Is There Evidence That A Global Flood In The Days of Noah Really Occurred?

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A new movie, starring Russell Crowe, based on the biblical account of Noah and the flood is soon to be released.  Undoubtedly, this will spark many discussions concerning Noah, the flood, and the facts surrounding such an event.  Evolutionary science tells us that the physical features we see on the Earth’s surface took millions of years of slow process to come about.  While there has been a move of late toward seeing geological features as having been formed by multiple localized catastrophic events, evolutionary thinking denies that what we see was formed by one gigantic global Flood as described in the Bible.

Many creation scientists, and all young-Earth creation scientists, believe that the biblical evidence, as well as logic, and what we see in the geological formations we find on Earth, support the biblical record of the worldwide Flood of Noah’s day.  Let’s look at some of these evidences. [While the length of this article precludes going into detail, there are many good resources available if one wishes to dig in deeper. I’ve listed some at the end of the article.] 

Presuppositional biases

We need to remember that creation scientists and evolution scientists have the exact same evidence to work with.  However, evolution scientists attempt to explain this evidence from a God-less perspective. Creation scientists explain the evidence in light of God and His Word.  The presuppositions, or worldviews, one begins with will determine how he or she interprets the evidence.  Therefore, when it comes to the debate between evolutionary science and creation science, until the evolutionist starts believing in God or the creationist ceases to believe in Him, the debate will continue.

Geological Evidence

Evidence for a global flood exists all over the world.  The first bit of evidence is the fact that marine fossils are found high above sea level on every continent.  These fossils are found in the walls of the Grand Canyon and 30,000 feet up in the Himalayas.  The best explanation for this is that there was a global flood at some point in our past which covered these areas.

Marine fossils are found in the walls of the Grand Canyon.

Marine fossils are found in the walls of the Grand Canyon.

There are also huge graveyards of fossilized plants and animals found in extensive ‘graveyards’ where they would have had to have been buried rapidly on a massive scale. One such graveyard stretches for 180 miles across northern Arizona and into southern Nevada, covering an area of at least 10,500 square miles (Ham, p.286).  These graveyards exist all over the world.  They were not formed by a local, or regional, flood; it would have taken a much larger force.

On every continent can be found layers of sedimentary rock  Many of these deposits can be traced all the way across continents, and even between continents. Geologists find evidence that these sediments were deposited rapidly, in a short period of time, not millions of years as claimed by the theory of evolution.

Evolutionary theory posits that the layers of fossil bearing sediment took millions of years to accumulate.  However, there is no evidence of the erosion that would have taken place if it had actually taken that long to form the layers.  Once again, the evidence points to these layers being laid down rapidly in a very short amount of time.

There are also many examples of polystrate fossils.  These are fossils, of dead trees for example, that run vertically through several layers of sediment that evolutionists claim were formed millions of years apart.  Are we to believe that this tree died, but did not rot away, even though it supposedly stood there for millions of years? Again, the biblical Flood explains this more feasibly. 

Logical Evidence

“And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep” (Genesis 7:19-20 ESV).  Logic will tell us that it does not matter how high the “high mountains” were (3 feet or 3 miles), if they were all covered by “fifteen cubits” of water, then it is highly probable that the entire earth was covered with water.

If the Flood were merely a localized event, why didn’t Noah and his family (and anyone else not wanting to drown) simply leave the area that was soon to be flooded and relocate to higher, dryer ground?  After all, God gave Noah 120 years advanced notice.  Would an ark of the size indicated in the Bible have been necessary for a localized flood? 

Biblical Evidence

For the Christian, and anyone else who takes the existence of God seriously, the Bible is a legitimate source of evidence for the Noahic Flood. Believers, and others, may argue about the specifics; however, to deny the historicity of this Flood is to deny the authority of God’s Word.

Genesis (chapters 6, 7, and 8) give us the biblical account of the flood of Noah’s day.  Early humanity began to reject God’s rule and rebelled against His lordship (much like humanity today).  The wickedness of man eventually led to God’s judgment on them, “So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens…’” (Genesis 6:7 ESV).  Several passages make it clear that God intended to wipe out humans and animals from the earth:

“And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Genesis 6:13 ESV).

In a passage that would be hard to make it any clearer, we read:

“And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that   swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the    breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark” (Genesis 7:21-23 ESV).

Christians should keep in mind that Jesus confirmed the historical reliability of the Flood when He spoke concerning the coming judgment, “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37-39 ESV, cf. Luke 17:25-27).  Jesus considered the Flood to be an established historical event.

The writer of Hebrews tells us, “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith” (Hebrews 11:7 ESV).

Again, in the context of judgment, Peter writes of the Flood as historical fact, “…if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly…” (2 Peter 2:5 ESV, cf. I Peter 3:20).  It would not bolster Peter’s argument if he were simply referring to a myth or fanciful story as the basis for his warning of God’s upcoming judgment.

Conclusion

Far too often, we interpret the Bible by other mediums; we interpret it by how it makes us feel, or by what we may gain from certain interpretations.  Some interpret the Word of God through the lens of evolutionary theory; in other words, the Bible’s message is modified to fit what the theory of evolution has deemed as truth.

Instead, everything should be seen through the lens of a biblical worldview. Nothing in the Bible will conflict with truth.  God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). Therefore, when some philosophy/belief/theory conflicts with the Bible’s teaching, the philosophy/belief/theory must be altered.

I believe that the biblical account of the Flood of Noah is literally true.  While others may disagree, the evidence from geology, reason, and logic are in agreement with the Word of God when it says, “…the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished” (2 Peter 3:6 ESV). 

Read more about Noah and the flood here: Noah’s Ark Bible Story Summary

Resources – The Holy Bible, English Standard Version “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.” Ken Ham, gen. ed. The New Answers Book 3. Master Books, 2009. 

For Further Study:

Don’t Miss the Boat by Paul Taylor

The New Answers Books, Vol. 1-4. Ken Ham, gen. ed.

The World That Perished byJohn C. Whitcomb

The Genesis Flood by John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris

Grand Canyon: Monument to Catastrophe by Steven A. Austin

Noah’s Ark: A Feasibility Study by John Woodmorappe

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theG3NERAL March 23, 2014 at 2:40 am

There is a lot of evidence that the Biblical global flood happened. These are two of the best creation science websites for info on evidence for the Biblical flood and much more supporting the Bible:

Answers In Genesis
http://www.answersingenesis.org/

Institute for Creation Research
http://www.icr.org/

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Robert March 25, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Thank you, General,
I frequent both of these sites and read many of the books published by their organizations. Fine people.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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DocReits March 24, 2014 at 3:36 am

Thank you Robert for this great post! It is unfortunate that many well respected Christian apologists, such as William Lane Craig, refer to those of us who believe in a young earth(under 10,000 years), as “those Christians” who are “hurting” the cause of Christ by appearing ignorant of the “science” supporting a 4.5 billion year old planet.

The error of the evolutionist is Uniformitarianism, that argues against the catastrophic Biblical flood. I love the fact that this Noah movie will provide an airing of this historic event. It hopefully will give pause to the doubter. Perhaps it will be said of the movie……”The upright will see it, and be glad. All the wicked will shut their mouths”(Ps 107:42).

Blessings,

DocReits

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Robert March 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Thank you for you kind words and your insight, Doc. It’s always a pleasure to read your comments. It’s been a chore for me to keep up with my posting as I am involved in a music ministry now, but I will always get back to you…sooner or later. God bless you.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Patricia Schneider March 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

Hello, Robert!
Thanks bunches for explaining that Noah’s flood was indeed a GLOBAL event! My next comment is for DocReits (March 24, 2014,) OK?

Hello, DocReits!
About the movie, ‘Noah’, w/Russell Crowe…I’d seen an interview with the actor and frankly, he portrayed Noah as an uncaring, angry man.
The movie is NOT based on God’s Word, but Hollywood’s version, which sometimes deviates from God’s truth when making biblical movies. If you do go see the movie, don’t take any little ones ’til you decide if it’s an accurate portrayal of God’s Word or not. OK? Just some friendly advice. God’s numerous blessings for you, DocReits!

God’s wonderful blessings & His graces be showered upon you, Robert, and your family!
Your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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DocReits March 29, 2014 at 11:23 pm

Patti and others,

Thank you for your well wishes Patti, and no, I would not take any kids to a violent movie, regardless of it being damned or blessed by the Christian community. I do not make any of my movie decisions based upon those who name Christ as Savior.

This whole thing is really making me mad. Not the crazy type of mad, but the angry type. I leave the “crazy mad” for the folks I mention below. This whole discussion is just another reason why the world sees Christians as being crazy. I agree with that opinion the more I observe the antics of Christians over this movie.

It strikes me as odd and quite amusing that so many Christians find that the movie Noah does not follow the specifics of the Bible. All I have to say is, “DUH!”.( I speak especially about Kent Ham and followers…btw, I subscribe to and support his ministry, so do not misunderstand… I believe he does much good).

Again, why do Christians waste their time, IMO, and go to such lengths to make the point of Godless men acting, well…Godless? I understand their concern about the average Christian getting an inaccurate depiction of the events surrounding the Flood. The thing they fail to mention or perhaps understand, is that most Christians have never read the Bible(in its entirety) and are ignorant therefore of what it says. So, Ham and panel, might think that Christians or unbelievers will see an historical event portrayed as not exactly as described in the Bible. I get that point.

Let me reiterate, so what? The unbelievers do not read the Bible, so what is the worry, and I already said that Christians are not going to read the Bible account of Noah anyway right?…Now stay with me…but maybe, peaked by the interest in seeing the movie, the unbeliever just might. Now, granted they probably won’t read the Bible anyway, but they sure will be more likely to read the story of Noah, than if they hadn’t seen the movie. There is “my” point.

So Kent ham can wax eloquent about the dire state of mankind, and how corrupt the extra-Biblical script of the movie has fallen, from the Biblical account, and we can have Pastor Dale’s waving their Bible and stating, How Dare a Christian view such Blasphemy. I reply…really…?

This version of Noah is the world being the world. Why in literally God’s Name would we expect them to follow the Scripture? Think about it… For what its worth, which isn’t much, my recommendation to these Christians is to “GET OVER IT!!”

Again, is this Noah story somehow the exclusive right and domain of the Sunday School Christian? You know that is very close to the truth , in my opinion, and hence the “outrage”. We Christians think we have exclusive rights to the Bible and God forbid if, an atheist producer gets it “not quite right”. Why, “They might go to hell for perverting Scripture!”. What? They are already going to hell!! I say, “Go for it!” “Knock yourselves out Godless producers”. Lets get a Biblical epic event out into the open! “Hooray!!”.

Instead I offer respected Christian leadership’s measured response:

One of Kent Ham’s panel, in the video Kris offered, stated, “The rock angels were not accurate, as the angels were confined to below the earth, and not above, as depicted in the movie”.

I was incredulous as the panel shook their heads in mocking disbelief at such blasphemy. Really? Who cares!! I want unbelieving viewers to give a nod to the plausibility of the flood…you know, the part about the destruction of the world by water….PERIOD.

Maybe it will crack open the door for them to believe in a baby born in Bethlehem, another Biblical epic event, that was sent by the “Creator”(as used in the movie Noah) to save them from their flood(eternal destruction). Think about it. Isn’t that the ultimate goal we should all be after? Or sadly has it become some turf war with, of all people, Hollywood producers, on whether Tubal-Cain sneaked onto the Ark?

Isn’t waking someone up to a Biblical epic event more important than the location of the fallen angels, or Tubal-Cain? I couldn’t care less about whether the fallen angels are below or on the surface of the earth. Incredible!! No wonder these producers scoff at the protestations from such leaders in the Christian community.

You know Patty, many of these same self-righteous Christians, I’d be willing to wager, will have no problem seeing the new Captain America when it breaks in theaters next week. Or maybe they will just wait to view it in the privacy of their homes so no one will see their perceived “sin”.

So PLEASE all of you Christians, who plan on that, spare me the “I will not spend my $8.00 to support Godless Hollywood” business, regarding the movie Noah. Its too late, there are so many ways you already have.

I would just ask one question of ALL and ANY of these Christian protesters. If just one person cracks open their old dusty family Bible and reads the Biblical account of Noah and the flood from Scripture, was their $8.00 they paid to Godless Hollywood worth it?

I didn’t even say anything about the fact that they might read further if they did.

Blessings,

DocReits

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Kris March 30, 2014 at 12:20 am

Hey Doc…..I got a great chuckle from your well made points, I love to see believers get ‘fired up’ over the need for thinking soberly AND biblically . You are correct about the fallacy of any expectation of unbelievers to make any kind of ‘accurate’ account of bible ….still I think we all feel the growing and continued tide that rages against the Word Himself and His recorded love letter to those who He died for.

I take all of what you said with appreciation but I do think , having homeschooled and having been subjected to some of the same ‘hierarchic’ shananigans in the church movement of the past get your position of exasperation with the various ways of religion apart from the actual walk the Lord would have us involved with Him in … I SO ‘get’ your feelings on this .

I remember becoming aware of the various ways analysis came into my walk more during my time in parenting and concern to teach my children to discern …not toss out of hand things of the world ….age appropriate of course..

My kids grew up not with heads in the sand but with the knowledge of what they could do to compare for themselves what the Lord has to say against whatever they would have to experience in life.

I did not pull punches in their lives as I had lived through some pretty hair raising experiences in my life and felt no matter what ….as they grew able they were informed of all that the Lord graciously forgave and corrected in my life and practice….and ongoing.

So what? We don’t hide our interests in anime [ I attended conventions with them ….fun…and enriching] I played video games and THEY were the ones who chose not to involve themselves in many of the games and activities their peers in college did …but remained unspoiled by any sense of ‘self righteousness:” I admire them

I personally do not care to go to the theaters for my own reasons ….which don’t even involve the cash or the ‘defiling’ as the bases for that decision….my kids go when they have something they want to see ….they are trustworthy.

I hope to grow up to be just like them!

Someday.

I think many who come to Christ are struggling to learn how to live rightly amid a very difficult time …always has been since the world has fallen and can’t get up [ sorry …could not resist!]

Hypocrisy may not always be the reason for some of the things you have noted regarding the church …sometimes people are simply mislead , unlearned, gullible and perhaps even a bit overwhelmed with the prospect of learning how to live after years of being deceived, or trained to live in the most pc way ….Coming to Christ does involve personal effort to sort out the many ways scripture is understood.

I am with you …I started out with ONLY wanting the Lord to teach me and before long various perspectives kept challenging and adding to …soon I was snared …here and then as I became ‘free ‘ I soon found myself learning something that questioned what I had thought I understood while reading the scriptures….It is true …the Word is ‘simple’ and clear to those who are His …I was not so secure in my own intellect so I was vulnerable to other’s input….

I hope you will continue to give your views about the state of those who do not read their Bibles to at least learn first hand what it says …and as they hear or read other info they at least have SOME personal ‘eyes on’ to refer back to .

Yes….anything that dislodges the hardened heart against the Lord is a good thing.

Thanks for your passionate expressions of faith in the truths of the Word!

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Kris March 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Robert….Well done in such a concise manner!

I posted a link on the other ‘discussion’ about this movie that was helpful . It was the panel of guys from Answers in Genesis discussing the movie. Midway it switched to Ken Ham teaching about Uniformatarianism [ what a mouthful!] one thing he stressed that the real ‘idol’ of Evolutionary Theory was they had to have ‘TIME” in terms of Billions of years…..

Thought that interesting …without that presupposition of time they would not be pushing for where that amount of time fits into the biblical account.

God said ‘The evening and the morning’ yet even now some Christians are trying to reconcile man’s view with the Bible instead of the other way around …..

I liked the quote Doc brought to the table….but as the media is pretty much under the control of the wicked …they most likely will still ‘speak’ their mind….and this is what the Bible has to say about the carnal mind;

Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Lets pray that some will be drawn to inspect the truth found in the Bible about all things and ask God to help them understand through Jesus Christ without whom there is no hope.

Indeed if the movie does not move unbelievers to seek out truth we can expect believers to sharpen up their knowledge from the various controversy that has already begun regarding “what does the Bible say”!

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Kris March 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I know God is ultimately in control but the industry of media is being allowed to do “whatever is right in their own eyes” to rake in the cash…. and few if any are motivated from a godly worldview if products are any measure……those who do come to Christ have found it a pretty rough go in terms of getting work ….but some are willing to sacrifice that aspect of their lives to hold to their convictions ….Kirk Cameron comes to mind …and there are others not as ‘visible’ to us presently .

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Karen March 30, 2014 at 11:30 am

I am a Christian, but still have questions. Why have they not found evidence of millions of humans who drowned in the flood?

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Robert March 30, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Hi Karen,
Thanks for reading and commenting. The Answers in Genesis website (and the Institute for Creation Research website) has some great information on this subject (just Google the names for the links). I have included one article (it’s a little lengthy, but worth reading) from Answers in Genesis for your viewing pleasure. God bless you.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/cm/v14/n1/human-fossils

Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Patricia Schneider March 31, 2014 at 2:16 am

Robert, thanks so much for the article, “Where Are All The Human Fossils?” by Andrew A. Snelling. Quite interesting and informative.
Your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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Patricia Schneider March 31, 2014 at 3:26 am

Hello, DocReits!
The main reason I commented what I did was to inform ‘newly born again Christians,’ not specifically you, my brother. Thanks bunches for explaining your views. (I wasn’t looking for any argument, honest! LOL!) ~ Your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

Hello, Kris,
Thanks so much for your comments. Especially about trusting your children because they grew up with the knowledge of God’s Word. That’s so cool! Your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

God’s wonderful blessings & His graces be showered upon you both, Kris & DocReits!!!

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Kris March 31, 2014 at 4:44 pm

Thanks Patty…you have always something kind to say.

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Nicholas Head April 10, 2014 at 3:32 am

SEEMS TO BE A BIG DIFFERENCE COMPARING BIBLE WISDOM AND SCIENTIST SMARTS , TO BELIEVE THE WORD IS WISE AND TO BELIEVE MAN IS NOT TOO SMART

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