Within the Christian church there are many different denominations and interpretations of Scripture. Everyone believes their denominational beliefs are the right ones and that others are wrong. Generally, I won’t argue these denominational beliefs unless I see them as a direct contradiction to Scripture. In these cases, I will side with Scripture and if it makes any difference, I do not belong to any major Christian denomination for that very reason and have always attended non-denominational churches.
This week, we received an email from a French Canadian who has some views of Scripture that I found to be rather troubling and compromising that I thought them worth addressing. But please understand that I am not attacking any specific denominational view in my response.
From: Serge N
The flood were only in Mesopotamy for many reasons.
The flood water was to irradicated the giants, who were the children of Sons of God and womem. They were in rebellion with God. The fire flood, as the NT did talk, were the burn the adultary Jerusalem and habitants in the first century. Jews were in rebellion with God and they kill the Messiah.
Others things to considered, is that the heavenly Parrousia of Christ were accomplish in year 70. The word (kosmos) in the Bible was related to the convenant of God and his people. Paul did say that all creatures did heard the words of Christ. It was done in the first century by Paul.
So, Genesis is a convenant with Adam, etc… The earth was already exist since a very long time. The creation of the book of Genesis is the creation of a garden in Mesopotamy region (area)
Theologian and psychologian.
Québec in Canada.
Sorry, i usually write in french
Serge, thank you writing us with your comments. I wish to address several of your comments in hopes of clarifying what Scripture says.
I strongly disagree with your statement that the earth already existed for a very long time. There is nothing in Scripture to support such a statement. Since we have posted over 500 articles on the age of the earth, I highly urge you to check some of them out. One article in particular I would like to draw your attention to is God’s Covenant With Day And Night.
Secondly, we have no idea where the Garden of Eden or any of the earthly locations were prior to the Flood. 2 Peter 3:6 tells us that the world that then existed perished. It was utterly and completely destroyed. Many creation geologists and others also believe that the continents split apart during the Flood and that the continental placement after the Flood was very different than that prior to the Flood.
As for as places and rivers having the same names before and after the Flood, that does not mean they are the same places and rivers. Noah and his sons would have used names they were familiar with to name new places on a changed earth after they got off the Ark. Just like the earlier pioneers that came from Europe to North America naming rivers and places after those they knew from their homelands. For instance, New Jersey was named for Jersey, England. In Kentucky, where I currently live, we have London, Paris and Florence, all named for cities in Europe.
Secondly, the Flood covered the entire earth, not just one area or region. The Hebrew terminology is clear and concise that the author of Genesis was conveying that the Flood was all inclusive of the entire globe. In Genesis 7:19-20 it describes the waters of the Flood prevailing mightily over the earth and ALL the high mountains under the whole of heaven. If God had wanted to convey to us that the Flood only wiped out a local area, there were other Hebrew terms that could have been used to convey that. Instead, the words chosen mean exactly what we read them to be in English.
In verses 21-24, God makes it perfectly clear that ALL life on earth that breathed through their nostrils was destroyed, including mankind. There is nothing in the text to indicate that only local life was destroyed and other life elsewhere survived.
The only way possible to interpret the Flood, as being local and not global, would be to bring in outside fallible information with which to compromise what Genesis says. This brings me to another point and that is the authority of Scripture. When it comes to the Bible, there are only two options. You either accept it for what it claims to be, the inerrant and infallible Word of God, or you reject the entire thing as nothing but fiction. Since the Bible claims to be the Word of God, and God’s character does not allow Him to lie, every word of Scripture has to be taken as truth.
If you reject just one word of the Bible, then you basically declare that God is a liar and cannot be trusted. If that is true, then how can you trust anything the Bible says about Jesus Christ, His life, teachings, death on the cross, resurrection and promise of eternal life?
You mention the word ‘cosmos’ and seem to interpret it as referring to a covenant between God and His people. I agree that God had a covenant with His creation and later established a covenant with His people, but I have to disagree that this is what the word cosmos is referring to. The Greek word cosmos translates to the known universe and everything within it. When used in Romans 8:22-23, cosmos clearly refers to the whole of creation – heaven, earth and everything therein.
In conclusion, the only way possible for anyone to work in long ages and the idea of a local flood is to use man’s fallible ideas and theories to reinterpret God’s infallible and inerrant Word. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather place my trust and hope in eternal salvation in the God who made the ultimate sacrifice for me and you, rather than put it in the fallible and often changing ideas of errant and finite men.
I pray that you and everyone that reads this understands the necessity of accepting God at His Word instead of trying to make it say something we want it to say regardless of what it really says.
Jason Lisle, Ph.D.
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