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Q: Do you believe in the flood and Noah's Ark? Answer: The story of the flood is found in Genesis. According to the account, God saw the.
Table of contents
- How should we interpret the Genesis flood account?
- First Century Theology
- The Flood - can we believe it?
- Why Are Creation and the Flood Important?
If the Genesis flood were local, why didn't God just sent Noah and his family packing. Once they were out of the Mesopotamian flood plain, God could have judged the unrighteous without making Noah go to all the trouble of building a huge ark. It is true that God could have done this, although there are some good biblical reasons why He chose not to do so. Why did God make the Israelites march around Jericho for seven days prior to the wall falling down? Why did God make the Israelite look upon the bronze serpent to be healed of snake bite in the wilderness? Why did Jesus make the blind man go to the Pool of Siloam to heal his blindness?
Were any of these things actually required for God to do His work? God could have just wiped out all the evil people in the world, as He did later to the all the Egyptians' first-born. Maybe God had good reasons for Noah to build the ark? God has a purpose for each person of faith to join Him in preaching His message. God's plan will be accomplished regardless of our participation in it. However, God gives obedient humans the privilege of participating in God's plans. Likewise, God had a plan for Noah, part of which was for him and his sons to demonstrate their commitment and perseverance to the Lord.
One will notice in the judgments that God renders, He almost always gives a warning to those who are being judged. For example, God sent angels to Sodom before it was to be destroyed, 15 sent Jonah to Nineveh to warn them of the judgment to come, 16 and will send two prophets to warn the people of the earth of the final judgment.
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The New Testament states this idea directly, since it says that Noah was a "preacher of righteousness":. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness , with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 2 Peter 2: If God had told Noah to just migrate away from the flood area, the people would not have been warned of the impending judgment. Ultimately, they were without excuse in their rebellion against God, since the impending judgment was proclaimed to them for years before it happened.
Likewise, God will send two preachers for days prior to the ultimate judgment of God. What about the Genesis 9: If the flood was local, did God lie, since floods have destroyed local areas since the Genesis flood. The first part of the verse is a promise not to exercise universal judgment by means of a flood, "all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood. It wasn't until God confused the languages Genesis 11 that people began to spread over the earth.
So, God promised to never again execute universal judgment of humans by means of a flood.
How should we interpret the Genesis flood account?
The second part, "never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth" can be explained by other verses found in the Genesis flood account. The passage in this instance refers to the people of the earth, since planet earth itself was not corrupt. Ultimately, even if the flood were global, it did not "destroy the earth," but just the people on the earth. As stated above , "people" is often understood from the Hebrew word erets. If the Flood was local, why would birds have been sent on board? They could simply have flown to a nearby mountain range.
Most birds other than a few migratory birds have a very localized territory. They would have been killed in the local flood, since they are not designed to fly long distances. Certainly archaeopteryx was not a strong flyer. Hummingbirds would drop dead in 20 minutes or less. One thing that you will notice when there is a strong rain is that birds do not fly.
First Century Theology
Flying in heavy rain is not easy. They would have sat on their perches until the water drowned them. Some animals are indigenous only to the Mesopotamian area. More importantly, it would have taken hundreds of years longer to replace the fauna if everything had been wiped out and had to migrate back in. In addition, Noah would have had a huge problem replacing his herds.
Didn't the flood cover the highest mountains? The Hebrew word "har," translated "mountains," occurs times in the Old Testament. In instances, the word is translated "hill" or "hills" or "hill country". In Genesis, it is translated "hill" in 10 out of 19 occurrences.
Of course, 4 out of 9 times that it is translated as "mountain" is in the flood passage the translators were wearing their global glasses when they did that translation! In every instance in Genesis, the text could be translated "hill". Since no specific mountain range is mentioned in this verse, it is likely that the word refers to the hills that Noah could see. This paper has shown that the Bible declares the Genesis flood to be local in extent, though universal in its judgment of humans with the exception of Noah and his family. The evidence presented here is purely biblical, although a strong case could also be given for extra-biblical reasons.
A global interpretation of the Genesis flood requires that certain non-flood-related verses of the Bible contradict each other. In addition, a global interpretation of the Genesis flood would require the Genesis text to contradict itself. They may wish to avoid controversy or involvement in unfamiliar scientific topics.
They may have only a vague understanding of the flood. Major consequences of the flood have been incorrectly interpreted as supporting evolution. They may not realize that evolution 1 is scientifically bankrupt, 2 is a major stumbling block for countless nonbelievers, and 3 has caused many children raised in Christian homes to later reject their faith, feel their parents misled them, or view church as irrelevant.
This is Position 3. Other people know how foundational Genesis 1—11 is to the entire Bible. Genesis 1—11 tells of the creation, fall, and flood—three of the most significant events of all time. Every New Testament writer and many Old Testament writers refer to those chapters. Jesus Christ also spoke of events described in each of the first seven chapters of Genesis. If Christ was mistaken about ancient history, why should we believe Him when He speaks of eternity? If Genesis 1—11 is in error, then many other portions of the Bible that refer to those chapters are equally wrong, opening the door to differing interpretations of the entire Bible and a comfortable, pick-and-choose view of Scripture.
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Also, if there is no such thing as sin—or a Creator—there are no moral absolutes. These are scary thoughts for countless Christians. Some search for ways to reinterpret the Bible to harmonize it with evolution. Preserving image and intellectual respectability is important, and scientific answers may seem more credible and objective than various theological positions.
Others who have great confidence in and knowledge of the Bible know that these Bible reinterpretations produce more contradictions than they resolve. Churches strive for internal harmony; raising the origins issue could bring disharmony, even church splits. Therefore, many church leaders, unaware that the science is clearly on their side, avoid the origins issue, even if evangelism suffers.
They hold Position 4. Finally, those holding Positions 2 and 5 are examining the evidence. Most are surprised and excited by what they are learning. Hundreds of topics and scientific discoveries supporting creation and the flood fascinate most people and are easy to discuss, even with strangers. In effect, this becomes a powerful pre-evangelistic tool.
The Flood - can we believe it?
While no one has all the answers concerning origins, be assured that the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly consistent with Genesis 1—11 and opposes evolution. In fact, it is extremely difficult to find any knowledgeable evolutionist willing to debate the issue—orally or in writing—with someone who understands this evidence.
Most Christians feel the responsibility to evangelize—to take seriously the great commission. The event of the Biblical Flood was so immense, few will believe it.
Why Are Creation and the Flood Important?
How can the earth have experienced a catastrophic event on such a scale! It seems impossible today. The world is stable, and we have few natural disasters that could pose a threat to millions of people. Such a worldwide flood seems impossible.
And so we base our opinion on our limited lifespan and its limited experiences, and we turn away from Biblical Truth. If we are to believe the Bible we must be sure.