Many Christians have been taught to believe that The Flood of Noah’s day (2348 BC) was a local flood, limited to the Mesopotamian region. Compromised views such a those taught by progressive creationists believe that the rock layers and fossils found around the world are the result of billions of years of evolutionary earth history, rather than from the Biblical flood. They do not believe that the Flood covered the whole earth. Progressive creationists argue that the text of Genesis 7 doesn’t really say that the Flood covered the whole earth. But read it for yourself:
The Bible speaks for itself
Verse 19: They [the flood waters] rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.
Verse 21: Every living thing that moved on the earth perished — birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.
Verse 22: Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.
Verse 23: Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark [emphasis added].
Logical questions if we compromise
Also, many serious questions remain for those who teach that the Genesis Flood was only local:
- If the Flood was local, why did Noah have to build an ark? He could have walked to the other side of the mountains and missed it.
- If the Flood was local, why did God send the animals to the ark so they could escape death? There would have been other animals to reproduce that kind if these particular ones had died.
- If the Flood was local, why was the ark big enough to hold all the different kinds of vertebrate land animals? If only Mesopotamian animals were aboard, the ark could have been much smaller.
- If the Flood was local, why would birds have been sent on board? These could simply have winged across to a nearby mountain range.
- If the Flood was local, how could the waters rise to 15 cubits (8 meters) above the mountains (Genesis 7:20)? Water seeks its own level. It couldn’t rise to cover the local mountains while leaving the rest of the world untouched.
- If the Flood was local, people who did not happen to be living in the vicinity would not be affected by it. They would have escaped God’s judgment on sin. If this had happened, what did Christ mean when He likened the coming judgment of all men to the judgment of “all” men in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37–39)? A partial judgment in Noah’s day would mean a partial judgment to come.
- If the Flood was local, God would have repeatedly broken His promise never to send such a flood again.
We can trust God’s Word
If the history in Genesis is not correct as written, how can one be sure the rest of the Bible can be taken as written? Jesus said in John 3:12, “If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”1
“If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?”John 3:12
References and Notes
- Ham, Ken. The New Answers Book 2 . Master Books. Kindle Edition.