You may have heard the skeptics say, “You can’t use the Bible to prove the Bible!” No problem. A wealth of non-Biblical evidence backs up the Bible as God’s Word. Based upon anthropological research, the non-Hebrew cultures already believe many of the things that the Hebrew Scripture teaches about Noah’s Flood. When a comparison is made between the Noahic Flood account of Genesis 6-9 to the flood legends present in over 200 cultures world-wide, striking similarities surface. In Dr. John Morris’ article “Why Does Nearly Every Culture Have a Tradition of a Global Flood?” (Back to Genesis, Sept. 2001, #153), he lists a summary of these tremendous similarities:
- Is there a favored family? 88%
- Were they forewarned? 66%
- Is flood due to wickedness of man? 66%
- Is catastrophe only a flood? 95%
- Was flood global? 95%
- Is survival due to a boat? 70%
- Were animals also saved? 67%
- Did animals play any part? 73%
- Did survivors land on a mountain? 57%
- Was the geography local? 82%
- Were birds sent out? 35%
- Was the rainbow mentioned? 75%
- Did survivors offer a sacrifice? 3%
- Were specifically eight persons saved? 9%
To me, the most phenomenal points are numbers for and five which demonstrate the nearly universal belief of a global catastrophe, which was a flood. When one considers that any number of common disasters could have been listed, such as an earthquake, a hurricane, a tsunami, a volcanic eruption, or even fire, the idea of a flood catastrophe becomes even more compelling!
Dr. Morris states from the above study: “One of the strongest evidences for the global flood which annihilated all people on Earth except for Noah and his family has been the ubiquitous (universal) presence of flood legends in the folklore of people groups from around the world… Local geography and cultural aspects may be present but they all seem to be telling the same story.” In addition, Dr. Morris contends that myth research conducted by anthropologists is often “… the faded memory of a real event. Details may have been added, lost, or obscured in the telling and retelling, but the kernel of truth remains. When two separate cultures have the same “myth” in their body of folklore, their ancestors must have either experienced the same event, or they both descended from a common ancestral source which itself experienced the event. The only credible way to understand the widespread, similar flood legends is to recognize that all people living today…have descended from the few real people who survived a real global flood…Their descendants now fill the globe, never to forget the real event.”
Originally published in the November/December 2004 issue of Think and Believe. Please call our office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional resources on these subjects.
Originally published in the November/December 2004 issue of Think and Believe.
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