There’s a very long article at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). It was written by two of ol’ Hambo’s creation scientists: Troy Lacey and Lee Anderson. Their credentials are briefly described at the end of their article. It first appeared in October of 2013, but somehow we missed it. Fortunately, they’re re-posting it today.
The title is The Genesis Flood vs. Flood Legends. The article is of great importance, because it compares Noah’s flood, which of course is The Truth™, and other flood legends, which are shown to be nonsense. It’s a great article, but it’s very long. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
“The Genesis Flood is just another ancient myth.” Ever heard that before? It doesn’t take much to show the emptiness of this claim. By highlighting the majesty of God’s historical account, you can easily show how every ancient myth drowns in irrelevance.
And now they make good on that promise:
When British explorers discovered the ancient library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal in 1852–1853, among its precious clay tablets was the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh. First translated in 1872, its contents shocked the scholarly world because it seemed to closely parallel parts of Genesis, especially the Flood account. Indeed, many scholars accused the Bible of merely retelling the epic.
You’ve heard that before. Wikipedia has an article on the Epic of Gilgamesh. That article makes a good case that the scriptural account of Noah’s flood was probably based on the earlier Gilgamesh tale. But AIG strongly disagrees. They say:
Is there any merit to the claim that the Genesis Flood is just another myth, perhaps even plagiarized from this Babylonian account? The best way to answer this question is to get down to specifics. What does the Bible actually teach about the Flood, and how does it compare to the manmade myth?
This poem [The Epic of Gilgamesh] is just what the title says: an epic. The poet weaves a fictional tale to entertain his audience. The text employs lofty poetic techniques expected of such recited fiction, such as easy-to-memorize couplets and stock phrases. No hearer expected that it was to be taken as word-for-word history
In contrast to The Epic of Gilgamesh, Genesis presents every detail of the Flood as a historical record to be taken seriously. The Bible claims to be divinely inspired (2 Timothy 3:16–17), and since God cannot lie, we expect all of His historical claims to be true.
As it relates to the Flood, the language of Genesis 6–9 is so descriptive and matter-of-fact in stating the details of what God did and how Noah obeyed God, that there is no room for considering it allegory or mythology.
Persuasive, isn’t it? And that’s not all. The creation scientists tell us:
Moreover, the rest of Scripture considers the events of Genesis 6–9 to be factual history For example, the writer of 1 Chronicles records Noah as being the ancestor of Abraham (1 Chronicles 1:4, 1:27). Jesus mentions Noah as a real historical person and the Flood as a real historical event (Matthew 24:37–39). Luke includes Noah in the genealogy of Christ (Luke 3:36), while Peter twice mentions that Noah built the Ark and was one of only eight people saved (1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5).
Need more evidence? No problem! The article continues:
Consider the plausibility of the Gilgamesh epic versus the Bible. The god of crafts and wisdom, Enki, warns Utnapishtim (the Babylonian “Noah” figure) about the coming flood and tells him to tear down his reed house and prepare a large boat in the shape of a cube. Yet a cube is not seaworthy and would capsize quickly. The boat is built in no more than seven days, during which time Utnapishtim also had to gather the animals from all over the world. Although the flood lasted only seven days, it still covered the earth. After a week of rain, the sea and wind calms, and the boat grounds to a halt on Mount Nimush.
Only a fool would believe a story like that! Let’s read on:
In contrast to Utnapishtim’s ridiculously shaped boat and the unrealistically short construction time, the Bible gives a very reasonable account of all these practical issues. God gave Noah instructions on how to build a rectangular Ark that has been shown experimentally to be very seaworthy. Noah also received a much greater advance warning about the Flood, perhaps more than one hundred years. Furthermore, God, not Noah, brought the animals to the Ark.
And would ya believe it, there’s still more proof. Here’s another excerpt:
The Bible mentions several natural mechanisms behind the drowning of the world, including the breaking open of the fountains of the great deep and the opening of the floodgates of heaven (Genesis 7:11). These mechanisms caused the Flood to last over a year, which is much more plausible than the seven-day rainstorm described in The Epic of Gilgamesh.
We’re only about half-way through the AIG article, and we know you want to read the rest, so click over there and go for it! Then come back here and tell us that you’ve been persuaded. If you’re not, then there’s no hope for you — ever.
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