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Where did the flood waters go?

Right now, if all of the mountains were leveled, there would be enough water on the earth to cover it to the depth of almost 2 miles.  The flood brought enough water to cover the entire Earth and even go over the highest mountains.  When the flood waters began to recede, the water had to go somewhere, so where did it go?  The answer lies in Psalm 104:8-9.  We are told that the mountains rose up and the valleys sank down.  When the mountains rose, the water ran down towards the path of least resistance, carving grooves into the mountainside.  The water went into rivers and eventually to the oceans.  In the oceans are what’s called continental shelves.  These are places where the ocean floor has sunk farther down (“valleys sank down”).  This increased depth allowed more room for the waters to leave the land.  These valleys in the ocean can be seen on Google Earth.

 

This is one example of the continental shelves that show where the oceans sank farther down. A search on Google Earth will reveal these shelves all over the globe.

 

Is there evidence for a global flood?

 

Sedimentary rock layers found worldwide

Water is very powerful and destructive force during a flood. Ask anyone who has survived a flood and experienced the loss of their home or damage to their property, and they will agree. This video shows the powerful effects of water in just a short amount of time.

If Noah’s Flood was worldwide, then all over the earth we would expect to find billions of dead things buried in rock layers that had been laid down by water.  And, that is what we find.

When we read in Genesis about water coming out of the “fountains of the deep” (Gen 7:11), this has generally been understood as underwater volcanoes erupting and spewing out countless gallons of water all over the Earth. Also in that same verse, we find where rain fell from the sky when the “windows of heaven opened up.”  Water fell to the earth and possibly came from underground reservoirs for a total of 40 days and nights, and it stayed on the Earth for a total of 150 days before it started to recede.  During those 150 days, there was a lot of tectonic activity on the earth (there are technical theories to help explain this type of activity).  You can imagine that the water was quite muddy as it churned all of the Earth’s sediments together like a blender.  Then, as the waters started to recede, the sediments separated into layers according to their density.

If there was a worldwide flood, we would expect to find these sedimentary rock layers all over the world and fossils buried within them. Today, you can see layers of sedimentary rocks everywhere such as rock outcroppings along the interstate, the Grand Canyon, and other places where rock strata are exposed.  In between the layers there is no evidence of erosion, which shows that they were laid down on top of each other in succession, not with a long span of time in between.  This link provides more information on various types of causes for sedimentary formations.

Fossils are found in these rock layers. The majority of fossils we have today were formed during Noah’s flood.  The animals were not able to escape the torrential rain, and during the 150 days of the water churning on the earth, the animals were buried among the sediments.  If a fossil formed over a gradual period, we would not find much left of the animal.  If it was buried rapidly, we would find the animal and sometimes the skin intact.  In fact, there is a fossil of a fish in the process of giving birth, a fish in the process of eating another fish, and a fish with another fish in its stomach.  This would not be the case if the fossil was formed gradually.

Another evidence is flood legends. There are about 300 flood legends around the world, and generally speaking, they tell basically the same story about a flood, a boat, animals being saved, and so forth.

More evidence for a global flood can be found here.

A graveyard of fossils

 

Was the flood global or local?

 

Source: Answers in Genesis

 

God told Noah to build an ark to house two of each kind of animal (land and flying) because he was going to flood the whole world.  If the flood was local then: 

  •       Why did Noah have to build such a huge ark?  Surely not all of the representative kinds would be living in his region and need to be saved on the ark.
  •       Why did Noah need birds?  Couldn’t they just fly to a safer place when the waters began to rise?
  •       Why did all of the land animals need to be saved?  Couldn’t they just migrate to a higher altitude?
  •       Why didn’t everyone just get out of the area where it was going to flood? This would have been cheaper and quicker than building a massive ark.
  •       How could God “destroy all flesh” with just a local flood?  People were most likely living in other regions at the time, and if the flood did not affect them, then they would survive.
  •       Why did God say he would never flood the Earth again?  We’ve seen local floods for centuries, but have never seen a second global flood.
  •       Why do we see evidence for the flood all over the earth?

Logically, the flood would have to have been global, just like God tells us in his Word.

 

Local floods happen all the time, but we’ve never had a second global flood (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

Why did God flood the Earth?

 

Rampant, worldwide sin.
Source: Answers in Genesis

 

After Adam’s sin of rebellion, his children and all of the coming generations would be affected by sin, and the end result would be death.  Sin and corruption “flooded” the Earth up to the point that everyone was wicked.  Everyone did whatever they thought was right in their own eyes (relative morality).  God, grieving over the utter depravity of society, chose to destroy the evil in the world with a global flood (Gen. 6:5-8; Gen. 6:13) and start anew with Noah, his family, and two of each kind of animal that was on the ark.  Noah was a righteous man and that is why God chose him, but still, Noah had sin in his life because he was a descendant of Adam.  Some may not think that it was fair for God to destroy all life.  Remember that although God is love but he is also just, and he judges sin.  If God let evil run rampant forever, what kind of protector would he be?

How old is the Earth according to evolutionists?

Those who hold to the Big Bang Theory and uniformitarianism say that the Big Bang started between 13 and 20 billion years ago.  Earth was formed about 4.5 billion years ago.  One thing to remember when discussing evolution is that long periods of time are necessary in order for the organisms to have enough time to change from the single-celled to modern man.  Another reason some hold to the old-earth view is because they reject the worldwide, catastrophic flood that completely altered earth’s appearance.  The geologic column is used to measure the age of the Earth, but this column is only theoretical and based on uniformitarianism.

 

Secular history of universe, earth, and evolution of life (Source: Answers in Genesis)

 

What caused the formation of the fossil record?

The fossil record in the theoretical geologic column shows that sea creatures are at the bottom of the sedimentary rock layers, which evolutionists claim as evidence that they have been in existence the longest because the lowest layers of sedimentary rock are supposedly the oldest.  This is also why evolutionists believe that life started in the oceans.  As the “ages” of rock in the geologic column decrease, more complex fossils are found.  What would cause this arrangement of fossils?

During Noah’s flood, you can imagine that the animals in the ocean were the first to be buried because they were at the lowest point of sea level.  As the waters grew higher and higher onto the coast land and low lands, people and animals sought shelter at higher elevations.  Animals that were slow moving were not able to make it to the higher land and were then buried by water and sediment.  Humans, faster land animals, and birds were able to make it to the high land, but eventually they too were covered in the water and sediment, and some of them turned into fossils.  The layers we see today in sedimentary rock were the result of hydrological sorting.  Check out the following video at the bottom to see an experiment of such sorting.  Go to 3:00 to see the experiment.

Another suggested article is here where it explains the layering of fossils, and it also includes a link to many out of place fossils along with references.

 

Placement of the fossils as a result of Noah’s Flood (Source: evolutionfacts.com)
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Source: www.creationtoday.com

How are fossils formed?

Fossils come in various forms, but generally speaking, they can be defined as mineralized bones.  Fossils are not formed overnight, but they don’t require millions of years to be formed either.  The key to creating a fossil is having the right conditions.  During Noah’s Flood, those conditions would have been met. 

While the flood waters covered the world, all of the Earth’s sediments were churning and mixing in the water.  The bodies of animals that were killed during the flood were also part of that mixture.  When the flood waters began to recede, the sedimentary layers spread, burying the animals within them.  The minerals in those layers began to fossilize the bones, and over time the sediments hardened into rock.  Had the animal been left on top of the ground rather than being buried in the sediment, then its body would have been subject to decay and weatherization, preventing it from ever becoming fossilized.  This is why we don’t see dead animals on the road or in our yard fossilizing.

 

Formation of a fossil (Source: Answers in Genesis)

Below is a picture of a fish that was fossilized while it was eating another fish.

Fish fossilized while eating another fish. (Source: Answers in Genesis)



 

 

What happened to the dinosaurs?

There is no doubt that these magnificent creatures existed. We have the fossils to prove that they once lived, and we have the man-made cave drawings and a plethora of art work showing dinosaurs existing alongside humans. Evolution holds that dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago, give or take, while those who hold to the Biblical account of creation and a young earth believe that they died out gradually after Noah’s flood. There is even evidence that they exist today! (Who knows what is living at the bottom of the ocean or in the middle of a unexplored rain forest?) Just because they are said to be extinct doesn’t mean they are extinct. The coelacanth fish was said to die out 65+ million years ago, but instead it was found swimming in the ocean in the 1930s. And it looked the same as its fossil ancestor!

When you read in the news about a dinosaur being found that supposedly died out 65+ million years ago, what you are reading is based on the evolutionary assumption. It’s not like each fossil bone has a birth date on it! Instead, the fossil is dated according to the sedimentary rock layer it is found in. And the sedimentary rock layers are dated according to the fossils they are found in. And we can date the fossils according to the rocks… If you are reading this, your head should be spinning, because you’ve just encountered circular reasoning: “This is that, because that is this.” The assumption is that the rock layers were formed slowly over millions of years, and the animals that are buried inside these layers progress from least evolved (marine life) to the most evolved (advanced land animals and people).

In reality, a fossil has to be formed rapidly. When an animal dies, its body doesn’t last long because it erodes away and is eaten by scavengers. A fossil on the other hand is formed very rapidly. A fossil, in general, is an animal that was buried by a whole lot of sediment. Over the course of a few years, the bones of the animal are transformed into rock. Something had to happen in history to cause billions of animals to be buried and turned to stone before they were eaten by scavengers (Noah’s flood, perhaps?). The idea of a world-wide flood is laughable in the eyes of science.

Why don’t we find the word “dinosaur” in the Bible? This can be explained using the same reason we don’t find Facebook in the Bible…the word wasn’t invented yet! The KJV of the Bible was published in 1611, but the word “dinosaur” wasn’t created until 1841, 230 years later. What we do find in the Bible is the word dragon, and when you read about dragons in their context, they easily fit the characteristics of dinosaurs. There are several verses in the Old Testament that refer to dinosaurs, now that we look at it from this perspective. For example, we have fiery, flying serpents; dragons in the waters; and sea monsters. I recommend that you read Job 40 and 41. Your notes at the bottom of the page will most likely say the creatures are an elephant or alligator, but does the description really match up with those animals?

Dinosaurs may have been hunted to extinction or died from lack of food supply. There are other theories as well, but we know that the massive grave yards of dinosaur bones had to be formed rapidly, and the best explanation for this is a worldwide flood.

For more information, check out the dinosaur videos in the free downloads section of this website.