Answers in Genesis — The Waters of the Flood

One of the things you’ve all been wondering about the great Flood of Noah is: Where did all the Flood water go? It’s one of the issues we raised in Top Ten Reasons Noah’s Flood is Mythology.

Today that question has been answered by the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

Their explanation is in Feedback: Where Did All the Floodwater Go?, written by Avery Foley. AIG says she has a masters of arts in theological studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Her co-author is Troy Lacey, AIG’s correspondence representative — whatever that is. We’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.

They begin with a question they received on Facebook:

Where is all that water [from the Flood] now?

The creation scientists say:

The short answer to this Facebook question is that our planet is called the “Blue Planet” for a reason! It’s covered in 70% water, so the water from the Flood is still here, making up our oceans!

Huh? They tell us:

This raises the question: was the world different before the Flood? Most creation researchers [Hee hee!] believe the world before the Flood was radically different from today’s world. This pre-Flood world had shallower seas (no deep ocean trenches) and lower mountains, scattered across a single continent (Genesis 1:9 implies there was just one continent). Most of today’s mountain ranges were probably built by tectonic forces initiated during the Flood. We know this because mountain ranges are full of fossils (mostly marine), and fossils are largely a Flood phenomenon.

But there were mountains before the Flood. Genesis 7 ((King James version, of course) says:

11 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.

12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

[…]

19 And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered.

20 Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.

Mountains 15 cubits high? That makes no sense. Anyway, the creation scientists continue:

Psalm 104:8, speaking poetically of the time of the Flood, describes the mountains rising and the valleys sinking and Genesis 8:3 tells us that the waters “receded from the earth continually.” So the water did not need to rise to cover today’s Mt. Everest because it didn’t exist before the Flood but, rather, was formed during, or shortly after, the Flood by tectonic forces. (These mountains are still growing very slowly in elevation). Evolutionists also believe the mountains were formed by tectonic forces, but they believe it happened over millions of years rather than catastrophically during the yearlong Flood.

Who ya gonna believe — those godless evolutionists, or Hambo’s creation scientists? The only other “information” they provide is this:

It’s likely that all of the water we have on earth today wasn’t above the crust before the Flood. Subterranean waters, from under the earth’s crust, probably supplied some of the floodwaters. Genesis 7:11 tells us the fountains of the great deep burst forth, implying there was water under the crust that gushed forth when the Flood began. Research has shown there is likely still more water under the crust than above it, even today.

They’re probably talking about the “science” we wrote about last month — see: WorldNetDaily: Proof of the Biblical Flood.

Anyway, now you have the answer to the question of where all the water went. It went into the ocean. Problem solved!

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18 responses to “Answers in Genesis — The Waters of the Flood

  1. This is serious theology — otherwise known as “making stuff up as you go along.”

  2. “This is serious theology”
    Isn’t that an accurate description of *all* of theology?

  3. Yes, all theology is making stuff up.

  4. Michael Fugate

    They know creationism is a belief and try to imply that science is too.

  5. Holding The Line In Florida

    Really??? Total 🐂💩

  6. Charles Deetz ;)

    Laughable when written down. One continent of flat earth during the flood. Solves several bible factoid problems, but becomes so improbable, it borders on silly. Everest didn’t exist 4,000 years ago, the continents divided after the flood. WOW!

  7. Dave Luckett

    So, if you say that radical reshaping involving truly planet-sized geological movements in a single year could explain where all the water went, you are left with only the minor problem of explaining where all the exposed core heat and heat of friction went. The latter alone would have been enough to boil the oceans.

    Well, simple. God took all the heat away.

    But wait… why bother with reshaping the Earth and the continents and then disposing miraculously of the released heat? Why not just take the water away?

    What’s that you say? Assuming uncovenanted unscriptural miracles is supposed to be a no-no? Now you’re just being picky!

  8. Honest theologians must cringe whenever they read this “stuff” spewing forth from AiG. Most seventh-graders have a better understanding of geology and geography than Foley and Lacey. They would be better off just saying God poofed the water into existence and then poofed it away again than trying to sound all sciencey with these truly silly and totally impossible “explanations”.

  9. Where did all the water go?
    The obvious answer, which is no novelty, which elsewhere is accepted without question:
    It is taken care of by Intelligent Design!

  10. Mountains 15 cubits high?
    In the “science book of creationism,” the cubit is a highly variable measurement depending on what one is talking about. The cubit can also be used as a measure of length, distance, speed, temperature (e.g., one can add a few ice cubits to one’s drink to cool it), etc.

  11. Steven Thompson

    It has been suggested that “fifteen cubits upward the waters prevailed” meant that they reached halfway up the side of the thirty-cubit-high ark, and hence (since the Ark didn’t get stuck on any mountains until after the waters started to recede) that they were at least fifteen cubits above the summit of any mountains on Earth (i.e. the mountains weren’t seven and a half meters tall; their tops were at least seven and a half meters underwater). While this reading is less absurd, it may also be less acceptable to AiG.

  12. Popse RSG speaks ex cathedra: “They would be better off just saying God poofed the water into existence.”
    An astute observation. One of the funny questions we can ask creationists is why they bother to find naturalistic explanations for divine interventions.

    @TomS has seen the light: “It is taken care of by Intelligent Design!”
    A water tight – no, a global flood of water tight answer.

  13. But.. if the mountain raised and the oceans deepened during the one year long flood, wouldn’t patches of dry land have appeared before the end of the year? Was Noah just unlucky that he wasn’t in pigeon-range of one of those?

  14. @Steven Thompson Just thinking…
    As the water rose it would lift the Ark (Archimedes??). But the Ark would have been pretty well weighed down by all those animals, plus food, etc, etc. Part of the Ark would have been below the water level (á la Plimsol Line). So, I wonder what would be the actual depth of water beneath the keel?

  15. The flood was a miracle for which the faithful always substitute their alternative science for the real stuff. Like the sorting of plant and animal remains such that rabbits and humans aren’t among Cambrian fossils; no, not even one bone.

  16. The “flood” only needs one miracle…the miracle that people actually swallow it.

  17. Ross Cameron

    I actually feel a bit of sympathy (just a smidgen) for creos trying to live in parallel worlds. Can`t be easy coming up with their explanations.

  18. Troy is on to something!

    The “flood” only needs one miracle…the miracle that people actually swallow it.

    That’s where all the water went!