With a straightforward reading of the flood account in Genesis, what kinds of things would we expect to see today?
- Billions of dead things buried rapidly
- Sedimentary layers all over the earth covering vast distances
- Fossilized sea creatures buried high above current sea level
- Sorted and distinct layers of soil with little erosion between them
Well before we make up our minds, let's talk history for just a second to get some background. Genesis 7 tells us that Noah, his wife, their three sons and their three daughter's in law were the only eight humans saved from the flood by the ark.
We'll also need a tiny lesson in genetics. Mothers pass along to their daughters a genetic unit called mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The mtDNA is not passed along from fathers, so it remains unchanged (other than mutations) from mother to daughter. Therefore, we can trace back a lineage through the mtDNA. How many mtDNA lineages were on the ark? Three. The wives of Noah's sons all have recorded children. It is possible that there could have been four, but the Bible does not record Noah's wife bearing any more children after the flood.
So, if that story is true, how many mtDNA lineages might we expect to find today? Three, right? Well, that is exactly what secular genetics confirms. The current mtDNA lines have been given the designations "M", "N", and "R". God's Word is confirmed yet again.
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