Was the story of the flood a legend?

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Accepting the testimony of Jesus Christ demands that the story of the Flood be taken as a literal event and not as a legend. The Lord Himself addressed the topic of the great Flood in Luke 17:26-30 (Matthew 24:39) when He drew the following parallel:

“And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise even as it came to pass in the days of Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all: after the same manner shall it be in the day that the Son of man is revealed.”

The Lord predicted an impending doom that was to befall the Jews of His day who would not heed the Word of God. Note the context in which Jesus discussed the Flood destruction of Genesis 6-8. He placed the Flood alongside the destruction of Sodom, and He also placed it alongside the destruction of the ungodly at His Second Coming. From His remarks, one can clearly see that Jesus accepted the Genesis account of a global flood as a historical fact.

A Christian cannot maintain a belief in Jesus and His teachings, while denying the details of the accounts that He endorsed as factual. And we know that Jesus’ testimony is true because of His sinless life, supernatural acts and His resurrection.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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