Quick, open your copy of the Holy Bible. Yes, that book. If you don’t have one, you can borrow mine. OK, here’s the good part:
And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.
And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.
There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark;
And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
What a fantastic tale. Can you imagine all of this happening? Of course it’s just another of those ancient myths. No. It’s not. It really happened. Who says? No less than Robert Ballard, the archaeologist and explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic. And he has evidence to prove it.
Evidence Suggests Noah’s Ark Flood Existed, Says Robert Ballard, Archaeologist Who Found Titanic
Robert Ballard, one of the world’s most famous underwater explorers, has set his sights on proving the existence of one of the Bible’s most well known stories.
In an interview with ABC’s Christiane Amanpour the archaeologist who discovered the Titanic discussed his findings from his search in Turkey for evidence of a civilization swept away by a monstrous ancient flood.
OK, I will make the story short. First a little geography and geology. Get out your map. See the Mediterranean Sea? See the Black Sea? See the Dead Sea? See the Caspian Sea? Note that the surface of the Dead Sea is 1388 feet below sea level, that is, below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, just a few miles away. The Caspian Depression is 77,220 square miles and is 92 feet below sea level at the shores of the Caspian Sea. Other parts are even lower.
Black Sea Region (from Wikipedia)
Now here is the interesting point. The Mediterranean Sea occupies a region that in recent geological history was an area much like the Caspian Depression, but much larger. In those times there was no Strait of Gibraltar. Only the Nile plus the rivers of France, Italy, the Balkans and some other minor rivers fed into this region. Their total flow was not enough to overfill the Mediterranean Depression to the level of the Atlantic Ocean nearby. Evaporation exceeded inflow, so the regions stayed mostly dry land. Then several thousand years ago the Atlantic rose enough to cause its waters to overflow at the Strait of Gibraltar and fill up the Mediterranean to its present level. The idea in situations like this is the initial trickle of water over the divide between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean began to erode the land along its path, thereby increasing the flow and thereby increasing the erosion. This is a nice example of what engineers call “positive feedback.”
However, the Black Sea area remained isolated, because the Mediterranean did not initially rise to a level to overflow the neck at the Strait of Bosporus. The major inflows to the Black Sea Depression are the Danube, the Don and the Dnieper rivers. Apparently in ancient times this was not enough to outpace evaporation, so the Black Sea Depression had plentiful land to support human habitation and even early civilization. Until more recently.
More recently the ocean level and the level of the Mediterranean rose to a point to cause overflow into the Black Sea at the Bosporus. And here the story begins.
According to Ballard, and others, the positive feedback was ferocious and resulted in catastrophic flooding of the Black Sea Depression. Most likely villages were wiped out, and the story of a Great Flood was born. And that became the story of Noah and the Great Flood. So the biblical account is true, and the Bible is true, and modern geological science is false, and Jesus was the son of God, and we all are going to Hell unless we accept Jesus as our savior. In full disclosure, I must state I just added the last part to give my interpretation of the intended consequences of the story.
My response to all of this nonsense: Get out of here!
Ballard’s story in no way supports the story of Noah’s Flood, which is still a poorly developed myth and is still contradicted by volumes of valid scientific research. Forget about resurrection and eternal life.
Step back and look at what has been said.
Ballard thinks he finds remains of civilization at the bottom of the Black Sea, and maybe there really is human civilization that was long ago covered by a flood from the Mediterranean. However, that is not the story of Noah. In Noah’s story God made it rain 40 days and 40 nights. He did not say to Noah, “Get everybody on the boat, because I am about to open the gates to the Mediterranean and flood you all out.” Noah’s story has water covering everything, not just the Black Sea Depression. So how do you go from a raging torrent from the Mediterranean to a 40-day rain that covers everything? You use your imagination, and you make up things, which is what the original s of the bible did. What we are seeing here is biblical myth being created right before our eyes. If you ever wondered how it was done in ancient times you need to wonder no longer. Just follow the story of Robert Ballard and his Great Flood Hoax.
A footnote: The Mediterranean still has a negative outflow. Water flows in one direction through the Strait of Gibraltar—from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. The Nile and all the rivers flowing into it and into the Black Sea are not enough to keep up with evaporation. If you follow the creationists’ stories you may want to take note of this. Salt is entering the Mediterranean and is not leaving it. Details on request.
Somebody has posted this link to recent research published in Nature magazine.
Mediterranean Sea filled in less than two years: study
Dec 09, 2009
The Mediterranean Sea was mostly filled in less than two years in a dramatic flood around 5.33 million years ago in which water poured in from the Atlantic, according to a study published Wednesday.
Sea water flooded in through the Strait of Gibraltar at a rate three times the current flow of the Amazon River, said the report publish by the scientific journal Nature.