Author: Brad Forlow
Publisher: Institute for Creation Research (ICR), 2011
Genre: Non-Fiction, Theological, Science
Page Count: 40
I. Genesis Teaches a Global Flood
a. The Cause of the Flood: The water to flood the earth came from three different sources: Water Reservoirs under the ocean floor, Water Reservoirs from the sky, and Rain that fell for 40 days and 40 nights (7:11-12).
b. The Depth of the Flood: The water raised above even the highest of mountains. Mount Ararat was one of the highest mountains in the world at 17,000 feet, but the water was above it (7:20; 8:4).
c. The Duration of the Flood: The Bible specifically tells how many days the rain lasted and how many days the flood lasted. The rain lasted 40 days, and the flood lasted over a year, 371 days to be exact (7:11, 16, 24).
d. The Need for the Ark: The ark’s inside capacity was 1.5 million cubic feet (6:15) which would have been way over the amount needed for a local flood. Actually, if it was only a small area that flooded, there would have been no need of an ark or another such boat at all since Noah and his family could have just moved to higher ground.
e. Genesis Explicitly Describes a Global Flood: There are numerous references in Genesis chapters 6-9 that prove this was a global flood. One of these references (7:23) said that “Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.” Another reference states that the waters were on “the face of the whole earth” (8:9).
II. God Judged the World Through a Global Flood
a. The Reason for the Flood Was Judgment of All Mankind: God was grieved at the wickedness upon the earth as was told repeatedly in Genesis beginning in chapter 6. God judged all mankind with a flood because they were evil and wicked continually (6:5).
b. The Purpose of the Flood Was the Destruction of All Life: The penalty for sin is death, so all of the people and even the animals had to die. This seems unfair to us, but God’s punishment for sin is death (7:21-23). Man had dominion over the earth, so the earth was also destroyed in the flood (6:13).
c. God’s Promise confirms the Global Flood: God promised to never again judge the earth with a flood (9:11-13). We see this promise today when after a rain; God paints a rainbow in the sky.
d. Noah’s Ark Is a Picture of Salvation: The ark was a type of salvation since it saved Noah and his family and animal life from the flood’s destruction. God told Noah to cover the ark with pitch (6:14) which made the ark waterproof and kept it from sinking. This same word used for pitch is later translated as atonement in Leviticus 17:11 - this word in the Hebrew language is kopher, kaphar.
III. All Scripture Testifies of a Global Flood
a. The Old and New Testaments Validate the Global Flood: Both the Old & New Testaments of the Bible speak of the great flood in Noah’s day. Numerous authors wrote about it so that if we can’t believe Genesis, neither can we believe the rest of the Bible.
b. Jesus Spoke of the Global Flood: Jesus compared the sin of Noah’s day to the sin in the day when the Son of man will return to the earth. He also said that when the flood was upon the earth it “destroyed them all” (Luke 17:27), which again speaks of a universal flood (Matthew 24:36-39).
c. Peter Writes of the Global Flood: The world we live in today is different from the world before the flood as Peter stated in 2 Peter 3:5-7. It is understandable that the earth would change a lot with such a catastrophe as a worldwide flood. This scripture also states that the earth that overflowed with water, in the last day will be burnt up. If only part of the earth had been covered with water, only part of the earth will “melt with fervent heat” (2 Peter 3:10, 12).
IV. Geology Reveals the Fact of a Global Flood
a. The Rocks Reveal a Global Flood: We often hear of Evolution as if it’s a fact; however, it is still just a theory since it has never been proven to be true. On the other hand, there is extensive scientific evidence that there was a global flood according to rock formations. The rock formations that are drawn in textbooks are very inaccurate since they divide each particular rock into each particular layer. How the rock formations are actually made is with many types of rocks in many different layers, which would come about from a global catastrophic flood. If things had progressed over millions and billions of years, there is no way that a log would be found upright and entirely preserved. If it had taken many millions of years for the earth to become as we know it, a log would have rotted before it could be preserved in the earth’s layers.
b. Mountain Ranges Attest to a Global Flood: Not only do the rocks plainly display the global flood, but so do the mountains. Fossils of animals that live in the sea (clams) have been found at the Summit of Mount Everest. How could something from the sea possibly get to the top of the highest mountain in the world unless it was during the time that the mountains were under water? Some people may say that there could not have been enough water to cover all of the mountain ranges we have today, but the earth looked vastly different before the flood and may not have had very high mountains at all compared with what we have today. The great Flood of Noah’s day caused all of the high mountain ranges and deep oceans that we have today.
c. Earth’s Geological Features Demand a Global Flood: The Grand Canyon is believed by evolutionary scientists to have formed over billions of years; however, there was a little Grand Canyon in Washington that was formed in a just few days after the eruption of Mount Saint Helens in 1980. This leads me to believe that the Grand Canyon could have easily been formed in a year during the flood of Noah’s day.
V. The Fossil Record Requires a Global Flood
a. The Fossil Record Shows Global Watery Burial: Contrary to popular belief (of Evolutionists), there are very few (less than 1%) of fossils found today that are of vertebrates (animals containing more than one bone in their bodies). However, when Evolutionary scientists are talking about fossils, they always talk about finding dinosaurs and other such animals. What is actually prevalent (95% of fossils) throughout the layers of rocks are shallow water invertebrates - mostly shellfish. What this tells us is that there had to have been a major catastrophic event, namely a global flood.
b. The Fossil Record Indicates a Rapid and Catastrophic Event: A rapid catastrophic event (not millions or billions of years) needed to happen to preserve fossils in their entirety. There would have been nothing left of the animal carcasses to be discovered if they had been exposed for long periods of time where scavengers could have gotten to them. The flood happened so fast that many fossils were able to be left intact. Often the fossils that are discovered are found in a death pose as if they died violently and suddenly. Dinosaur fossils are even found encased in water-deposited sediments. Strangely enough (if one doesn’t believe the flood occurred), animals of all different species are found clumped together, the land animals, sea animals, and plant life are found buried together.
c. Dinosaur Soft Tissue Supports a Recent Cataclysmic Event: Soft tissue such as skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, and blood cells have recently been found in over 40 fossils. This leaves scientists trying to come up with a reasonable evolutionary explanation as to how this could happen. Soft tissue wouldn’t be preserved beyond a maximum of 100,000 years; collagen can’t survive longer than 10,000 years. Yet a T Rex was discovered with blood vessels, but was supposed to be 70 million years old.
A positive for me, since I won’t use any version besides the KJV was that the author used only Bible references from the King James Version.
I really cannot think of a negative with this book. I think it is an awesome book with lots of great information in it.
Other Books by this Author:
“Biology and the Bible”; “7 Creations of Christ”
It is not a matter of Science versus the Bible. No, the Bible and Science actually agree that there was a major flood. The issue is that the public doesn’t always get the full report; it is often skewed to what the reporter wants us to believe. If this reporter believes in the Theory of Evolution, then certain key points are left out. How often do news reporters do this in regards to Christian events? We hear all the time about how at a Homosexual Movement there were thousands of people, when there may have been only hundreds. Or how a Pro-Life Organization had only a few hundred people when, in reality, there were thousands.
Sadly, not only is it that non-Christians don’t believe in the Flood, but even some Christians have begun to disbelieve it as the whole truth. If the Flood didn’t happen the way the Bible says, then there could very well be other fallacies in the Bible. Whether or not the Flood happened is not just an unimportant scientific or theological debate. The Bible and Science both clearly prove that it did happen, and as Christians, we should fight to uphold that incredibly significant truth.
“If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.”
– Martin Luther