A Comparison of Dr. Ross’s Views On the Flood

Dr. Ross  

The Bible  
Dr. Ross teaches a local Flood only affected the animals of the Mesopotamian region.  He reasons that people only lived in this area. “But here are some . . . physical reasons why, the flood cannot be global.  Number one is the limited extent of sin.  Given that human beings had not yet civilized and inhabited Antarctica, there’d be no need for God to flood Antarctica because there’d be no sin there in Antarctica.”   Genesis 7: 21 – 23 (NIV) “Every living thing that moved on the earth perished– birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.  Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.  Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth.”  
“There’d be no need for God to kill off all the penguins because those penguins had no contact with reprobate humanity.  And in that case, I don’t think Noah took any penguins on board the ark . . . Only bird and mammal species, according to the Levitical Law, can be impacted by sin.”  Dr. Ross believes “nephesh” (Hebrew for “life”) animals are only birds and mammals.  He believes only these can be impacted by sin and would be on the ark.  He claims you can often tell a man’s spiritual condition by the behavior of his pet!  Also, it would follow in Ross’s view then that some animals did not descend from the animals on the Ark.  Why would God need the Ark to preserve species if some were not on the Ark and could migrate back into the area after a local flood?  

Genesis 3:17-19 and Romans 8:19-21 state that Adam’s sin affected all of nature. 

In Genesis 6: 7 and 7:7, 21 – 23 , God repeats six times that all the animals and birds on the earth were wiped out.  

Noah took clean and unclean animals on the ark.   In Genesis 7:2-4, God explains that the ark will preserve species because all animals and birds not on the ark will be wiped out:   “Take with you seven of every kind of clean animal, . . . and two of every kind of unclean animal, . . . and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.  Seven days from now . .  I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”  

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