The Worldnutdaily headline screams “Evidence That Noah’s Flood Did Indeed Happen.” The article is actually just a link to an article on the ABC News website that deals with an entirely local flood, which in fact contradicts the Bible’s claim that God sent a global flood to destroy everything in the world other than what was on the ark. Unfortunately, ABC News is equally bad:
In an interview with Christiane Amanpour for ABC News, Robert Ballard, one of the world’s best-known underwater archaeologists, talked about his findings. His team is probing the depths of the Black Sea off the coast of Turkey in search of traces of an ancient civilization hidden underwater since the time of Noah…
Now Ballard is using even more advanced robotic technology to travel farther back in time. He is on a marine archeological mission that might support the story of Noah. He said some 12,000 years ago, much of the world was covered in ice…
“The questions is, was there a mother of all floods,” Ballard said…
Fascinated by the idea, Ballard and his team decided to investigate.
“We went in there to look for the flood,” he said. “Not just a slow moving, advancing rise of sea level, but a really big flood that then stayed… The land that went under stayed under.”
Four hundred feet below the surface, they unearthed an ancient shoreline, proof to Ballard that a catastrophic event did happen in the Black Sea. By carbon dating shells found along the shoreline, Ballard said he believes they have established a timeline for that catastrophic event, which he estimates happened around 5,000 BC. Some experts believe this was around the time when Noah’s flood could have occurred.
“It probably was a bad day,” Ballard said. “At some magic moment, it broke through and flooded this place violently, and a lot of real estate, 150,000 square kilometers of land, went under.”
The theory goes on to suggest that the story of this traumatic event, seared into the collective memory of the survivors, was passed down from generation to generation and eventually inspired the biblical account of Noah.
No one would be the least bit surprised to find out that a large local flood buried a coastal village, of course. But it would be all but impossible to tie it directly to the flood myth of the Bible. And even if you could, as I said, this actually contradicts what the Bible says about it and leaves the story, at the most, being a mythologizing — that is, giving a supernatural explanation to a mundane natural event — of something that actually took place. That is not what the folks at the Worldnutdaily believe. In fact, they’ve been pushing Noah’s Ark stories for years, most of them about creationist fraud Ron Wyatt and his absurd claims to have found the real Noah’s Ark.
There was no real Noah’s Ark. And there was no global flood. Period.