What Do We Know About The Flood Itself?

From Issue: Discovery 8/1/2019


“And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights” (Genesis 7:10-12).

“Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and the ark moved about on the surface of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days” (Genesis 7:17-24).


Was the Flood simply a local event, or did it truly cover the entire Earth? We have seen that the Bible seems to make this quite clear, but let’s take a look at some scientific evidence for a global Flood:

1. We have found marine fossils (sea-dwelling animals) on the tops of mountains and in the middle of continents far away from the ocean. A global Flood would certainly explain how they got there.

2. The fossil record indicates that many animals—including dinosaurs—were buried rapidly by a 
catastrophic event. We have hundreds of fossil graveyards, some containing large groups of animals, all over the world. A global Flood would cause this.

3. There are hundreds of “Flood Legends” from all over the world, each being distinct in some way, but all sharing remarkable similarities. Wouldn’t it make sense that this would happen, since people would have been talking about the Flood before it was ever written down in the Bible?


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