Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Flood Proof

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
Dramatic new evidence supports the Bible's account of Noah's Flood. Deep-sea explorers have discovered a coastline on the floor of the Black Sea, providing evidence of a sudden catastrophic flood about 7,500 years ago that spread almost overnight over thousands of square miles of land. Explorers led by Robert Ballard and funded by the National Geographic Society captured the first sonar images of a coastline 550 feet below the surface of the sea. It had been submerged undisturbed for thousands of years, according to radiocarbon dating that placed the remains of freshwater mollusks dredged from the beach at 7,500 years, and saltwater species at 6,900 years. Ballard said the findings indicate the flood occurred during that 600-year gap. Analysis of Ballard's evidence was done by the Woods Hole oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. The discovery offers independent verification to an idea advanced by geologists William Ryan and Walter Pitman of Columbia University. They have theorized that the Black Sea, between Ukraine and Turkey, formed when melting glaciers raised the sea level until it broke through a natural dam at what is now the Bosporus strait, which separates the Mediterranean Sea from the Black Sea. That created a deluge that quickly submerged massive amounts of land overnight, probably killing thousands of people and billions of animals, the geologists say.

Ballard's discovery backs up the theory, which is based on 30 years of research. He found the ancient coastline this summer, almost exactly where Ryan and Pitman said they would. Biblical scholars date the writing of the Book of Genesis, which includes the story of Noah, between 2,900 and 2,400 years ago. A similar event is described in the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh legend, written about 3,600 years ago. Ryan and Pitman dated the flood at 7,600 years. Their theory argues that the flood was horrible enough for writers and minstrels to remember it for thousands of years.

While on the subject, new archaeological evidence shows that stories recorded in the Bible occurred. A number of findings refute skeptical secular scholars who assumed that accounts of the supernatural were only stories meant to illustrate theological points, not actual occurrences, according to a news-weekly's current issue. The cover features a painting of Adam and Eve. The article cites the discovery of an Assyrian stone tablet in Israel dating to the ninth century B.C. that mentions David, the "king of Israel," among Assyria's foes. Skeptics had assumed that King David was a legend. The discovery of the remains of a crucified man, who was a contemporary of Jesus, buried in a family grave, shows that the Romans allowed for that kind of burial, a fact that scholars have long doubted, the article said. (According to The Washington Post, and U.S. News & World Report)

It's not that we need any proof that what the Bible teaches is truth, because the Word of God is truth. Still, it's nice to hear that secular researchers are gradually beginning to admit what the Bible has told us all along. If they would only come to know, savingly, Jesus Christ, who is the Truth.

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