4 Aspects about God the ‘murderer’

The narrative of the flood of Noah in the Old Testament takes up roughly 44,7% of Tree of life, aGenesis 1-11, which is the general introduction to the Bible. So it shows that God regards the flood and its message as very important.

 

The flood is controversial. Apparently some famous atheist said, ‘God cannot tell me how to raise my kids when He drowned His.’ Is that a valid accusation? Did the flood generation know about God and His standards of living?

  • Yes, they did. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all people after them received this innate knowledge (conscience). They knew what was good and what was evil, but chose to do only evil all the time.1
  • Before the flood there were people who walked with God. Enoch and Noah each had a close relationship with Him.2 So what God perceives as good conduct was not a mystery. It was general knowledge.

4 Aspects to consider when God is accused that He drowned His children:

  1. The people had enough time to mend their ways. It took Noah about 70-120 years to build the ark. During that time he must have been the butt of many jokes. People had plenty of time to think about what he explained to them. That is why Noah is described as a preacher of righteousness.3
  2. God held people corporately responsible at that time. The Bible does not mention that Noah’s three sons were righteous. Noah was righteous and, as head of the family, his wife, sons and their wives were included in the ark. So if children under the age of accountability were drowned in the flood, the fathers were responsible.
  3. People who accuse God of murder condone criminals. ‘The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.’ It was no doubt a society filled with cheats, murderers, liars, the immoral, addicted, perverse, et cetera.
  4. God was grieved that He made man. It fills God’s heart with pain when people are abused, defrauded, mutilated, murdered, et cetera. He wants societies to love Him, their families and their neighbours, because then they will live in peace. Yet God never forces His will on people. He created them with a free will. So God leaves it to them to choose to reject Him or obey Him, but their choices have implications of rewards or punishment.

 

People who want to judge God for the flood, should speak from experience. If they live in countries with good law enforcement, they should rather not talk.They should go and live in a lawless country where fathers rape their helpless children and women are treated like dirt.Then they can decide if abuse in society should be condoned. Until then, it would help to carefully study God’s revelation in the 66 books to get to know His character.

 

References

  1. Genesis 6:5
  2. Genesis 5:24 & 6:9
  3. 2 Peter 2:5
  4. Genesis 6:5

 

 

 

Author: Gerard and Alida

As you can see in the photo, there are two of us. We live and work together 24/7, studying and enjoying our grandchildren. Our passion is to know and understand what will happen after death. Is there a way to provide for and invest in that?

2 thoughts on “4 Aspects about God the ‘murderer’”

  1. I was thinking if GOD will make all things new after this old heaven and earth pass away, then why not make it earlier before HE created man who eventually fallen into sin which leads them suffer? I was wondering why GOD would not make the decision that all people be sinless at the beginning at all times so we all don’t need to risk hell and go to heaven in the hard way. Free will given for us to choose whether to serve GOD or Satan. But there isn’t really free will in heaven anyway. I do believe it could be for the glory of GOD for us to be a chosen generation. Many people go to hell other than heaven. It is SAD.

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    1. You are an angel. Thank you, thank you for giving us the opportunity to explain why the Bible is the most wonderful, reasonable and rational book there is.

      Please remember that we have the Bible, the revelation from God, precisely because Adam did not obey. If Adam obeyed, we would all have been sinless and perfect, and would all have been saved. There would be no need for the Bible.

      For a successful eternal Kingdom, it is necessary that the citizens love their King, the Almighty Father. God will never create beings (angels or people) as robots who are programmed to obey Him. Even the angels were created with free will. That is why ‘that ancient serpent, the devil or Satan’ (Revelation12:9) could become proud and decide to rebel against God (Isaiah 14:12-15 & Ezekiel 28:15-17). God also thoroughly ‘screens’ or tests us. It is because eternity is very long and He does not want traitors like the devil, or Judas with Him.

      You mention that there is no free will in heaven. It is because of God’s brilliant principle, what we call the Concrete Principle. Note that all the angels had a free will. Then the devil and some angels chose against God. They are now ‘fixated’ in their opposition and hell was prepared for them (Matthew 25:41). The loyal angels are also ‘fixated’ and are now called the holy angels (Mark 8:38). That is because they were tested and they proved that they were either dependable or not. The same happens with people, here on earth. We choose. Our choices are cast in concrete, and remain. On the new earth our love for God will be ‘ingrained’.

      We will discuss Guy Harrison’s 50 Simple Questions to Every Christian. In one of the blogs we will discuss one of God’s unique miracles: He combined justice and mercy in such a way that nobody can accuse Him that He is unrighteous. It is fantastic and no religion has it (remember we don’t have a religion, we have reality). Don’t miss it, it is dynamite.

      One of the accusations against God is that He is unjust to send people to eternal hell because they rejected Him. Yet they do not explain why they do not make use of God’s way out: Jesus can save them from the coming wrath (1 Thessalonians 1:10). God wants all people to be saved, so it is vey painful to Him that they refuse His offer. Unfortunately He will not override a person’s free will. He gives them what they want: to pay the wages of sin themselves, instead of letting Jesus do it.

      If you have more questions, please write. We appreciate it. Blessings.

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