Flood Stories

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THE WORLDWIDE FLOOD
Almost every culture has some story explaining a worldwide flood that happened thousands of years ago. These stories have remarkable similarities between them but have extreme differences as well. The similarities include God, or the god’s flooding the earth to put an end to corruption, and in each story at least one person was saved in order to restore mankind. The differences include, what time period the flood occurred, how long the survivors were at sea, and where they came to rest when the rain ceased. Christianity, Hinduism and the study of the Greek god’s all depict undeniable differences in their philosophies of the world flood. Christianity’s story is Noah’s Ark, Hinduism’s is Manu and the fish, and the Greek’s is Deucalion and Pyrrah.

The most well known, and commonly taught flood story is found in Christianity’s Holy Bible, the story is known as Noah’s Ark. In Genesis 6 of the Bible, God saw how great mans wickedness had become and decided to put an end to it by flooding the earth of which he created. He saw that Noah was the last righteous man, and spared he and his families lives so that reproduction would be possible after the disaster. God gave Noah the exact dimensions to build a giant ark that would fit Noah’s family, and a pair of each kind of animal. In most cultures interpretations of the flood, the god tells the man to build a boat because that is their only chance of survival, however only in the Bible’s flood narration, God gives specific instructions and dimensions for the boat itself. After Noah had finished building the Ark and each detail was in place, the animals were loaded on and the rain started to fall. Noah was six hundred years old by the time the flood began. The rain fell for an incredible forty days and forty nights, Genesis 7:20 states, “The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet.” Out of all the interpretations of the flood, the...
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