The question whether Noah’s flood was localized or worldwide is answered in the Bible. There we find that Noah’s flood is said to have been deep enough to cover “all the high mountains under the whole heaven.” That would be impossible if the flood was only localized. But such depth would have caused a worldwide flood.
The Bible also says the flood destroyed every living creature outside the ark. Again, impossible if only localized. But a worldwide flood would have caused such carnage. (Upper cases added for emphasis)
19 And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that ALL THE HIGH MOUNTAINS UNDER THE WHOLE HEAVEN WERE COVERED.
20 The waters PREVAILED ABOVE THE MOUNTAINS, COVERING THEM FIFTEEN CUBITS DEEP.
21 And ALL FLESH DIED THAT MOVED ON THE EARTH, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind.
22 EVERYTHING ON THE DRY LAND in whose nostrils was the breath of life died.
23 He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark
15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become A FLOOD TO DESTROY ALL FLESH.
After the flood, God promised He would never again destroy mankind with such a flood.
11 I establish my covenant with you, that NEVER AGAIN SHALL ALL FLESH BE CUT OFF BY THE WATERS OF THE FLOOD, AND NEVER AGAIN SHALL THERE BE A FLOOD TO DESTROY THE EARTH.”
12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, FOR ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS:
13 I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
14 When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds,
15 I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. AND THE WATERS SHALL NEVER AGAIN BECOME A FLOOD TO DESTROY ALL FLESH.
16 When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
17 God said to Noah, “THIS IS THE SIGN OF THE COVENANT THAT I HAVE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN ME AND ALL FLESH THAT IS ON THE EARTH.”
9 “This is like the days of Noah to me: AS I SWORE THAT THE WATERS OF NOAH SHOULD NO MORE GO OVER THE EARTH, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you.
Since the time of Noah, there have been times when local floods have tragically destroyed men, women, and air breathing animals. Since this is a fact, and since God cannot lie, we can reason that God could not have promised Noah and subsequent generations that He would never again send a life destroying ‘local flood.’ Contrary to this is the fact that at no time since Noah has there ever been a flood that covered the mountaintops of the world or that destroyed every air-breathing creature, which would fulfill God’s promise to Noah and his descendants.
So, in conclusion the Bible describes Noah being saved from a worldwide deluge rather than a localized flood within a confined geographical area.
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