THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF NOAH: THE GREAT FLOOD
PART 2: THE FLOOD: THE GREATEST CATASTROPHE EXPERIENCED BY THE EARTH
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Soon after the Creation of humankind God looked out upon the earth and saw a wicked godless
people. Filled with disobedience he summoned a man of righteousness. As significant as the
Creation was to humankind so was the destruction of life and those that walked and crawled the
The Biblical record is clear regarding this great catastrophe. However those that are in the ranks of
disbelief and the godless have often disputed the Biblical record. Do those that dispute the
Biblical record fail to realize that the story of Noah and the Flood has a very important and
significant relationship to the contemporary world in which we live.
Before the Flood humans lived for long periods. After the Flood lives became shorter and society
becomes more complex and populations increased. The Book of Genesis as the first Book of the
Bible reveals the Creation, the Garden of Eden and the Great Flood. Here we see the
descendants of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Esau and Jacob. As the history of the Biblical
world takes shape the Prophets came forth to write the Bible.
For the record some historians (historians that don't believe in the Bible) and non-believers
don't realize that the Bible was not written by ordinary men. Thus, the sages, poets and historians,
storytellers of Old Times and the days of the New Testament are not Bible writers. Although
they may have written during this time they have not had an impact on the Bible. The Bible writers were all inspired men of God who through the Spirit of God recorded what God would have them to record. This record then formed the Old and New Testaments.
We also note that the Bible was not inspired by myth are any other legends etc. For example
there are various descriptions of the Great Flood. One particular point is that these renditions note
gods and not God. Among the various races and groups of people of the world there are various
accounts of a catastrophic Flood.
"The Greeks told the Flood story and connected it with Deucalion: long before Columbus many
stories told among the natives of the continent of America kept the memory of a great Flood
alive: in Australia, India, Polynesia, Tibet, Kashmiri and Lithuania tales of a Flood have been
handed down from generation to generation up to the present. Are they all fairy tales and
legends, are they all inventions? However, the most outstanding story is the Epic of Gilgamesh.
This story was recorded on twelve clay tablets and was taken from the ancient Library of
Ashurbanipal-Utnapishtim." (See Werner Keller, The Bible as History Archaeology & Science,
William Morrow & Co., 1981, pp. 43-58).
So the mere historian (here we are not speaking of the Spiritual Scientist who is also a historian)
believes the Flood did occur but they still had doubts as they could not prove it. But in 1929 at the evacuations of Ur unmistakable evidence was found that scientifically noted that the Flood did occur. At Ur was found a layer of clay almost 10 feet thick. The age of the strata containing traces of human habitation, and in this respect they are as reliable as a calendar. It could also be
ascertained when the great Flood took place. It happened about 4000 B.C.
Dr. Aaron Smith is an expert on the Flood. He has collected a complete history of the literature
on Noah's Ark. There are 80,000 works in seventy-two languages about the Flood, of which
70,000 mention the legendary wreckage of the Ark.
Meanwhile as we now turn to the Biblical record and the various scriptures noted at the outset
we see that the Genesis record speaks of One God as is noted throughout the Bible. However, we
again note that the other accounts mention multiple gods.