Why the Flood?
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall
it be also in the days of the Son of man.
They did eat, they drank, they married
wives, they were given in marriage, until
the day that Noah entered into the ark, and
the flood came, and destroyed them all.
(Luke 17:26, 27)
Why the Flood?
When rains come to Southern California, the metropolitan
newspapers carry headlines: FLOOD DISASTER. It sounds like
Noah's day, and for those who live in the flooded areas, it does
mean disaster. But for Southern California generally, the rains are
worth millions of dollars and are a great blessing. By the same token,
the flood of Noah's day was a judgment from God upon mankind,
but it was also a blessing in disguise. God's mercy was manifested
in that flood.
Some Christian geologists treat the Flood as one in a series of
local catastrophes. They attach no particular significance to the
incident recorded in Genesis 7 other than to say it was probably
the last in this series. They do not deny the Flood; they merely
attempt to relegate it to a place of unimportance.
However, there has been a return to the old theory that the Flood
is the explanation for the geological formations that are found all
over the world today. Let me share with you an excerpt from the
book, The Genesis Flood, written by Henry M. Morris and John
Throughout the eighteenth century, and well into
the nineteenth, most theologians and scientists of
the western world believed that the Deluge was
responsible for the major fossiliferous strata of the
earth. But the rise of Cuvier's theory of successive
catastrophes, which assigned most of the fossil strata
to ages long before the creation of man, caused many
to abandon the older Flood theory of geology. William
Buckland led the way in Great Britain by
1 Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1961.
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geological data. Some form of catastrophism is
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