Things are getting very bold at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Today he’s criticizing the Pope with his new post: Pope Francis: Another “Great Flood” Is Coming. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Do we have to worry that another flood of biblical proportions is on its way? Well, according to a recent interview, Pope Francis thinks so. Now, we take what any person says and hold it up to the ultimate authority: the Word of God. And God’s Word is clear: there will never be another flood like the flood of Genesis chapters 6–8 (more on that below). [That’s perfectly clear!] But if God’s Word is clear, why does Pope Francis suggest another “great flood” might happen?
This is a long article, so we’re skipping a lot of it. Hambo quotes the Pope, and the ellipsis is his:
The biblical flood, according to experts, is a mythical tale . . . The flood is a historical tale, archaeologists say, because they found traces of a flood in their excavations.
Hambo is horrified. He says:
Here you clearly see who Pope Francis’ ultimate authority is: man. [Gasp!] He believes the flood must be a mythical event because “experts” (who ignore the vast evidence around us to the contrary!) say there never was a global flood. According to the Pope, it doesn’t matter that Genesis clearly teaches it and that Jesus and the apostle Peter both believed in an actual flood. But since “experts” say it didn’t happen, Pope Francis doesn’t believe the global flood happened. His authority isn’t God and his Word — his authority is sinful, fallible man.
It’s not difficult to imagine what Hambo’s followers will think of the Pope after reading his post. After that severe attack, Hambo tells us:
Right after calling the flood a “mythical tale,” the pope says it was a “historical tale” because (and again note his authority) “archaeologists say” they’ve found “traces of a flood.” How can it be both a mythical tale and a historical tale? Well, it appears he is saying there was a local flood that was regionalized to somewhere in Mesopotamia. So it was historical in that there was a local flood, but it’s mythical in that the biblical text exaggerates the (its claimed) extent of the flood to make it sound global. Again, man is his authority — not God and his very clear Word. God’s Word teaches this was a global, earth-covering flood.
There’s no doubt about it, dear reader. His blog article makes it perfectly clear that Hambo is a much better authority than the Pope. He continues:
So why the warning that another global flood might happen?
Good question! Hambo quotes the Pope:
A great flood, perhaps due to a rise in temperature and the melting of the glaciers, is what will happen now if we continue along the same path.
Hambo explains why he thinks that’s absurd:
Two words: climate change. It doesn’t matter that God promised no such thing would ever happen again: [Scripture quote omitted.]
Hambo rants on:
Of course, if you reject the global flood, this promise in Genesis means nothing! There’s been many devastating regional floods since the time of Noah. The everlasting promise of Genesis 9 only makes sense within the context of a global flood. So, because of how he views the history in Genesis and the Word of God as a whole, the Pope can reject this promise as well.
One last excerpt:
We must not start with the thinking of our day and allow it to influence our beliefs. We must always start with the perfect, inerrant, authoritative, and clear Word of God. [Right!] And it tells us, yes, there was a global flood (about 4,300 years ago) when God judged sin, and no, there won’t be another global one.
So there you are, dear reader. In addition to all his other accomplishments, it appears that Hambo is also a climate expert. And he certainly knows more than that guy in Rome.
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