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