A so-called consensus of opinion does not necessarily follow truth. Many whole groups of people have believed lies and falsehoods. Even with sincerity. Take the fascinating case study of the Biblical Flood. ◊
The realm of faith involves the teaching of tenets of belief, practices, behaviors, and historic underpinnings. In some cases, the facts we are taught are evolved cultural myths. We may still believe, but when challenged are hard-pressed to give a reasonable accounting of the basis of our faith. Just saying that “my pastor or priest or the text says so” does not hold up very well in today’s skeptical arena.
And popularity polling is not the answer to these issues. Just because a majority of people believe one thing/idea/fact does not make that one thing/idea/fact correct. A so-called consensus of opinion does not necessarily follow truth. Many whole groups of people have believed lies and falsehoods. Even with sincerity.
The key to understanding the truth around anything is to first ask yourself an important question: “Who told me?” By being careful to understand the source of your information and associated bias, one can avoid getting caught in the traps and beliefs of those who may overtly or inadvertently distort the truth. Don’t read just one article, or book, or video, or website. Read 20 articles, 20 books, 20 videos, multiple websites – on both sides.
Take the fascinating case study of the Biblical Flood.
Many Christians around the world, as followers of Christ and believers in the Bible, have mixed opinions about The Flood as cited in Genesis chapters 6 through 9. Here are some of the popular opinions:
- It’s just a mythical story.
- It’s only a symbolic narrative about God and sin.
- It was only a localized flood, not a worldwide flood.
- It’s not supported by modern science.
- It happened exactly as described in Genesis 6-9.
The challenge today is that most people will only go with a popular online video or national news report that the scientific community apparently overwhelmingly supports. And it seems easy enough to grab onto that and move on with life.
What’s the big deal? Who cares?
What If It’s True?
It’s actually a very big deal. If the Flood did happen, the implications on the validity of the Bible (Old and New Testament), the historicity of Jesus, His purpose and meaning, the origins of all things including mankind, and the purpose of life, all move into a new level of stark focus. You can’t get around it and easily dismiss it.
But just as critical reading and studying on the topic of the flaws in the theory of Evolution will reveal shocking information around the biased slants that we and our children have been taught by activist elements in the academic, media, and scientific communities, so is the case on the topic of the worldwide Biblical Flood.
The Biblical Flood was a sudden and unrepeatable cataclysmic flood. The Bible tells us that the fountains of the great deep burst forth, (Genesis 7:11). There’s a scientific case to be made that these waters erupted from worldwide subterranean chambers with an energy release exceeding the explosion of 1,800 trillion hydrogen bombs.1 The consequences of this global flood include the rapid formation of these features and more:
- The Grand Canyon and other canyons
- The Mid-Oceanic Ridge
- Continental shelves and slopes
- Magnetic variations on the ocean floor
- Coal and oil
- The Ice Age
- Frozen Mammoths
- Major mountain ranges
- Volcanoes and Lava
- Geothermal Heat
- Strata and layered fossils
- Salt domes
- Sea shells and fossils on global mountain tops
- Jigsaw fit of the Continents
This goes well beyond a simplistic understanding that “it rained for 40 days and 40 nights” and Noah built a big boat that had room for giraffes to stick their heads outside the top. Dr. Walt Brown‘s book cited here is but the tip of the iceberg that is part of a whole new set of scientific facts that support a worldwide flood as depicted in Genesis. New perspectives are gaining exposure in a skeptical world that was thinking the issue was all but conceded and shut down.
Here’s a link that graphically shows a view that is unfortunately likely not taught in high school and universities: Noah’s Flood and Catastrophic Plate Tectonics (from Pangea to Today). A key question is Why Not?
Have you ever studied this?
And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days. – Genesis 7:24
1 In the Beginning – Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood, by Dr. Walter Brown, Center for Scientific Creation, Phoenix, AZ, 1980, 2008, 2019, 9th edition., p. 48.