ok.. so if the historical evidence doesn't support the credibility of the story.. does the message convey anything deceitful that we should also be pointing out? 1) God will reward the faithful. 2) The Ark was a picture (or type) of Rapture. 3) Obey. I guess the Deluge "myth" worked as a threat bc mankind became so wicked on earth(the lesson was that you had a choice: be bad and drown... or get stuck with your family in a strongly-smelling floating farm for a very long time!), plus it also came in handy to explain fossil seashells and whales and whatnot that were found in "weird" locations. and it also taught us That although most of the world may reject God and be completely lawless, God will provide a way of safety out of danger for his people.