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.
Joseph Smith and other prophets have made statements that indicated that certain Biblical events were indeed historical and not merely parables.
The writer of Genesis made a faithful report of the facts known to him concerning the flood.
In other localities the depth of the water might have been more or less.
12) This flood was the baptism of the earth; before it occurred the land was all in one place, a condition that will again prevail during the millennial era. We set up assumptions, based upon our best knowledge, but can go no further.
We should remember that when inspired writers deal with historical incidents they relate that which they have seen or that which may have been told them, unless indeed the past is opened to them by revelation.
Some believing, educated saints realize that the global flood story of Noah isn't likely literally true.
They say that the early LDS prophets may have taught that but the current ones don't so it's perfectly fine to not believe in the story of Noah as a global flood.The Articles of Faith teach us that the Lord "will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God" (A of F 1:9).Some say that God gives to His children as needed, and that it is not important that He gives all of the answers to man because they must work out their own understanding by study and by faith.However, the issue isn't so much that God doesn't reveal all truth, but that so many early church leaders taught (and still teach) as truth things that are wrong.For a people so interested in truth, and a church that is run by prophets that receive God's word, how could that happen? And, according to Joseph Smith, when one embraces truth, "the shackles of superstition, bigotry, ignorance, and priestcraft, fall at once from his neck; and his eyes are opened to see the truth." The modern-day LDS Church rarely gives definitive statements on many scientific topics that the earlier prophets previously taught as gospel, but some are clearly still taught as literal events today such as the Great Flood and the Tower of Babel, which are also supported by LDS scripture.