Was there really ever a devastating worldwide flood in the history of the world? If there was, it would explain a lot of things in the big picture of life here on earth. Let’s take a look at some of the evidence, some of the possibilities, and my own beliefs and theories.
“The Great Flood,” referred to here, is the most catastrophic flood and the most catastrophic geological event that has ever taken place in human history.
Virtually nothing historical, from writings to civilization to long-living organisms like trees, has survived from before about 3,000 or 3,300 B.C., when “The Great Flood” would have occurred.
Today at least 43% of Americans accept as truth the Biblical account of “The Great Flood,” and many cultures around the world recognize a world-destroying flood in their oral or written histories.
“Among many geologists, the concept of a catastrophic flood came to be universally accepted by the late 1950s,” after a discovery in the American Northwest of “giant ripple marks, 50 feet high and 200-500 feet apart.” This evidence of a massive flood in the Northwest suggests that “The Great Flood” was not merely a local flood in the Middle East, as many scientists would have us believe.
The mission for many scientists is to minimalize and delegitimize some of these stories from The Bible, and discredit any scientist who would consider them even possible. They view The Bible as a threat to their own importance, their standing in society, and to their overall ideology of Macro-evolution, in which “millions and millions of years” of time helps to explain anything.
To state the case from The Bible, we need to go back to the beginning. I mean the very beginning!
Starting in the sixth verse, from the first book of The Bible, the book of Genesis, it says, “And God said, ‘let there be a firmament, an expanse of sky, in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters below from the waters above.’”
Another translation of the same verses from The Bible reads, “And God said, ‘let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “the sky.”
This concept of a layer of water above the atmosphere, and surrounding the earth, is not one that gets talked about much by theologians or scientists, but it’s an important part of the overall picture, in my view.
This scenario basically turns the earth into one big type of hyperbaric chamber. In a hyperbaric chamber, the air pressure is increased, compared to normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing oxygen at normal air pressure. This “water canopy” effectively would have cut out harmful radiation, and the pressure, temperature, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels were much higher.
These conditions would then help to explain the existence of dinosaurs and plant life that were larger in size, as a result of the increased oxygen capacity. It would also help to explain why these types of organisms ceased to exist after “The Great Flood.”
Another piece of evidence in support of a worldwide flood, “The Great Flood,” are the many stories that exist among societies all over the world. These stories describe a world-destroying flood, and it seems unlikely that this similarity is accidental. Dr. John Morris wrote regarding the history of the biblical flood:
|“One of the strongest evidences for the global flood which annihilated all people on Earth except for Noah and his family, has been the presence of flood legends in the folklore of people groups from around the world. And the stories are all so similar.”|
Over the years, more than 200 of these stories have been collected from cultures all around the world.
The following is additional evidence of a Worldwide Flood. This type of evidence is found in numerous places and on virtually every Continent.
One of the strongest pieces of evidence for a worldwide flood is the existence of what are termed “polystrate fossils.” Such fossils are found all over the world, especially in and around coal deposits. They are often in the form of fossil trees that were buried standing upright and which often cross multiple layers of strata such as sandstone, shale, limestone and even coal beds. They range in size from smaller saplings to trees over 80 feet long.
The Fossils Themselves:
Fossils don’t form on lake bottoms today, nor are they found forming on the bottom of the sea. Instead, they normally only form when a plant or animal is buried soon after it dies. Therefore, the fossils themselves are evidence of a catastrophic flood that took place in the past.
We also know that the Grand Canyon was once under ocean water because of the marine fossils that have been found there.
Evolutionists believe that the fossil layers we see now were deposited slowly over millions and millions of years. A growing number of geologists see problems with such interpretations. First because there is virtually no evidence of erosion between the layers, and second, because of the sheer size of the layers. This, coupled with the presence of marine fossils that are buried in many of the layers, tells us that they were deposited by ocean currents and by a flood like nothing we have seen in modern times.
A Whale of a Fossil:
Or should we say “a fossil of a whale? It’s true, but what is most interesting about it is how it was buried. In 1976, workers found the remains of a baleen whale entombed vertically in a quarry.
“They’ve found fossils there before; in fact the machinery operators have learned a good deal about them and carefully document any they find with the name of the collector, the date, and the exact place found. This Whale, however, is one of the largest fossils ever collected anywhere… It is standing on end… and is being exposed gradually as the diatomite is mined. Only the head and a small part of the body are visible as yet.
The modern baleen whale is 80 to 90 feet long and has a head of similar size, indicating that the fossil may be close to 80 feet long. How many whales do you figure died standing up on their tails? I would say that seems a bit “fishy” to me, but whales are mammals.
Marine Fossils in The Mountains:
In Mountains all over the world one can find sea shells and other marine fossils. These include the Sierras, the Swiss Alps, the Himalayas and many more. How did they get there if not for an enormous flood?
Also, and most importantly, regarding fossil fuels:
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Fossil energy sources, including oil (formed from animals), coal (formed from plants) and natural gas, are non-renewable resources that formed when prehistoric plants and animals died and were gradually buried by layers of rock. Over millions of years, different types of fossil fuels formed, depending on what combination of organic matter was present, how long it was buried and what temperature and pressure conditions existed as time passed.”
Ok, here are my questions:
Regarding coal deposits, has anybody ever seen a forest buried under layers of dirt, mud, or rock without a flood being in the picture? Can you even imagine how a forest would be “buried” without a flood playing a role?
Regarding these giant oil deposits, how long do you think it would take an animal to be buried by dirt, mud, or rock after it died? What would be left of that animal by the time it got buried? How would enough animals all die together in one place, and be buried fast enough, to form a giant oil field today?
It is my belief that “The Great Flood” killed massive herds of animals (and people), and washed their bodies into low-lying areas. They all collected there and were buried there. And it is there they decayed, over time (“millions of years” not required), forming the oil deposits we see today.
I admit that I am no scientist, and that there is much more I don’t know than what I do know, but my theory regarding fossil fuels not only makes a lot more sense, but is conceivable at least. The existing, and commonly accepted, method by which fossil fuels were created does not even seem feasible to me. Am I that off base? If I am, I’m really missing something here.
Anthropologists will tell you that a myth is often the faded memory of a real event. Details may have been added, lost, or changed in the telling and retelling, but the essence of truth remains. When many separate cultures have the same “myth” in their “folklore,” their ancestors must have either experienced the same event, or they were both descended from a common ancestral source which itself experienced the event.
The only credible way to understand the widespread, similar flood legends is to recognize that all people living today, even though separated geographically and culturally, have descended from the few real people who survived a real global flood, on a real boat which eventually landed on a real mountain. Their descendants now fill the globe, never to forget the real event.
Please let me know what you think about all of this!