The film, ‘Noah,’ once again drew people’s attention to the Genesis flood. The Bible says the water covered the whole earth, but some people canvas that it was a local flood. That leaves us with the following perplexing questions:
- Why did the animals board the ark? In a local flood, they could have migrated to safe places.
- Why does Scripture affirm that all life outside the ark perished. It is impossible with a local flood.
- Why did God give the rainbow as a sign that He will never again destroy the whole earth by water? Surely He didn’t mean a local flood, because that happens often.
If you chop and change parts of the Bible it affects other parts. It is called The Domino Principle: the 66 books of the Bible are interconnected; they don’t stand in isolation; if you scrap one Bible truth, others begin to crumble. By the universal flood God demonstrated His intention to judge all people, not only a certain group.If the flood was local, 3 Bible truths must go:
- The White Throne Judgement must go. There is a connection between the judgement by water in the past, and judgement in the future by fire, ‘By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and the destruction of ungodly men.’ 1 If God’s judgement by water was local, why will His judgement by fire be universal? If the fire judgement will be local, many people will still be alive after the fire. The Bible says ‘the dead great and small stood before God’s throne to be judged.2 So all those who will be alive will not appear at the judgement. That means judgement cannot take place. Scrap the judgement.
- The hope of a new heaven and earth must go. If the flood was local and the fire will be local, how will the heavens and earth be totally renewed? God will bring the new out of the ashes of the old, ‘…But in keeping with His Word, we are looking forward to a new heaven and earth.’ 3 This will happen after the earth is destroyed by fire. A local flood means a local fire. Scrap the hope of an a new heaven and earth.
- Jesus as the Truth must go. Jesus said, ‘Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.’ 4 According to Jesus, all life perished, except life forms on the ark. Did Jesus lie? If He lied here, why do you expect that He talked the truth at all other times? He said He came to testify to the truth. 5 A lier cannot testify to the truth. Scrap Jesus.
- If you scrap Jesus, you scrap Him as the Creator.6 That means, scrap the Bible.
Denying the universal flood eventually leads to scrapping the whole Bible. That demonstrates the extreme danger of changing God’s Word.
Some people believe they can chop and change Scripture, but God gave us His revelation as a ‘fixed’ body of facts. He does not ask us to ‘improve’ it or ‘improvise.’ Scripture stands despite educated people’s opinions. The flood covered all the high mountains under the entire heavens. 7 The fire will also be universal. It will engulf everything and afterwards God will renew it all, beautifully prepared for His faithful, chosen followers.
- 2 Peter 3:6-7
- Revelation 20:12
- 2 Peter 3:13
- Luke 17:26-27
- John 18:37
- John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:16
- Genesis 7:19-20