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antimatter's avatar

What's your opinion about the Great Flood according to the Bible?

Asked by antimatter (4261 points ) April 13th, 2014

If you believe it happened what proof besides the Bible can you provide and if you don’t believe that it happened what proof can you provide?

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ragingloli's avatar

It showcases the murderous nature of the abrahamic demon god.
It also never happened and was shamelessly plagiarised from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Floods, tsunamis and other water disasters happen all through history and are often dramatic large-scale events. Is it a stretch that ancient people would think that these normal earth events were supernatural or that the gods are angry?

JLeslie's avatar

Tsunami.

dxs's avatar

I don’t believe it happened because:
1) There is not enough water in the atmosphere to cover the earth.
3) You’d need a pretty big ark to house two of every animal plus food for 150 days.
3) How can animals sustain themselves on a planet without sufficient life after the water killed most of it off? (I’m sure the olive trees would have perished as well).
4) Incest.

Pachy's avatar

Impossible to say it better than @ARE_you_kidding_me! Since the dawn of recorded history things feared, hated or misunderstood have been called miracles of God or works of the Devil or cancellations of a TV series.

ucme's avatar

Like everything else in the bible, entirely fabricated or greatly exaggerated.

kevbo's avatar

There are stories of a great flood in many religious and mythological traditions. I don’t know that the Bible’s account is fact, but there seems to be general corroboration.

elbanditoroso's avatar

There appears to be some evidence that there was some large water event a couple of thousand years ago. I can’t give you a specific citation without doing some research, but apparently there is geological evidence of such an event.

The biblical description, such as it is, is totally spin (for theological purposes) about what was an environmental event.

The way I see it, the natural phenomenon was, in fact, co-opted by the religionists for their own purposes.

whitenoise's avatar

We’re reliving the tale and all the scientists warn us and all the vested interests ignore the signs.

Funny enough it seem primarily the Christians that haven’t learned from the bible that some warnings shouldn’t be taken too lightly. We will face consequences for our actions, hether we ignore the signs or not…

Aster's avatar

I agree with @elbanditoroso . Flood or tidal wave, possibly an ark but not one with “two of every creature.” That is an insane proposition.

TheRealOldHippie's avatar

A charming story, but the Epic of Gilgamesh predated it by centuries. Chances are good there was localized flood which to ancient minds seemed like the end of the world as they knew it, but not enough to cover the world. Then there’s the matter of two animals of every kind – there’s no way that could have taken place – that ark would have had to have been a couple of miles in width and length because there were a number of now-extinct species that would have been along for the ride. Had they been scientifically advanced, they could have taken DNA samples and then brought the animals back, but there’s no evidence they knew what DNA was and I seriously doubt if they had the help of ancient astronauts to help them repopulate the world with animal life. The early Hebrews were great storytellers – but even then, they couldn’t be original, they had to copy an earlier story. But hey, if people want to believe it, let them – we all need a little fairy tale or two in our lives.

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basstrom188's avatar

It may be a “folk memory” much embellished by the passage of time. I think refers to the receding of the ice age. The Arabian (or Persian) Gulf, which is relevant to the Noah story, before the ice melted was a valley in which the River Euphrates flowed. Probably a paradise for the hunter-gatherer people of the time (the origin of the Garden of Eden?). Just think how traumatic this must have been for them when it began to fill up with water. Without no explanation other than the anger of their gods.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@basstrom188 Were they hunter-gatherers? I thought they lived in river valleys, where flood stories would have been an obvious go-to for allegory and myth.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

It wasn’t about water at all. Flood had the supporting role. It was a parable wise elders told as historical fact to point out the importance of wise existence with nature. If this all powerful God saw fit to save two of each species, even the little critters, and the ugly critters, he would expect humans to treat these critters the same way, to not cause the extinction of any creature, no matter how extreme things might seem for a while.

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KNOWITALL's avatar

The parable was that God told Noah & he believed when everyone said he was crazy. Faith against all naysayers.

stanleybmanly's avatar

There have been several opportunities for catastrophic flooding within the period of time that man has walked the earth. Both the latest refill of the Mediterranean basin and the flooding of the Black sea basin may have occurred so rapidly that the result for anyone witnessing it would be a horrifying flood suitable for legends. Now a flood covering the entirety of the earth is quite another matter, And of course the ark is beyond speculation.

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Seek's avatar

If there had been a flood, and the waters had risen over Mt. Rushmore, the resulting atmospheric pressure would be such that Noah and family’s blood would boil at ambient temperature and their bodies would explode.

* curtseys *

Thank you.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@SEEK queen of random odd facts, nice.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

It could have been one big ass Tsunami that covered all the continents, just not all at once. I don’t think a wooden boat would have made it through that though, not in the recent geologic record either.

JLeslie's avatar

Back in the day of the flood the people recording such things, or telling these stories, thought the whole world was the middle east. They had no concept of how large the world was or what was on the other side of the ocean. They may have felt the world flooded, but it could have just been 100 miles of coastline and then the story began.

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filmfann's avatar

It doesn’t surprise me that such stories are dissed these days, regardless of any supporting evidence. There are people today who say the holocaust never happened, even though it was only 70 years ago, and was remarkably well documented.

Adagio's avatar

My opinion? It was a little over the top wasn’t it!

prasad's avatar

We do have a parallel legend of Matsya (fish) avatar.

The deluge flooded the earth, and… quite a similar story.

Though we do not have any evidence to support, but a common plot or story in different religions (or different parts of the world) makes me feel that it probably happened.

ragingloli's avatar

@filmfann
Like the Chinese that were completely unaffected by that alleged “global flood”.
But credit where credit is due. Good call on comparing the flood to the Holocaust.
Because the flood, if it happened, was a holocaust, and its perpetrator by several orders of magnitude worse than Hitler.

whitenoise's avatar

It’s a matter of perspective:

If our God kills (hundreds of) millions of them, they (His ‘victims’) must have deserved that.

If Samson kills himself and hundreds of people in the name of our God, he’s a hero.
One could also regard him as the first documented suicide terrorist.
That is the way we see the guys that do the same, nowadays, in the name of their God.

Silence04's avatar

I watched a documentary recently that talked about this “great flood” story that is referenced in several historical tales and religious books (including the bible). The documentary seemed to pin point it to one location that was a basin and became flooded by lake/river outside of the basin.

I have no idea how fabricated the documentary was, but it certainly seems more believable than the entire world flooding.

BiZhen's avatar

It is crude fantasy copied from a Sumerian myth that is better-written. There are many scientific impossibilities in it, e.g. there is only 29% enough water to submerge the tallest mountains as Genesis claims occurred; such a flood would have killed salt water plants and animals; Genesis does not account for plant life; an all-wood boat would collapse in the seas, etc.! Anyone who believes it is literally true is quite gullible.

antimatter's avatar

It’s true @BiZhen I personally think the Bible should be taken with a pinch of salt…
Well said @Seek!

non_omnis_moriar's avatar

Babylonian mythology story long before adopted by Nomadic Semitic tribes.

whitenoise's avatar

@non_omnis_moriar

How is that possibly another story, when the Sematic tribes stem from Noah’s son Sem?

Clearly they were talking about the same story, which makes far more sense, since it is their own ancestor involved.

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