Friday, October 28, 2011

The Parshah Noach

In Judaism, there are regular weekly scripture portions or passages known as parshiyot, in which the entire Torah is divided up into 54 portions to be read throughout the year.

The second of these portions is the Parshah Noach ("the portion of Noah") which covers Genesis 6:9 through 11:32, and it falls this week. That passage of scripture tells of a cataclysmic worldwide flood, the preservation of Noah and seven other people in an ark with animals and birds, and the repopulation of the world afterwards.

In previous posts, we have examined extensive evidence that a cataclysmic worldwide flood in fact did take place and that such an event in fact explains the geological evidence we find around the world better than do other theories. Much of this discussion follows the work of Dr. Walt Brown, whose book on the subject can be read online in its entirety. A partial list of the evidence we have examined includes:
  • The evidence for earth's "Big Roll" found in Antarctica, the Arctic, and 90° East Ridge. One amazing piece of evidence is the presence of unfrozen lakes trapped deep beneath the ice of Antarctica.
  • The strata found around the world.
  • The Grand Canyon and the extensive piles of petrified wood found in the same part of the world.
  • Findings of dinosaur fossils and other fossils which still contain soft tissue.
  • The presence of difficult-to-explain fossils of creatures such as jellyfish.
  • Extensive submarine canyons found all over the world which were probably carved by runoff from the flood event before they were covered up by the ocean.
  • The findings of what may be undersea ruins of human civilizations at depths that cannot be explained simply by sea level rise after an Ice Age.
  • The existence of an Ice Age in earth's past at all, which is difficult to explain with conventional theories but which is quite clearly accounted for in the conditions after a world-wide flood as postulated in the hydroplate theory.
  • Certain clues in other bodies in the solar system, including the moon, asteroids, and comets.
Additionally, there appears to be extensive evidence from ancient civilizations which can be best explained by this geological theory of a great flood, which is the subject of the Mathisen Corollary book and many other posts in this blog.

Certain clues raise the possibility that this cataclysmic flood took place only thousands of years ago rather than millions or hundreds of millions of years ago, including the presence of the soft-tissue fossils mentioned above and also the presence of ancient writings which appear to indicate first-hand human knowledge of some of the events that took place in the aftermath of the flood, including the draining of the Vale of Kashmir.

Regardless of whether you agree that such a flood took place within human memory, accepting the possibility of a global flood would cause some fairly obvious and quite severe problems to the traditional Darwinian explanation of biological origins (which is no doubt the prime reason that the very suggestion that a global flood took place on earth is vehemently denied and savagely ridiculed by conventional academia).

A global flood within the past several thousand years would cause even more severe problems for Darwinian theory.

However, we have already discussed other evidence which indicates that belief in either supernatural origins or extraterrestrial origins are more reasonable alternatives, in light of the evidence, than the storyline proposed by conventional Darwinism.

A discussion of the Jewish cycle of reading Torah portions throughout the year can be found at this website. Note that the description there begins with this very notable declaration: "Each week we read (or, more accurately, chant, because it is sung) a passage from the Torah."

Isn't that interesting? The passage is not actually read but rather it is chanted or sung! Where have we encountered that idea before?