Genesis 6~Jesus said it happened!~ Day 6
Ahh, now we come to the flood. Debate exists, even among believers, as to whether the great flood was global, local or ever happened at all. Geologists insist it never happened or at least it was not global due to lack of evidence in ice and sediment layers, radiation output of the sun, and radiometric decay rates. Biblical scholars have made attempts to integrate lack of scientific evidence to promote the view of a devastating local flood destroying the “whole known earth” that was populated at the time.
Well, I love to see new scientific discoveries. It’s exciting to learn how God did things! But, I will always hold scripture as the “plumb line” to new discoveries. If things don’t make sense, wait for more discoveries!
For example, archeologists have discounted the story of the Exodus because they have not been able to find proof to such an event. That is not to say that revealing discoveries had not been made. The beginning assumption of trying to line up evidence to the story is that historians and archeologists started with one particular famous Pharaoh and the time he lived. The evidence did not line up with that Pharaoh, therefore the Exodus didn’t happen.
However, in a recent documentary, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. The film explores the possibility of using a less known Pharaoh who lived earlier in time. The amount of archeological evidence that lines up and points to the exodus of a large group of people from Egypt, is remarkable when using the time frame of the other Pharaoh!!!
Scientists make discoveries by starting with a hypothesis and proving it right or wrong. The starting hypotheses is pivotal in how one looks at the evidence.
So, as for me, I will wait for more evidence to explain the flood or a perspective that looks at the existing evidence differently.
What is my ‘plumb line” as I wait for more evidence to be found regarding the flood?….Jesus! Jesus, the Word, who was with God in the beginning (John 1:1); he should know how things went down, right? So, if he referred to the flood….then it happened! End of debate!
“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the last days of the Son of Man. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:27 & Matt. 24:38-39)
Exactly how that all went down is still a mystery, but I have no doubt that “man” will continue to explore God’s creation and keep working to find answers. And just as it has continued to happen over time…the Bible will be proven correct in how it is worded.