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The details in the story of the flood are undoubtedly drawn from the experiences of the writer.
Under a downpour of rain, likened to the opening of the heavens, a destructive torrent twenty-six feet deep or deeper would easily be formed.
Of course, there are still many people that believe in the literal interpretation of these events.
However, more people are questioning their historical accuracy due to scientific reasoning, testing, and discovery.
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.
These include: Significant details & problems which some Latter-day Saints may not have thought about Many of the things which were commonly believed in the 1800s and even in the early part of the 1900s, by both LDS and non LDS people, are now being thought of as fables by many people.
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.
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.
Although many statements abound from LDS authors embracing the search for truth and knowledge no matter the source, when there is a conflict between the LDS position and science, there seems to be two ways of dealing with it: 1) Faith overrides science as this Thomas S. No true scientist will say that we have final, exact answers through scientific research; it is an ongoing, learning process.