I’ve been led to write a little more as I’ve come to understand the Bible. This isn’t meant to be a high level theological dissertation, but rather a simple pointing out of how I’ve come to know God and his Word. To me, God is love and the Bible is his love story to us. In order for the Bible to be believable, there had to be something consistent that tied everything together. For me, this is God’s love. Most of the confusion of the Bible seems to stem from it being presented as a “how to get into Heaven” rule book. This leads it to being searched as a book of law to prove our righteousness in upholding these rules. However, I present it from the perspective of love. Much of this I went over in my book, but I wanted to clarify slightly more as I continue to learn.
I went over a general overview in another posting as well as Adam and Eve which I have listed as Part 1 and 2 respectively.
So, what was the deal with Noah and God wiping out all those people? First, we see that people had become so corrupt that God saw only wickedness in their hearts and was sorry he had even created us. Also, we see Genesis 6:9 state that Noah was a righteous man (this was because he trusted in God, not because of self-righteousness). Peter also reiterates this and mentions Noah was also a preacher of righteousness (again, trust in God, not self-righteousness). In addition to this, we see that Noah lived 500 years prior to having his children, who were on the ark with him (this is right before God shortened man’s life expectancy to be closer to 120 years). In all this time of Noah telling people about God, only eight total were on the ark.
So how does God wiping out all those people show his love? If we were only to read the Genesis scriptures, we would have a hard time figuring it out as we only see God’s justice in these passages so far. However, Peter later makes mention of God’s overall plan of love and grace. In 1 Peter 3:18-20, we see Peter talking about the flood and those who were disobedient during that time. Jesus went and preached to those who were in a prison, including specifically those who were in the flood. Peter then states that what Jesus preached was the Good News. Even though these people had died in the flesh, it seems they were now given the chance to live as to God in the spirit:
For to this end the Good News was preached even to the dead, that they might be judged indeed as men in the flesh, but live as to God in the spirit.–1 Peter 4:6 (emphasis mine).
Further, we see Paul state:
But to each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore he says,
“When he ascended on high,
he led captivity captive,
and gave gifts to people.”–Ephesians 4:8
From these passages, it would seem that God gave even those who disobeyed a chance to be redeemed. This aligns with God’s very love nature and the grace he offers us all!
Further, we see God’s mercy during the construction of the Tower of Babel. God saw that men were again becoming corrupt. Not wanting to wipe out humanity again, God instead “confused” their language so they wouldn’t be able to communicate easily and continue in their ways.
That’s a basic overview of these two topics as I’ve come to know them based on reading the Bible as God’s love story to us.