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Local flood and local fire?

Genesis 6-9 tells the story of Noah.  Mankind had grown so evil that God decided to send a flood to destroy them.  Noah and his family were the only righteous people left in the world so God told him to build an ark to save his family and to take into the ark one pair of each kind of animal to save them from extinction.

Some Christians believe the flood was not really world wide but confined to the local area where Noah lived.  If you are one of them I would be interested in hearing your opinion about something Peter wrote.

Scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 

For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. (2 Peter 3:3-7)

He said that in the past the world was deluged with water and perished and that in the future the heavens and earth that now exist will be destroyed with fire.  If only part of the earth perished in the flood does that mean that the fire that will come in the future will only burn up part of the earth?

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Ark Encounter

As many of you know, the organization Answers in Genesis is building a full size replica of Noah’s ark.  The ark is almost completed and is scheduled to be open to visitors on July 7.  You can learn the details at arkencounter.com.

Most people don’t believe a worldwide flood occurred.  In his second letter Peter foretold this denial.

They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”

For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.
2 Peter 3:4-6

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Flood deniers

The Bible tells us that the human race grew so wicked that God sent a worldwide flood to destroy it.  He only found one righteous man, Noah, and he warned him to build an ark to save himself and his family from the flood.  You can read the complete story here:  Genesis 6-9

The Bible isn’t the only record of this flood.  Other cultures all over the world have legends of a worldwide flood in which only a few humans were saved to repopulate the world.  This article contains a list of some of these legends: Flood Legends From Around the World Read the rest of this entry

Climate change

California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history.  Here are some of the steps it is taking in response: California Drought

These things will help to alleviate the harm done by the drought but will do nothing to end it.  Israel once suffered a severe drought.  Perhaps a study of that drought will give some ideas about how to cope with the one in California.

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It’s history, not science

If a physician examines someone whose age he doesn’t know he can make a good estimate of his age because he understands the aging process and know long it would take his patient to reach his current physical condition.  But what would happen if he traveled back in time and examined Adam a few days after his creation and tried to guess his age?  If he didn’t know Adam had been created directly by God he would assume he had been born as a baby and grown to adulthood.  His estimate of Adam’s age would be much too high.  His error wouldn’t be the result of any incompetence on his part but it would occur because of his lack of historical knowledge of Adam’s past.

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Doublethink

The word “doublethink” was first used by George Orwell in his novel 1984.  It means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.

Orwell invented the word but the practice existed long before he was born.  First Kings 18 describes the contest between Elijah and the prophets of Baal to determine who is the true God.  Here is what Elijah said to the people.

And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.”
1 Kings 18:21

Some of the people practiced doublethink by worshipping both Baal and the LORD.  God condemned this practice and demanded that they choose one side or the other.

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Where did the water go?

Where did the water go?  This question is sometimes asked by those who don’t believe there was a worldwide flood.  They think such a flood is impossible because there would be no place for the water to go after the flood was over.  But there is a simple answer to this question.  The water didn’t go anywhere; the flood ended when parts of the earth’s surface rose up to form the continents and islands that exist today.

You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.
Psalm 104:6-9

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