Punishment from God and The Great Flood

1.  In the Old Testament, God killed the people for their sins, and God was cursing the people for their sins.  According to the book of Genesis, we were created by God in his image.  But these sins and curses have come from God.  Adam and Eve disobeyed God, so sin entered into this world.  But for God to kill the people, curse the human beings, and destroy all the animals and plants is this not a sin to Him?  Why is it not a sin to God?  Is sin only for human beings and not for God?

2.  Genesis Chapter 7 – The Great Flood.

In this great flood God destroyed all the human beings, animals, birds, and even the vegetation which were living on this earth, except for Noah’s ark and the animals and birds saved by Noah. God was thinking that this world had sinned, so he must destroy all those things.  However, God did not destroy the earth, sky, moon, sun, and stars.

God did not destroy Satan and his sinful activities in the floods.  Why?  Then again, along with Noah’s family, sin again entered into this world.  What was the use of this great flood?  

Answers:

Our perspective first is that we have total trust in the Father’s perfect character.  He is the standard of love, wisdom, justice and power. We should consider it not a thought to even attempt to ever judge his motives or character (Isa. 55:8-9, Eze.18:24-28, Isa. 11:2-4, Luke 6:37).  We are reminded in Genesis 18:23-25 that when God had informed Abraham of his decision to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham did not understand why. He respectfully pleaded with God to save them if he could even find as few as 10 righteous. God allowed this negotiation as a lesson for us. God’s wisdom, justice and love was reinforced by the fact that Abraham could not even find 10 persons.  Only Lot and his immediate family were rescued (and we would add, based upon Lot’s behavior, his character was even corrupted). We say God showed his love in that he destroyed the people to save them from reaching such a deterioration of character that their heart condition might never be redeemable or teachable.  

God knew that human death was not final. Understand that the death of disobedient human beings is not eternal.  It only becomes so by the end of the Millennial Kingdom. The scripture is clear that all (both good and bad) will be resurrected (John 5:28-29, 1 Cor. 15:22). Those that are faithful to God receive a better resurrection (spirit nature). To all others, they receive a resurrection (to a terrestrial nature) of teaching, development and testing – often called judgment (mistranslated damnation) in scripture – which ends with the great white throne of judgment (Rev. 20:11, Matt. 25:31-46). This is the whole purpose of Christ’s Kingdom (millenium). This is so that ALL will have the opportunity to everlasting life whether in heaven as spirit beings or those on earth in an Eden-like world free of sin.  Understanding this resurrection power and intent was the whole reason that God recognized, in Abraham, faith in God’s character and word, which was the driving force for Abraham to initiate the sacrifice of his son Isaac (Gen. 22:2). Because Abraham had ultimate faith in God, he was willing to sacrifice Isaac, knowing that there was a future resurrection (Gen. 22:11-12).  This promise was fully realized in time, by the actual sacrifice of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God.  In recognizing Abraham’s faith, God made a promise that he would bless him and multiply his descendents (Gen. 22:16-17).  Prior to this, his name had been changed from Abram to Abraham and God made a covenant that he “shall be the father of a multitude of nations” (Gen 17:4-6).

Just as parents at times spank or punish their children for disobedience, we do so for their teaching, testing, and growth so they may be able to have the experience to make the appropriate or right decisions as they mature.  So too, God is allowing us as mankind to learn the lessons of sin and death.  Not just because he is the most powerful being that exists or that he is in control, but because he loves us! (Prov.13:24, Prov. 22:15, Prov.10:13) 

He wants what is best for us and wants us to fully understand good and evil before mankind is actually and finally on trial for his life.  Since we are unique, created in his image and must ultimately exercise our own free will, he wants to ensure we make our choices having understood all the effects and consequences of our decisions.  If mankind rejects his ways at the end of Christ’s Kingdom reign, man will have no excuses or defense.  Attached is a link to an article explaining the issues regarding God allowing evil at this time. https://chicagobible.org/permission-of-evil/

Regarding the great flood, we are told in scripture that the world had become most sinful and violent. (Gen. 6:11-13) Most of this is because the genetic make-up of mankind had become perverted and distorted by the hybridization of man with angelic beings who had left their spirit natures and materialized in the form of super humans. They began to have off-spring with human women (Gen. 6:2-3).  These super-human hybrids were called Nephilim.  By intermingling with the human species, there had become very few lines of pure human DNA that was in Adam. The result of the influence of these rebellious angels and their offspring was that they thought in their hearts about evil all the time (Gen. 6:5-6).  There is speculation that these may have also interfered with or experimented with God’s creation and perverted animal and or plant life as well.  We are told that only Noah was “perfect in his generations.”  We know that Noah was up-right and walked with God.  We think the scriptural implication is much deeper, however, that Noah’s family DNA or genetic make-up was purely human being, NOT corrupted by angelic DNA. 

God decided in his wisdom that he would destroy all the corrupted life on the earth.  He would provide an ark, a means to preserve the good during the judgment of the evil, in order preserve the life of the good and re-establish mankind on earth. These Nephilim, not being human, would be completely destroyed for eternity (as God had not created them nor intended them to be created).  God punished these rebellious angels by destroying their physical bodies as well as their off-spring and putting them in a state of restraint until a time of judgment (2 Pet. 2:4).

Sin was not completely destroyed in the flood, because it was not the right time for mankind to have learned all the necessary lessons of sin and death.  God also did not destroy free will in the flood. Since man, even in Noah and his family, was still under the influence of sin in a fallen world, sin was not destroyed.  But it will be in time. In Christ’s Kingdom, God’s principles will be taught purely (Zeph. 3:9, Psa. 22:29-31, Psa. 85:13, Psa. 98:9).  During that time, Jesus and his church will rule, teach, and develop the hearts of all mankind (Ezek. 11:19, Ezek. 36:23-27).  Sin and death will not be destroyed completely upon the earth until God’s plan is complete and everyone of free will has been justly judged for eternal life or death after the resurrection during the millennium. Then the curse of sin will be defeated and death destroyed along with it forever (Rev. 20:14-15). 

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