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Published: Friday, Jan. 24 2014 1:18 p.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I've always suspected that the inundation of the black sea basin by the rising seas at the end of the last ice age would have been enough to create stories that would have resonated as myths across centuries.

Torrey Ellis
Kaysville, UT

Ether 6:7
And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.

nonceleb
Salt Lake City, UT

A much better question - was Noah's ark?

gmlewis
Houston, TX

Matthew 24:37-39
"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

Jesus testified that there was a flood, an ark, and a prophet named Noe (Noah). I trust He knew what he was talking about. I doubt He got His information from another religion or culture.

FastestFalcon
Provo, UT

I love how the atheists think that a Mesopotamian story about the Flood somehow disproves the biblical account. If you ask me, it corroborates it.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

Clearly all these cultures knew about the flood because it was a true event that actually happened and the account was handed down through generations in different forms. In fact, every civilization on earth has a flood "myth." That is clear evidence that it actually happened and the story has been passed down throughout pre-history and history.

I agree with fastestfalcon that this is further proof that corroborates the story of Noah in the Bible. The account in the Bible was given to Moses by god that it might be written and passed down to the Isrealites.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

What's really cool is that the human genome project, along with DNA studies on literally every living species show that all living animals came from singles parents about 4,000, essentially proving Noah's flood happened.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Polynesians have flood legends. There is a story from Rapa Iti which says the warriors climbed up into the sky and captured the rainbow god. When the rainbow god got away he broke open the sky and that caused a flood. The Tongans have an idiom that says, "Don't point at the rainbow." Presumably, the rainbow will think that someone intends to capture him again.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

@Ernest T. Bass:
"What's really cool is that the human genome project, along with DNA studies on literally every living species show that all living animals came from singles parents about 4,000, essentially proving Noah's flood happened.:

I think that you should go check your sources on that. I think you are off by 50,000 years or so.

timpClimber
Provo, UT

The Tarahamara Indians in N. Mexico have similar creation and flood stories that shocked the early Catholic Priests when they heard them.

MiP
Iowa City, IA

If the engineers find this round ark concept works, then how 'bout Princess or Norwegian build a cruise ship that is also that shape, has zoo animals, and sails to cool biblical sites?

Just a thought.

Ghost Writer
GILBERT, AZ

The flood legend is an archetype which can be found in cultures throughout the world. If one studies mythology, it is fascinating to see many common themes appear in the myths and religions of cultures from virtually every corner of the globe, i.e. first man, first woman, expulsion from paradise, war in heaven, virgin birth, good son overcoming evil son and saving mankind, evil son being cast out of heaven, etc. etc. etc. Read Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a 1000 Faces.

RanchHand
Huntsville, UT

Just goes to show how mythology persists from one generation to the next. An interesting story, but still a myth.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Fossil marine life is found on the African continent and the American continent and throughout the world's land masses. It used to be a basic of Geology that there was a great universal flood. Since then the Theory of Gradualism insisted that things occurred gradually and not cataclysmically; if anyone suggested cataclysms thereafter it was rejected as not fitting in with this key article of faith of geological academia.


The movie Noah, according to the Imdb site, will be released on March 28 of this year. Looking forward to seeing how the subject is handled.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

The safest conclusion an unbeliever can ever make about the Book of Mormon is that it's simply possible.

* To suggest it's a myth because the same story exists in one land and another is unfounded. As the account was of a planet-wide event, the myth conclusion is based on prejudice instead of reason.

* To suggest it's a myth because of geological observations is also unfounded. Drawing conclusions about what you haven't observed based on what you have is also based on prejudice instead of reason.
(See "What is Truth?, by Dieter F. Uchtdorf)

1) It stands as evidence which corroborates the records we now call scripture.
2) Even more significantly... it corroborates the divinity of the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon was more than a compiled record. It is a unique record because of it's divine delivery by an angel of God. Surely when ancient records corroborate it's contents, the suggestion of a "myth" is absurd. Disbelieve all you want, but those who are wise will admit the possibility. Those who thirst for truth will surely find it. How? By reading it! Pretty radical, this "reading" concept. ;)

LDS Aerospace Engineer
Farmington, UT

Of course it was round.

The must efficient use of space and materials has always based on spheres and circles.

From an engineering stand point,
It should really have been called Noah's "Arc".

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Cats
"Clearly all these cultures knew about the flood because it was a true event that actually happened"

Not if it were as described in the Bible, a global flood that wiped everything out except for the people in the Ark. You can't document an event if you're dead.

@Ernest T. Bass
"What's really cool is that the human genome project, along with DNA studies on literally every living species show that all living animals came from singles parents about 4,000"

That's not true at all.

@Gildas
" if anyone suggested cataclysms thereafter it was rejected as not fitting in with this key article of faith of geological academia."

Because a global flood is meteorologically impossible.

Ghost Writer
GILBERT, AZ

Ranchhand,
There are two ways to look at archetypes in literature -- through a believing or an unbelieving lens. For me, these recurring themes confirm my inner conviction that there are central universal truths that are present in all cultures.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

I know it. I Live it. I Love it wrote:

"The Book of Mormon was more than a compiled record. It is a unique record because of it's divine delivery by an angel of God. Surely when ancient records corroborate it's contents, the suggestion of a 'myth' is absurd. Disbelieve all you want, but those who are wise will admit the possibility. Those who thirst for truth will surely find it. How? By reading it! Pretty radical, this 'reading' concept."

My disbelief regarding the Book of Mormon is not based on geology or the like. My disbelief is based directly on Moroni's Promise: I followed the instructions for several decades and the book failed the test. The Book of Mormon is not true.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

atl134,

Meteorological possibility isn't determined by what we learn about science, but what defines science in the first place. If it is by God, you're wrong. If it is by something else, then you're still wrong. It isn't possible to qualify what you don't know. Not being omniscient means not knowing all meteorological possibilities. As the saying goes, "knowing is knowing that you know nothing".

Acknowledging this principle isn't just a matter of humility, it's the most fundamental ground we stand on as we exercise our faith in the potential of ourselves to learn what is learn-able.

The Scientist,

Interesting. But as your own experiences don't invalidate what others have learned and experienced for themselves... to what end do you oppose the church? I might say that you'd be happier returning, and you may reject that. But happiness surely isn't found in fighting God, the church, or those of us who remain faithful to it. At the risk of causing offense and injustice in fighting God and being wrong... what are you convinced you will gain by doing so?

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