Poster jws made the same point I always make on the flood. It is one of the central things that woke me up. Either there miracles and the flood was not needed or the flood didn't happen.
god wanted Noah to build a boat that was seaworthy for a year and could withstand the intense forces involved in the flood. So, one of two things happened, Noah built this type of boat or god used a miracle to protect the boat when rain and springs of water flooded the entire earth and covered even Mt. Everest. If it was a miracle then why spend 40 years building the ark instead of dedicating 40 years to finding children or orphans who could be taught right from wrong and saved.
Noah was told to gather all the animals by 2's or 7's and then these animals survived a year in dark cramped and closed spaces without disease or death and walked out of the ark and proceeded on a long journey all on their own with no help. Or god again used miracles to protect tree's now living on earth that are older than the flood, protect coral reefs, protect all vegetation, protect ocean mammals, and god used miracles to get the animals back where they belong. If it was a miracle then why kill all the animals anyways? Just miraculously save them.
If so many miracles were needed then why would god choose to drown an entire world using miracle after miracle along the way? Couldn't an Omnipotent god just blink and 'dissapear' all the people and buildings from existence? No need to have dead bodies, Omnipotence means you could just decide that all people are vanished as well as their civilizations. Easier than all the miracles that the flood requires. Plus, god supposedly felt bad for doing this and then promised not to do it again... God can't think ahead?
The only excuse left for a religious person or a JW is to say that it was a good lesson for us today. It shows that god has a pattern of destroying the wicked and saving the righteous. Except based on the bible that is not what happened.
Genesis 6:11-21 should be read. The key parts to notice, Genesis 6:15 god sets the dimensions of the ark prior to the preaching work Paul says Noah did. From the very start Genesis 6:18 says god made a covenant with Noah and his sons alone. So the ark was built to dimensions set by god that would hold Noah and his family and the animals. The ark had no room on it for righteous repenters or innocents. So any "preaching" work would have actually just been Noah telling everyone they were about to die. He couldn't offer them a spot on the ark. God made a covenant with HIM alone. Now, does anyone believe that there were NO orphans or street kids who could have been taught about this god and chosen to be good? Kids are gullible. You could easily take a starving child and offer shelter and teach them about god and his flood and thereby have more workers for the ark and save lives. Not to mention that it makes absolutely no sense at all to think that there were only 8 people on the entire earth who were decent.
So, in conclusion we have a story that could only have happened with numerous miracles, and if so then why not just use your miracle power to do this all cleaner and kinder for the animals and planet? Also, it can't serve as a lesson of a loving god who saves the righteous since god made no such provision for the people on earth who were not bad.
The last thing a JW could say is that god can ressurect good people. But, if god executed divine judgement on these people then they would not get a resurrection. To give them a resurrection acknowledges that god killed innocent ones which is wrong and immoral.
It's a lie or a fable, take your pick.