The secular world laughs at it and scholars scoff at it. Moreover, university students point to the account of the Flood in Genesis to prove the Bible wrong. Earth science textbooks make statements like, “People used to believe in a Flood, but today …” Even many people in the Christian community marginalize the Flood, calling it a “myth” or a “story” for kids. In contrast, there are many people like me and the rest of the AOI staff, who not only accept the Biblical account of the Flood as literal truth, but also point to abundant geologic evidence for it. (See the article “A Flood of Evidence” for some of the details.)
Why do many church people reject the Flood? First of all, the secular world constantly hammers students with evolution and the idea that geology has proven the Flood to be a myth. Year after year of this indoctrination certainly takes a toll on young minds. But I think another, more subtle reason starts in the church nursery with all those cute drawings of Noah and his tiny little ark with all the animals squeezing on. Later, students see this idea depicted by colorful cartoons and TV shows. These images are firmly imprinted in the minds of many students that I encounter at our university programs.
I remember one student in particular, who sarcastically asked, “How did Noah get all those stinking animals on board that little boat?” I responded with two questions: How big was the boat? and How many animals needed to go on board? He replied, “I don’t know, but they certainly couldn’t have fit.” I pointed out that what he was trying to say was that an unknown number of animals couldn’t fit on board a boat of unknown size. That brought a lot of chuckles from the other students. Of course, the Bible indicates that the ark was enormous, at least 1.5 to 2 football fields in length, which can easily solve the problem. But those cute pictures continue to keep young people from believing the Bible.
Why do I believe the reality of the Flood is such an important issue? Well, God cares that we take His Word seriously. Since He took at least 3 full chapters in Genesis to give the details of the worldwide Flood, to say otherwise indicates a total disregard for His Word. If we don’t believe that part of Scripture, then why believe any of it? Unfortunately, many students have bought this line of reasoning and rejected the Bible because they have been told that geology has proven the Bible wrong.
Peter warns us in 2 Peter 3: 3-6, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.’ For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.” When I am on the college campuses and even in some churches, it sounds like we are in those last days. I don’t want to be one of those people scoffing at God’s Word and denying true earth history which includes catastrophic judgment for sin by a global Flood.
Besides all of that, the truth of a global flood should have a major impact on how we view geology. Instead of rock layers indicating millions of years of geologic history, they actually are a silent testimony of the truth of the Flood. In addition, the fossils found in those layers bear witness of the death and destruction as recorded in Genesis. That may sound like “heresy” to secular geologists today, but it was the prevailing view held by most competent geologists in the not too-distant past. I believe we need to return to this Biblical perspective and take God at His Word!
The Global Flood – by Dr. John D. Morris
Originally published in the July/August 2013 issue of Think & Believe newsletter.
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