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God's strange act

This page is very much a work in progress. Even though it is neither complete nor polished, I am putting it up as I progress on this page.

Objection: "The God of the Bible is a violent, bloodthirsty, God."

Case 1: The Genesis Flood
Why would a loving God destroy all the people and animals He created except for the few which were saved in the ark according to the Bible?

(Please note: It is not my intent here to answer to the scientific feasibility of the Genesis flood.)

First, let's look at what the book of Genesis has to say about why God sent the flood:

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." Gen 6:5-6

"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth." Gen 6:13

The Biblical record reveals that the people of Earth had become very corrupt. Wanton murder, torment, neglect, and abuse were rampant. The Golden Rule to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you," or more simply to just "be nice" though not necessarily forgotten, was probably only practiced when considered expedient. God, and those who expressed any inclination to follow Him, likely became public objects of contempt, derision, and sometimes outright brutal hostility. Selfishness was the ruling power of the day, and very feeble were the attempts to surmount this trait and strive for something better. The desire for a relationship with the Creator was nearly obliterated from the human race, and interpersonal relationships had themselves become brutal. The world had become a perpetual cauldron of woe, and drastic action was called for.

For this cause, God sent the flood. During the long years that Noah, his family, and hired workers were building the ark, Noah preached to the people, urging them to turn back to God (2 Peter 2:5), and to enter the ark to escape the pending destruction. The people had plenty of opportunity to turn to God. God does not delight in the destruction of anybody (Ezekiel 33:11). It is called His strange act (Isaiah 28:11).

It is true that there was a great deal of suffering and destruction during the flood, but the seed of humanity and of the various basic kinds of animals was preserved. Taking the Biblical account to be true, if God had exercised the kind of "mercy" that critics say a good God "should" have exercised, it is probably doubtful that there would be anyone alive on our planet today.

Page added: 2009.02.22
Last modified: 2012.04.15

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