THE DELUGE WAS NOT LOCAL BUT UNIVERSAL
There are some Bible believers that have erroneous hypothesis that the Deluge was a local or regional phenomenon and not universal. That hypothesis does not make sense, for the passage that I show a few lines down clearly states that the waters prevailed over the land 150 days. If the Deluge had been a local flood the waters would have run into the ocean in less than 150 days, and under no circumstance would have reached a height of 15 cubits (7.5 meters) above the mountains. Also, if there had been other mountains not covered by water, people would have gone to them to save themselves, and Noah's family would not have been the only one to have survived, but many more.
Similarly, there has been and continue to be multiple local floods, that is to say, local deluges. If that one had been a local flood, then God would not have promised there would be no more floods (local), because there has been. It is logical to think that God promised that there would be no more Deluges, because what He referred to was a universal Deluge that, effectively, there has never been. God promised that he would never again destroy all flesh with flood waters and established the rainbow as a sign. If the Deluge had been local, and not universal, then that divine promise made in Genesis 9:11 would not have been kept, for there has been many local floods and deluges.
“And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fífty days.” (Gn 7:24)
“And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off anymore by the waters of a flood; neither shall there anymore be a flood to destroy the earth.”
Besides, it is logical to
think that in the beginning of Creation,
when human beings lived more than 900 years,
the multiplication of man was such that the inhabitants of the planet were
counted in thousands of millions. Nowadays we have six thousand million of
inhabitants on the planet, or possibly
more. To get such affirmation over the tremendous multiplication of man in the
beginning of Creation, see article
#32, of this same series, titled: “Who could Have
Killed Cain?” It is also
reasonable to think, being so many
millions; man would inhabit the
entire planet. Therefore, if the
Deluge had not been universal,
hundreds of millions would have survived. However in the time of Abraham the
population was scarce, and in the
time of the Roman Empire the population was much smaller than today, for the knowledgeable in demographics
estimate that the
Besides, after de Deluge, God said that He would not end all flesh with flood waters anymore, which indicates that all flesh ended. And if all flesh ended, the Deluge have had gone to every place there was people, and there was people all over Earth, because thousands of millions cannot concentrate in one region.