Noah’s Flood has long held a fascination for both Christians and non-Christians alike. ICR’s own Dr. John Morris has made 13 excursions to Turkey and Mt. Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark, and others still continue the quest.
Different cultures around the world have passed down flood stories for generations. Many of the details vary, but they all seem to agree that the Flood was a global event. Secular scientists, however, reject the notion of a global flood even though many agree that the face of the earth has been sculpted through widespread catastrophes. One such scientist is underwater archaeologist Robert Ballard who claims to have found evidence beneath the Black Sea that Noah's Flood really occurred.
Ballard is famous for revealing the wreck of the Titanic using a remote submersible in the 1980s. In a recent expedition off the coast of Turkey, Ballard found an Ice Age flood in the area, where a mile-thick layer of ice once covered broad expanses. Over centuries, that ice melted and caused catastrophic natural dam failures around the globe. They also elevated the sea level by hundreds of feet. One of those natural dams separated the Mediterranean Sea from what once was a freshwater lake. Ballard's team discovered an ancient shoreline 400 feet below the surface of the Black Sea—likely the ancient lake's shoreline.
Apparently, the sea overcame its barrier one day, carved the Bosporus strait, and violently overtopped the ancient lake to become today's Black Sea. Ballard told ABC News, "It probably was a bad day. At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under."
Is this what Ballard suggests was the Flood of Noah? Because this "theory" did not come from the Bible, but from secular researchers Bill Ryan and Walter Pitman, whose idea gained extensive popularity in 1999. This could not possibly have been the same as Noah's global Flood for several reasons. Scripture says that Noah's Flood covered the entire planet. This Black Sea flood was miniscule in comparison.
Does archaeology confirm the Genesis Flood? Probably not. But geology certainly does. When looking for evidence of a truly global watery catastrophe, one needs to broaden the search area, looking at the continents themselves and not their minor surfaces scuffs. Are Ballard, Ryan, and Pitman willing to think much bigger?
Robert Byers says:
It is the great impact of the great flood that must be looked at and not scuff marks.
Its great evidence.
All the planet , save a little, was coverede by great amounts of water.
They admit this because they must exp[lain sedimentary rock on 75% of the land.
The rest of the land uniquely is broken up by volcanic outpourings. So this prevented or knocked off the sediment from the flood.
All fossils, below the k-t line, are from this sedimentary rock .
They uniquely exist because they were uniquely covered in a instant.
The evidence for the global flood is excellent.
Yes all peoples back then had the stories of the flood as they would have if it was true.
Some wrote it down close to the event and others further from it or couldn't write and forgot.
Such a common belief in a great flood is proof positive of a common memory of a important thing.
Its undeniable that the world was destroyed by the flood of Genesis.
Robert Byers, thanks for your observations. As I recall, one of the main reasons for presenting the Black Sea flood theory was for evolutionists to find an answer that explains so many flood stories in antiquity. As previously discussed not only do we have flood accounts on clay tablets from the Ancient Near East but we also have the witness of Jospehus writing about 90 AD. Apparently in his day there existed a number of flood accounts circulating too.
"6. (93) Now all the writers of barbarian histories make mention of this flood and of this ark; among whom is Berosus the Chaldean; for when he is describing the circumstances of the flood, he goes on thus:—“It is said there is still some part of this ship in Armenia, at the mountain of the Cordyaeans; and that some people carry off pieces of the bitumen, which they take away, and use chiefly as amulets for the averting of mischiefs.” (94) Hieronymus the Egyptian, also, who wrote the Phoenician Antiquities, and Mnaseas, and a great many more, make mention of the same. Nay, Nicolaus of Damascus, in his ninety-sixth book, hath a particular relation about them, where he speaks thus:—(95) “There is a great mountain in Armenia, over Minyas, called Baris, upon which it is reported that many who fled at the time of the Deluge were saved; and that one who was carried in an ark came on shore upon the top of it; and that the remains of the timber were a great while preserved. This might be the man about whom Moses, the legislator of the Jews wrote.” Ref. - Josephus, F., & Whiston, W. (1987). The works of Josephus: Complete and unabridged. Peabody: Hendrickson.
I have found that evolutionists have much difficulty explaining these ancient flood accounts in efforts to reconcile with their model of earth history and human origins, up from the stone ages without Noah as I see it.
YOM, archaeology does support the Genesis Flood as we see from the ancient tablets of Sumer, Babylon, and Ebla. However, archaeology does not look at the entire fossil record as geology does so would not confirm a global flood.