Did the great flood which is depicted in Genesis really happen? Many Christians and non-Christians have argued that such “explanations” of the Bible should not be needed. Shouldn’t we just accept this “by faith”? Those who make that argument apparently define “faith” differently than I do. The Bible describes faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Though I’m now convinced of the reliability of all Scripture, I’m not one who blindly accepts everything I read. Many good people struggle with their faith, especially when they hear or read attacks on the validity of Noah and the Ark (or any of many other Bible stories). God has provided us with clear and convincing proofs of His existence that can be found inside and outside of the Bible. No where does the Bible suggest that God intends for believers to blindly, mindlessly follow without ever questioning. The undeniable proof of His existence and the evidence of His love and power is evident at the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is this single event that is the center of human history and the pivotal moment in the Bible. Once I became convinced that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, all other challenges to faith are minor and inconsequential. Yet this conviction that I hold does not nullify my desire to study the Biblical information that is available on The Great Flood and Noah’s Ark and any external amplifying documentation that may add to or expand my understanding and knowledge on what took place.
I am convinced of the truthfulness of the story of Noah, because our Savior Jesus Christ believed it to be true. He said:
- “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39).
The writer of Hebrews believed it–
- “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” (Hebrews 11:7).
The Apostle Peter believed it–
- “Who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.” (I Peter 3:20).
- “And did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly.” (II Peter 2:5).
The Great Flood and Noah’s Ark is just one of a number of central key events that are depicted in our Bible. The subject matter is complex and clearly outside of my area of expertise. It is not my intent nor within my capabilities, to provide a comprehensive list of archaeological proofs that validate the Great Flood or Noah’s Ark, within this post.
Ultimately, the validity of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark calls into question Biblical “inerrancy” Surprisingly enough, Biblical inerrancy does NOT claim that translations or copies are without error, only that the originals were once in that condition. That’s a very important fact to be aware of as we take a look at some of the many resources that are available on this most interesting subject.
If anyone takes the time to look into the historical and archeological evidence for the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark, one is quickly presented with a host of differing perspectives. You will find many sources that depict the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark as a myth or legend. You will also find many sources that seek to validate the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark in accordance with their particular Biblical persuasion, be that Young Earth Creationism (YEC) or Old Earth Creationism (OEC) to name but a couple.
The following links are but a small sample of the many perspectives that are available. What is particularly noteworthy is the complexity of the subject matter due to language differences, translations and historical settings. The short story is having researched a good number of these and other resources, I am persuaded that there is more than ample evidence of a catastrophic flood that occurred in ancient times and that the Biblical narrative presents a true account of what transpired. Enjoy.
https://www.biblearchaeology.org/category/Flood.aspx (numerous posts)
https://creation.com/startling-evidence-for-noahs-flood (many links at bottom)
https://www.alwaysbeready.com/flood-evidence (many links)
http://www.debate.org/debates/Noahs-flood-story-is-based-on-historical-evidence/1/ (a highly informative debate)
http://www.dstoner.net/Genesis_Context/Context.html (eye opener with regard to language and translation difficulties)