By Greg Neyman
© Old Earth Ministries
This question was published in Dr. John's Q&A by John Morris in September 2002. The basic idea behind this question is the Flood of Noah. Morris claims that since God said he would never again flood the earth, he lied if we believe the local flood scenario, because there have been many local floods since Noah's time. This is a misunderstanding of the nature of Noah's Flood.
The purpose of Noah's Flood was to wipe mankind off the face of the earth, except for Noah and his family. This was accomplished by a local flood, because mankind had not yet covered the entire surface of the globe.
Yes, there have been other floods, but none of them were sent by God as judgment against mankind, and none of them wiped everyone, save 8 people, off the face of the earth. For instance, the tsunami of 2004 was a great disaster, but it only killed 300,000+ people. The world has over 6 billion people. If God repeated the Flood of Noah to wipe us off the face of the earth, he missed about 6 billion people. Obviously, this was not on the scale of Noah's Flood. Therefore, the scope of Noah's Flood has never been repeated.
Aside from this basic question, Morris expounds on it by making many false claims. He attributes the rock layers of the earth to the Flood, however, the rock layers cannot be explained by the young earth global flood model (for more, see Stratigraphy and Geology).
If the rocks of the world gave evidence of a young earth, as Morris suggests, then many more geologists would say so. However, less than 1/10th of 1 percent of geologists are young earth. There is no conspiracy on the part of the geologist, to suppress this information from young earth creationists. The evidence just isn't there.
Interestingly, Morris has a PhD in Geological Engineering, earned from a secular university (University of Oklahoma). He has always been a young earth creationist, taught by his father, Henry Morris. When he was going through school, two possibilities of his obtaining a degree occurred. First, when he answered questions on tests, he must have given the "politically correct" answer (that the earth is billions of years old), in order to pass the test. If he did so, then he lied, because he feels differently.
Second, he may have counted up the point value, determined that one wrong answer would not hurt him, and he answered honestly. If he did this, despite the fact that he answered honestly, the instructors did not hold this against him, and he earned his degrees, including his Ph.D. This would show that there is no conspiracy against young earth belief, in that these professors allowed him to graduate.
Dr. John's Q&A #165, published on the web at http://www.icr.org/index.php?module=articles&action=view&ID=534
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