Among the typical claims by young earth creationists is that if Noah’s Flood were a regional flood, then God has actually broken his guarantee often times. According to The Answers Book, chapter 10,
” If the Flood were local, God would have consistently broken His promise never ever to send such a Flood once again. There have actually been substantial ‘regional’ floods in current times: in Bangladesh, for instance, where 80% of that nation has been swamped, or Europe in 2002.”( Footnote 1).
Is there any truth to this claim? Do the regional floods we see today constitute a breaking of the covenant God made with Noah? Let’s check out the covenant in Genesis 9:8 -15.
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his kids with him, stating,.
9 “Now see, I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants after you;.
10 and with every living animal that is with you, the birds, the cattle, and every monster of the earth with you; of all that comes out of the ark, even every monster of the earth.
11 And I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never ever once again be turned off by the water of the flood, neither will there once again be a flood to destroy the earth.”.
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making in between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;.
13 I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for an indication of a covenant between Me and the earth.
14 And it will happen, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,.
15 and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never ever again shall the water end up being a flood to destroy all flesh.”.
To answer this question, one should look at precisely what the covenant states. Who is the covenant with? This is included in verses 9-10. Plainly, it was made with Noah and his kids, and their descendents. It was also made with every living animal that is with Noah. At the end of verse 10, God extends it to “even every monster of the earth.” There is no question who the covenant is with, nevertheless it is intriguing that God makes a distinction in between the living creatures with Noah (with every living animal that is with you), and the rest of the animals (even every beast of the earth). Why would God make this difference? If all the animals were eliminated, and Noah had all the survivors on the ark, then it was worthless to extend the covenant beyond the ark’s residents. This indicates that the flood was regional, and there were animal populations outside of the inhabitants of the ark. If every living thing were on the ark, the term “even every beast of the earth” provides no extra meaning to the text.
However exactly what is the specific covenant? This is in verses 11 and 15.
11 “And I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be shut down by the water of the flood, neither shall there once again be a flood to destroy the earth.”.
15 “and I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never once again shall the water become a flood to ruin all flesh.”.
The crucial term to take a look at is “all flesh.” What is the meaning of this term? This is tied to the start of the ark story, where God stated the purpose of the Flood.
Morris and Whitcomb in their book, The Genesis Flood, (Footnote 2) state the function of the flood was to destroy both guy, beast, creeping things, and birds. The secret remains in Genesis 6:12:.
And God considered the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had damaged his method upon the earth. (KJV).
The purpose of the flood was to erase this corruption. The primary meaning for the Hebrew word for flesh in the Flood chapters, bâsâr, is individual or man. The Hebrew dictionary does not even make it possible to extend this to animal flesh. God is not speaking about the corruption of the animal kingdom, but about guy’s corruption. This is fixed in some other translations (NIV=” people”; Amplified=” mankind”). The function of the flood was to erase male, not animals. Yes, animals in the flooded areas would be eliminated, however they are not the target of God.
The main point of the covenant is that guy will never once again be wiped from the face of the earth. Regional floods given that the time of Noah have never wiped male from the face of the earth. Yes, numerous have been eliminated, however never ever to the scale of Noah’s Flood, where only eight individuals were left alive.
There are billions of individuals still on world earth after those floods. Clearly this does not compare with Noah’s Flood, where more than 99 percent of humanity was wiped out.
In regional floods today, less than 1/100th of one percent of the worlds populations are killed. In Noah’s flood, practically 100 percent of mankind was eliminated. There is no contrast.
God extends his covenant to the creatures of the earth as well, stating that they would also be spared from floods of the magnitude of Noah’s Flood. Yes, animals are killed when regional floods take place, however they do not come close to the magnitude of Noah’s Flood, where a whole types was almost eliminated (humankind, except for Noah’s household).
The only other term to consider is “neither will there again be a flood to damage the earth.” We can not know the extent of Noah’s Flood geographically … we can only assume that it covered all the lands inhabited by human beings at the time. Local floods do harm the earth, it is a safe presumption that the level of Noah’s Flood has not been repeated. It might also be essential to note that the Hebrew word for earth, ‘erets, also suggests land in general, such as a field, or countries, or even “ground”.
Clearly, God has actually not flooded the earth in the exact same method he did throughout Noah’s time, with the exact same impact. God has actually not broken His pledge. Humanity has never been wiped from the face of the earth again. This claim made by young earth creationists has no basis in fact.
1 Was the Flood worldwide?, The Answers Book (web version), answersingenesis.org/Home/Area/AnswersBook/global10.asp.
2 Henry Morris, John Whitcomb, The Genesis Flood. Baker Book House, 1961. pp. 11-14.
” If the Flood were regional, God would have repeatedly broken His pledge never to send out such a Flood again. Local floods considering that the time of Noah have never cleaned guy from the face of the earth. There are billions of people still on world earth after those floods. Regional floods do hurt the earth, it is a safe presumption that the extent of Noah’s Flood has not been repeated. Plainly, God has not flooded the earth in the same way he did throughout Noah’s time, with the very same impact.