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he story of Noah as recorded in Genesis was discredited as knowledge was increased and geology 
   indicated no worldwide flood occurred.  The ancients lacked knowledge.  There were fossils of shells, 
   and other sea life in limestone, sandstone, and shale on the mountains of the world including Israel. 


Ammonite fossil,  Akrabim Pass, Negev Desert, Israel

Some of those among the ancients may have attributed the presence of fossils in the sedimentary rocks as derived from an ancient flood that covered the entire earth.  Only a man with a boat for his family might have been saved.  We know the mountains were raised up out of the depths of the sea and then torn down again by erosion.  The flood never covered the entire earth.  Tectonic stresses lifted ocean bottom onto dry land over the course of millions of years.  The book of Genesis has generations going back a few thousand years, but the world is billions of years old.   

Before Genesis there was already a written legend about a man living in house near a river warned of a flood by a God who was able to forecast the future before it happened.  This testimony about Ziasudra or Atrahasis was that God saved a man and his family in contrast to the stories of the gods sending famine, disease, and war to kill mankind.  The existence of an omnipotent God has been attested by many, thus the appeal of a story about the ability of an omnipotent spiritual being to warn of a coming flood may seem credible to some according to their own experiences.  

In the areas where writing, agriculture, engineering, literature and much of civilization advanced some had knowledge of a God who possessed greater knowledge than mankind.  In Egypt it was written that a god had lived a million years. In early Mesopotamia and Egypt there was already some speculation of eternal life widely published.  The specialized knowledge of a few might have inspired many tall tales, stories, and legends that were less than perfect.  A flood destroying hundreds of square miles and a man escaping it by divine intervention is probable.  There were numerous typhoons striking India and Pakistan and these killed thousands of people.  The early trade connections between the Indus River and Mesopotamia might have brought such a legend to Mesopotamia.  Otherwise the spring snow melt in the mountains of Turkey or Iran accompanied by a late spring storm along the Tigris or Euphrates River in May might been the setting for the testimony of a time when God warned a man to prepare for his salvation, and the faith of a man to believe and be saved.

  This is a picture of flooding in China during 1931.  The flood covered 70,000 square 
   miles along the Yangtze and other major rivers in China, affecting coastal lowlands
   more than the mountains to the west.  A Chinese committee estimated 140,000
   people died of drowning as dikes broke.  An estimated 420,000 more died of famine
   and disease.  Field crops and as many as 2,000,000  livestock were lost.  From a             report prepared for the US Government by the Chinese Flood Commission.  
   Floods killed more people than earthquakes.   People living along flood
   risk rivers feared the floods that caused devastation, yet needed the fertile bottom
   land to survive.  

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