Islamic Ark Illumination

The Whole World Remembers Noah’s Flood

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This topic seemed good to cover since Master Books has put out a book on the same subject. Haven’t had a chance to look at it yet, but you can get an idea of the kinds of things it covers from my article I’m reposting:

A couple of years ago I ran into the book Eternity in Their Hearts by Don Richardson that discusses the memory many people groups have of the great Flood.  I had heard of the Babylonian myth of a cube-shaped boat and the gods landing on the sacrifice afterwards because they were so hungry.  That story in the Gilgamesh Epoch is often used to “show” that the Bible just borrowed and sanitized other cultures’ myths.  But like all the arguments non-believers use, this can cut both ways.

If the great Flood of Noah’s day actually happened, wouldn’t you expect his descendents to hold on to some memory of it?  If it was just a myth, why would people groups from all over the world reinvent the same false story?

This is one of the commonly known evidences of the truth of God’s Word that non-believers don’t want children to find out about.  They will talk about it among themselves, but Cosmos-forbid the little ones get the wrong idea! “Flood myths are told by probably the majority of human nations.” by Albert L. Kroeber in Anthropology from 1948.

Turns out the Babylonian story is just the “cube” on the tip of the iceberg.  I found an enormous page covering these stories.  I was going to tell you the total number of people groups Mark Isaak mentions, but when I saw how many more there were after counting to 100 I stopped!  Every part of the globe that people live in (so no stories from Antarctica!) has groups that remember some part of the Flood.  Mind-blowing and Awesome.

English: Illustration of the Black Sea deluge,...

Illustration of the Black Sea deluge, before and after

An explanation worldwide Flood doubters have for why people “invented” flood stories is the filling of the Black Sea.  I once accidentally bought a book that claimed this.  I didn’t keep it, so I don’t recall the title, but I did read it (here’s a page with a pop-up ad that makes the same case).  The author explained that as sea levels rose long ago (which they certainly did, at the end of the Ice Age) suddenly flooding the fertile valley that is now the Black Sea.  I’m sure this happened.  But does that explain why they tell flood stories in the Pacific Islands and the Americas?  It takes just as much faith to believe that all humans were living in the Black Sea basin 7,500 years ago and carried the story around the world as it does for me to believe God’s Word.

Let’s compare what we have recorded in the Bible with all the other stories.  This page from Northwest Creation Network does a good job of this.  On their chart you’ll see that the only thing that every story has in common is destruction by water.  They’re chart shows that only the Babylon- Gilgamesh epic has all the story parts that the Bible mentions.  However, when I looked up that story on Isaak’s page, it didn’t say anything about people being wicked (and therefore judged), just that there were too many of them!

Noah's ark

This is not the real ark!

Now, let’s look at the details the Bible gives compared to the other stories to see which fits reality better.  Any story (like the Gilgamesh epic) that has many gods landing on meat like flies doesn’t fit.  Neither does a boat shaped like a box.  The Chaldeans said the dimensions of width to height was 5 to 2, the Bible’s ratio is 5 to 3.  Not too bad.  The Lithuanians (along with a number of other groups) knew that the Flood came because of wickedness, but they said that people survived by riding in a nutshell.

I wanted to see what the Chinese story had.  It says that the flood lasted 22 years and didn’t quite cover the mountain tops.  Maybe that’s why they’re fond of living up so high.  The hero gets killed by the gods and after 3 years a dragon comes out of his cut open body. Yuck!

There’s lots more you could say about the believability of the Bible’s account compared to all these others, but the main point is: They still remember!!!

If you like this topic be sure to listen to this episode of Creation Today’s interview with Jeremy Wiles who’s been to a bunch of these places and heard their stories straight from the people!

I’m not going to link to it, but I saw a page where someone stopped believing the Bible because he claims there is no evidence of a massive flood just a few thousand years ago.  I have a verse for him:

Jesus quoted, That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. Mark 4:12

Here’s an article from Answers in Genesis on the seaworthiness of Noah’s ark.

God said, For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.  For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee. Isaiah 54:9,10

The edition I have of Eternity in the Hearts from 1984 only cost 75c from half.com or there’s an updated one from Christian Book Distributors for $10 (both plus shipping)

Human Language

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I was going through my collection of idea starters and saw quite a number on the subject of language.  I haven’t covered this topic at all except for last week’s mention of the ancient Chinese writing on the Olmec figures from Mexico, so we’ll see how much I can cover today!

This article on “Primitive Languages” from Answers in Genesis is a fun read.  I’ve spent time in Germany trying to learn their language and I can say AiG is quite right about how complicated any foreign language is.  What is so simple that a 4-year-old native speaker can express with great flair is extraordinarily difficult for someone trying to learn as an adult!

The gap between the “simplest” human language and the most complex animal communication is immense and impossible to cross even though many scientists have been trying.   Although Evolutionists have to assume that there was some kind of simple ProtoLanguage for the first homo-sapiens to speak before they developed into fully functioning Humans, there is no evidence for anything like this.

Because they must have some story to explain things, you can find a number of hypotheses about how we developed speech.  But there actually are some real blocks to keep any animal that wanted to from copying us.  Wikipedia talks about this and says, “Paradoxically, it is precisely primates’ resistance to deception that blocks the evolution of their signalling systems along language-like lines. Language is ruled out because the best way to guard against being deceived is to ignore all signals except those that are instantly verifiable. Words automatically fail this test.”  This means that monkeys and apes are going to treat any word that doesn’t match what’s going on as a lie and ignore it!

I wanted to find out what secular linguists (language scholars) say about the age of the world’s languages.  I was pleasantly surprised by their accurate claims.  It is difficult to tell how long people have been speaking a particular language unless you have writing of some kind.  So, of course, the first people to wise up, settle down and keep written documents were far away from eastern Turkey/Armenia where the Ark landed, NOT!

Map diagramming the expansion of Kurgan Cultur...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-European_languages#Evolution

Egyptian is no surprise to us, since we all study that culture first in Ancient History.  Sumerian is the other equally ancient written language.  So where was Sumer?  In the area of Babylon and Ur!

The only difference between the linguists’ claims and what the Bible shows us is about 1,000 years off the timeline (Wikipedia is closer) and without a supposed 100,000 year period of slow Evolutionary advance before the sudden flower of Human speech.

So, what about Language families.  Turns out there are 9 main divisions of language with some more that won’t fit neatly into their groupings.  The most famous and longest studied is the Indo-European group, probably because most of the linguists speak one of these languages!  I really this map showing how these languages spread out.

Pre-Columbian distribution of Na-Dene language...

Pre-Columbian distribution of Na-Dene languages in North America

Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to find a similar map for the other language groups.  Here’s an interesting article I ran into on Dictionary.com that talks about how two languages on different continents are close enough to be considered relatives.  There’s a language called Ket is Siberia who’s only similar languages are spoken in North America.  This tells us that the Siberian group either came from or sent some people on to America (which do you think is more likely?).We aren’t told how many languages God split the people of Babel into, but we do know that languages keep splitting and changing all the time now.  Odds are, some of the words we use every day will be bad words when you’re a grandparent.  And some words that no decent person would say now will be harmless then.  Not to mention all the brand new words we will need for things that haven’t been invented yet!

And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.  Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth:  Genesis 11:6-8a

For more about Human Language check out this post from Father Stephen Rational Sheep and the Word of God