Matthew R. Perry

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A Global Flood Resounds a Gospel Message (Introduction)

In biblical creationism, Evolution, global flood, Humanism, Noah on February 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm

You would be surprised at how controversial this biblical event is among those who claim to be Christians. But did you realize that every ancient culture in biblical times had a story about a widespread flood? Dr. Duane Gish in his book Dinosaurs by Design said that there are 270 such stories, most of which share a common theme and common characters. Even flood legends in China where Fuhi, his wife, and three sons and three daughters escaped a flood, leaving them the only ones alive on earth. A similar story even comes from Hawaii. (For more about this, read this article.)

Yet many disagree as to whether this really happened. Many in our schools who hold to Darwinism (and scientists such as Carl Sagan) not only believe the earth is eternal, but also believe that everything existed as it always has with no cataclysmic interruptions (known as utilitarianism). Therefore, to believe in this, they say, is to believe in a fairy tale. Darwinism and their man-made theories seem to them much more plausible.

Even though many inside and outside the church many question whether the flood happened and whether there was a literal ark to hold every kind of animal, many inside and outside the church may (if that first issue is resolved) question its relevance today. Sure, it makes a nice story—many pieces of children’s literature tell us to “be good like Noah” who is sitting on a tiny little boat with a few animals. It really misses the entire point of this event and even makes Christians wonder if there is any purpose to this.

This global flood resounds a global message—a gospel message. This is a worldwide flood delivering a worldwide judgment of God. By rejecting this account, you reject a vivid and vibrant picture of the urgent need for seeing our sin and its consequences, but also the great mercy and deliverance God provided. This, in essence, is the gospel. And I pray that you walk out of here seeing the goodness and mercy of our God who provides mercy, deliverance, and even Himself. And I pray that you will also see the great and devastating consequences of what happens when you reject and rebel against His Word.

Read with me if you will Genesis 6:5-14:

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. [6] And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. [7] So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” [8] But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

[9] These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. [10] And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

[11] Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. [12] And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. [13] And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. [14] Make yourself an ark of gopher wood.

(Tomorrow: The Global Flood Shows the Epitome of Evil!)