The Great Flood
Did the Great flood really happen? Was it all just a big made up story? Or did the Bible speak the truth. Evidence from all around the world has pointed to the fact that the flood happened. The city of Ur was destroyed by a flood. All the different stories in the world of the flood save one family. Abraham could have carried the story of the flood of Ur. The theories of the flood do not contradict the Bible. Also the Black Sea wasn’t always a body of water. Although the Great Flood was thought to be a myth, scientists may have found evidence the flood existed because scientists may have found the boat, they have found houses underneath the Black Sea, and many cultures have variations of the flood.
Noah was righteous man amongst the unrighteous. When God saw the evil in the world he told Noah to build an ark and save himself, his family, two of every animal, and anyone who believed, but no one did. Though it took many years to build the people just saw Noah as an insane man and could not be saved for they did not believe. They were warned, but only mocked and so they perished in the flood. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. When it was over God put a rainbow in the sky as a sign that God would never flood the Earth again.
The question is where was ark? For a long time, Bible scholars tried to prove that there had been a flood over the whole earth, while scientists simply ignored the Bible story. But more recently, scientists and Bible have been coming closer to agreement. Many geologists and archeologists now think that the story of the flood refers to a real geological event. Meanwhile anthropologists point out that similar stories of a disastrous flood are found in cultures all over the Middle East and Europe.
Archeologists point out that Mesopotamia, the part of the Middle East where civilization first developed, sometimes went through terrible floods. A layer of flood deposit at Ur, one of the most ancient cities in Mesopotamia, showed that the city had been wiped out in some great disaster. Later in the book of Genesis, we read that Abraham, the ancestor of all people of Israel, came from Ur. He and his family might easily have carried the true story of the Flood at Ur with them when they moved west.
One of the most interesting theories puts the flood farther back than that. In a book called Noah’s Flood, two marine archeologists point out that the Black Sea was an isolated lake until a few thousand years ago. Some of the first steps toward civilization were taken around the lake. When the Mediterranean Sea broke through (perhaps during the flood), the water came in so suddenly and violently that all the towns and villages were under water in a few days. We know from other evidence that Oral Tradition can preserve a story accurately for thousands of years. The book suggests that this Black Sea flood was the source of the story of Noah and of all the other flood stories. Since the book was published, surveys have found...