A show of hands – how many of you believe the Genesis Flood covered the entire earth?
(If not, you either believe in a “local” flood or no flood at all. This post won’t address the “no flood” theology.)
These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on 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. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
This morning, Dr. Jeff Tomkins gave the ICR staff a great apologetic (apologetic: n. A reasoned argument or writing in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine) for the global, historical flood mentioned in Genesis. (Genesis 6-10)
The following material was shared by Dr. Tomkins:
Local vs Global Flood In Light of Scripture
One of the primary ideas in the progressive creation movement, used by such people as Hugh Ross, is the concept of a local flood. These people claim that Scripture supports a local flood. What they are really trying to do is support the idea of long geological ages and the geological column.
When we compare the concept of a local flood with the Scriptures, we actually find a number of serious problems.
Every Christian should know how to defend the global flood from Scripture with the following 7 points.
If the flood was local…
1: Why did Noah have to build an ark if it was only local? He could’ve walked to the other side of the nearest mountains and escaped the flood.
2: Why did God send 2 of every kind of all the animals to the ark? This would’ve been pointless. There would have been other animals just like them all over the world.
3: Why would birds have been sent on the ark? They could have simply flown away to a dry, less stormy place.
4: Why was the ark so big? Scientists have shown that it was big enough to contain all of the genera of animal life on earth with room to spare. It could have been much smaller to hold all of the animals in only a local area.
5: How could the water rise 15 cubits (24 feet) above the highest mountain and remain only a local event? Water seeks its own level. It couldn’t rise to cover the local mountains, if they were the highest mountains as the Bible says, because it would’ve escaped and flooded the rest of the earth.
6: People who did not live in the vicinity of the local flood would have escaped judgement from the whole purpose of the flood, which was to destroy all flesh on the earth because it had become exceedingly wicked and sinful. Jesus also likened the time of Noah and the great flood unto the last days and the end of time – the final judgment of all men.
7: God would have repeatedly broken His promise to never send the global flood again if it was only local, because there have been many local floods all over the world since then.