Satan’s long war against God, Part 4

Part 4, Is there any physical evidence for a universal flood?

The account of creation in Genesis 1, is conventionally 31 verses.  The account of the flood, without chapter 9, is 68 verses.  With chapter 9, it is 85 verses.   

Why is the flood so important that it takes up so many verses?

The reason is that the world-wide flood in Noah’s time teaches us some very important principles of God’s Kingdom: 

  • God’s righteousness and judgment.  It tells us that we live in God’s moral world.  Therefore, at the end of time, all people will have to give an account before God’s Judgement Seat for what we did while we lived on earth.  
  • God never judges unless there is an ‘escape hatch.’  In that case it was the ark.  In our time we can accept Jesus who took our punishment and death sentence upon Himself so that we can escape eternal condemnation.    
  • God closed the door of the ark when Noah and his family were inside.  One day in future God will close the gates of the New Jerusalem, and those outside will remain outside for all eternity.  
  • God’s purposes will never be thwarted – neither by Satan, nor any of his active co-workers who so stridently war against the Word.  The flood was God’s solution to Satan’s strategy to pollute the human bloodline when his angels married women and had children by them (see Satan’s long war against God, Part 3).   

An important principle: 

Followers of Jesus should not fall into the trap to believe that God will do something as big as the universal flood, and leave no clear evidence for it.  

Evidence for the wide-wide flood – plant fossils

  • The first evidence we want to discuss is fossilised plants.  We know that plants rot fairly fast.  A leaf falls on the ground, and with rain and the action of soil bacteria and other factors, it disappears after a short while.    
  • How do plants fossilise?  Plant fossils cannot form over millions of years when sediment covers it thin layer by thin layer.  It can only happen with fast burial and pressure to exclude bacterial decomposition.    

Conclusion

Fossil plants occurring globally can only be explained by the flood.  Fossil plants are one of God’s exhibits that points to the flood. 

To be continued…. More physical evidence for the universal flood.

Why did Jesus have to suffer and die?

 

50 Questions

Guy Harrison wrote, ‘Christians often juxtapose [place together] the horror of Lamb of GodJesus’ crucifixion with the love God shows us by allowing His Son to suffer and die.’ 1 He basically says, ‘How can God show His love to us, by letting His own Son suffer and die?’ To answer it we have to begin with Genesis, not with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

 

Adam and Eve were originally with God in the garden. They ‘heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day.’ 2 It sounds as if they regularly visited with God face to face in their innocent state. Now we come in contact with God’s brilliance that is seldom mentioned. In His wisdom, God did not want another Lucifer or Judas in His eternal Kingdom. Adam and Eve were going to be tested. God gave them a very easy command: they may eat of all the fruit, except the fruit from one tree. If they ate of it, they would surely die.3 Most people know the story. They ate and were expelled from the garden, away from God’s presence and the agent who incited them to disobey God was ‘that ancient serpent, called the devil, or Satan’. 4

 

This episode in Genesis 3 illustrates one of the most profound miracles of God. He shows that He is both just and merciful. He has to judge their sin. But He wants to save Adam and Eve. So He clothed them with skins of animals. Why? Because of the principle of exchange. The innocent animals were killed. They paid the death penalty for Adam’s sin, and Adam and Eve were forgiven. God was just because the sin was punished, but He was also merciful because the guilty were pardoned.

 

Animal lovers will probably cry their hearts out, but it is to no avail. They can do nothing about it because it happened in the past. Today we know that Jesus was the Lamb who was sacrificed,5 because without blood, there is no forgiveness [of sin].6  In Psalm 89:14 we read, ‘Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne, love and faithfulness go before you.’

 

So if Jesus died for the whole world’s sin, is God righteous to send billions to hell? The answer is: His fair exchange of mercy for judgement is available to all people. By grace we are saved, by faith in what God did.7 The guilty can transfer their condemnation on Jesus and go free. Yet they refuse it. They insist that they will pay for their own sins with eternal punishment. They throw God’s supreme act of mercy, back into His face.

 

This answers Guy’s question about Christians believing God sent His beloved Son to die on our behalf. That is justice and mercy in action, unparalleled in the history of mankind.

 

References

  1. Kindle edition, location 189,199 of 5739
  2. Genesis 3:8
  3. Genesis 2:16 -17
  4. Revelation 12:9
  5. Hebrews 9:12,14,28
  6. Hebrews 9:22b
  7. Ephesians 2:8

 

 

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