Noah’s flood is ancient history (very) if not a myth, surely?

Noah’s flood is one story in the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible and people have been reading and talking about it for thousands of years. Many people doubt it’s veracity, whilst others say it must contain lots of exaggerations. What does the narrator mean by ‘All the Earth’ or ‘Every kind of animal and bird’ for instance? You may have an opinion on that, but for the moment I would rather think about its message than its historicity.

Noah’s flood can hardly matter today, can it?

Noah’s flood was, according to the story, a great natural disaster caused by humanity, which might sound familiar and topical. God saved Noah and his family because they obeyed his instructions. Never mind what they were then – what are God’s instructions to us now? Does greed damage society or the planet? What about shortsightedness? Or war? Should we take the Bible more seriously if we want Mankind to survive?

Why did Noah save all those animals?

God wanted to save not only the few people who listened to him but also the natural world. That implies humans are responsible for the wellbeing of rest of the inhabitants of Earth.

Some of the knitted animals in the Ark Experience telling about Noah's flood.

Some of the knitted animals in the Ark Experience telling about Noah’s flood.

Want to know more?

If you are going to be near Warrington any afternoon from the 10th to the 14th July or any time from 9.30 on Saturday 15th, you can visit The Ark Experience at St Paul’s Church Penketh as I wrote in a previous post. Alternatively, you could read the story in the Bible: Genesis, chapters 6, 7 and 8. (I recommend that you use a modern translation, unless you love Shakespearean language. See the Bible Socety’s website.)