In 2 Peter 3: 5-6 we are reminded of that which mankind desires to forget: that is, that God made the heavens and earth with its water, and by that water the world was cataclysthized, destroying the surface of the earth and all living, breathing creatures.
The Flood was sent because of universal total human depravity, with extreme violence toward others, which warranted severe punishment.
Local Flood Theories Many scholars, if they believe in a flood at all, contend that it was a local event and happened as long as 100,000 years ago.
They base this view on scientific data which seemingly presents insurmountable problems for a universal flood.
In addition to the Bible, many very early historical records also document this Flood... It was a worldwide cataclysmic Flood sent by God to destroy all living things except for eight people who survived on the Ark.
With the stupendous weight of new runoff water on the earth's mantle, mountains were uplifted.
Today the continents and highest mountains are covered with sea fossils.
Both biblical and extrabiblical literature, being eyewitness accounts, should control the dating, with secondary importance given to scientific opinions, and sophisticated radiometric dating techniques.
The Hebrew word is the word for "flood" used throughout Genesis 6-9.