How Satan caused the flood

Some ‘theologians’ claim that you drive, especially young people, away from Christ when you teach them about Noah’s flood.  According to them, the world-wide flood is just a myth.  Why was it a real event? 

#  What is the story behind the flood?  

In the Garden of Eden, the serpent (the devil or Satan)1 convinced Eve to disobey God and eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.  Then God prophesied to Satan in Genesis 3:15, ‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’  

#  Satan made a plan to escape his sentence.  

He would send his angels (demons) to cohabit with women so that the offspring would be of ‘mixed’ blood: human and demonic.  Genesis 6:4 tells us, ‘..the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them.’  It was a  massive demonic infiltration. 

#  The result of the mixed marriages left God with no other alternative but to judge. 

  • In Jude 6 we read God’s judgement on the demonic beings, ‘And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home – these He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.’  In God’s Kingdom, each created entity has been assigned a specific place to live.  So those demons were punished because they did what is unlawful, they married humans.
  • In Genesis 7-9 we read God’s judgement on the defiled and corrupted  ‘mixed’ race of people – the world-wide flood in Noah’s time.  
  • God could not allow His Son, Jesus the Redeemer, to be born out of mixed blood.  Jesus would save only the human race.  
  • There is no salvation for Satan and his angels.  The reason is that they were initially all part of God’s holy angelic creation that served Him.  When Satan and a third of the angels rebelled, they did it consciously.  They knew God, saw and served Him.  That fact excludes them from another chance of being saved by Jesus.  
  • Only Noah and his family of ‘pure’ blood were saved out of the flood.

#  God’s mercy in the face of judgement.

  • There is another lesson in the flood episode.  God is invisible to people.  When Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden, God walked with them in the cool of the evening.  They saw Him daily.  When they had to leave the Garden (God’s visible presence) so that they could not eat of the Tree of Life, God became invisible to people on earth.   
  • Satan who saw God, messed up his life.  God in His mercy gives people many chances because we have a disadvantage in comparison to Satan.  We ought to be very grateful for God’s special mercy and grace. 

Conclusion 

The flood teaches two things: 

  • Judgment is a fact of life. 
  • God’s mercy is an even greater fact.

Reference

1. Revelation 12:9

Does God love all people?

One often hears that God loves all people.  Yet that belief is based on a wrong interpretation of one specific verse: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.’  John 3:16  

#  Why is it not advisable to say that God loves all people?  

It is because it results in questions, like: 

  • Why is the world then in such a mess? 
  • Why doesn’t God do something about the mess?
  • Why are people then in hell?   

Our human race associates God’s love with pleasure, happiness, an easy life and no judgment for wrong doing.

#  The context of John 3:16

David Pawson (You Tube, What about John 3:16?) explains that the verses before John 3:16 explain the context.  They refer to Numbers 21:4-9 where the Israelites complained and spoke against God and Moses.  So God sent poisonous snakes that bit them and many died.  They confessed their rebellion and asked Moses to pray to God to take the snakes away.  God did not take the snakes away, but told Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole.  When anyone was bitten he/she could look at it and be saved from death.  

#  John 3:16 boils down to the following:

The bronze snake on the pole is a shadow of Jesus hanging on the Cross.  All people are born as rebels against God and it will cause us to die spiritually.  But God provided Jesus on the Cross as our only hope.  If we put our faith in Him, He forgives us and we are saved from the eternal consequences of our disobedience and rebellion.

#  The Bible’s emphasis is not on God’s love for all people.

  • Pawson says that of the 35,000 verses in the Bible, only 35 speak about God’s love.  That is about 0.01%.  God says He loves His people, the elect, those who can appreciate His love. 
  • The Bible’s emphasis is on righteousness (=morally right in God’s opinion) and none of us can make the grade.  It is Jesus’ death on the Cross where He suffered, shed His blood and died for our sins, that enables God to completely forgive us and make us righteous in His sight.  

#  At this point I can almost hear you thinking, that is simple! 

If Jesus is like the ‘bronze snake on the pole’ (the Sacrificial Lamb of God) all I need to do is look up at the Cross and ask for forgiveness of sins.  Then everything is fine.  I am righteous and ready for heaven!  Sorry to disappoint you, it isn’t quite that simple.  It is here that people run into trouble.   

#  God’s Kingdom is perfect.  

God will never accept anyone with a criminal record  (= all the sins we committed against the holy God).  Yet no-one was ever born sinless, except Jesus, the Son of God.  There is no-one who can claim he or she never offended God.  That means all people have a ‘police record’ that has to be cleared.  Only Jesus can do it.  Each person applies personally to Jesus for  forgiveness of his or her offences.  Jesus has no problem to do it, but you need to follow a certain procedure.  

#  David Pawson explains the essential procedure.

  • Repentance.  It means to acknowledge that you are on the wrong way, the broad way.  Jesus’ way is narrow, but leads straight to His eternal Kingdom. 
  • Believe.  It means to believe that Jesus died for your sins and you are forgiven. 
  • Baptism.  It means you are baptised in water as a public declaration that you died with Christ and you come out of the water raised into a new life. 
  • Receive the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the Counsellor, the Personal Life Coach if you will.  He will teach and enable you to change your old ways and prepare to live now as a citizen of God’s Kingdom.  

#  The emphasis is on how to live as a Kingdom citizen ‘now,’ not ‘then.’  

It is not as someone said, ‘My sins are forgiven, my ticket is stamped to heaven, now I can live as I want and when I die I am in Jesus’ arms.’  No, it isn’t like that at all.  God is too clever for that.  He will only allow those who are willing to serve and love Him, no matter what. 

Conclusion 

God repeatedly tests our willingness to obey the Holy Spirit.  The reason is that the Holy Spirit will be in us eternally.  That is why we ‘practice’ now to trust and obey Him.  We learn to ask His advice about our lives, jobs, decisions, et cetera.  He is God the Holy Spirit who knows all things and can help us.  So when a follower of Jesus dies, the Holy Spirit remains with him/her.  In the Revelation 21-22 phase, the Holy Spirit still works in us to honour God and Jesus in love and loyalty.

Big Water Ball vs Big Bang

There are two accounts of the origin of the earth.  One comes from the Word (the Bible), ‘But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.’ 1  That means a big ball of water at the beginning.  The other account is from the world system and it says: in the beginning the big bang just happened naturally and the earth appeared billions of years later. 

#  The difference between the two 

  • In the case of Creation by God, an intelligent Superior Mind was at work, ‘By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding He set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.’ 2  God had a goal with creation.  
  • Contrary to that, nature has no mind, no goal, no foresight and it all happened by chance. 
  • The difference between the testimony of the Word and the witness of the world is vast.  If Jesus, the Creator, was alive today, what would He say?
  • Would He be on the side of the Big Ball of Water (the size of the earth) and the six days, or would He concede that the heavens and earth developed mindlessly over billions of years? 

#  The Big Ball versus the Big Bang.

  • We intend to discuss the two versions in more detail, with reference to what we know from science.  It is important that we are confident about our Lord’s power.  
  • It would be wonderful if we could agree with the twenty-four elders in the New Jerusalem where they honour God with these words, ‘You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created.’ 3

Conclusion

The issue is, which one is true, the account of the Word or the account of the world?  We will keep you updated.

References

  1. 2 Peter 3:5  
  2. Proverbs 3:19,20  
  3. Revelation 4:11