|"Timeless" Truth #63 - by Ben Brown|
Last time I wrote a bit about Noah’s Ark. This time let’s think a bit about the Flood itself. What’s your own view? Have you thought much about it in depth? A careful study will reveal that there has never been a more important event which caused the structure and features of the Earth as we now know it. Of course those who believe in evolution will try to explain that it is the result of a very long and slow process which has taken billions of years. Their mantra of course is, when in doubt just add billions of years. Lots of time solves all problems.
The real problem for Christians is, (and why it appears in this column) that many who claim a belief in Christianity are so steeped in evolutionary education results that they find it difficult to believe Scriptural accounts. For shame!
The recorded history of mankind includes flood legend among isolated people groups all over the world, approximately 270 in all. This fact alone gives great credence to the report of the spreading of people groups from the confusion of languages during the construction of theTower of Babel. These people coming from the same location would have carried the story of the great flood with them as they dispersed. Many of the legend versions got distorted over time, but they all carry the essential elements of what happened
A good portion of the unbelief seems to stem again from the Sunday School story of the 40 days and nights of rain. What is missed is the first part of Verse 11 of Genesis 7 which says the fountains of the deep burst forth. It is the combination of huge volumes of water from not only the vapor canopy that was over the Earth at the time, but also the splitting of the Earth’s crust to release additional large quantities of water. The picture of bursting suggests probably intense wave action along with the presence of underwater volcanic action. It would appear that the reason for a very stable boat design was now apparent. Not so for the people and other creatures who were outside the ark. The fossil record indeed shows that instead of slow and gradual deposition as evolutionists would have us believe, there was wide spread panic as creatures crowded into less and less available space until ultimately covered by water. It must have been a terrible scene for the people, but we are reminded that it is still a threat today for those who willingly reject God. Matthew 24:36-39
Evidence shows that there was substantial continental plate movement during the Flood and also after while the deposited sediments were still soft. At the end of the Flood the sea floor sunk down and the mountain features rose up. As a result the waters began to recede and the ark ended up resting on high ground. During this resting period I want to point out a couple of important factors. First, we are given the date when the ark rested. It signifies a new beginning. It also happens to be the same date when Jesus rose from the dead to give us new life in Him, another new beginning. Second, even though the ark stopped floating, there was a lot of water remaining. It took another six months of waiting before things had dried out and enough plant growth was available for food. More important was what was going on as the waters receded. An enormous quantity of water was rushing into the settling sea beds. The rapidly moving water carved much of the geological features that we observe today such as the famous Grand Canyon. We did catch a glimpse of canyon cutting during the Mt. St. Helen'sdisaster when a 1/40th sized one was cut in one day due to high speed mud and water flow. It did not happen slow and gradually. There is little that we can observe today on a similar scale, so it comes down to what one believes in faith. For further reading on this subject, I suggest a two volume work by Andrew Snelling titled, “Earth’s Catastrophic Past”.
It’s all up to you. Put on God’s truth glasses or leave them off.
Blessings until next time,
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