What does all this have to do with the age of the Earth? A great deal it seems, with the facts, evidences, and implications building to a larger truth. Beyond the obvious impact of alternatives to the mainstream model, there exists an underlying current of coincidence that should not be ignored.
Reflecting on the nature of geological morphology across the world, with its folded strata and the preponderance of waterborne fossils telling of a wet deposition, and of the contradictions in radiometric dating that hint at some cataclysmic geological phenomena, and also of course the evidence from tree rings and ice core samplings that suggests some unprecedented atmospheric disaster, we are left with a simple conclusion: something happened around 4,300 years ago that fundamentally changed our world.
There is in fact a record of such an event described within the pages of the Bible. In Genesis 7:11, we are told of a global flood, in which the whole planet – even the highest mountains of the day – was inundated under a vast, cleansing deluge, survived only by a man, his wife, three sons and their wives, and at least one pair of every kind of animal alive on Earth. 1 After 40 days of rain, and seven months of riding the waves, adrift on an endless ocean, the Ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat, where a dove was released, and upon its return to the ark carrying an olive branch, Noah knew the waters were abating. A week hence, the ark’s passengers emerged, and Noah and his family sacrificed of every clean beast and fowl to God, who blessed them and placed in the sky the first rainbow as a reminder that He would never again flood the entire planet.
While the topic merits intense discussion, far more in fact than we have time or space for in this work, it does bear mentioning for it may very well be the unifying factor in all the discrepancies, and conversely the similarities, we find amongst dating methods.
As the Genesis account notes, aside from torrential rains falling from above (the opening of “the windows of heaven”), there is the enigmatic references to how “all the fountains of the great deep broken up.” Could it be that the latter is a reference to great crustal bodies of water – held for a millennia under heat and pressure – which finally released in an earth-shattering cataclysm? Could that great day of turmoil have seen, as some contend, 2 the surface of the planet split in great fissures, ripping across the land at speeds of three miles per second, from which erupted geysers of hot, pressurized water perhaps as high as twenty miles into the atmosphere?
Could such an event rattle the geological foundation of the planet so intensely that it altered its natural processes forevermore? The global implications for such are staggering, not only in terms of the effects of the environment, but also in regard to life on Earth as a whole. Believe what you will about the Genesis account and its reference to such an unbelievable event. I freely admit that I too, even as an early believer, was skeptical, only in time coming to see and accept the evidence at hand. Even so, whatever you may think of the matter, it is well worth noting that such an account is not limited to the Bible alone. Incredibly, the various details of the flood and of a family’s survival in the midst of it, despite time and distance, are shared across literally hundreds of cultures around the world!
From the Sumerians to the Chinese, various details about the flood are strikingly shared with the Biblical account. In over five hundred cultures we find this unbelievable “coincidence.” Such cannot rightly be ignored.
One account, The Hihking, of ancient China tells of how Fuhi, his wife, three sons, and three daughters, escaped a great flood as the sole survivors of the cataclysm who later repopulated the Earth. Similarly, consider the Hawaiian account of Nu’u, who constructed an ark to escape a great flood. After landing his vessel safely, he attributed his survival to the moon, making sacrifices to it. Seeing this, the creator god descended to Earth on a rainbow to inform Nu’u of his error. 3 Consider the Greek account of Deucalion, who, according to one rendition, survived a great flood along with his family and all the animals within a chest after the rest of the world was drowned in a massive, cleansing flood. One Aztec account tells of the story of Nata and his wife, Nana, who were contacted by a god and instructed to hollow out a cypress log in order to make a boat in which they were to survive a great flood. When that flood came, Nata and Nana rode safely as the waters rose higher even than the mountains, killing all other men. 4 Incredibly, in Aztec art, the account is rendered as a boat riding the waves near a large mountain, Nata and Nana above the boat, and a dove flying above them.
Are these accounts simply just coincidence? Can the various details be just random, statistical anomalies in which we see meaning? Alternatively, could each of these various accounts, though corrupted through generational transmissions and regional adaptations, represent the global remnants of a deeper truth? Are these accounts in fact the fragments of a distant memory? Without a doubt, at the heart of each pagan legend lies a kernel of truth. Only one account provides the critical details which can be examined. Only one is demonstrably feasible. That one, based on the evidence of cuneiformic colophons, comes from a time predating the written histories of essentially every other culture on Earth, and thereby likely represents the first recording of the true events that shook the world. All other accounts, with their many flawed retellings and subtle deviations, no doubt arose in time as mankind retook the land.
Can we overlook all of the impossible similarities amongst the various cultures in their retelling of the same event, relegating such to the realm of only myth or allegory? Can we ignore the global scars left from such an event, the rapidly-deposited layers of sediment, the untold millions of waterborne fossils, and others? Surely, a deeper truth well beyond the fantasy of man lies within, and it stands as yet another testimony to the veracity of the Bible as a whole.
Considering those anomalous artifacts noted before, the OOPARTs, do they not seem more feasible in consideration of a great flood, whereby they represent the remains of some antediluvian culture, swept up in the global tides and buried amidst thousands of feet of sediment? Even those artifacts found within seams of coal make more sense, as the currents – sweeping the forests of the entire planet clean – would have later deposited them in great layers, woven between expanses of waterborne debris, only to, under the vast heat and pressure of it all, become compressed, black and carbonized.
– This was an excerpt from “Remnants of Eden: Evolution, Deep-Time, & the Antediluvian World.” Get your copy here today. God bless! –
Notes & References:
- The “clean” animals were taken in groups of seven pairs, while the “unclean” beasts were only taken as a single pair. Leviticus 11 provides the official guidelines for designating clean from unclean, yet even so, the knowledge has certainly been known by man since the beginning, as such would have been required for proper sacrificial offerings
- Dr. Brown, Walt, “In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood,” Center for Scientific Creation, 2008
- Cotterell, Arthur, “Nu’u,” A Dictionary of World Mythology, Oxford University Press, 1997
- Hale, Susan, “Mexico. The Story of the Nations,” T. Fisher Unwin. London, 1891,pg 22-23
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