The children are believed to have been trapped by a massive flood around 2000 B.C., around the time many Christians believe the biblical story of Noah and the Flood took place.
According to Chinese legend, a great flood deluged settlements, spilled over hills and mountains and even reached the heavens. It’s said that King Yu made the waters recede by constructing large ditches, and he founded China’s first dynasty, the Xia. However, no evidence of Yu or the Xia Dynasty has been uncovered.
Nonetheless, researchers have now published an Aug. 5 study in the journal Science indicating a massive flood submerged large swaths of China. The team, led by Wu Qianlong, believes an earthquake triggered a large landslide and dammed a waterway in 1920 B.C. The scientists believe 4 trillion gallons of water submerged the North China Plain. They used radiocarbon dating and soil samples to reach their conclusion.
But Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis told One News Now the new find is just the latest in a number of stories about a great flood event.
“Whether it’s the American Indians or the Fijians, Hawaiians, the Eskimos, Australian Aborigines … back to the Babylonians, there are flood legends in cultures all over the world,” Ham said. In fact, the Chinese legend is quite similar to the others.
“And this particular flood legend from China – when you read it – it talks about it was basically a global flood, the way it was described. And there was a man in particular associated with that flood,” Ham explained.
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However, scientists have not speculated that the Yellow River find may be evidence of the Flood of the Bible.
“There are thousands of feet of Flood sediment all over the globe – evidence of a catastrophic global Flood – and they’re not prepared to look at that because they’ve been indoctrinated to believe that that was laid down over millions of years,” Ham told the news site.
He argued that many in the scientific community are blinded to biblical truth.
“If the Bible’s true, it means God is Creator,” Ham said. “It means God owns us. It means we have to be in submission to him. It means he sets the rules. It means that abortion is wrong; it’s murder. It means that marriage is a man and a woman. It means that we need to receive the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.”
WND reported in 2010 when Chinese and Turkish explorers with Noah’s Ark Ministries International said they were “99.9 percent sure” they found the remnants of the legendary biblical Ark high up on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey.
The 15-member team claimed it recovered wooden specimens from a structure at an altitude of 13,000 feet and that carbon dating suggested it was 4,800 years old.
Several compartments, some with wooden beams, were said to be inside and could have been used to house animals, the group indicated.
“The search team has made the greatest discovery in history,” declared professor Oktay Belli, an archaeologist at Istanbul University. “This finding is very important and the greatest up to now.”
But at least two seasoned archaeologists who had made numerous expeditions to Mount Ararat in search of Noah’s Ark threw cold water on the claim the Old Testament vessel had finally been discovered, saying it was a hoax involving wood hauled in from the Black Sea region.
“To make a long story short: This is all reported to be a fake,” said Randall Price, director of Judaic Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
“This is not Noah’s Ark,” adds Bob Cornuke of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration Institute. “This is a fake. It’s a fraud and it’s of the highest caliber according to what I can assess from the evidence and talking to eyewitnesses and people from Turkey.”