Could there really have been a worldwide flood?

There would be something kind-of fishy about me believing the earth was first a global fire ball and then a primordial swamp factory that produced the first life . . . but that it’s impossible the earth was ever covered with water, isn’t it?  Wouldn’t it seem as if I was deliberating avoiding the topic of a worldwide flood?

What might be the problem with me believing there was a worldwide flood (especially one that took place in recent history) if I want to believe in evolution?

  • A worldwide flood would support the Bible.
  • The “millions of years” in the fossil record would actually be evidence for the flood, since any pre-flood fossils would have gotten uprooted during the worldwide catastrophe.  This would be true regardless of whether the earth was millions of years old or only thousands.
  • The canyons could also have been formed during the flood.  People have observed quickly forming canyons: Durham’s Grand Canyon and Bulingame Canyon.  And people observed rapidly formed stratification in the Mount St. Helen’s volcanic action/earthquake/rock slide.  A worldwide flood would set off a number of disasters, as the plates of the earth were moved.

One of Ken Ham’s most famous sayings (also in a song by Buddy Davis) is that if the flood was a historical event, we should see “billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth”[1].  And we do!

Evolution science explains those fossils as having occurred over millions of years, with rock layers even billions of years old.  This science expects an old age.

Creation science explains those same fossils as having occurred mainly during a worldwide flood.  This science expects a young age.

What is different between the sciences?  Not the evidence, but the way the evidence is interpreted.

God honors our search for Truth, and He will open our hearts and minds if we truly seek Him:

Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6, NASB)

The Truth, and only the Truth, can give us the right worldview to interpret evidence, to understand history, to find purpose in our lives, and to prepare for the future judgment.  The issue of the worldwide flood isn’t just about rock layers or water . . . it’s ultimately about the destiny of our souls.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31b-32, NIV)


Learn more about the worldwide flood . . .

Genesis 6-9, read free here, listen free here

[1] For example, Two Histories of Death free article by Ken Ham

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