It’s difficult to accept that — even in the twenty-first century — there are people out there who still believe the Noah Flood Myth actually took place. We have a lot of tools at our disposal to debunk the claims of a global flood as outlined in Genesis. Indeed, they’ve been used time and time again. Here, let me google that for you. Furthermore, after extensive research no one has produced a single shred of evidence of a global flood or an ark.
One Youtube user (bushonomics) made a video in 2010 where he uses simple math to debunk the story. His methodology is spotty. I’ll admit that. But his shortcomings give creationists more room, not less. And despite this his math still adds up and lands on the side of the flood is mathematically impossible. I’m not going to discuss the video further. If you’re interested in it, click the link.
In the comments section of the video I came across a rather interesting response from an apologist. Here it is:
I guess that settles it! We have to believe the flood happened because the bible says that Jesus believed it happened! Here’s the bible verses BachScholar mentions.
Matthew 24:37-39 indeed tells us that Jesus believed the flood myth. But that is no reason to think it actually happened. If Jesus existed and actually said this (doubtful), then he was speaking from the same ignorance that plagued the minds of those who wrote the Genesis account. He was no more educated than they were.
Some might argue that the flood myth was an allegory, and Jesus merely repeated the allegory. There are two problems with this. First, the flood myth plays an important role in Christian doctrine. The myth has come to represent much more than merely a children’s tale. If people could accept the allegory* then Jesus should have mentioned that it wasn’t a literal event. Second, jumping off from that, Jesus never said it was an allegory! He repeats the story as if it actually happened.
BachScholar nails it! If we can deny the flood — which we have every reason to do — then we can call Jesus a liar and a bad teacher. He was the friggin’ son of god! He should’ve known better! Seriously, for someone claiming to be all-knowing, he didn’t seem to know too much about history (or science). So yes, BachScholar I’ll stop beating around the bush and say it. Jesus was a liar and a bad teacher.
*I don’t think people could accept the allegory anyway. Many Americans still believe that Noah’s flood actually took place.