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The Evidence for Noah’s Flood, Part 1

Updated on December 28, 2018
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Dr. David Thiessen is an educator, writer, pastor, and speaker. He has authored several books on a variety of topics including Archaeology

The beginning of the discussion on credible evidence for Noah's Flood

Go and start digging

These are the words of an atheist friend of mine, whom I have had the ‘pleasure’ of debating different religious topics, including Noah’s Flood. His solution to the debate was for me to go out with a pick and shovel and spend my time trying to dig up any physical evidence I could while he sat back in his air conditioning and waited.

In the scenario described above, my friend got to sit in the cat bird’s seat and decide which artifacts I dug up were or were not evidence. It is a little unfair to d all that hard work only to have it dismissed out of hand.

Needless to say, I did not take his advice. But our discussions did get my thinking about evidence for Noah’s flood and where it could be found.

What would the evidence look like

Sir Leonard Woolley had this problem when he was excavating at Ur. He dug own roughly 80 to 100 feet and came to a clear layer of dirt. Underneath that layer was some of the most beautiful pottery he had ever seen.

When he was trying to make his conclusions about this layer, his wife said that it was evidence for the flood. Yet when the archaeological powers that e heard about it, they dismissed the conclusion because other excavations did not produce the same results.

Since there as no uniform physical evidence, Sir Woolley was forced to retract his conclusion, go with the flow and say it was only evidence for a local flood. Yet, how can anyone say that the flood remains are uniform?

There has only been one global flood in earth’s history. All the people who observed it died out either in the flood itself, or died a few hundred years after it was over. None of them left any records, that we know of, describing the flood or how the earth looked when the waters receded.

Basically, it is virtually impossible to know what the physical evidence for the global flood would look like. Also, we do not know how deep that evidence can be found or if it has been altered by some natural disaster in some way.

What we know about the flood

Comes from the Bible or the legends and myths of the many secular nations that grew out of the remaining 8 people who were safe on the ark. None of these works describe what the real evidence of the global flood would look like.

The Bible gives us clues and said that everything was destroyed. But the term destroyed can be used in a variety of ways. One meaning can point to the fact that every thing is gone, taken out of existence.

Another, would refer to the fact that some item has been so damaged that it cannot work again. A third meaning refers to killing animals, etc. All three meanings of the term destroyed are evident in the global flood.

Buildings, records, books, societies, and so on have been taken completely out of existence. Other buildings and artifacts do remain, but are so ruined that they cannot be used ever again.

Finally, lots of animals, etc., lost their lives in the global flood. Any physical evidence to support the flood would have to cover those three categories.

What we don’t know about the flood

This is an important issue because if we had these facts, it might be a lot simpler and easier to find the physical evidence so many people demand to see before they accept the historicity of Noah’s Flood.

We do not know what language the pre-flood people spoke. We can assume that the original post-flood society spoke the same language as the pre-flood civilization. But once God confused the tongues, we do not know what that was.

Tracing a history of language to get to the original may help a little, but since God created several languages at that time, it would still be impossible to get to the original pre-flood language.

Then we do not know how many people lived on earth at that time. Nor do we know how extensive their civilization was. It is safe to say that since it was a global flood this pre-flood society filled the whole earth. Although, how many people lived at the time is another matter.

We also do not know the extent of their achievements. What they did, what they built, how they built it and so on, all remains a mystery today. It has all been destroyed.

Even if we found the ark

As you can see, it is pretty difficult to pinpoint what the physical evidence should look like. Local floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters would have had their hand in altering the evidence from the first day after the flood to the present.

That is not the only difficulty we have. Even if we found physical evidence for the global flood, how can we verify that this evidence came from the global one? There have been scores of local floods over the years producing on a minor scale some of the same devastation.

Or, even if any of the numerous ark searchers were successful and found an ark, how would we know it was the ark? We do not even know what gopher would is, s how could we identify the ark through its wooden remains?

Having an unknown species of wood forming this discovered structure, does not automatically identify it as gopher wood. Even a scratched sign saying ‘Shem was here’ would not be proof as that sign could have been inscribed at any time throughout history.

Without positive verification, doubters, like, my atheist friend or Woolley’s detractors, would just sit back in their comfortable arm chairs and simply dismiss the physical evidence without consideration. Positive verification is basically an unreachable goal.

But we have hope

Whether you believe that Noah’s global flood happened or not, we probably have more evidence for the global flood than any other biblical event. This series of articles will discuss that evidence.

The existence of the many different forms of physical evidence provides the verification that is needed to accept that the biblical global flood was historical. These pieces of evidence do not come from Christian sources.

Instead, they come from history itself and there is no other explanation for their existence. I hope you have an open mind as this series discusses that evidence.

© 2018 David Thiessen


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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      I recall watching a TV programme with interest on this subject many years ago.


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