This story is interesting not because an archeologist has claimed to have found evidence of Noah’s flood; it’s interesting that the story was published rather unblemished and with little ridicule in the mainstream media.
He says the Black Sea was once merely a freshwater lake — until an enormous wall of water from the Mediterranean 200 times more powerful than Niagara Falls swept it and everything else away. Including Noah and his ark.
So is Mr. Ballard some no-name fluke? No, on the contrary, he has quite a resume under his belt. He discovered the remains of the Titanic in 1985. He located the German battleship Bismarck in 1989 (in water 4000 feet deeper than where the Titanic’s located). He’s explored the ruins of the Lusitania.
(Some of you may remember that he was also an advisor for, and appeared frequently during the closing credits of, the television show SeaQuest, DSV.)
When he talks, people listen.
THE EVIDENCE DISCOVERED SO FAR
His team has found ancient pottery and other wooden structures on what he claims is an ancient shoreline 400 feet below the surface of the Black Sea. Carbon-14 dating puts it all around 5,000 B.C.
This would be older than the earth based on the six-day Biblical account of creation, but carbon-14 dating of dates that old is calibrated and adjusted based on false presuppositions.
The further back into history the dates go, the more inaccurate the method becomes. One day, perhaps, they will calibrate the information based on Biblically-based assumptions about the age of the planet and really unlock the flood gates of history.
From a Digital Journal article:
Scholars have for long pointed to the similarities between the details of the biblical flood story and common Mesopotamian flood stories such as the “Epic of Gilgamesh” as evidence of a common memory of a great flood in early historic times. Some scholars argue that the biblical account of Noah and the Ark was inspired by the “The Epic of Gilgamesh.”
Some of this is accurate: the similarities of the stories across cultures should rightfully be taken as corroborating evidence. Secular science, to legitimately claim neutrality, would have to say “There are multiple accounts of this story. We don’t know which one is true. We don’t have enough information to know which one is true.”
But they can’t do that. Men are curious by nature. To progress, the science requires assumptions be made. So, when faced with this dilemma, they ALWAYS assume this: the Bible is false. Thus, they flip their coin and lose: Gilgamesh inspired Noah, they say.
NO AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE CAN CHANGE A HEART
Noah’s Flood is the truth; the other accounts are evidence that the story was corrupted as society grew and men fell away from God. The true story has been preserved in the Bible for God’s elect.
But remember: no amount of actual evidence can convince an unbeliever of the truth. Christians should be thankful for discoveries such as these; they are not proof of the truth of the Bible — that proof comes from the knowledge of truth as gained by faith. But it’s nevertheless a blessing that God has revealed this evidence so that it may strengthen and deepen our faith.
Unregenerate men will stare at the body of the evidence all day long (which continues to pile up) and always draw a different conclusion: the Bible is false. Remember: they suppress the truth of God in their unrighteousness (Romans 1:18).
As Paul wrote:
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14 ESV)
They cannot deny the evidence, but without the regenerating Spirit of God dwelling within them they will suppress the truth that it reveals.
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