It was a worldwide cataclysmic Flood sent by God to destroy all living things except for eight people who survived on the Ark.In addition to the Bible, many very early historical records also document this Flood... It was a worldwide cataclysmic Flood sent by God to destroy all living things except for eight people who survived on the Ark.In addition to the Bible, many very early historical records also document this Flood.
In 2 Peter 3: 5-6 we are reminded of that which mankind desires to forget: that is, that God made the heavens and earth with its water, and by that water the world was cataclysthized, destroying the surface of the earth and all living, breathing creatures.
The Flood was sent because of universal total human depravity, with extreme violence toward others, which warranted severe punishment.
Preparation for the Flood Was an Ark really necessary?
Critics of the flood narrative consider it either a myth, or a local flood story.
There are apparent conflicts between the Bible and some areas of science relative to the date of the Great Flood.
Both biblical and extrabiblical literature, being eyewitness accounts, should control the dating, with secondary importance given to scientific opinions, and sophisticated radiometric dating techniques.The Hebrew word is the word for "flood" used throughout Genesis 6-9.It is a unique word used only for this stupendous event.Eight other Hebrew words are used to describe local floods.But none of these compare with the extent of the Great Flood.The Greek words , used both in the Septuagint and in the New Testament, hardly need interpretation. It occurs in Matthew 24: 38-39; and Luke 17: 26-27.