Noah & the Flood – Fact or Fiction

Will you accept the Word of God?


Evolutionists and some Christians deny the flood as told in the Bible. Some say it never happened and others say it was only a “Local” flood. What is the truth? The Bible tells us the Word of God is Truth. Let’s see what the word of God says. Does the Word of God suggest the story is simply a fable? Does it suggest the flood was only a local event? Does it answer these questions decisively? Let take a look and then you decide.


First, let me state if you can’t believe the Bible when it makes a point plainly and repeatedly how can you believe any of it? The Bible is not like a smorgasbord, you can’t pick and choose. If you try to pick and choose what to believe then you deny the very inspiration of the Bible as the revealed word of God. Compromising the Word of God reminds me of a story about another compromise. The story illustrates that compromise can be a slippery slope.


There was one of those elite parties held that we hear about from time to time. Those in attendance were the rich with old money, the rich with new money, the current artsy celebrities, and the wannabes. One of the filthy rich “Gentlemen” approached one of the young and beautiful wannabes. After a little small talk the gentleman asked the wannabe if she would go to bed with him … for a million dollars! The young and beautiful wannabe coyly said, “Yes” she would. The gentleman then asked if she would go to bed with him for twenty dollars. Indignantly the wannabe said, “What kind of girl do you think I am?” The gentleman replied, “That question has been settled, now we are simply negotiating a price!”


The moral of course is you can’t compromise on moral issues. Likewise you can’t compromise the Word of God and expect people to take you seriously. Either the Bible says what it means and means what it says or not. If not, why bother to take it seriously at all.


OK, let’s read the story.


(Gen 5:32 NIV)  After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.


(Gen 6 NIV)  When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, {2} the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. {3} Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal ; his days will be a hundred and twenty years." {4} The Nephilim were on the earth in those days--and also afterward--when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown. {5} The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. {6} The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. {7} So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them." {8} But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. {9} This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. {10} Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. {11} Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. {12} God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. {13} So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. {14} So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. {15} This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. {16} Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. {17} I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. {18} But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark--you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. {19} You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. {20} Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. {21} You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them." {22} Noah did everything just as God commanded him.


(Gen 7 NIV)  The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. {2} Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, {3} and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. {4} Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made." {5} And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him. {6} Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth. {7} And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. {8} Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, {9} male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah. {10} And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth. {11} In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month--on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. {12} And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. {13} On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. {14} They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings. {15} Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the ark. {16} The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in. {17} For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. {18} The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water. {19} They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered. {20} The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet. {21} Every living thing that moved on the earth perished--birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. {22} Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. {23} Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark. {24} The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.


(Gen 8 NIV)  But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. {2} Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. {3} The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, {4} and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. {5} The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible. {6} After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the ark {7} and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. {8} Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. {9} But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. {10} He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. {11} When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. {12} He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. {13} By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. {14} By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry. {15} Then God said to Noah, {16} "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. {17} Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you--the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground--so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it." {18} So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives. {19} All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds--everything that moves on the earth--came out of the ark, one kind after another. {20} Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. {21} The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. {22} "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."


(Gen 9:1-15 NIV)  Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. {2} The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands. {3} Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. {4} "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. {5} And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. {6} "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. {7} As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it." {8} Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: {9} "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you {10} and with every living creature that was with you--the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you--every living creature on earth. {11} I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth." {12} And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: {13} I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. {14} Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, {15} I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.



OK that is the story. Let’s ask ourselves a few questions.


  1. Does the story have the form of a fable or is it told as fact? His Lineage
  2. Does the story repeatedly say that the entire earth was flooded? Yes
  3. Does it repeatedly make the point that all animals would perish? Yes
  4. Does it repeatedly make the point that all men were corrupt at the time of the flood except for Noah? Yes
  5. Does it ever say anything to indicate the flood was limited in scope? No


Let’s ask a few more questions.

  1. If the flood was a local flood why would there be a need to build an ark, why not just walk away. Remember all of the animals came to Noah, couldn’t they have just stayed out of harms way?
  2. And why bother to have animals come at all? Wouldn’t there be all “Kinds” represented in the un-flooded earth?
  3. If the water was twenty feet above mount Ararat, and if water seeks it’s own level, wouldn’t the entire earth have to be flooded. Water would find its way through all of the valleys before it could cover any mountains!
  4. If all men were corrupt why would only some men be killed? When Christ says in Matthew  24:37-39 NIV  “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. {38} For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; {39} and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” Is he saying that only some men will be judged? Or is he saying that all men were judged in the days of Noah?
  5. If the flood was limited in scope, that is only a local flood, then was God lying when He said he would never again cause a flood to destroy all life or to destroy the earth? Many local floods.
  6. Doesn’t the fact that Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, has marine fossils at its peak make you think that it must have been underwater at sometime? Yes
  7. In fact, marine fossils are found all over the world in unexpected places. Doesn’t this speak favorably to the truth of the Biblical account of a universal flood? Yes


OK let me conclude with this thought. If you can’t accept the truth of this story that is so plainly and strongly told and with so much evidence throughout the world, how can you accept the rest of the Bible and its many miracles? You can’t be a “Believer” if you don’t believe!