Is There Evidence For A Worldwide Flood?

Genesis 6: 13-14 (NASB)
13 Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14 Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.

Genesis 6: 17 (NASB)
17 Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish.

The preceding was from the Holy Scriptures and describes a flood of water upon the earth. Some will argue that it was only a local flood and not a flood that covered the globe…so which is true? Genesis 6: 5-7 is very descriptive and clear that God was going to wipe out all living creatures on the Earth! It reads:
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

Today most geologists will discard the idea of a worldwide flood as it is not scientific or historical. I believe there is ample evidence for a worldwide catastrophe as in the flood. Let’s examine a few points.

The Mande people of Mali have a creation myth of an ark that landed on a mountain. This ark had eight humans and the first animals and plants. *

The Arikara Indians in North Australia have a tale of creation that went wrong and was cleansed by a great catastrophic flood. **

The flood is mentioned in the Sanskrit “Shatapatha Brahmana” of the sixth century. It is a story that tells of Manu, who was told by a fish that a flood was imminent that was going to wipe out all of the humanity. He was instructed to build a boat and the fish would tow the boat to a settling place upon a mountaintop.***

These are only a few of the stories that are found all over the world within different cultures. Why is that? Did everyone all have the same dream? Was it all cooked up by the ancient Jews? Of course not.
How could a local flood, for instance, cover the highest mountains? Here is the Genesis description:

Genesis 7: 17-20
17 Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth. 18 The water prevailed and increased greatly upon the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. 19 The water prevailed more and more upon the earth, so that all the high mountains everywhere under the heavens were covered. 20 The water prevailed fifteen cubits higher, and the mountains were covered.

In my next article, I will provide observable and historical evidence that points to a Worldwide flood.

God Bless

Brian Mason

*Leeming and Leeming, A Dictionary of Creation Myths pg. 180-181
** Ibid.,pg 14
***Parrot, “Flood (in Religion and Myth),” pg.455-456

Scientists Again Wrong! Water Origins.

Read this, this morning.

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/10/water-comet-67p-earth-rosetta

Perhaps these scientists could find valuable reading in the Book of Genesis? I pray they do!

Genesis 1: 1-10 (NASB) is very clear…

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

6 Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. 8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

9 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Did You Know?

This is the first of a series of writings (tidbits) that I will report as being irrelevant information to some, but something that the average Bible reader may not have a knowledge of. I attempted writing a book on this subject as a collection but lost steam in the production of it. What can you do?

Early Greek readers of Genesis would invariably call it “the book of generations”?

Another interesting tidbit is that women didn’t need to be noted in the ancient genealogies. However, the book of Matthew names four women and three of them were Gentiles.

Jewish writings would sometimes use trees (such as the fig tree that Jesus cursed) as being symbolic of the nation of Israel.

God Bless

Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Theistic Evolution

*An understanding of the development of life on earth that arose out of the attempt to relate the interpretation of Genesis to the scientific theory of organic evolution by taking a nonliteral view of the creation account while wholeheartedly trusting its truthfulness as the Word of God. Theistic evolution teaches that while the various species emerged through the evolutionary process, God superintended the development of life. That is, evolution was the means that God used in bringing about the divine purpose of creating life on this planet. Theistic evolutionists generally maintain the classical Christian doctrines of creation, original sin and human depravity in need of redemption.

* Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 112

God Bless
Brian Mason

Seth 912 Years Old? How Did the Figures in Genesis Live So Long?

Genesis 5: 3-83 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. 4 After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters. 5 Altogether, Adam lived a total of 930 years, and then he died.
6 When Seth had lived 105 years, he became the father[b] of Enosh. 7 After he became the father of Enosh, Seth lived 807 years and had other sons and daughters. 8 Altogether, Seth lived a total of 912 years, and then he died.

There are a few theories that support the longevity of Adam and that lineage, so let’s look at a few of them.

The First possibility would be that they were so near to the original genetic decent of Adam and Eve, allowing their health to be amazingly great.

The second possibility was the food consumed was much healthier then as opposed to now. The soil’s quality would have been very high in nutrients.

Another theory is that there was a covering over the earth, a canopy of water vapor that helped shield the earth from harmful cosmic rays.

Genesis 1: 6 6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so.

Finally there is another (unlikely but plausible) reason, and that is that time was measured differently. One possibility is that the Earth rotated faster than it does now.

The Bible says that the firmament opened up and it rained for 40 days, covering the earth. Therefore, some theologians believe that after the flood, the atmosphere lost a lot of its sheltering qualities and the lifespan of man was decreased severely by opening humans up to certain disease, which may have been absent before the flood?

The truth is we don’t know for certain how Adam, Seth and others had lived so long. We must take it as the Word of God and trust him.

God Bless

Brian Mason