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For a people so interested in truth, and a church that is run by prophets that receive God's word, how could that happen?
Introduction Member beliefs Problem summary Noah's Ark Tower of Babel Sun's light from Kolob Dinosaurs Age of the Earth Evolution didn't happen Adam & Eve 1st humans Other Bible stories Church's response Critics' summary Editor's comments What most LDS have been taught in church and believe as truth The leaders of the church, as well as gospel doctrine teachers the world over, have taught that many Biblical events and beliefs that people have had for centuries are indeed true, historical events.
They rely upon geological considerations and theories that postulate it would be impossible for a flood to cover earth's highest mountains, that the geologic evidence (primarily in the fields of stratigraphy and sedimentation) does not indicate a worldwide flood occurred any time during the earth's existence.
There is a third group of people—those who accept the literal message of the Bible regarding Noah, the ark, and the Deluge. In spite of the world's arguments against the historicity of the Flood, and despite the supposed lack of geologic evidence, we Latter-day Saints believe that Noah was an actual man, a prophet of God, who preached repentance and raised a voice of warning, built an ark, gathered his family and a host of animals onto the ark, and floated safely away as waters covered the entire earth.
Joseph Smith and other prophets have made statements that indicated that certain Biblical events were indeed historical and not merely parables.
Many of these Biblical traditions were believed as literal events by most of the general population in the 1800s as well.
This isn’t Porg in the passenger seat in the Millennium Falcon.
This year, they made a stop in the tiny island community of Saint Michael.
The LDS church teaches that the flood of Noah was a literal global and worldwide event, and that the flood was the Earth's baptism.
Some believing, educated saints realize that the global flood story of Noah isn't likely literally true.
Yet these people do not believe in a worldwide or global flood.
Both of these groups—those who totally deny the historicity of Noah and the Flood and those who accept parts of the story—are persuaded in their disbelief by the way they interpret modern science.