Previously, we have discussed Noah’s Flood and its controversy. Since the mid-20th century, most churches teach that the flood was worldwide. However, there are many aspects that tell us otherwise.
According to Blue Letter Bible, there are a few arguments that support the idea of a universal flood.
When you read the text in Genesis 6, God sounds angry. He sounds like he just wishes he’d never created man, and would like to wipe them off the face of the earth. If you just read the flood account, it definitely sounds like a worldwide flood.
The historical view of the Jews and the church has understood the flood as universal. The idea that it was a local flood is fairly new. Also, all of the translations also understand the account of the Food in universal terms. The earth is mentioned several times.
So, why the argument?
Well, contrary to popular belief, Christians didn’t always believe there was a worldwide flood. In fact, the idea was made popular by a very famous minister and writer named Henry Morris. He was the face of many modified beliefs in the 1960s.
One could speculate the text is hyperbolic, based on Noah and his family’s limited viewpoint. “Earth” could also be another word for “land.”
Most likely, the account in Genesis wasn’t written by Noah, but by his son, Shem. The account describes the highest peaks being covered with water. Many assume that this includes Mount Everest, as it is the tallest point in the world. At least it is now, but that’s a separate topic.
The account is a personal one. It is written by a person. God did not write it. Granted, most Christians believe the Bible is “God-breathed”, and we are not denying that. We are just suggesting that the eyes that told the story are limited to that of one person’s experience, a perception that can only be observed for about two miles. This is someone who wouldn’t know if the flood was a worldwide event.
In Genesis 6:15, it reads, while instructing Noah how to build the ark: This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits and its height 30 cubits.
In Genesis 7: 20, it reads: The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them 15 cubits deep.
So, this gives us an idea as to how deep the water was—although we can’t really know exactly because we don’t know what the highest point was within sight. Morris painted a picture of the waters covering the earth over Mount Everest, but, like I said, this is one person’s story. This account was not an observation from space, but from the ark itself.
In addition to the “God-breathed” reference, many people think of the Bible as being told through a person from God himself. In Hebrews 2:2, it reads: For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression of disobedience receive a just retribution.
The first part of this verse indicates that the message, or the Bible, may have be dictated by angels themselves, instead of God directly. This could have been any kind of angel—including the Nephilim.