Let’s begin with the rain and where all the water came from. In the Bible account, there is no mention of rain at any time until the Flood. It is explained that earth was refreshed by dew and by underground springs that God created during the Creation week (another topic I will attempt to discuss at some point), along with the rivers and waters that He created. Even today, the largest aquifers and reservoirs of water are still found underground. While not referred to in the Bible account, I do not believe that the planet was covered by oceans as it is today; I believe the dry land was gathered together in one place, as were the seas, and as explained in the Creation account. Similarly, when God separated the waters above from the waters below to create the expanse of sky the result was that God controls the windows of heaven and they could be opened together with the deep fountains of water beneath the earth which would have caused the entire planet to become flooded as described.
There had to have been titanic physical forces associated with the Flood event, but as it was a supernatural event, a real act of God, I believe that no natural laws could explain or contain it. Natural laws are man’s construct, in the sense that we observe things and try to express them mathematically or logically in order to understand them, and to hopefully predict things like the weather or the half-life of a radioactive isotope. What is important to realize is that all natural laws are based on assumptions and limited observations, and on values that cannot be tested under the same conditions of the distant past because NO ONE can access or recreate the distant pass in order to test them. Natural laws are simply our best guesses, based on convention and accepted values, averages and the concept of uniformity in the universe. But since God is not subject to time nor to natural laws, He can act outside of them and I believe He has done so many times throughout history.
The waters below broke through the earth’s crust and spouted upwards while the windows of heaven were opened and the waters fell from above. This was not a gentle summer rain nor a gradually rising flood that could be navigated or survived by holding on to tree branches or other floating materials. This was a sudden, overwhelming and cataclysmic global event, much like a tsunami wave that rolled out in all directions at once. The earth’s crust likely gave way to liquefaction, leading to mudslides that are unimaginable today. Entire plains and meadows were suddenly turned to raging mud flows, complete with debris of rocks, trees, and animal and human remains. This proceeded for 40 days and nights while Noah in the Ark was tossed on the waves, preserved not by his excellent craftsmanship, but by God’s hand alone. Outside the Ark, villages and towns were razed off the surface of the earth, plant life was uprooted and churned into pulp, and animal life perished both on land and in the seas. Many fossil remains have been found of dinosaurs all having died together in large groups. Some died with food in their stomachs, while others were caught unawares sitting on their nest of eggs.
Creatures in the seas perished as well, but not to the extent that their counterparts did on land. There have been reports by sailors since the middle ages of encountering giant creatures in the seas they navigated. Even today creatures such as giant squid and others can be encountered which may have survived the Flood waters. They are isolated in various parts of the world’s oceans and have been known to live at great depths below the surface. However, for the most part, the world’s scientists agree that close to 80% of marine life was destroyed in a climactic event in the distant past. Their fossils can be found in large marine graveyards off the coast of Chile, Greenland and other places. Interestingly, many whale and other marine fossils have been found in what are today deserts, which is evidence that at some point in time these areas were submerged and hosted many kinds of marine life that suddenly perished.
Could the waters have reached even the highest mountains? The Bible says that the waters rose 15 cubits above the tallest mountain. In feet, that is roughly 22 feet. I do not mean to imply that the Flood waters rose 22 feet above Mt. Everest, because I do not believe there was a Mt. Everest before the Flood. I believe there were hills and valleys, rivers and lakes, but not the oxygen-deprived knife-edge massifs and glaciers that we see today when looking at the Alps, the Himalayas, the Rockies and so on. Even geologists agree that these mountains are young by comparison to other geologic features. Exactly how young becomes an issue, but only because they insist on the billions of years scenario, as they must, and on a gradual uniform rising due to tectonic plate collision and friction. All the same, the tallest hills or mountains of the time were covered by more than 7 meters of flood water.
During this violent time many animals were quickly killed and their skeletal remains were fossilized and deposited in the various depths and layers of muddy sediment, driven about by winds, tidal wave action and the constant churning and heaving of the planet’s liquefied crust. It should be noted here that, to date, no verifiable explanation has been put forth and accepted as being capable of preserving soft-tissue remains that have been found within dinosaur fossils. It is a commonly accepted fact that soft tissue such as blood vessels and genetic material, including proteins, cannot be preserved intact for long. I have studied the claims of iron acting as a preservative, but it is wholly incapable of preserving soft tissue for tens of millions of years that otherwise would be degraded in several thousand. The fact is that science cannot explain it, while there are many that continue to doubt its existence and choose to ignore it altogether.
Most of the organic matter not fossilized in the geologic strata sunk deeper and became trapped in much lower layers of the earth’s crust which have formed the natural gas, oil and coal fields we have only discovered a mere few hundred years ago. A seeming problem Creationists need to account for is that the lower strata contain simple life form fossils while the upper strata contain much more complex and larger animal fossils. One reason for this could be that creatures such as shellfish and other arthropod crustaceans could not swim, therefore were buried where they stood effectively, while larger animals capable of swimming and/or floating did their best to tread water or stay afloat by other means, only to succumb to the ever-rising and raging Flood waters. There are, however, entire layers of closed clam shells that can be found above 20,000 feet, in the Himalayas, the Andes and other mountain ranges, indicating that they died quickly at some point on the bottom of a large body of water. Shellfish do not have much motility, they live on the sea floor generally. It is believable that through the churning action of the flood waters and crustal upheaval that the ground on which they lay was violently thrust upwards to create the various mountain ranges we see, once the waters were receded. Geologists attribute the ever-rising mountain ranges to the continual collision and friction of the tectonic plates against each other. While this process is slow today, it could have been violently swift and drastic at the time of the Flood. How else can organic matter be buried so deeply and under such pressures and heat that it turns to oil, coal and gas? This is not a process that requires millions of years; it has been reproduced in the laboratory. All that is needed is sufficient heat and pressure and it can be done in a matter of hours. We have not even touched on the subject of carbon-dating, which has shown that coal and diamonds all contain measurable amounts of the carbon 14 isotope and could not, therefore, be millions of years old.
We have no way of knowing how many species of animals were alive before the Flood. We have not found most of the world’s fossils, therefore much remains to be discovered and for us to learn. We continue to find new species, both live and in fossil remains, to this day. Perhaps most of those that died became the vast natural oil, coal and gas deposits of the earth. What we do know is that many of the world’s features, such as the American Grand Canyon, the Chinese great Yellow River basin and other formations have recently been explained as created by fast-moving, destructive flood scenarios and not slow, constant erosion-based events. Of course, geologists have no problem explaining that a local flood could change the face of the earth here or there, but they only have a problem when one global Flood is claimed to have changed the face of the entire planet. They also have a problem when it comes to explaining the absence of several important strata that are completely absent in the Grand Canyon formation and elsewhere. Instead, they invoke many more catastrophic events and sometimes even “giant localized floods” to explain the strata and the epochs of time (Cambrian, Jurassic, Triassic, etc.). One such example is the creation of the Mediterranean Sea. It is said to have been formed when the Atlantic ocean waters “breached the strait of Gibraltar, sending a massive flood into the basin.” How convenient; a massive, but otherwise local flood, no chance it could have been a global flood. Keep in mind these time epochs are only human terms invented to categorize things of a certain appearance and to help in sorting them. They are not absolutes and we have no way of testing their validity empirically. We must simply accept them as “fact”.
End of part 2
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