Last Wednesday afternoon (1/12/11) at a middle school Christian club I work with we were reading Genesis chapters 6-8 and studying the account of Noah and the flood. One student raised her hand and asked, wasn’t the flood just local? I said there are basically two camps on this issue within Christian circles; those who think it was global, the flood waters covered the entire earth or universal (worldwide), in that the waters covered a more localized area but was universal in that it killed all the humans that lived on the earth; the only survivors were on the ark. In our discussion I left the issue of whether the flood was global or not unresolved.
That evening I was looking at the Stand to Reason Blog site and I found Christian apologist and speaker Greg Koukl spoke on this issue; actually, he was answering the challenges of a skeptic concerning the flood. So I decided to send you the link to his video. Watching this video will be a good exercise in not only dealing with critics who discount this Biblical account but also on how to analyze and respond to what appear to be tough questions.
The following was taken from the Stand to Reason Blog site for January 11th, 2011.
[Questions asked by a skeptic] Isn't it obvious from the scientific data that there was no global flood (Noah's ark)? And if the flood was local, why save animals like birds, since they could easily fly away? Either way, it seems like there was no real Noah's Ark. [Here is the link to the video: Global flood]