|Was Noah's Flood Local or Global?
By Darrick Dean
On one side, skeptics point to the "global flood" of Noah as a reason not to trust the Bible. No consistent evidences exist for such a flood. In fact, the evidence is against such a flood.
Many Christians interpret the flood account as being "global" as in the waters covering the entire surface of the planet. Often they scoff at the idea of the "local" flood interpretation thinking it's some aberrant theory. But what if it can be shown that a local flood is the more consistent and literal interpretation? The following brief article will attempt to show that it is.
First, it's important to note that the global flood viewpoint didn't reach current popularity until the 1940s. This came after much popularization by George McCready Price whom was out to disprove evolution. He believed he could explain geologic formations by a global flood. He was also intent on keeping with the teachings and "visions" of Seventh Day Adventist "prophetess" Ellen G. White whom preached a global flood and 24 hour creation days. Henry Morris brought Price's ideas into the mainstream with his book The Genesis Flood in the 1960s.
Prior to this, a local flood and the day-age theory had been dominant in Christianity. It's now becoming dominant again as Christians realize that old-age and geology do nothing to help naturalism.
In fact, "Deluge Science" is largely, if not entirely, a "knee-jerk" response to naturalism (also known as Darwinism). The geologic column, or layers, are often used by naturalists as a picture of Darwinian evolution. That approach fails as much as that of young-earth creationists trying to explain away geology with the global flood. More details are outside the scope of this article, but the bottom line is: Old age of the universe does not help or support Darwinian evolution in any shape or form.
But doesn't the Bible clearly teach a global flood? No, let's look at thirteen reasons why it doesn't:
1. Gen 7:11-12 and Gen 8 clearly show where the water came from (earthly sources including the atmosphere) and where it returned (into Earth). The water content on Earth today, even considering water vapor loss to space, is no where near the amount needed for a global flood.
2. In Gen. 7:19-20 we see that all "the high mountains...were covered." The Hebrew for "high mountains" can be literally translated as hills or hill country. The words for "covered" can be translated as falling upon, running over or residing upon.
3. The flood account also refers to "the earth." This can also be literally translated to refer to regions. Humanity was limited to Mesopotamia, so a local flood would still be "universal." Other examples of similar usage are found in Gen. 41:56-57 and 1 Kings 10:24.
4. The ark didn't land on Mt. Ararat as most think (see Gen. 8:4).
12. YECs rally around Mt. St. Helens citing it as proof that formations
can be formed fast. The fact is geology never denied this. We see evidence
of fast and slow processes. YECs downplay slow processes and highlight fast
ones and claim this as "proof." Such selective evidence hardly constitutes
proof of anything.
13. Sure, some canyons are created by flooding. Some YECs try to say the Grand Canyon is one of these canyons (in spite of geologic evidence) and try to fit this into deluge theories (partly to try to "prove" the canyon is "young"). How could a flood carve out a meandering canyon? How does one explain its distinct rock layers?
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