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12) This flood was the baptism of the earth; before it occurred the land was all in one place, a condition that will again prevail during the millennial era. We set up assumptions, based upon our best knowledge, but can go no further.
We should remember that when inspired writers deal with historical incidents they relate that which they have seen or that which may have been told them, unless indeed the past is opened to them by revelation.
If scriptures such as the Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham, which were translated accurately in the 1800s, show that events they reference as true events never really happened, then this creates a serious problem in establishing the credibility of those LDS scriptures.
The LDS church teaches that the flood of Noah was a literal global and worldwide event, and that the flood was the Earth's baptism.
The writer of Genesis made a faithful report of the facts known to him concerning the flood.
In other localities the depth of the water might have been more or less.
The Lord decreed that all living things would be destroyed by flood, with the exception of a faithful few who would be spared so that God could begin anew his creative work and reestablish his covenant among men. Jackson, “An Age of Contrasts: From Adam to Abraham,” Ensign, Feb 1986, 28 The worldwide flood of Noah's time has been accepted as a benchmark historical event by Jews and Christians for thousands of years..worldwide flood of Noah's time, so upsetting to a restricted secular view, fits easily into place. Some doubt that there was a flood, but by modern revelation we know that it did take place.However, the issue isn't so much that God doesn't reveal all truth, but that so many early church leaders taught (and still teach) as truth things that are wrong.For a people so interested in truth, and a church that is run by prophets that receive God's word, how could that happen?To that we present the following as evidence that the modern prophets and apostles still teach the story of Noah as a literal story involving a global flood (emphasis added): January 1998 Ensign Still other people accept parts of the Flood story, acknowledging that there may have been a local, charismatic preacher, such as Noah, and a localized flood that covered only a specific area of the world, such as the region of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers or perhaps even the whole of Mesopotamia.
Yet these people do not believe in a worldwide or global flood.Both of these groups—those who totally deny the historicity of Noah and the Flood and those who accept parts of the story—are persuaded in their disbelief by the way they interpret modern science.They rely upon geological considerations and theories that postulate it would be impossible for a flood to cover earth's highest mountains, that the geologic evidence (primarily in the fields of stratigraphy and sedimentation) does not indicate a worldwide flood occurred any time during the earth's existence.The details in the story of the flood are undoubtedly drawn from the experiences of the writer.