There are some today who doubt that God flooded the entire earth killing every living soul except Noah and his family. Genesis 6:17 says, “I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die”. That is plain as it gets. God said He would flood the earth and destroy all living things on it.
That, however, is not palatable to some. Perhaps they can’t believe God would actually do it. Perhaps they can’t believe such a feat is possible in the natural world. Perhaps they believe there is not enough “scientific” evidence for it. They want to make the Bible digestible for the masses, so they say, “It was a local flood around the Black Sea.”
These believe they are performing a noble task. More people will accept the Bible if they think the flood was local instead of a cataclysmic world event. Thus, they think they are being evangelistic, performing God a service by clearing up this difficulty. However, making people believe a lie is not helping people obey God. If people can’t trust the bible for truth, they certainly won’t obey it.
Aside from not taking the Bible at its word, these “thinkers” have produced a lie in the Bible. If Genesis 6:17 was hyperbole to show how awful the sin was and how serious God’s judgment was, then Genesis 9:11 is the same exaggeration. God’s point in Genesis 9 is He will never again do what He did in Noah’s day.
He set the rainbow in the sky as a reminder of His covenant. Every time we see a rainbow we can remember God’s power in the destructive flood and His promise not to do it again. Further, we can remember He has promised to destroy the world with fire (2 Pet 3:8-13). But not if these so-called believers are correct. If they are correct, every time we see a rainbow, we are reminded God lies. If this was about local floods, God lied.
People should cease trying to make the Bible more palatable to the masses. Either accept what it says and live by it or reject it. Don’t say you accept it and then twist it to fit what you think you really can accept. In the end, you will only make God out to be a liar and yourself a fool.
Remember, God cannot and will not lie (Nu 23:19 ff; 1 Sam 15:29; Tit 1:2; Heb 6:18). To even think God can lie is an abomination. As the apostle Paul wrote, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you may be justified in your sayings, and might overcome when you are judged” (Rom 3:4).
The facts are, God did destroy the earth by flood and He does plan to destroy the earth by fire. When God says anything you can bank on it! Let’s not twist the bible in order to make it more acceptable to a faithless generation. Let’s accept the bible for what it says and live by it.