Sunday, April 17, 2011
Did the global flood happen?
Undoubtedly it did. Why? Because the sacred scriptures tell us that it happened. I see no reason why we unhesitatingly submit to the theological content of Gen. 1-2 but shove our tails in between our legs at chapters 6-9. The global flood provides a linking point between creation and eschatology (2 Pet. 3:5-7). It is the symbol of the baptismal waters, by which Christians enter new life through the chaos of God's judgment (1 Pet. 3:20-21; "Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck!" "You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas..."). Not to mention the fact that our Lord believed and taught it (Mt. 37-39). The "days of Noah" form the very presupposition of the time and season of the Son of Man's judgment! It means precious little that geologists and other scientists have found no evidence of a global flood (and no, those books written by the fundamentalist young earthers do not furnish a counter-claim for the scientific community). Nor does this mean (in keeping with the neo-gnostics) that the flood was a mythological or theological event. Like creation, and like the coming eschatological judgment, the flood is purely an event of this earth, it happened in historical time, to real historical people. When? The scriptures do not reveal a date to us. My guess is that the event occurred some time in the early history of mankind, possibly 150,000 years ago. And it will do no good for "neutral science" to try to adjudicate the problem, as if they could for even the smallest of God's judgments and activities in history! None of these are ever available beyond the testimony of the Word and the faith which comes through the hearing of the Word. "Your judgments are on high, out of his sight!" (Ps. 10:5b, NASB). Since the LORD created the heavens and the earth, it is hardly difficult for him to keep events of cosmic significance from our pea-brain perceptions.