The Story of a World Flood Treads Water in Every Culture
Many Christians and non-Christians know the story of Noah and the great flood. How he and his family were looked upon favourably and instructed to build an ark to house two of each species of animal in preparation for a great flood. Sadly many people including some Christians see this as a fable. Scientists are eager to inform us that the current atmosphere is unable to sustain a forty-day and forty-night continual downpour. Archaeologists insist that the ancient bones of extinct animals found in drifting formations were the victims of small-localised floods.
Aside from a Jewish environment, the true story of Noah’s
Sadly by the time the average Christian child grows up he or she is subtly taught that Noah’s
The view that Noah’s
The notion that Noah’s flood is a fable and taking into account Yahshua’s view of it is akin to someone saying, “As in the days of Humpty Dumpty who sat on the great wall and fell, so to will it be in the day of the Son of Man.”
Consider a familiar trend evident in just a handful of cultural beliefs from around the world.
Flood Account in Ancient Mythologies
· In Greek mythology Zeus flooded the planet.
· In Roman mythology Jupiter flooded the planet.
· In Scandinavian mythology Oden flooded the planet from the blood of a defeated god’s wound.
· In Celtic mythology Heaven was a giant who was cut into many pieces, which caused the planet to be flooded with blood.
· In Lithuanian mythology the god Pramzimas sent two giants to flood the planet.
· In Welsh mythology a lake burst that flooded all the lands.
· In Mayan mythology the gods Gucumatz and Hurricane flooded the land after they became displeased with early human prototypes.
· In Egyptian mythology, the Book of the Dead records that the world was flooded because of ongoing hostilities, mass slaughter and oppression.
· In Indian Vedic mythology a man named Manu was instructed by the fish god Vishnu to prepare a sea-vessel before a great flood.
· In Sumerian mythology the god Enlil flooded the planet after being angered by the persistent noise of overpopulated human cities.
· Mongolian mythology tells of a kind and generous hunter called Hailibu who tries to worn his people of an impending flood. When his warning is not heeded he turns to stone and is placed on a high mountain top.
· In Eastern Siberian mythology a god called Burkhan advises a man to build a great ship to avoid an impending flood. The flood kills all the animals on the earth.
· In Korean mythology a son borne to a fairy and a laurel tree lived during a heavy rain that lasted for many months. The fairy had gone to heaven, but the laurel remained with the boy as flood waters covered the earth. In danger of falling, the laurel tree told his son to ride him when it came uprooted by the waves.
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Interestingly the word “myth” at one time simply meant “ancient story” or “story of unclear origin.” The Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore states: “Myths are stories about divine beings, generally arranged in a coherent system; they are revered as true and sacred; they are endorsed by rulers and priests; and closely linked to religion.”
The Athenian philosopher Plato originally coined the word “mythologia,” to distinguish between the accounts of gods and the accounts of men. This word later developed into a term that carried a distinction between imaginative accounts and factual accounts. While these fantastic stories may have evolved over the centuries they should never be dismissed as tales that originated completely from an individual’s imagination. The gods of myth did exist and the Scriptures do make clear mention of such mighty beings. Genesis 6 clearly establishes a period where disobedient angels procreated with the “daughters of men,” giving rise to a race of beings that spread much influence on the face of the earth. The myths and legends that the average Christian has been conditioned to dismiss as fiction are, however loosely knit together, records of these “mighty men of renown.”
To prepare a really in-depth researched argument in support of a worldwide flood for sceptics of this event is beyond the scope and aim of this short article. I suggest if you’re honestly looking for material about this event that you seek other more specific sources.
“And the earth WAS …” (Genesis 1:2)
I would prefer to shed light on perhaps a more controversial matter. Close examination of all the references in Scripture of Noah’s flood will before long show some minor inconsistencies and to the ill informed could plant seeds of contradiction.
Keep the flood in mind, which is supposedly the topic of the following verse, and carefully look at the underlined words. Jeremiah 4:23-28; “I behold the earth, and lo, it was without form, and void, and the heavens, and they had no light. I behold the mountains, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I behold, and lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger. For thus has the Lord said, the whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and I will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.” The prophet Jeremiah informs us quite clearly of an earth that is without form or void and contains darkness. In the same beat he tells us that birds had fled and cities where broken down (destroyed). If this indeed is telling us of Genesis 1:2 then how can there have been cities that are broken down? Genesis 1:2; “And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the waters.” We know that this takes place well before Noah’s time and the passage goes on to say that there was no man or bird. Yet there is a desolation caused by the YHWH’s fierce anger. What is the reason for this fierce anger? Who else is He angry with? It can’t be something man has done if he isn’t there. And the account can’t possibly be referring to Noah’s flood because Noah and his family were still present before and after the event, and there is no mention of darkness in that flood. In fact there is no indication at all that the days during the flood remained blackened and yet many Christians believe there is only one incident of a global cleansing in Scripture. The account can’t be jumping from creation to the flood because after the desolation described in the verse the heavens are still black.
The Contemporary English Bible’s tackling of verse 2 in Genesis 1 is also worth noting, as it seems to immediately acknowledge the existence of a land beneath vast waters. Genesis 1:1-2; “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was barren, with no form of life; it was under a roaring ocean covered in darkness. But the spirit of God was moving over the waters.” With the exception of the water, all other stages of creation that follow this verse are given an introduction.
The Strange Appearance of the word “Replenish”
The next verse has a particular choice of word that should ring alarm bells with anyone possessing a King James or Cambridge Amethyst Bible. Genesis 1:28; “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (CAB) The key word here is “replenish,” meaning, “to refill” or “fill again.” Most other modern Bibles render the same word in this verse as “fill,” which comes from the more correct Hebrew root, which begs the question why in Genesis 1:22 is “fill” found there and six verses later in 1:28 “replenish” used? The common explanation is that the word “plenish” was an old English term for “fill” that later only survived in modern English as replenish. It is said that ultimately this word was a stylistic choice. “Re” gradually became a prefix for many words giving them the meaning of a repeated action. Interestingly, six verses later the rendering of “fill” appears from the same Hebrew root apparently devoid of such an evolution.
My experience with various choices of words found elsewhere in the Bible shows that translators nearly always decide upon particular words for a practical purpose, such as adding emphasis, deliberately changing a meaning or hiding something. For example the word “cross” is added to a Hebrew root that means “upright pole,” or “stake,” while the word “church” comes from the old English word “Kirke” that means pagan place of worship, replacing the more correct translation of the word, “assembly.” Nonetheless, the appearance of such a word as “replenish” is at the very least mysterious, as its origin, going by the above explanation, is the product of three obscure coincidences with no practical purpose except the ambiguous choice of style. Coincidence #1, it supports the notion of a prior creation (though devoid of man). Coincidence #2, it survived in its old English version “plenish” with a later addition of “re,” when six verses away it did not. Coincidence #3 even though it survived in its English version, it only did so by receiving a modern addition to the word “re” that added to its meaning.
King David also appears to write about at least two floods in the Psalms. Psalms 24:2; “For He has founded it (the earth) upon the seas, and established it upon the floods (notice the plural).” And 93:3; “The floods have lifted up, o Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.” And 98:8; “Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together.”
Deadly Deception, Desperate Devil
To understand the reason for the first flood it is necessary to shed some light on HaSatan’s background and what his role was. HaSatan, which means “the Accuser” was originally called Halel Ben Shahar (or Lucifer in Latin) and was the highest ranked angel of all the free-will beings, created long before Adam and Hava.
HaSatan was a steward (administrator) of Earth, presiding over the original Garden of Eden and was the chief trafficker of the praise of heaven. Ezekiel 28:5,18; “By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: 12Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”13 Unfortunately the New King James does away with the word “traffic" and inappropriately inserts “trade.” Most people know that HaSatan fell from YHWH’s grace through pride and a desire to exalt himself above the Most High. But the exact reason for his fall came about by his redirecting the traffic of praise onto himself instead of YHWH, and the accumulation of independent resources. He even managed to rally the support of one third of the heavenly host (angels) to assist him in this rebellion (Revelation 12:4).
His force attempted an invasion of heaven but was pushed back. HaSatan being a former steward of earth regrouped there after the defeat. From here he tried to replenish his numbers by engaging in various crossbreedings with his angels and earth animals, thus defiling one of his sanctuaries. Great cities and complexes were constructed and it is from this age where we get stories of fabled creatures like centaurs and the lost city of
YHWH saw that HaSatan and his minions would not repent. So He sent down a wave of cataclysms that culminated in darkness and a mighty flood. All the hybrid angelic offspring who were the product of flesh and spirit unions perished along with all their cities. Satan’s armies were then forced to flee to another sanctuary. Eventually YHWH replenished the earth and this time populated it with new beings called “humans” beginning with Adam and Hava. HaSatan returned to earth with a portion of his fallen angels who quickly set about concealing themselves within various earth animal DNA. In time members of HaSatan’s forces began to confront and interact with these new occupants. Eve was quickly challenged by one of these concealed adversaries and succumbed to go against a Commandment from YHWH. Adam and Eve’s relationship with YHWH became damaged which led to all of them, including the serpent, receiving various forms of punishment. Contrary to popular belief, Adam and Eve’s flesh became perishable through being denied access to the tree of life as is clearly stated in Genesis 3:22-23; “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.’ Therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.” Despite the fact that these verses get commonly wheeled out to support the notion that Adam and Eve were not meant to be eternal beings, the presence of the tree of life in the garden itself does suggest that it would have been on offer, perhaps if they had rejected Satan’s challenge. The presence of a tree in one of the more pleasant moments of Revelation (22:2) suggests its use as a mechanism that generates eternal existence.
In achieving this objective of deceiving the pinnacle of YHWH’s creations, HaSatan thought he had won a great challenge. YHWH was disappointed in Adam and Hava, but told them they could have eternal life once again if they repented of their deed and resumed their obedience toward him. YHWH then told HaSatan that from the seed of the very pair he deceived would come a physical and spiritual Son that will be born on the earth in a flesh body and eventually defeat him. HaSatan did not give up after hearing this and convinced himself that his next move would be a masterstroke, the outcome of which would lead inevitably to the next flood.
12 Excerpted from The Complete Multimedia Bible based on the King James Version. Copyright (c) 1994 Compton's NewMedia, Inc.