There is no greater expert on the Flood than Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Local Flood Theory: Why It Doesn’t Work. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Some people don’t believe in a global flood. [Because they’re fools!] Since the geological revolution of the 1800 — when deistic, agnostic, and atheistic scientists working from the assumptions of naturalism [Gasp!] began to suggest long ages for the earth and its fossil record — some Christians have been attempting to fit the long ages into Scripture.
Phooey on long ages! Then he says:
That idea has many of its own problems (such as putting death before sin), but it necessarily entails another belief: Noah’s flood was local, not global. After all, a global flood would wash away the millions of years. So, if you don’t have a young earth, you also don’t have a global flood of Noah’s time. But does this hold up with what Scripture teaches?
Why would a global flood “wash away the millions of years”? Anyway, Hambo’s gotta have a global flood. He tells us:
Dr. Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe has long been a proponent of the big bang, old earth creation, soulless humans before Adam and Eve, and a local flood. Because his belief in millions of years demands a local flood [Huh?], he must try and explain away what the Bible clearly states about the extent of the flood. [Skipping a quote from a recent Ross article.] Ross neglects to mention that 2 Peter 2:5 states that only eight people survived the flood. How could eight — and only eight — people survive the flood if it was just local? People outside that geographical area could have survived, or as the floodwaters rose, they could have fled to a different region.
Wow — what a powerful rebuttal! Skipping a lot, Hambo quotes scripture:
Immediately after describing the waters covering the mountains to 15 cubits, Genesis 7 says,
And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. (Genesis 7:21–23)
Sounds like a global flood to us! Hambo continues:
The text couldn’t be clearer — it says it three times for emphasis: everything that lived on land that had the breath of life in it died. Everything. Only Noah and those on the ark were left. [Yup, that’s what it says!]
He’s still rebutting Ross:
Now, Ross may, in some way, believe that the events in Genesis 1–11 are “history,” but he doesn’t mean “history” and “actual events” in the same way we do. It’s what I would call Newspeak! What he means is that we can’t read Genesis 1–11, take it literally as written, and understand it. Instead, we have to take something from outside the Bible — the idea of millions of years — and add it into the Bible. Then, we have to reinterpret Genesis 1-11 to make it somehow fit with these ideas from outside Scripture. This reinterpretation is nothing but compromising God’s Word with the religion of naturalism.
Egad — the religion of naturalism! Now he starts to seriously pound away at Ross:
Really, Scripture is not Ross’ final authority — man is. [Oh no!] God’s clear Word is being reinterpreted by Ross in light of man’s ideas about the past. But, as Christians, we must allow God to be our authority in all areas! He’s the only one who was there, knows all things, never makes mistakes, and cannot lie. We should never take ideas from outside the Bible and try and somehow fit them into the text. That’s a compromise on the truth and authority of God’s Word!
Hambo is so wise! Another excerpt:
Ross, and others like him, are actually doing much harm to the church, as seen in the continuing exodus of the younger generations. They are encouraging others to follow their path of compromise — and once you open the door to compromise, where do you shut it?
Hambo’s right. You can’t let anything disrupt your pure reading of scripture. He finishes with this:
If God’s Word isn’t clear in Genesis (the foundation for all our doctrine!), then where else can we take man’s ideas and make it say something it doesn’t say? We’re seeing a generation of Christians do this with the meaning of marriage, gender, the abortion issue, and more. No, let’s let God be true and every man a liar (Romans 3:4).
Let that be your guide through life, dear reader. You should believe the bible, the whole bible, and nothing but the bible. Or suffer the eternal consequences.
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