4 Bible truths about a local or world wide flood

The film, ‘Noah,’ once again drew people’s attention to the Genesis flood. Local floodThe 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If you scrap Jesus, you scrap Him as the Creator.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.

 

Conclusion

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.

 

References

  1. 2 Peter 3:6-7
  2. Revelation 20:12
  3. 2 Peter 3:13
  4. Luke 17:26-27
  5. John 18:37
  6. John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2, Colossians 1:16
  7. Genesis 7:19-20

Comments create confusion about the film ‘Noah’

Clever detour in NoahIn this blog, we want to show you some deceptive reports about the film ‘Noah.’ Do not be deceived by these comments. The film’s only connections to the Bible, are the name Noah, his three sons, that there was an ark and a world-wide flood.

 

  • The president of the National Religious Broadcasters stated that the Noah film includes “major biblical themes” including “sin, judgment, righteousness, and God as Creator.” 1  If anybody has to judge from the film that the Creator is righteous, then one can probably conceive that Adolf Hitler was an angel in disguise, saving thousands in secret.

 

  • ‘The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.’ 2 This is another lie. The Noah film of Aronofsky might be a cornerstone of faith for the Watchers, but surely not to people who believe that the Bible is a book of truth that tells us what God is like, and what faith entails.

 

  • Producer Scott Franklin told Entertainment Weekly, “Noah is a very short section of the Bible with a lot of gaps, so we definitely had to take some creative expression in it. But I think we stayed very true to the story and didn’t really deviate from the Bible, despite the six-armed angels.” 3  He should have continued… despite the six-armed angels, Noah’s ungodly character, the incense to put the animals to sleep, the evolution time line as creation story and other strange things.

 

When so much money is spent on the ‘least Biblical Biblical film ever made’ (said by Darren Aronofsky), one must know there is a snake in the grass. At the end of the film, Ila (Shem’s wife) makes Noah understand that ‘God’ left humanity’s fate in his hands. So the message is that man decides, not God. All is settled, man is the judge. No one need fear God’s judgment. Is it meant to bring hope for atheists that there will be no final judgement? ‘God’ gave it to man to decide man’s fate. What a delusion!

 

Conclusion: The film is an excellent example of how commentators, secular and supposedly Biblical, can deceive the public about the ‘value’ of a film.

 

References

  1. Warren Cole Smith (25 February 2014). “Signs and Wonders: Noah needs ‘based on a true story’ disclaimer”. WORLD. Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  2. Hinton, Carla (29 March 2014). “Flood of imagery: ‘Noah’ movie goes beyond familiar Sunday school Bible story” (in English). News OK. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. Smith, Grady (January 25/February 1, 2013). “Hollywood Finds God (Again)”. Entertainment Weekly (New York: Time Inc.). p. 22.

 

Biologos, creation and evolution

The Biologos Foundation (Christians who believe God created through evolution) is very happy. In Aronofsky’s film, Noah, the ‘Creator’ used evolution to fill the earth. 1   Yet the ‘Creator’ that Noah (Russell Crowe) addresses, is not the Creator of Genesis 1.

Biologos believes evolution
Theistic evolution

 

Why do they talk about the Creator in the film, and then present an evolutionary timeline that is the complete opposite of the Genesis account? In Genesis 1 we read at least eight times that God created, over a period of six days, by speaking. 2 There is a huge gulf between creating by speaking, and a natural process that is supposed to have happened by chance over millions of years.

 

What the film does is to lull Christians asleep. They are supposed to be very happy to hear the word  ‘Creator,’ and that the ‘Creator’ did it through evolution. That means a rational, logical, intelligent God used an unintelligent chance process that never has and never can ‘create’ anything new. This is an example of the kind of indoctrination in our ‘modern’ world. It is a proof of what the Biologos’ agenda is. They try to depose God as Ruler of the universe. If God is not the Creator, He is not the Owner or Ruler and He has no authority to save people.

 

In the Bible, the term ‘Creator’ is not usually used, but rather ‘Lord’ and ‘God.’ The use of the title ‘Creator’ in the film, is just a trap to catch the unwary.  There is a gulf between creation and evolution as wide apart as between the earth and the Andromeda galaxy.  They can never be reconciled, because they cannot both come from God. Evolution needed no intelligence (which God has in abundance).

 

Why is evolution an impossible process?

  • Mutations cannot ‘create,’ they only destroy. Ask anybody who has a family member with a genetic disease due to a mutation. It causes abnormality and is agony and pain for such people.
  • Evolution means an increase in functional complex genetic information. Mutations cause a loss of genetic information. So mutations cannot develop ever higher life forms. In addition there is no mechanism by which new genetic information can be ‘imported’ into the cell. That makes evolution (the ‘creation of new families of organisms) impossible.
  • All organisms begin life as very small fertilised ovums. Then they develop in a certain designed way till they are fully functional adults. The whole aspect of gene regulatory networks is so complex and so precise, that no mutations can ever cause new kinds. Changes that could possibly lead to evolution through mutations, have to happen early in development, but the embryo does not survive that.

 

Is it possible that Biologos is unaware of these facts? No, they know it very well. Their object is to convert Christians to theistic evolution (God created through evolution). That is why Paul warned about ‘savage wolves that will come in among you and will not spare the flock.’  4

 

Conclusion:  Biologos comes like sheep, but are ravenous wolves, eager to destroy the faith of believers. Be very careful of them.

 

 

References

  1. Stump, Jim (2 April 2014). “The Noah Movie”. The Biologos Foundation. Retrieved 2 April 2014. “..And we saw the importance of stories as explanations—my favorite part of the whole movie was when Noah retold the Genesis creation accounts to his sons, and we saw the evolutionary creation of the world up to some mysterious Adam and Eve figures.”
  2. Genesis 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26
  3. Genesis 6:5,7,9,11,etc.
  4. Acts 20:29

 

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