According to the Bible, about 4-6 thousand years ago, the world became increasingly wicked. Genesis 6:5,11,12 states:
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….
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
What was it that caused God to conclude that the wickedness of humankind was great and that their heart was evil continually?
Genesis 6:1,2,4 gives the reason as:
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose….. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Many evangelical theologians, when asked about Genesis 6:1,2, 4 obfuscate or throw up their hands and say beats me.Other theologians suggest that the reason God came to the conclusion he did was because fallen angels were having sexual intercourse with human women and the result was half angel/half human children. These children were considered giants, mighty men, men of renown.
Because of the wickedness of humankind, God decided to kill every living human being. God was sorry that he ever created humankind. In fact it grieved his heart. (Genesis 6:6)
God’s earth annihilation plan was simple:
And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. (Genesis 6:7)
God had a human restocking plan. He could have just started completely over, but he decided to save eight people from the destruction that was going to take place in 120 years. Who were the humans that God saved?
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 6:8-10)
And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. (Genesis 7:7)
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (1 Peter 3:19)
For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; (2 Peter 2:4,5)
God saved Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their three wives. 2+3+3=8 Out of the millions of people on the face of the earth God only saved eight. I wonder what happened to the children of Noah’s sons? I suppose they all could have been sterile or their wives barren but that doesn’t seem to make much sense. The logical answer is that God killed Noah’s grandchildren in the flood.
I am often told that the Christian God is a God of love. The proof of this is that God has not yet killed me. Of course this could be proof instead that God doesn’t exist. I certainly see things in the Bible that say to me that the Christian God is a God of love, but when I come to passages of scripture like Genesis 6-9 I am hard pressed to find any evidence of God’s love.
A common, natural reading of the passage in question causes me to conclude that the God of love killed everyone on the face of the earth, save eight, because, well, because he could. Out of millions of people God could only find eight people worthy of dry accommodations on the Ark. I know some grace-happy evangelist for the Christian faith is going to remind me that no one deserved saving and Noah and his family were saved because of God’s grace. Why then does the Bible tell us Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations? Would it not have been better to say that Noah was just as wicked as everyone else but God, according to his matchless mercy and grace, decided to save Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives?
There is an interesting subplot or two in this story. After God successfully killed everyone he established his covenant with Noah, his descendants, and all the animals. Genesis 9:9,10 says:
And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
Most of the sermons preached on this subject stress that God established his covenant with Noah. Most preachers leave out that God also established his covenant with animals. I would think that Bible believing Christians would be at the forefront of the animal rights movement. I wonder if God approves of animals being inhumanely treated in factory farms or do the benefits of the covenant only apply to human beings?
According to the Bible, we are all descendants of Noah. As his seed, God gave us several explicit commands:
Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. (Genesis 9:6,7)
Don’t shed the blood of other human beings and make lots of babies. Ponder for moment the fact that most Christians live in direct contradiction to these two commands. In Jesus loving America, Christians overwhelmingly support the murderous wars our nation is currently involved in and most Christian women use birth control. Forget the 635 laws of the Mosaic covenant. Forget the laws of the New Testament. Christians explicitly ignore the first two commands God gave the human race after the divine reboot. Christians like to remind me that God can do what he wants. Since God is in complete control of all things, it seems proper that Christians would obey these two commands without any hesitation.
Surely God can keep our nation from being attacked by terrorists or a hostile country. If he can kill millions of people in a flood surely he can keep the Chinese from nuking us. Since God opens and shuts the womb, I don’t understand why Christian women use birth control. It seems to me that God will give them the exact number of children he wants them to have and by using birth control they are usurping the will of God for their life.
There is another passage in this story that many people find quite strange.
And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without. And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father’s nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. (Genesis 9:18-25)
This is another passage that pastors and theologians tend to ignore or explain away. Granted, we are not not given enough details to make a sure interpretation, but I would like to venture a guess anyway. Here is how I see it: Noah got drunk and Ham went into his father’s tent and committed a sexual act with his drunk father. Some theologians suggest that all that happened here was that Ham saw his father naked. Why then does the Bible say Noah knew what his younger son had DONE unto him? Whatever Ham did, Noah was able to SEE what he had done. Surely Noah, one of the men in the Hebrews 11 hall of faith, a man lionized in countless Sunday school lessons, couldn’t have had homosexual sex with his son, right? I wonder what God thought of this?
Let’s return now to the main thrust of the Genesis 6-9 story. God made up his mind to kill everyone on the face of the earth besides Noah,his wife, his three sons and their wives. He told Noah to build an ark to house Noah, his family, and the animals God intended to save.
For 120 years, Noah faithfully built the ark. When the ark was completed God supernaturally called all of the animals into the ark, Then God told Noah and his family to enter the ark. Once they entered the ark God shut them in. (Genesis 7:16) After everyone God intended to save was in the ark, God caused the earth to be deluged with water. For 40 days it rained until the water was over 20 feet higher than the highest mountain.
The Bible gives an explicit accounting of what happened to those left outside the ark:
And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. (Genesis 7:21-23)
Millions of people, millions of animals perished in the flood. Think for a moment about who died. I often use this story to illustrate the fact that God is not pro-life. I am told time and again by Evangelical Christians that life begins at fertilization and that killing the fetus is murder. I wonder if ANY of the women killed in the flood were pregnant? Out of all the women who perished in the flood, is it reasonable to think that NONE of them were pregnant? Of course not. So, I conclude that God killed pregnant women in the flood. God also killed children and the mentally handicapped. So much for God being pro-life.
I can hear the keys clacking on the keyboards of apologists for the Christian God. They are typing long, Bible verse laden, defenses of their murderous God. Here’s what they will likely say:
- God is God so he can do what he wants.
- God is omniscient so he knows what future choices people will make and how their lives will turn out. God killed them with that in mind.
- God, as creator, has a right to do what he will with his creation.
The Apostle Paul was dealing with some Bruce Gerencser’s in his day when he said:
For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? (Romans 9:17-20)
It is clear to me that God is quite schizophrenic when it comes to his love. Genesis 6-9 shows that God is a God of judgment and wrath who kills those who disobey him. He saved eight out of the millions he killed. Christians get all grace happy when they see this. Oh what mercy, oh what love, to save eight who didn’t deserve to be saved. This is the same argument that is used when the news reports a plane crash where ninety-nine people died and one person was saved. Humanity is supposed to break out in song, singing What a Mighty God we Serve, every time God saves 1% of the people on a plane that crashes. Surely we can come up with a deity that has a better saving average than the Christian God?
The Old Testament continues to be a big problem for modern Christians. The God of mercy and compassion has demonstrated through his recorded actions that he is a capricious and vindictive deity. How do Christians comes to terms with the fact that they worship a God that is quite willing to wipe everyone off the face of the earth? Quite simple…they ignore this God or pretend he doesn’t exist. They have a pick and choose Christianity. They believe what they want to believe and ignore the rest.
I have asked numerous Christians to explain the love of God in light of Genesis 6-9. I have yet to hear an explanation that doesn’t sound like excuse making for God. Years ago, I remember seeing a Calvinistic tract about Noah and the flood. There was a picture of Noah’s ark on the front of the tract. On the side of the ark was a life saver that said Smile, God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life. Cruel, to be sure. Hard and heartless, as Calvinism can be.The Calvinist has an easy explanation for Genesis 6-9. The people who died in the flood were not the elect. According to Calvinism, God decreed before the world was created to save certain people. Before any human being was ever created God decided who would and would not be saved.Those who died in the flood were not those God purposed to save.They NEVER had a chance. They were dead before they were ever born.
I want to conclude this post by asking you to think about HOW the people God killed in the flood died. God could have, in a moment, caused every human being to drop dead. According to the Bible, he has the power to do so. Instead, God drowned everyone. Imagine the last 40 days on earth. It began to rain and after a few days flooding was a big problem. Those who could flee ran to higher ground . Frantic to avoid a horrible death, they climbed higher and higher. Finally, they ran out of ground and God had them right where he wanted them. As they held their heads high and gasped for air, God allowed the water to rise above their heads and he drowned the last human beings outside the ark.
God was the original water-boarder. The only difference is that everyone he tortured died.