Is there a God? Is God real?
Accusations against God’s existence are well honed- sharpened over the years without answer. Claims are wide ranging. Some claims are just negative speculation. Other negative claims are founded in science and are a result of a misunderstood flood story and a misunderstood creation story- they are religious mistakes. A few follow.
1) “If there was a flood, a man and his family survived and afterwards the story grew to incorporate advance warning by a god.”
If this were true, why would virtually every civilization, including American Indians, have a flood story? Why would a life saving ship complete with pairs of animals be described in other flood stories? If there was a flood, wouldn’t flood stories in every civilization be expected? Yes, of course they would. Although many of the details have been questioned, this is why most people think there was some catastrophic flood.
2) “It was never anything more than a local flood.”
If there was never anything more than a local flood, how did all people, people with radically different languages all know about it? Why would anyone care about the tale of a local flood?
The reason for the multiple and radically different languages is explained after the flood- the Tower of Babel
story. Whether or not there was a flood, there is no other explanation for radically different languages for the Earth’s people. There would only be dialects of a similar language.
3) “The Hebrews stole the story from existing flood myths.”
If the Hebrews stole the story, why is their story different than all the others? Why do the Hebrews specify the lineage before and after the flood? Why would they have been so specific about the ship’s size? Why wouldn’t it be an all-inclusive story but with their own added layer? Why would their story specify the day of the year that the flood began?
4) “Everyone knows the Epoch of Gilgamesh is the true flood story- it is older but we know it is an exaggeration as well.”
The only reason to have thought it was older is because of a dated tablet that records the story. It had been the oldest record but no longer is. The writings found at several sites in Turkey and Armenia are in Proto Sinaitic Script- the oldest known writing. The writings substantially verify the biblical account of the flood.
5) “No ship that size and built of wood could survive such a storm.”
What size storm was it? The biblical account makes no mention of waves big or small. No mention of wind until the ship was aground. There is no mention of earthquakes. The event began as water spewed up out of the ground- only a pressure drop can cause water to come out of the ground in the manner described. Then there was 40 days and nights of rain. Only a pressure drop could cause a 40-day deluge of rain. It was heavily overcast (from the story) and overcast conditions dictate low wind; low wind dictates minimal waves.
6) “Solid evidence from DNA studies proves there was no bottleneck in humanity ~5000 years ago.”
Such “proof” is based on the molecular clock hypothesis- a hypothesis that was never, even in its inception, considered valid and has since been proven false. There is no proof in DNA studies against the flood only evidence that it occurred.
7) “Where did all the water come from?”
Mountain topping seas are an error from religion. In Noah’s location, it rained 15 cubits over a period of 40 days. Why? There was an atmospheric pressure drop. All descriptions of the event suggest a pressure drop caused the flood. God had caused the pressure drop. Rainbows became visible after the flood. Rainbows only occur when clouds are low-level. Lower level clouds naturally occur due to lower atmospheric pressure- again due to an atmospheric pressure drop.
8) “Where did all the water go after the flood?”
Mythological flood levels are the source of this error; mythological errors from religion. With that said, most everyone expects that there used to be more water in the Earth System. Anyone casually curious about geology has heard that sea levels were higher in the past. Where do geologists claim it goes? We are losing water to space due to solar wind.
9) “Why is there absolutely no evidence of such a flood?”
There is ample evidence of the real flood as opposed to the religiously exaggerated flood. There is ample evidence globally. From the creation story in Genesis, cloud cover is called water just as is seawater- the error in the flood’s level is a direct result of this misunderstanding. Mythology has always been a product of religion. The errors preached about Noah’s flood are a prime example.
10) “Why are there multiple and contrary accounts of the flood even in Genesis?”
This is a direct result of theology and is used by theologians to explain discrepancies in the flood account- just another layer of error to cover the first one. All the discrepancies result from the misunderstanding of the meaning of “water” in Genesis. There are no discrepancies in the story.
11) “No ancient could build such a ship.”
In reality, very few modern people could build such a ship- unless they had time to prepare and learn. Noah had plenty of time to learn had he not known how to build a ship already. Quarrying and moving stones weighing many tons across soft ground without the aid of modern equipment seems like an even bigger challenge to me. However, the ancients often moved massive stones (i.e. Stonehenge). Woodworking is trivial compared to
quarrying and moving massive stones. Why would anyone question Noah’s ability to build a ship?
12) “The creation story proves the Bible is common mythology.”
Not so fast. First, the same error concerning the nature of water eliminates the absurd idea that heavenly bodies were created on “day 4” of the creation story- after the creation of Earth.
Does the reader understand biology, evolution, and geology? If you do, good for you- you have the capacity to fully understand the creation story!
The creation story is about the transformation of Earth into a livable planet as would have been seen from Earth’s surface. It covers the onset of sunlight, landmasses, two changes in the atmosphere, and the after extinction completion of three major categories of life. The three are 1) the end of the Paleozoic with its seed bearing vegetation; 2) the end of the Mesozoic with its surviving species of birds and fish; and 3) the end of the Cenozoic with its surviving mammals, snakes, and insects. In all, there are twenty three items cited in the creation story, all are in order with respect to modern science- perfect order!
None of the 23 items mentioned in the creation story are trivial and the odds are at best one in 23! that the order could have been guessed correctly- that’s 1 in about 25 sextillion! These are details that stem directly from evolution and extinctions.
An advanced being called Man was “handmade” and named Adam. He was handmade but lived amongst neighboring humans.
Moses witnessed creation over the course of six days (see GENESIS DECODED at http://genesisdecoded.com for all the details concerning creation).