The Great Flood – Scientific evidence
Numerous myths and legends from all over the world refer to a great flood. Some stories even refer to more than one flood afflicting humanity, but the common theme among virtually all of them is that ‘gods’ used them as a form of punishment for disobedience, immorality, greed, and other forms of human corruption.
Science, on the other hand, has been trying to rationalize these events, searching for verification of natural disasters that could have been interpreted as ‘acts of the gods’. The great flood is one of the topics under investigation.
At the moment, there are two predominant theories about the Biblical story of Noah's Ark and the great flood. The most popular one is the flooding of the Black Sea. This theory was initially proposed in 1990 by two Columbia University scientists, William Ryan and Walter Pitman. Archaeologists have found evidence of shipwrecks and ancient pottery, as well as the remains of people that died in a great flood in the Black Sea about 7,000 years ago. They estimate that more than 150,000 square kilometres of land was submerged under water at the time. This theory suggests that the flooding disaster may have later translated into the story of Noah and the great flood. Robert Ballard, an explorer and archaeologist who found the wrecked remains of the Titanic, strongly supports the Black Sea theory, and is trying to discover more proof to support it.
The second theory, which was proposed by archaeologist Bruce Masse in 2004, is that a comet crashed to Earth about 5,000 years ago, creating huge tsunamis and weather changes that led to the flooding of many areas. His evidence is based on mythological accounts and ancient drawings, but there is no hard evidence to suppor this view.
According to The Bible, and specifically Genesis, the Ark of Noah finally came to reside on the mountains of Ararat (close to Turkey). However, despite numerous attempts, no evidence has been found of its existence.
What all these scientists do not take into account is the time frame the Bible places on the great flood, which is between the second and third millennium BC. The fact is that there is no scientific proof that a great flood occurred specifically in this time period, nor is their evidence to conclude that the flood theories referred to above are accurate. Yet it seems impossible to be a coincidence that so many myths and legends from different cultures around the world refer to the same event. So did an enormous flood really strike the Earth? If so, where and when did this flood occur, and how was humanity able to endure this cataclysm and begin anew?