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A CLOSER LOOK AT NOAH’S FLOOD. Reconciling Science and the Bible. NOAH’S FLOOD . A BIBLE STORY WIDELY DISMISSED BY MAN AS A FABLE BUT ERIELY SIMILAR TO FLOOD STORIES FROM ALL ANCIENT CULTURES. . BASIS OF STUDY.

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A closer look at noah s flood

A CLOSER LOOK ATNOAH’S FLOOD

Reconciling

Science and the Bible


Noah s flood

NOAH’S FLOOD

A BIBLE STORY WIDELY DISMISSED BY MAN AS A FABLE BUT ERIELY SIMILAR TO FLOOD STORIES FROM ALL ANCIENT CULTURES.


Basis of study

BASIS OF STUDY

1)For the Bible to be accepted as a true historical record, it must align with scientific evidence of the past!


Basis of study1

BASIS OF STUDY

1)For the Bible to be accepted as a true historical record, it must align with scientific evidence of the past!

2)If there appears to be a discrepancy between science and the Bible, we apparently have misinterpreted scripture or misunderstood the facts.


Basis of study2

BASIS OF STUDY

1)For the Bible to be accepted as a true historical record, it must align with scientific evidence of the past!

  • If there seems to be a discrepancy between science and the Bible, we apparently have misinterpreted scripture or misunderstood the facts.

  • The story of Noah’s Flood appears to be a scientific impossibility. In this study, we want to show a possible explanation of how God pulled off this awesome event.


Earth s water supply

EARTH’S WATER SUPPLY


Earth s water supply1

EARTH’S WATER SUPPLY

  • The Law of Conservation of Mass states that mass can neither be created or destroyed.


Earth s water supply2

EARTH’S WATER SUPPLY

  • The Law of Conservation of Mass states that mass can neither be created or destroyed.

  • Earth’s water supply if fixed. It cannot be added to or subtracted from. The amount we have has been here for millions of years (brought by comets?).


Earth s water supply3

EARTH’S WATER SUPPLY

  • The Law of Conservation of Mass states that mass can neither be created or destroyed.

  • Earth’s water supply if fixed. It cannot be added to or subtracted from. The amount we have has been here for millions of years (brought by comets?).

  • Earth’s water only changes states (water, ice; vapor) and places (people, seas, lakes, glaciers, aquifers, etc.).


Reconsiling science with the bible

RECONSILING SCIENCE WITH THE BIBLE

  • Here we have a serious conflict. In order for the entire Earth to be covered with enough water to cover the mountains, the amount of Earth’s water would have to double or triple. For this to happen, the Law of Conservation of Mass would be untrue, and an additional water supply miraculously appeared then vanished after the flood.


Reconsiling science with the bible1

RECONSILING SCIENCE WITH THE BIBLE

  • Here we have a serious conflict. In order for the entire Earth to be covered with enough water to cover the mountains, the amount of Earth’s water would have to double or triple. For this to happen, the Law of Conservation of Mass would be untrue, and an additional water supply miraculously appeared then vanished after the flood.

  • This means that the Bible is a either a fairy tale or we are not interpreting correctly or rightly dividing the Word. I believe the latter is the problem, and we just haven’t studied the event in enough detail.


Interpretation errors

INTERPRETATION ERRORS

  • The greatest error made in Bible study is interpretation based on present day beliefs, customs and knowledge rather than placing oneself in the era and beliefs of the story characters and writer!


Interpretation errors1

INTERPRETATION ERRORS

  • The greatest error made in Bible study is interpretation based on present day beliefs, customs and knowledge rather than placing oneself in the era and beliefs of the story characters and writer!

  • For us to understand what happened at Noah’s Flood, we must see the world as those who lived (and wrote the story) in that era


A closer look at noah s flood

NOAH’S VIEW OF THE EARTHThe extent of the Earth as viewed by man 4,300 years ago (Black Sea only a lake at the time)


Moses view of the earth the extent of the earth as viewed by man 3 500 years ago

MOSES’ VIEW OF THE EARTHThe extent of the Earth as viewed by man 3,500 years ago


Columbus view of the earth the world as viewed by man up to 400 years ago

COLUMBUS’ VIEW OF THE EARTHThe world as viewed by manup to 400 years ago


The world 20 000 years ago

THE WORLD 20,000 YEARS AGO


Evidence of the last ice age

EVIDENCE OF THE LAST ICE AGE


The ice age slowly ends

THE ICE AGE SLOWLY ENDS

  • With ice 2 miles thick and the Earth slowly warming, the glaciers retreat for the next several thousand years


The ice age slowly ends1

THE ICE AGE SLOWLY ENDS

  • With ice 2 miles thick and the Earth slowly warming, the glaciers retreat for the next several thousand years

  • With most of Earth’s water locked in ice, the oceans levels are low and land bridges exist that are now under water (Alaska-to-Russia; Turkey-to-Greece, for example)


The ice age slowly ends2

THE ICE AGE SLOWLY ENDS

  • With ice 2 miles thick and the Earth warming, the glaciers retreat for the next several 1,000 years

  • With most of Earth’s water locked in ice, the oceans are shallow.

  • In Noah’s time (4,300 years ago), the oceans were filling to higher levels than today as the ice sheets and glaciers disappeared.


The mediterranean prior to the flood black sea was a low elevation lake

THE MEDITERRANEAN PRIOR TO THE FLOOD(BLACK SEA WAS A LOW ELEVATION LAKE)


Place yourself in the character s era

PLACE YOURSELF IN THE CHARACTER’S ERA

  • Here you must interpret the flood story THROUGH THE EYES of Noah and the historical writer, Moses.

  • Moses wrote the flood story 3,500 years ago.

  • Moses’ concept and understanding of the Earth was much different from us today.


Moses account of the flood

MOSES’ ACCOUNT OF THE FLOOD

  • Gen 7:12 And the rain was on the EARTH 40 days and 40 nights.

  • Gen 7:18 The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the EARTH.

  • Gen 7:20 The water prevailed 15 cubits upward and the hills were covered.

  • What would be Moses’ definition of Earth when writing the story?


Moses view of the world

MOSES’ VIEW OF THE WORLD

This was the EARTH Moses understood and described in Genesis!


Disecting the flood

DISECTING THE FLOOD

  • First, we must acknowledge that the flood occurred. The discovery of Noah’s ark confirms the Biblical account

  • Next, we must determine the extent and cause of the flood. Was the EARTH (as we know it) covered with water and did the 40 days of rain cause a world wide flood?


Disecting the flood1

DISECTING THE FLOOD

  • The EARTH as described by Moses was the known world of the time. The extent of man’s population at the time of Noah was the Alps to the north, Mesopotamia to the east, Asia Minor to the west and the probably North Africa to the south

  • It is reasonable to assume the flooded Earth described by Moses was this geographical, localized area inhabited and known by early man


Disecting the flood2

DISECTING THE FLOOD

  • Noah lived and built the ARK in Northern Turkey. This is the area where the ark was found. So, we know the flood waters were in this area of the known Earth of the time

  • We must ask where did so much water to cause such a flood come from? The Rain?

  • A look at the geology of the age gives some strong clues.


Disecting the flood3

DISECTING THE FLOOD

  • The Ice Age of 10,000 years ago was melting and the oceans were rising to levels higher than today (remember, a melting Greenland ice shelf alone would raise sea levels over 20 feet). The melting ice glaciers were 2 miles high.

  • As the Mediterranean level continued to rise, a disastrous event was ready to unfold in Noah’s part of the world


A geographic disaster

A GEOGRAPHIC DISASTER


A geographic disaster1

A GEOGRAPHIC DISASTER

  • As the water overflows the land bridges between Turkey and Greece, the land bridges collapse and the sea rushes into the low lands now known as the Black Sea.

  • The water flooded the low plains with water levels here exceeding 7,259 feet (present Black Sea depth) flooding a large portion of the known countries surrounding Noah

  • Evidence of ancient settlements found at the bottom of the Black Sea


A geographic disaster2

A GEOGRAPHIC DISASTER

  • After 365 days, where did the flood waters go?

  • Around the world, rising water levels breached other areas and filled new lakes and seas causing the waters to slowly recede to their present level

  • If the flood was indirectly caused by the ending ice age and rising sea levels, what was the significance of the 40 days of rain and what was God’s hand in the flood?


God rules

GOD RULES

There are 10 instances of the number 40 in the Bible. A 40-something time period, whether days, months, or years is ALWAYSa period of testing, trial, probation, or chastisement and ends with a period of restoration, revival or renewal.


God rules1

GOD RULES

  • God was about to exercise chastisement against man. As always in scripture, God’s testing period was to be 40 days. He was sending a flood to eradicate wicked man and start anew.


God rules2

GOD RULES

  • God was about to exercise chastisement against man. As always in scripture, God’s testing period was to be 40 days. He was sending a flood to eradicate wicked man and start anew.

  • Here, God has a problem in executing His judgment in a way man of that day could comprehend. Man had no concept of glaciers, ice ages, a world larger than the caravans traveled, the world was not flat and the world was not the center of the universe.


God rules3

GOD RULES

  • God was about to exercise chastisement against man. As always in scripture, God’s testing period was to be 40 days. He was sending a flood to eradicate wicked man and start anew.

  • Here, God has a problem in executing His judgment in a way man of that day could comprehend. Man had no concept of glaciers, ice ages, a world larger than the caravans traveled, the world was not flat and the world was not the center of the universe.

  • The only way man could understand the cause of God’s judgment was RAIN. This, man could see and understand as the reason the waters were rising.


God rules4

GOD RULES

  • God was about to exercise chastisement against man. As always in scripture, God’s testing period was to be 40 days. He was sending a flood to eradicate wicked man and start anew.

  • Here, God has a problem in executing His judgment in a way man of that day could comprehend. Man had no concept of glaciers, ice ages, a world larger than the caravans traveled, the world was not flat and the world was not the center of the universe.

  • The only way man could understand the cause of God’s judgment was RAIN. This, man could see and understand as the reason the waters were rising.

  • Rain for 40 days can be believed as the atmosphere was saturated from melting sea water.


Evidence is in the scripture and fossil records

EVIDENCE IS IN THE SCRIPTURE AND FOSSIL RECORDS

  • 40 days of rain at an estimated 7” per day equals 280” rain, or about 15 cubits. Gen 7:20 says the water prevailed 15 cupids upward. This says the rain contributed greatly to the flood but was insufficient to raise the seas to the elevation the ark was found. This shows the flood was caused by both the rain and the glacial flood.

  • As sea fossils were found near the ark, we have confirmation sea water was in the flood.


God rules5

GOD RULES

  • Regardless of how the flood happened, it doesn’t diminish what God did.

  • It shouldn’t disturb anyone that God may have used natural events to serve His purpose.

  • The miracle was not the flood. It was merely a vehicle to execute judgment in a way primitive man could comprehend. The Bible story is not incorrect. God simply didn’t feel it necessary to supply further details that man wouldn’t understand.


God s hand in the flood

GOD’S HAND IN THE FLOOD

  • Instructing Noah up to 100 years in advance of the flood to build an ark.

  • Warning Noah in advance of the flood that judgment was coming and to be ready and prepared.

  • Providing building instruction details for an ark that was an engineering marvel, even by today’s standards.

  • Providing salvation through an ark that was a type of Christ. God’s elect was placed behind the blood (pitch – kaphar- atonement

  • Preserving the ark as proof of His word.


Noah s ark national park

NOAH’S ARK NATIONAL PARK


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