7:19- While the words "everywhere" (and later in verse 21- "all creatures...on earth") indicate a universal flood, belief now trends towards the concept that the "flood" was probably a local event. As referenced in a post, "Beyond the Bible: Creation & the Flood", the literal interpretation of every section of the Bible is a fairly new trend. Thus, one is most definitely NOT required to believe in the universal flood that covered the entire world in order to be a Christian.
Others, though, still believe in a universal flood. The thrust of the argument is that if God's covenant only referenced a local flood, then He has broken it (obviously) thousands of times since as there have been many, many, many floods continuing unto the present day.
I'm going to be fairly blunt- the sects that believe that there was a universal flood often claim Noah had dinosaurs on board with him. A brief scan of high-ranking sites (that was what was sad-scary part...that they ranked high on Google search results) revealed that "flood sediment" had proven this, and also mentioned that dragons existed at the time. While I, not being a first-hand witness, cannot 100% disprove a universal flood, I believe God gave us intelligence and various ways of transmitting stories and beliefs. Noah may very well have existed. His ark and animals and the flood may very well have occurred. In fact, I would find that amazing! But if it occurred, it was a localized event. And dinosaurs were not on the ark. Sorry, they weren't. Millions of years separated man and dinosaurs.
*Will not be an "Additional Notes & Discussion" on Chapter 7 as most of the discussion surrounds the flood. The above paragraph sums up my view.
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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