What great stories the Earth could tell if it were able to speak audibly. Many questions that separate mankind would be easily answered. Instead, we have to look at the circumstantial evidence all over the world to form a picture of our true past. The problem with this comes from opposing interpretations of the evidence we have to examine. Which, honestly, is human nature; No one can be discredited for being a critical thinker. However, there is an unfortunate point at which we abandon intelligent reasoning by purposefully twisting facts or ignoring clear evidence that goes against the narrative that we are comfortable with. We should, if we are completely honest with ourselves, examine all the evidence and allow it to take us wherever it leads, no matter how uncomfortable it may get.
In this article, we are going to do just that. We are going to allow the Earth to give it's testimony through the many evidences it has to share with us concerning the global flood account in Genesis. Mind you, there is MUCH on this topic, and many books are written on it. I want to make it clear that I'm only going to be scratching the surface on the amount of discoveries that have been made supporting the Genesis flood. Unfortunately, I will not be going over said evidence to the contrary, not because I choose to be bias, but because we have all been taught the opposing views since kindergarten, so I deem it unnecessary.
First, let us take a close look at what scripture says about our world BEFORE the flood.
"And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground."
- Genesis 2:5-6 KJV
Our world was very different before the flood of Noah. According to the verse above, there was a mist that came up from the ground that watered the plants. This, in theory, would create a tropical like setting for the entire earth. When God completed making the earth at the end of Genesis chapter 1, God states, "...behold, it was very good." Given what we know about God's standards, I'm thinking that when God says something is very good, I imagine PERFECTION!
So where did this mist come from? Well, later in Genesis we learn that most of the flood waters came from underground, inside the earth, as oppose to the rain from the sky. This is a detail that is often missed when people speak of the Genesis flood.
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights."
- Genesis 7:11-12 KJV
Notice how scripture records that the "fountains of the great deep" were broken up. This is a SUPER important detail to remember when looking at evidence for the flood. Forty days of rain would not be enough to completely flood the earth, but if the inside of the earth was filled with water and the earth's crust was broken open all over the world, causing water to rage to the surface... now that would do it. This would also give explanation for all the fault lines on the earth's crust. Could this be the areas where the fountains broke open? I certainly think it is. And if you are wondering just how much water was underground, look at the oceans. Today, over seventy percent of our earth's surface is covered with water, and that is just speaking of the surface area. We also need to acknowledge the depth and volume or our oceans. Even today, there are still many underground reservoirs around the world from water that is still trapped inside the earth. Do a quick search of the aquifers under North America alone and you will see. Or perhaps you might ponder Old Faithful, the geyser in Yellowstone Park, WY. Furthermore, in the 1970's scientists discovered hot water vents at the bottom of the oceans, proving there is still water inside the earth, even lower than the oceans. These thermal vents in the ocean were also spoke of in Job 38:16.
Another thing to regard is the fact that our earth's crust is not the same thickness all over the world. Scientists conclude that under the oceans the crust is only about 3 miles thick, whereas today's dry landmasses have a crust of approximately 30 miles thick. We all know that water is not exactly light. In fact, it is quite heavier that most people realize, weighing in at around 8.33 pounds per gallon depending on it's density and temperature. Think of how much rock, mud, and other debris the flood water would be carrying, not only making it able to cut through anything, but also making it more dense. It would make sense that the weight of the flood water would collapse thinner, already broken up, parts of the earth's crust, creating the deep ocean floors we have today. Just how deep are the oceans? If we were to smooth out the entire surface of our planet, getting rid of the mountains and ocean floors, the entire earth would be covered in about 1.75 miles of water!
My personal guess is there were no vast oceans on the earth before the flood, and most of the water we see today was underground misting the earth's surface as stated in Genesis 2:6. But when the great fountains of the deep broke open, before the heavy water collapsed the thinner parts of the earth's crust, the force of the water violently resurfaced the face of the earth!
"And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered."
- Genesis 7:19-20 KJV
"Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains."
- Psalm 104:6 KJV
There is no mistaking here that scripture states even the highest mountains were covered by fifteen cubits. One cubit averages about 18 inches, so that would have been close to 270 ft, of water above the mountains!
"And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth..."
- Genesis 7:23 KJV
So what evidence from a CATASTROPHIC WORLD EVENT like this could we expect to find that would support such a fantastic story? Well, I would suppose we could expect mass plant and animal burials all over the world as great amounts of water carried massive layers of mud and rocks. We could expect to find tropical like plants and animals frozen and preserved at our poles. We would find layers of strata that were formed extremely fast, with zero erosion between layers. We could expect to have entire forests of standing petrified trees running through multiple layers of deposited strata. And what do you know? That is all exactly what we find, and more! Hang on tight, I only have time to list just a few.
“We find extensive fossil “graveyards” and exquisitely preserved fossils. For example, billions of nautiloid fossils are found in a layer within the Redwall Limestone of Grand Canyon. This layer was deposited catastrophically by a massive flow of sediment (mostly lime sand). The chalk and coal beds of Europe and the United States, and the fish, ichthyosaurs, insects, and other fossils all around the world, testify of catastrophic destruction and burial.”
- Answers In Genesis
“The Flood explains the fossil record. No unknown extinction event is needed to explain why dinosaurs disappeared at the K-Pg level. It is simply the level where their pre-Flood habitat was completely engulfed by the rising floodwaters. Although evolutionary theory leaves open questions, the account in Genesis gives us clear answers.”
- Institute for Creation Research
All over the world we have CLOSED petrified clams and oysters on the tops of mountains, such as Mt. Everest. It's important to take note that they are closed, because when a clam or oyster dies it instantly opens. This signifies that they were buried alive very quickly.
"11.5 ft wide petrified oysters in Peru 2 miles above sea level."
- Express Times, March 2nd 2001
But the even more puzzling question is how did they get to the tops of mountains all over the world? Last I checked, clams and oysters do not climb mountains. My guess is they were deposited and buried alive there when the flood waters were getting as tall, or taller, than the mountains.
An expedition to the Antarctic in the late 1960's recorded that,
"Fossils of tropical plants also have been found in the Arctic, in Greenland, and Spitsbergen. The coal mind on Spitsbergen testify that ... forests were growing as near to what is now the north pole as the Antarctic coal beds are to the present-day south pole. There is no doubt that in past times the two regions were warm and open to the sun. But what was the reason for this climatic change?"
- A Continent for Science: The Antarctic Adventure by Richard Lewis, p. 131-132
One of the greatest lies we have all been taught since kindergarten is the idea that each layer of strata was formed over millions of years. However, we have many instances where evidence seems to debunk this theory.
“Eighty to eighty-five percent of Earth’s land surface does not have even 3 geologic periods appearing in ‘correct’ consecutive order. It becomes an overall exercise of gargantuan special pleading and imagination for the evolutionary - uniformitarian paradigm to maintain that there ever were geologic periods.”
- The Essential Non-Existence of the Evolutionary Uniformitarian Geologic Column, CRSQ Vol. 18 No. 1 June 1981 p. 46-71
One piece of evidence that really caught my attention is the fact that we have hundreds of standing petrified trees all over the world that run through many layers of strata!
"In Germany, France, the British Isles, Nova Scotia, California, and several eastern states, fossils that extend through several layers of sedimentary rock have been found. These are called polystrate (PAHL ee STRATE) fossils. They are usually tree trunks in an upright or somewhat slanted position. Polystrate fossils furnish clear-cut evidence that sediment was deposited rapidly, as in a flood. If the rock layers surround the fossils had formed at the slow rate that evolutionists assumed as they constructed the geologic time scale, the trees would have decayed or fallen rather than fossilized."
- Bob Jones Earth Science, pg. 306
Although it only takes ONE of these to prove the point, some petrified trees even extended through two seams of coal! There are also polystrate trees found standing UPSIDE DOWN through multiple seams of coal! How is this possible?
Another point to make here is the fact that it doesn't take millions of years for something to petrify. It only takes the correct circumstances where something is not exposed to air allowing it to decay, and can take less than 100 years. A great example of this can be found when examining the petrified trees standing at the bottom of Spirit Lake near Mt. Saint Helens. After the eruption of this volcano, thousands of tree logs filled Spirit Lake, became waterlogged, and sank heavy root side first. These trees are standing straight up on the bottom of the lake bed, and have been partially petrified after only 40 years.
When you go to the Grand Canyon, and you look at all the colorful layers that make up the canyon walls, I'm sure someone is going to tell you that represents millions of years of time. If that is true, why do all the layers lack any sign of erosion between them?
“If the rock layers were really laid down slowly with millions of years between each layer, as many people think, the wind and water should have worn hills and valleys into the rocks. This process is called “erosion” and happens to rocks all over the world today. However, most rock layers show no evidence of such erosion between them! The layers fit together perfectly without any hills or valleys between them.”
- Answers In Genesis
“We find evidence of rapid erosion, or even of no erosion, between rock layers. Flat, knife-edge boundaries between rock layers indicate continuous deposition of one layer after another, with no time for erosion.”
- Evolution is a Myth .com
The 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens has shown us a plethora of information concerning layers of sediment, petrification, and even the creation of canyons by flooding waters in very little time. I already mentioned the petrified forest at the bottom of Spirit Lake next to Mt. St. Helens. We can also see a perfect example of how layers of earth are deposited very rapidly.
"On June 12, 1980 a third explosive eruption produced 25' of stratification that amazed geologists. Successive layers are traditionally thought to require long periods of time to form; yet upwards of 100 layers accumulated mostly between the nighttime hours of 9 and 12. While a plume swiftly ascended nine miles above the mountain, wave after wave of pyroclastic flows began hurtling out of the crater and down the north slope, each dusting the valley below with another lamination. Measuring from a fraction of an inch to over a yard in thickness, each took from a few seconds to a few minutes to form."
- Mount Saint Helens Creation Center
When examining coal seams in strata, often times if people dig along the coal seam, they will find that it will eventually branch out and connect with other coal seams in the layers of sediment. It would be impossible for this to happen if these coal seams formed one by one over a span of millions of years. ("Creation Ex Nihilo", June 1994 p. 24)
Another very interesting chapter in the earth's testimony of a global flood is the fact that we find bent rock formations that show no signs of braking in many different parts of the world.
“In many mountainous areas, rock layers’ thousands of feet thick have been bent and folded without fracturing. How can that happen if they were laid down separately over hundreds of millions of years and already hardened? ... However, in many places worldwide, we find entire sequences of solid rock strata bent without fracturing. This evidence indicates that all the rock layers were rapidly deposited and folded while still wet and pliable before final hardening. For example, the Tapeats Sandstone in Grand Canyon is folded at a right angle (90°) without breaking. ... The region around Grand Canyon is a great example showing how most of the earth’s fossil-bearing layers were laid down quickly, and many were folded while still wet.”
- Evolution is a Myth .com
Speaking of the Grand Canyon, how was it formed? Well, we all know the traditional stories of it being carved by a tiny river over millions of years. However, I believe it was formed in a matter of weeks, and was a result of being a giant spillway. This is not such a farfetched scenario when you can see for yourself many examples of this on a smaller scale. One of the best examples brings us back to the aftermath of the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens.
"In the five months following the eruption two canyons were formed by mud and pyroclastic flows, establishing drainages for the 1.5 x 2.0 mile crater. The primary drainage, Step Canyon, is up to 700' deep. To its east is Loowit Canyon. Both canyons cut through 100' of solid rock. Creeks flow through each canyon. The typical evolutionary explanation is that a creek slowly forms a canyon over vast ages. In this case we know that the canyons were formed quickly; then a stream began to run through them. Textbooks say the most spectacular canyon in the world, the Grand Canyon, was formed by stream erosion over a hundred million years. Now scientists who specialize in geological erosion believe it was formed rapidly just like these canyons at Mount Saint Helens"
- Mount Saint Helens Creation Center
I could share many many more examples here, but unfortunately they are too numerous to continue listing. My hope is that these points will at least provoke enough thought to prompt a reexamination of the things we have been told since our school age. The flood is an important part of the Christian walk, as it proves the world is NOT millions of years old. In fact, if you add up the dates given in God's word, you can date the creation of the universe to about 6000 years ago. Even the word "universe" means "single spoken sentence". Hmm, could it be, "And God said..." (Genesis 1:3)?
It also proves this world belongs to God, and He has the authority to judge it if He sees fit. This is an idea that many people do NOT like, and therefore would rather discredit any evidence of a global flood. These people say, "Where is your God? He isn't coming to judge anything. Everything will go on the same way it has been." But scripture says they are being "willfully ignorant" of the creation and the flood. They rather scoff at scripture and desire to be their own Gods, believing what makes them more complacent.
"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:"
- 2 Peter 3:3-6 KJV
I plead with you not to be one of the "willingly ignorant". Examine the evidence presented here, and more, because these details can be exceptionally life-changing. As far as I'm concerned, understanding the truth for the creation and the flood is foundational for real faith in scripture, and ultimately in God.
Written by: Joshua Berry
Videos: Creation Seminar Series, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fviPnaJuQJs&list=PL-xZDiKH7K0Mzom8Gvq2qcFnnMk_jE1eW - Speaker Dr. Kent Hovind
Documentary: Is Genesis History?, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM82qxxskZE - Buy here: https://answersingenesis.org/store/product/genesis-history/?sku=30-9-679
Website Article: Evidence of the Flood, https://answersingenesis.org/kids/geology/evidence-flood/ - Answers in Genesis
Website Article: Worldwide Flood, Worldwide Evidence, https://answersingenesis.org/the-flood/global/worldwide-flood-evidence/ - Answers in Genesis
Website Article: 7 Wonders of Mount St Helens, https://mshcreationcenter.org/visit/7-wonders-of-mount-st-helens/ - Mount Saint Helens Creation Center
Website Article: Global Flood? If So, What Evidence?, https://www.evolutionisamyth.com/biblical/global-flood-what-evidence/ - Evolution Is A Myth
Website Article: Flood Buried Dinosaurs with a Bang, https://www.icr.org/article/flood-buried-dinosaurs-with-a-bang/ - Institute for Creation Research
Website Article: How Long Does It Take for Wood to Petrify?, https://www.icr.org/article/how-long-does-it-take-for-wood-petrify - Institute for Creation Research
Book: A Flood of Evidence, by Ken Ham - Answers In Genesis