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Noah’s Ark (Update II)

This is the 10th feature that deals with the Bible’s record of Noah and the ark and the global flood. Information on this subject continues to pour in at a very rapid rate. Much of the scientific community is befuddled by its discoveries, grappling for explanations. It never dawns on them that the Bible is true and righteous altogether.

This update will highlight some of the latest findings concerning catastrophic floods being reported in the field of science. The skeptics will attempt to explain this phenomenon in sundry ways in an attempt to dodge the obvious.

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Noah’s Ark (Update II)

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They sit in darkness and love to have it so.  Jesus said in John 3:19-20:

19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Man, down through time, has sold his soul for a bowl of Esau’s pottage.  Many in the academic community have considered the credibility of the Word of God, but are afraid to come out of their scholastic closets, especially in the sciences.  They have too much invested—their grotesquely expensive Darwinian-based educations, their careers, their prestige, their pet sins, etc.  An interview quoted several times on GodSaidManSaid clearly depicts this problem.  It follows:

Back To Genesis, a publication of the Institute for Creation Research, featured an interview with a molecular biologist conducted by George Caylor of the Lynchburg Leader. This molecular biologist, speaking on grounds of anonymity, is involved in identifying genetic controls for diseases. As you hear or read this short excerpt, the reason for his anonymity will be obvious. The letter "G" represents the interviewer and the letter "J" the biologist:

G: "Do you believe that the information evolved?"

J: "George, nobody I know in my profession believes it evolved. It was engineered by 'genius beyond genius,' and such information could not have been written any other way. The paper and ink did not write the book! Knowing what we know, it is ridiculous to think otherwise."

G: "Have you ever stated that in a public lecture, or in any public writings?"

J: "No. I just say it evolved. To be a molecular biologist requires one to hold on to two insanities at all times. One, it would be insane to believe in evolution when you can see the truth for yourself. Two, it would be insane to say you don't believe in evolution. All government work, research grants, papers, big college lectures—everything would stop. I'd be out of a job, or relegated to the outer fringes where I couldn't earn a decent living."

G: "I hate to say it, but that sounds intellectually dishonest."

J: "The work I do in genetic research is honorable. We will find the cures to many of mankind's worst diseases. But in the meantime, we have to live with the 'elephant in the living room'."

G: "What elephant?"

J: "Creation design. It's like an elephant in the living room. It moves around, takes up an enormous amount of space, loudly trumpets, bumps into us, knocks things over, eats a ton of hay, and smells like an elephant. And yet we have to swear it isn't there!"  [End of quote]

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GOD SAID, Genesis 7:1-24:

And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.

Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.

For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.

And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

Of clean beasts, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creepeth upon the earth,

There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.

10  And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

11  In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

12  And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

13  In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;

14  They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort.

15  And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

16  And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.

17  And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.

18  And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters.

19  And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

20  Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

21  And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:

22  All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died.

23  And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

24  And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days.

MAN SAID: Ridiculous! Or, at best, the Bible’s account is merely the exaggerated writings of someone who had witnessed a regional flood.

Now THE RECORD.  The entire edifice of unbelief requires the absolute rejection of two historical facts which can be and are proven beyond any reasonable doubt.  On GodSaidManSaid, there are presently 353 feature subjects that endorse and prove the inerrancy of the Word of God by multiple third party sources.  These feature articles are stored on this website in text and streaming audio.  The number of subjects grows by one, God willing, every Thursday eve.  The Bible is proven time after time after time.  Now let the skeptics prove any anti-Biblical position they hold true.  We await.

The historic facts rejected by carnaldom that are foundational to their unbelief are (#1) the rejection of the concept of the creation of the earth with its universe, its Adam and Eve, etc., and (#2) their casting off of Noah and a devastating global flood.  Rejecting these historic facts is required in order to house their cardinal doctrine of uniformitarianism which basically states that the present defines the past and that all events in the geologic process, for instance, happen at a uniform constant pace.  Since they reject the notion of creation, had they met Adam five seconds after his creation, they would have assumed history when there was none.  They would have looked at the earth and its ecosystem, the sun and moon, and the planets, assuming history when there was none.  Their uniformity just dissolved. 

Secondly, the absolute atmospheric and global devastation that took place during the flood in the days of Noah would not be considered “uniform geology,” even by the most ardent skeptics.  The billions of years of purported history offered up by the evolutionists are founded on assumptions built upon their doctrine of uniformitarianism.  Their assumption of history and constancy is woefully lacking.

This is the 10th feature that deals with the Bible’s record of Noah and the ark and the global flood.  Information on this subject continues to pour in at a very rapid rate.  Much of the scientific community is befuddled by its discoveries, grappling for explanations.  It never dawns on them that the Bible is true and righteous altogether.

This update will highlight some of the latest findings concerning catastrophic floods being reported in the field of science.  The skeptics will attempt to explain this phenomenon in sundry ways in an attempt to dodge the obvious.

The following excerpts are from the July 21, 2007 issue of Science News, under the heading, “Birth of an Island: Megaflood severed Europe from Britain:”

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, as an ice age was ending, the spillover from an immense glacial lake in northern Europe sliced through a broad ridge that for millions of years had connected what is now England to the continent. The flood that resulted, one of the largest that scientists have ever identified, quickly created a breach that makes Britain the island that it is today.

A sonar survey just south of England revealed a 100‑km‑long, submerged feature that scientists have dubbed the Northern Paleovalley. This valley, which contains little if any sediment, is as much as 50 m deep in spots, says Gupta. Large, flat‑topped islands in the valley have streamlined shapes, suggesting that they were carved by massive amounts of water flowing over what had been dry land. Broad grooves carved into the bedrock, some of them at least 100 m wide and 15 km long, curve to follow the valley's terrain—a hint that the features were quickly created by a colossal deluge.

The size of the paleovalley's islands suggests that the floodwaters could have run as much as 20 m deep, says Gupta. Considering the width of the now‑submerged valley, the scouring flow that created it could have carried about 1 million cubic meters every second and raged for months, he adds.

The purported flood probably rivaled the floods that scoured portions of the northwestern United States at the end of the most recent ice age, says Philip Gibbard, a geologist at the University of Cambridge in England.  [End of quote] 

Please keep in mind that the assumptions of uniformitarianism will supply a bottomless pit of erroneous dates.

In order to convey the global nature of the flood, the following paragraphs have been lifted from the GodSaidManSaid feature article, “Noah’s Ark – Fact or Fiction? (Updated):”

According to an article reported in the January 1999 issue of Discover magazine, titled “Forty Days and Forty Nights, More or Less,” a great flood of possibly Noahitic proportion did take place in ancient times. I'm quoting ¼th of the article.

About 7,500 years ago, [they're off about 3,000 years] a flood poured ten cubic miles of water a day—130 times more than flows over Niagara Falls—from the Mediterranean Sea into the Black Sea, abruptly turning the formerly freshwater lake into a brackish inland sea.

The evidence has been slowly accumulating over the past five years. In 1993, William Ryan and Walter Pitman of Columbia University's Lamont‑Doherty Earth Observatory dug up cores of sediment from the bottom of the Black Sea. The core samples showed that the sea's outer margins had once been dry land and that it had been two‑thirds its present size. Furthermore, over the entire sea bottom was a thin, uniform layer of sediment that could only have been deposited during a flood.

This past year even more evidence came to light when researchers collected sediment samples from several new, nearby sites. “If there had been a flood, there would have been a flood everywhere,” says Ryan, “so we know that we had to find the same features – the same evidence that the Black Sea had once been smaller.” The new samples are consistent with that story.

In an article in The Smithsonian, written by James Trefil, under the heading, “Evidence for a Flood,” he reports on the research of Columbia University geologists, Ryan and Pitman. Trefil reports on the research that claims that antediluvian “ocean levels were about 400 feet lower than they are today” and that “the east coast of the United States was 75 to 150 miles farther out than it is today, and places like Manhattan and Baltimore would have been inland cities.” Of course, this was a result of God changing the world’s atmospheric structure when he opened the windows of heaven and poured the water down for forty days and forty nights.

The core samples taken by Ryan and Pitman from the area of the Black Sea lead them to believe that a flood of Noahitic proportion actually occurred, although they don’t make the complete jump to global. The following paragraph is from The Smithsonian:

It was this event that Pitman and Ryan believe could be the flood recorded in the Book of Genesis. The salt water poured through the deepening channel, creating a waterfall 200 times the volume of Niagara Falls (anyone who has ever traveled to the base of the falls on the Maid of the Mist will have a sense of the power involved). In a single day enough water came through the channel to cover Manhattan to a depth at least two times the height of the World Trade Center, and the roar of cascading water would have been audible at least 100 miles away.  [End of quote]

The following information is quoted from the November 2007 issue of Discover magazine under the title, “Did a Comet Cause the Great Flood?”  This story reviews discoveries made by environmental archaeologist Bruce Masse of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Masse believes that he has uncovered evidence that a gigantic comet crashed into the Indian Ocean several thousand years ago and nearly wiped out all life on the planet. What’s more, he thinks that clues about the catastrophe are hiding in plain sight, embedded in the creation stories of cultural groups around the world. His hypothesis depends on a major reinterpretation of many different mythologies and raises questions about how frequently major asteroid impacts occur. What scientists know about such collisions is based mainly on a limited survey of craters around the world and on the moon. Only 185 craters on Earth have been identified, and almost all are on dry land, leaving largely unexamined the 70 percent of the planet covered by water. Even among those on dry land, many of the craters have been recognized only recently. It is possible that Earth has been a target of more meteors and comets than scientists have suspected.

Masse’s epiphany came while poring over Hawaiian oral histories regarding the goddess Pele and wondering what they might reveal about the lava flows that episodically destroy human settlements and create new tracts of land. He reasoned that even though the stories are often clouded by exaggerations and mystical explanations, many may refer to actual incidents. He tested his hypothesis by cross‑checking carbon‑14 ages for the lava flows against dates included in royal Hawaiian genealogies. The result: Several flows matched up with the specific reigns associated with them in the oral histories. Other myths, Masse theorizes, hold similar clues.

Masse’s biggest idea is that some 5,000 years ago, a 3‑mile‑wide ball of rock and ice swung around the sun and smashed into the ocean off the coast of Madagascar. The ensuing cataclysm sent a series of 600‑foot‑high tsunamis crashing against the world’s coastlines and injected plumes of superheated water vapor and aerosol particulates into the atmosphere. Within hours, the infusion of heat and moisture blasted its way into jet streams and spawned superhurricanes that pummeled the other side of the planet. For about a week, material ejected into the atmosphere plunged the world into darkness. All told, up to 80 percent of the world’s population may have perished, making it the single most lethal event in history.  [End of quote]

Masse is getting close but he is still short of the correct assessment.

The great destruction cited by Masse is said to have happened at end of the Permian period, where it is estimated that 70% of land species and 95% of ocean species were destroyed.  They keep tripping over the truth buy refuse to acknowledge the obvious.

Consider these geological facts that certify the Bible’s account of Noah’s ark:

1. All the mountains of the world have been underwater at some time or times in the past, as indicated by sedimentary rocks and marine fossils near their summits.

2. Most of the earth’s crust consists of sedimentary rocks which are formed almost entirely underwater. 

3. All sedimentary formations appear to have been formed rapidly – even catastrophically.

GOD SAID, Noah and his ark.

MAN SAID: Ridiculous! Or, at best, the Bible’s account is merely the exaggerated writings of someone who had witnessed a regional flood.

Now you have THE RECORD.

 

 

 

References:

Authorized King James Version

Carney, S., “Did a Comet Cause the Great Flood?Discover magazine, Nov. 15, 2007, p66

Morris, J.D., Ph.D., “Why Can't Geneticists See the Obvious Evidence for Creation in the Genetic Code?Back To Genesis, Oct. 1, 2000

Perkins, S., “Birth of an Island: Megaflood severed Europe from Britain,” Science News, July 21, 2007, pp35-36

Svitil, K. A., “Forty Days and Forty Nights, More or Less,” Discover magazine, January 1999

Trefil, J., "Evidence for a Flood," Smithsonian, April 01, 2000

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