"The Genesis Flood: Why the Bible says it MUST be local" (for theist and atheist)
There will be some reading involved. This is my first post. Athiests have the right to believe as they choose....as long as the abide by the rules of a free society like everyone else could and should. America is a free country...in fact Christianity is free...take it or leave it. The Bible never even remotely suggests that someone could or even should be forced to 'submit' to Christ. It would be a total falsehood if so.
This doesn't mean that people claiming to be Christians have always taken that view point...far from it....but how did what they do and say stack up to what Christ said? That humans are fallible is not the test of Christianity, rather the words, teaching, and example of Christ are the standard.
"Come now, and let us REASON together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool."
Isaiah 1:18 New American Standard
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, ACCURATELY handling the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 New American Standard
Atheists seem to love quote the KJV (like many Christians). While it's affect, and it's lovely archaic English have had a huge effect on the English language today it is very very easy to misread passages and take passages out of context.
This is post is not an attempt to get you to believe in the story of Noah so much as it is to answering the" Bible claims the whole EARTH was flooded". I was taught that growing up, or that image was certainly represented to me.
The point arises when should you reject something based on what someone else told you about it? Or something you thought? Without further information? It's very possible to be deeply convicted on an issue and discover that I just didn't have enough knowledge. I think many people today become athiests or agnostics because of bits of stuff from past things in their life...maybe past hurts....maybe someone who claimed to be a Christian REALLY let you down? There is a lot of disinformation, misinformation, and curious constructs of stuff pieced together about what people THINK the Bible says for sure.
The Bible is quite complex in many respects, but it's basic message is very simple on the other hand.
"This paper has shown that the Bible declares the Genesis flood to be local in extent, though universal in its judgment of humans (with the exception of Noah and his family). The evidence presented here is purely biblical, although a strong case could also be given for extra-biblical reasons. A global interpretation of the Genesis flood requires that certain non-flood-related verses of the Bible contradict each other. In addition, a global interpretation of the Genesis flood would require the Genesis text to contradict itself. The lack of global references in the book of Genesis through chapter 11 (with the exception of Genesis 1), reveals that all the early events of Genesis occurred in a small geographic area. In addition, an examination of the original Hebrew text of the Genesis flood passage demonstrates that the global wording of our English translations misrepresents the original intent of the account. Your assignment at this point is to re-read the Genesis flood text with the words "land" or "people" (depending upon the context) substituted where for the word "earth." When you are finished, you will discover a remarkably different flood account than what you have read before."