Correspondence with Arul...
My name is Arul,
I speak from your distant past. I live in day and time long ago
before the world changed. Life here has been going on for a long
time unchanged. I cannot even begin to imagine your world. Surely it
is much different from the world Iíve known for the past 657 years
of my life. I have born numerous children, grandchildren, great
grandchildren, and many more offspring stemming from the women
I have known.
Our world is beautiful with lush vegetation, sun, moon, and stars
fill the sky. Life goes on, children are born, we till the soil
providing food stuffs, forests lush and green bear many fruits for
food, many live near sea and harvest abundant foods therein, those
of us inland find food from the many spoils hunting and killing
Animals great and small exist here. In our skies fly great winged
creatures larger in size than a man. They are good for eating.
Terrain here is universally climatic, never changing, plants grow in
abundance finding water flowing up from the soil. We have fire,
plants bearing fruit, leaves, and seed in abundance for food. All
needs are met. This is the world as we know it.
My family has multiplied as have countless others. Iím told that
this world exists in the same manner far beyond and all around
earth. There is a man, Noah and his family who live near to my
family. They have been good neighbors and friends.
Noah spoke to us of a God declaring Him to be creator of
our world and that this God was displeased with mankind. He told us
God would rain down His judgment on
earth. I respect Noah but didnít understand his message and deeply
pondered what he meant.
Many years passed as we watched Noah and his
sons build something huge from large timbers hewn from the land. It
was an amazing spectacle to behold the enormous take shape over the
years. All the while, Noah, determined this was his destiny to build
what he called an ark.
Noah spoke of a coming destructive deluge flood and reshaping of the
earth we had know always to be our peaceful habitat. He declared
that the maker of the heavens and the earth would rain down
destructive judgment on the earth.
Hundreds of years past as we beheld Noah and his sonís construct his ark. We
were amazed by the industrious result of his vision all the while
puzzled as to his motivation and reason for such an immense
undertaking. While we all were busy simply living and enjoying life,
this man, Noah stood out among us being determined to create his
After all the years of watching Noah and his sons work diligently,
the enormous structure neared completion. We beheld animals gather from far
and wide soon to enter the ark. I have seen many creatures but had
never before seen a sight such as the parade of life great and small
enter Noahís ark.
Thousands of people gathered around to witness this event and we
were stunned when the last of the animals entered the ark and its
door closed without aid of hands. A hush fell over the crowd.
Suddenly the ground on which we stood began to tremble with a great
shaking. A thunderous noise filled the air. Birds all
around swiftly took flight.
Running home to be sure my family were safe, the sky
become darkened by smoke spewing from the tops of hills. I had never
seen such a sight before. The ground beneath my feet trembled and
quaked moving up and down while running to be protect my family.
Formerly, familiar solid ground was now almost liquid beneath my feet. Animals all
around cried out running to and fro.
The shaking of the ground quickly increased to the point that no
home could stand. Trees fell, causing chaos all around. One could
barely stand while our once peaceful earth erupted in upheaval.
Both man and beast stumbled and fell. Loud sounds from the heavens
continued to deafen our ears.
I found my family in terror huddled together barely able to stand
upright outside our home now in shambles having been shaken to the
ground. We witnessed the darkening clouds above and suddenly water began
to pour down from the skies. The very sight alone caused fear and
dread. Nothing like this had ever happened before. Barely able to
walk on once firm ground, we ran from our homes on familiar paths
heaving and breaking apart under our feet.
Water fell from the sky in great proportion to our amazement. Familiar bodies of water swelled,
flooding all around. We ran best we could to higher ground to
witness a great swirling swelling debris filled waters rise higher and
higher. The shower of water from above continued falling with
I found found shelter for my family in a familiar cave on nearby hillside.
We were not alone in the cave as we discovered fire and light
finding others therein seeking shelter. The
temporary. Great terrorizing flashes of light filled the sky
outside casting our shadows deep within the cavern. Falling waters and tumult
of the heaving writhing earth continued. The cave walls shook
back and forth and rocks fell from above.
The rising water outside began to enter the cave. Observing great
floating masses of
animal carcasses and vegetation swarming on the waters struck
all the more fear into our already terrified hearts.
Soon the shelter of
the cave would be swamped. Many of us fled outside to endure the pounding of the huge fall
of water from above as we sought higher ground.
Darkness fell on us while water continued pouring down as I led my
family and some others out of the flooding cave to higher ground lest
we drown. It was difficult to see and navigate our path. All I
knew was to go up seeking higher ground. Soon our efforts ended when
reaching the summit of the hill clinging together in the torment of
water falling to await our fate.
Water continued pouring down. It was dark night now. On the few
remaining grounds above the rising waters we were buffeted all
around by waves of water bearing huge masses of floating debris
bearing whole trees, animal carcasses, and even the bodies of
friends and neighbors that had perished.
Time is short now as my doom quickly looms. Listen to what Noah
spoke. God's words were true.
Water is rising. There is little to no land remaining to
support us. Water continues pouring forth from the sky and the earth
continues to shake. The God that made this world has now destroyed it. May your world acknowledge the warning of Noah. Heed his words lest
you also perish.
Response to Arul,
I write from your distant future many generations hence. Our world
bears scars from the tumult you experienced. Enormous caverns
vividly display record of the receding waters from the huge deluge
you wrote of. Mountainous lands reach high in the sky the peaks of
which inhabit the clouds.
Climate is not uniform as you knew it. We have inhospitable hot and cold within
course of a year. Huge bodies of water we call oceans now separate what we call continents,
the land on which we live.
Great frozen lands formed at the top and bottom of
the earth when the rain ceased due to pronounced temporary lack of
the element we call carbon dioxide. The great frozen waters top and
bottom of earth later melted as plant life began to flourish
equalizing the atmosphere and weather system normalized. Melting
waters carried soil in their wake covering vast expanses of now
fertile land suitable for agriculture feeding our world. Rivers and
lakes remain as the waters subsided.
The lush lands filled with fauna and flora once your habitat, were
swept away in the deluge, crushed, and buried to become huge beds of
coal and oil fuel that sustains life in our world now. Rain is
commonplace though nothing near what you experienced. God gave us
colorful rainbows filling our sky as His promise that the world
would never again be flooded.
Mankind endured from Noahís progeny though life span is shortened to
the point that a man of only 80 years old is now elderly. Few
of us live more than 90 years.
6 billion people now populate
our world divided into nations spread all around the earth. We have
a life you could hardly imagine. The earth has provided all we need
through agriculture and great natural resources man has used to
advance a technology that has taken us to the moon, the planets, and
The surface of earth endured enormous change due to the flood,
volcanic eruptions, land mass deformation through raising of
mountains, lowering of sea beds, and climatic change. You would not recognize earth now because of the dramatic change from
the world you describe.
You wrote of Noah and his ark. All religions now teach of the world
wide destructive flood many referring to a man building a ship to
protect mankind and animals from Godís destructive flood. God
preserved His words revealed to His humble servants. Many of whom
were scorned in their day yet now celebrated as prophets declaring
history and truth where we read about Noah and the flood and life
Life endured. God is celebrated as creator among Noahís decedents
and those who have believed his words.
Excerpted from "The Genesis Flood" by
John C. Whitcomb, Jr., and Henry Morris: The Prophetic Testimony
And this is where the testimony of the Biblical Deluge becomes so
important! For if the Bible record is true, most of the strata
could not have been deposited over long ages of time under
uniformitarian conditions but were laid down in the course of a
single year under catastrophic conditions. The last refuge of the
case for evolution immediately vanishes away, and the record of the
rocks becomes a tremendous witness, not to the operation of a
naturalistic process of Godless development and progress but rather
to the holiness and justice and power of the living God of Creation!
And this is what the Flood was meant to be as far as its testimony
to post-diluvian man is concerned. Jesus Christ pointed back
to the great Flood as a reminder of God's power over the world and
as a foreshadowing of His future great intervention in judgment on a
sinful and rebellious world in the last days (Matthew 24:37-39).
One may refer also to such passages as
Luke 17:26,27, Hebrews 11:7, I Peter 3:20, and II Peter 2:5 for
ample evidence that the New Testament writers regarded the Flood as
a historical event of tremendous testimonial importance to modern
Especially pertinent and incisive is the remarkable passage found in
II Peter 3:3-10 (A.V.), which we quote again, in entirety, because
of its intense relevance to this situation:
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts, and saying. Where is the
promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things
continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the
heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in
the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with
water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by
the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day
of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is
with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is long suffering to usward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the
which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works
that are therein shall be burned up.
Here again the Flood is used as a type and warning of the great
coming worldwide destruction and judgment when the "day of man" is
over and the "day of the Lord" comes. But the prophet is envisioning
a time when, because of an apparent long delay, the "promise of his
coming" is no longer treated seriously. It is to become the object
of crude scoffing and intellectual ridicule. It will be obvious to
"thinking men" in such a day that a great supernatural intervention
of God in the world, as promised by Christ, is scientifically out of
the question. That would be a miracle, and miracles contradict
And how do we know that miracles and divine intervention contradict
natural law? Why, of course, because our experience shows and our
philosophy postulates that "all things continue as they were from
the beginning of the creation"! This is what we call our "principle
of uniformity," which asserts that all things even from the earliest
beginnings can be explained essentially in terms of present
processes and rates. Even the Creation itself is basically no
different from present conditions, since these processes are
believed to have been operating since even the "beginning of the
creation." There is no room for any miracle or divine intervention
in our cosmology; therefore, the concept of a future coming of
Christ in worldwide judgment and purgation is merely naive!
Or so they say. "For . . . they willingly are ignorant of" two
things! One is a real Creation. The heavens and earth were
established "by the word of God" not by uniformitarian processes!
Second, this first heavens (that is, the atmospheric heavens) and
the first earth perished, being "overflowed with water."
Recognition of these two great events of history would immediately
brand as false the great system of evolutionary pantheism. These
events proclaim as from a mountaintop the fact of a personal Creator
God, vitally and directly concerned with His creation, whose
"longsuffering" will one day be exhausted and who will then bring
this present earth to a fiery end in atomic disintegration!
And as we have seen, the evidence of the reality of these great
events, the Creation and the Deluge, is so powerful and clear that
it is only "willing ignorance" which is blind to it, according to
Thus do the Creation (as attested to not only by Scripture but by
the two great laws of thermodynamics) and the Genesis Flood as
indelibly recorded in human histories and in the rocks of the earth
constitute the paramount scientific negation of all man-centered
philosophy and religion for those who will accept it for what it is.
And, according to the Biblical writer, there is a great and final
personal challenge in this testimony. To the man whose faith
is centered in himself or his particular society, relying upon his
own works for whatever salvation he seeks, the message is one of
"coming to repentance" while there is time, since "God is
long-suffering and not willing that any should perish." "For God so
loved the world, that he save his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John
To the Christian the admonition is, as recorded in II Peter 3:11 (A.V.):
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of
persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.
And the final word, as given in the last verses of the chapter, II
Peter 3:17,18: Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things
before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the
wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace,
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be
glory both now and forever. Amen.