This is a genuine wonder that we found 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. Their article is titled An Act of Grace.
It was written by Mark Etter, about whom we know nothing, but we discussed something he wrote before — see Are You a Freak Accident of Evolution? We wrongly attributed it to ICR, but it was posted at AIG. Anyway, here are some excerpts from Mark’s latest, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
In the flood, grace and punishment are two sides of the same coin. [Huh?] For example, God’s rainbow promise never again to flood the world followed the global flood. Some picture the flood as a vindictive action but fail to see the mercy that God showed humanity. [Mercy?] God promised a Savior to Adam and Eve, but man’s continued wickedness had earned God’s grief with the exception of Noah and his family. If evil overcame this last family, who would be left to bear the Messiah?
We’ve already expressed our opinion of the flood. For example, in Was the Genesis Flood Too Cruel? we asked:
But what about the infants, the unborn children, the puppies, the song birds?
And we quoted an earlier post of ours where we said:
Yahweh killed everything on the face of the Earth (except for what was in the Ark). Pregnant women — dead. Their unborn babies? Dead. Little children playing with puppies? Dead. Butterflies and songbirds? Dead. That goes far beyond “mere” genocide. It’s deliberate death on a planetary scale — global slaughter.
But you already know what we think of the flood. Let’s see what Mark thinks. He says:
With grief in his heart [Really?], God proposed to destroy the earth with a flood to save one family and the hope of the Savior to come. Grace would take the form of punishment so that God might save his people.
Ah yes, that explains it! Then he tells us:
In a world where humanity often calls evil good, God still has to be the defender of his people. It is God who ends the reign of tyrants. It is God who must defend the widow and the orphan upon the earth as well (Deuteronomy 10:17–18). God has promised to preserve his people.
No doubt about it — the global flood makes perfect sense. Mark continues:
The church is not immune to evil’s influence. It continually struggles with the desire to give in to the darkness and fend off infiltrators and compromise from worldly sources. Abortion and unbiblical sexual behavior are tolerated or done in secret. Living together is accepted and practiced by many. [Gasp!] In grace, the Lord stands up to evil inside and outside the church so that faith survives among his people. He defends the righteous by opposing the wicked. We may see it as punishment, but it is also grace.
All clear? Good! Let’s read on:
It is a comfort to us that we have a defender like the Lord, to protect us from evil, without and within. I picture Noah living in a world so ungodly that Lamech boasts about killing another man (Genesis 4:23–24). How would Noah and his family have been able to stand up to such evil alone? How would we stand up to sin without the grace of God?
This is our last excerpt, after which Mark ends with a bible quote:
While we may suffer hardship and death in this fallen world and be grieved by the evil around us, we can trust in the God of grace and justice.
So there you are, dear reader. Now you know that the global flood was an act of amazing, incredible benevolence.
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