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Validity of the Ark
"So the Lord said, 'I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing, and birds of the air, for I am sorry I made them.'" (Gen 6:7-8) The Lord said that he will destroy everything, for he was sorry that he made them. This is a very concrete statement. He also explains in Genesis the results of the flood, “Now the flood was on the earth forty days. The waters increased and lifted up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. The waters prevailed and greatly increased on the earth, and all the high hills under the whole of heaven were covered. The waters prevailed fifteen cubits upward, and the mountains were covered. And all the flesh died that moved on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land died. So he destroyed all the living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping things and birds of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.” (Gen 7:17-23)
The scriptures are clear on what happened to the earth and all its creatures and inhabitants. And for centuries man has tried to explain. Many scientists try to explain that the flood was only “localized”, that only a certain area around that part of the world flooded. If that were so, would God have told Noah to build an ark? Couldn’t he have just run for higher ground? God in His actions is completely and utterly specific. He regretted creating man and he only found Noah righteous, so anything less than complete destruction of the earth would make God a liar. The flood was worldwide, anything less would be an incomplete judgment on mankind.
How many local floods have there been recently in our world? If the flood had been local, God’s promise of the rainbow would have been broken. The facts are clear. For those who cannot believe through faith there is science. The Earth has given us proof that a massive flood destroyed it, in the way God explains in His word.
Even the Stones Cry Out
The mountains themselves have proof that the flood mentioned in Genisis happened. The first example was in 1980 when Mount St. Helens erupted spewing hundreds of feet of sediment (rock laid down in water) into the air. Over the next few days the sediment that settled had the appearance of long ages of geologic evidence which gave strong evidence for creation. A second example is the Grand Tetons, over a period of twenty million years twenty thousand feet of mountains supposedly eroded. If erosion was evident, as geologists tell us, you find a lot of broken rock but very little sand to indicate long periods of erosion. The plain at the foot of the Tetons has many lakes with exposed rocks and shallow soil layers. Signs of years of erosion are missing from the landscape of the Grand Tetons. The next example is the Grand Canyon. The rim of the canyon is over two thousand feet above the level of the Colorado River upstream in southern Utah, which the river would have had to run UP HILL to cut the canyon. Did the Grand Canyon get cut by a lot of water in a little time or a lot of water over a long period of time?
The scriptures clearly state that God destroyed every living thing on the Earth with the flood. Records of fossils show billions of dead creatures and plants buried by a rapid flood process, not slow sedimentation. Found at the peaks of mountain ranges of the world are numerous fossil creatures that lived in the sea, such as the Appalachian Mountain range where many fossilized shark’s teeth, seashells and other evidence from the bottom of the seas and oceans are found.
The fossil and dinosaur extinction give us proof of a worldwide flood. Life was frozen on the tops of mountain ranges. Scientists finding fossils of aquatic life on the tops of mountain ranges show a catastrophic event transpired, such as the flood mentioned in Genisis. How else would sediment be found on the tops of mountain ranges? Three fourths of the earth is composed of sedimentary rock and the earth would have to be submerged in water for some time for this statistic to be true. Both sides of fossils have been well preserved, and for this achievement of nature sediment would have had to been deposited in a short amount of time. Fossils of non-aquatic organisms have been found in water which gives further proof of a rapid burial given by the flood. Yet another amazing find, was a fully intact mammoth found buried in Siberia. Scientists have said that a flood happened during the mammoth’s time which overwhelmed the beast and completely buried them. The mixture of a flood and the extreme cold temperatures of Siberia dropped and froze the mammoth solid.
Yet another sign of proof of the flood is found near the Black Sea. Explorers where searching the area and discovered the remains of a Bronze Age village, which was found nearly three-hundred feet below the sea! Human beings did live near the coast of the Black Sea more than seven thousands years ago because it was once a fresh water lake which was much smaller.
The Eye Witness
In recent history, Noah’s flood, as-well-as the ark that he built has been a great mystery. There have been numerous accounts of people who have seen the ark, such as in 1983. The Turkish military found the ark while investigating damage caused by a massive earthquake. They reported that they not only found the ark, but entered it also. They also said they returned with pieces of the structure. A second eye witness was in 1917 with an expedition that the Czar of Russia sent to find and document the location of the ark. Upon return the expedition said that they found and photographed the ark. The Czar’s daughter, it was said, even made a cross out of the wood brought back from the location. A third witness is from the United States Air Force which states that they know the location of Noah’s ark. They used the ark during World War II as a marker while on bombing raids. Since these sightings there have been numerous more sightings of the ark.
It could be argued that individuals can not be a reliable source; however for me the evidence is clear. The Earth has scientific proof of the flood and many personal sightings of the ark. Sometimes it is easier to dismiss the word of God than to believe it. The lord has let certain people see the ark itself, while the Earth itself speaks the truth of times past. For the Christian his faith is the basis for the world’s existence. We do not need to have physical evidence to believe, while some would not have faith even if it were handed to them. By faith Noah built the ark and trusted God so that his family was spared the destruction the rest of the world received. Whether it is the flood, the ark, the flood or even the Crucifixion—God’s word is enough for me. We are called to believe in an unbelieving world.