why or why not? I do not believe there was ever a universal flood, because there is no evidence from the earth that there was ever a universal flood. (That I know of)...I've read there was no evidence.
What do you believe, and why? Also, if you know of any evidence, please feel free to post it.
There was a time when I believed there was; but now, not so much. One of the major reasons for my change of mind is when I realized that the message of all religious text was directed toward a specific ethnic group. For instance, the Koran was written for the Islamic Nation, the Old Testament for the Hebrews and the New Testament for Christians. Does this invalidate the concept of a devastating flood? Not for me. There are scientists who are investigating a flood scenario from glacial melt waters and the collapse of a natural dam. If this happened at the dawn of civilization, it may have appeared more widespread than it actually was. Part of the interpretation problem is that most translations from original text were done when there was limited vocabulary, technology and understanding of natural world events. Just like at the dawn of science, it was believed that maggots automatically appeared from rotting meat. Today we know different; but it doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be maggots on a piece of meat if left out long enough.
Think back to the time's you're discussing. Times when people believed that the entire world was their own societal boundaries, where islands thought themselves to be alone and nations thought that they were the only race out there. Rivers flood all the time. We just have better ways of dealing with them now. Drains, locks, dams. Back in pre-biblical times, a big river flood could have been misconstrued as the entire world having flooded, and from there, the could have stories expanded and exaggerated.
Universal? No. Worldwide? Yes. Think about it; we have glaciers still. Mountains are formed by volcanic activity AND plates pushing together. So if all the mountains weren't mountainy, and the land was all flat and Pangea (I think thats the name of it) was still intact, with glaciers melted why wouldn't there have been a worldwide flood?
Examine the geological record. One level reveals a layer of iridium. That is the record left by the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs. Has anyone found a layer of silt or anything that would indicate a global flood? If it's there, we'll find it.
There was no universal flood! There may be in the future with the whole climate change rising water stuff, but that would only happen if all of antattica land ice melted,and that guna happen for a long time! But no,there was not!
Not universal. But it is almost certain has ocurred at least once in Earth's history, based on solar alignment, climate conditions, and other recent scientific discovering.
Almost every religious and spiritual tradition has a "Great Flood" story, but as you say, there's no geological evidence to suggest there was such an event.
Oh wait didn't see the rest of the question; I thought I was taught in my science class that there was, my answer though is just my guess.
i think so. mostly because of a lot of the formations we have that are now canyons and all that
and been exaggerated*