THE GREAT FLOOD When, Where & Why
The Great Flood • Age Old Story • Shared by many cultures and religions
THE GREAT FLOOD 1) FOLKLORE?
The Great Flood 2) LOCAL OR GLOBAL ?
The Great Flood 3) GOD’S REASONS FOR THE FLOOD
The Great Flood • Story of Mankind is a Story of Divine Love • Every story in Bible is a Story of Divine Love • “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Knowledge…”Prov 1:7
The Great Flood • Logic and the Human Mind are limited (H.G. AnbaPaula) • Time and place • Imagination • “ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man, The things which God has prepared for those who love Him” 2 Cor 1:9 • A Matter of Faith: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” Jn 20:29
Evidence for the Great Flood The Scientific evidence of the Great Flood will serve to strengthen Faith in the actual occurrence of the Great Flood but also in the Divine Inspiration behind it
The Great Flood – Folklore? • Historical Fact or Purposeful Myth • Over 300 cultures/civilizations have an account of a Great Flood • Stories have several similarities • Partial/complete representation of Biblical Account • Found in all regions of the earth • N. America, Europe, Scandinavia, Polar regions, Asia
Flood Account - Differences • Duration of Rainfall/Flood • Landing spot of Ark • Names of Survivors
Flood Accounts – Common Points • Moral Premise for the flood • Divine punishment • Egyptian exception • One survivor (Nu-wah) • Received warning • Saved family/friends • Worship after rescue • All world’s inhabitants descended from survivor • Animals (Birds) played important role
THE FLOOD “The idea of a regional flood is incorrect because if it were regional, rather than flowing north, the ark would have floated south, to the Persian Gulf, since all flood water flows south.”
The Flood • Where did all the water come from? • If all the moisture in clouds and the earth’s atmosphere were to fall as rain, it would result in… 2 INCHES of ground water !!!
Pre-Flood Climate • Natural Greenhouse Effect
Gen1:6-7 “God said, ‘Let there be a firmament (the atmosphere) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament (oceans, seas, etc.) from the waters which were above the firmament (water vapor canopy); and it was so.”
Fossil Record • Mountaintop and Desert Marine Fossils • N. America, Europe and Asia
Polystrate Fossils • United States, Canada, England, Germany & France • Oblique and perpendicular fossils
Frozen Mammoths • Unscavenged • Undigested Food • Other animals, plants and insects
Salt Water Lakes Nam Tso Lake (Tibet) 4800m above sea level
“Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes that it may bear more fruit”