Local vs Global Flood.

By Bodie Hodge, Answers in Genesis

Did Noah experience a local flood which left only a few sediment layers, as floods do today? God’s record is clear: the water covered the entire globe and killed all the animals on earth. Such unique conditions are the only way to explain worldwide fossil-bearing layers thousands of feet deep.

Scripture is clear about the historic reality of a global Flood in Noah’s day. Genesis 7:19–22 specifically says that water covered all the high hills by 15 cubits (26 feet, or 8 m), and all air-breathing land animals and people that were outside the Ark died.

Today, many people unfortunately do not accept the biblical account of a worldwide Flood because they have been taught that most rocks and fossils were deposited over millions of years (and therefore not by a global Flood). Until the 1800s, most Westerners believed what the Bible records about the earth’s recent creation and the global Flood. The secular idea of millions of years did not catch fire until the 1830s, under the influence of a man named Charles Lyell.

Based on how slowly rock layers usually form today, Lyell rejected the Bible’s claims and declared that the earth’s many rock layers must have been laid down slowly over millions of years. But he never witnessed the actual formation of the earlier rocks to see whether they could be laid by a unique, one-time global Flood unlike anything we observe today. Lyell’s claim was based on his own preconceptions, not his observations.

Yet his idea took hold in Western universities and spread throughout the Western world. Sadly, many Christians simply tried to add this idea to the Bible. What these Christians should have done was stand on the authority of the Bible and defend the global Flood, which can easily account for the bulk of fossil-bearing rock layers we find all over the world.

Although there is tremendous physical evidence of a global flood (fossils in the rock layers all over the world), ultimately, it is a matter of trust in a perfect God who created everything (Gen. 1:1), knows everything (Col. 2:3), has always been there (Rev. 22:13), and cannot lie (Titus 1:2). The only alternative is to trust imperfect, fallible human beings who can only speculate on the past (see Rom. 3:4).

Some Christians have tried to put millions of years of rock formation before the global Flood to explain the bulk of the rock layers that contain fossils. But the problem is that the Flood waters could rip up many of the previous rock layers and redeposit them elsewhere! So this compromise not only fails to explain the rock layers but also dishonors the clear claims of Scripture.

A global Flood makes perfect sense, and it is wrong and foolish to stray from God’s Word just because some men disagree.

2 Peter 3:5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water.

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One Response to Local vs Global Flood.

  1. Elizabeth K. Jennings says:

    I enjoy watching science shows that “explain” how the earth was formed and how the universe began, because I know the truth, and it’s interesting to see how scientists try to explain away the Word’s creation story. When they talk about the universe being created by a “Big Bang”, I do (tongue-in-cheek) agree! Why? Because the “Big Bang” they talk about is THE SOUND OF GOD’S VOICE AS HE SPOKE THE UNIVERSE INTO BEING!!! There is so much we don’t know about where the earth and the universe are concerned, because the bible was written to include only that which was/is relevant to us at the time — then and now! We know there were other beings created before Adam and Eve because the bible mentions it, and when the bible talks about “there were giants in those days”, perhaps those giants weren’t humans as we supposed, but were the dinosaurs! There’s a lot we don’t know, and probably never will, unless God decides to let us know when we get to heaven. But, by then, it won’t matter to us anymore! The bible says God created the earth and everything else, including man in 6 days and on the 7th He rested. But the actual time span it took is really unknown, because elsewhere in the bible it says “a day is to the Lord a thousand days, and a thousands days a day”. I don’t care what the scientists say about the earth and how old it is — it may be that old, I don’t know — but what I do know is that God created it, and everything else. It could have been 7 actual days, or it could have been 7 thousand years or 7 million years, based on that statement I wrote of above. But, I believe and trust the Word, and if God decides to explain it all to me someday, great!! But if not, that’s great, too!!! I’ll be heaven and that’s the only thing I’ll be thinking about then!!!

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