animals, or they’ll rot away or be eaten (even the bones) before fossils can be produced. And second, the “geologic column” is not standard throughout the world, which it should be if the accumulation was gradual:
“Fossils do not always line up in layers. Often only one layer of fossils is found at a given site. This is particularly common with vertebrates. Sometimes they are found in multiple layers, but a statistical study of their distribution shows that even index fossils are seldom found layered on top of one another. It also shows that many fossils are artificially restricted to a few layers. Different names are given to similar fossils in different strata.” http://www.creationwiki.org/Geological_column
Mr. Morris has more interesting comments on how and why the Flood could have happened in spite of skeptics’ claims to the contrary, such as how all species of animal could have fit into the ark, big though it was. And why some animals today hibernate:
Scientists like to think they have all the answers, but here’s a question Christians all know the answer to, but science refuses to acknowledge it. And we “know” this with just as much certainty as atheistic scientists “know” there was a Big Bang – by faith:
“Water is so vital to our survival, but strangely enough, we don’t know the first thing about it—literally the first. Where does water, a giver and taker of life on planet Earth, come from? When I was in junior high school, my science teacher taught us about the water cycle—evaporation from oceans and lakes, condensation forming clouds , rain refilling oceans and lakes—and it all made sense. Except for one thing: None of the details explained where the water came from to begin with. I asked, but my teacher looked as if I’d sought the sound of one hand clapping.”
When all the evidence is considered, there’s no question that a world-wide flood occurred in the distant past that did in fact cover the earth, to the point of drastically reshaping it. Those of us who believe the Bible account have not assassinated our brains.
Just a source of information about water in general, if you want to engage your brain even more:
US Geological Survey ref Earth’s water:
“all water on, in, and above the Earth, would be about 332,500,000 cubic miles (mi3) (1,386,000,000 cubic kilometers (km3)), and be about 860 miles (about 1,385 kilometers) in diameter.”