Why Did God Send The Flood?

In considering why God sent the Flood, we must first realize that those living upon the Earth were completely and utterly wicked beyond the hope of changing. There were no innocent bystanders caught up in the Flood; everyone was guilty of the most deplorable sinfulness.

"And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5)
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

Genesis 6 lays the background of the world at the time leading up to Noah and the Great Flood. In order to understand why God sent the Flood, it is important to consider the circumstances that preceded it, including the actions of mankind and the actions of God.

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5, emphasis added)

Mankind’s depravity had reached a level that evil entirely permeated every part of his being. His wickedness was great, that is, his actions were wicked. Every imagination was evil,  his mind was wholly corrupted. Every thought of his heart;  his will, his desires, his emotions, his passions, had all become so sin stained that there remained nothing within them that was  not evil. These people upon whom God poured out the Flood were not merely dabbling in sin here and there, everything that they were doing was an horrific abomination!

“The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:11-13, emphasis added)

Lest we have any doubts, let me say that the Earth was corrupted and filled with violence! There is a linguistic device employed in Hebrew that we see throughout the Old Testament, and that is emphasis through repetition. Whenever a word or phrase is used repetitively, it indicates a stronger or greater degree of the expression. The evil depths that the people who lived before the Flood had sunk to is strongly emphasized and amplified here in verses 5  and 11-13.

In considering why God sent the Flood, we must first realize that those living upon the Earth were completely and utterly wicked beyond the hope of changing. There were no innocent bystanders caught up in the Flood; everyone was guilty of the most deplorable sinfulness. The rebellion against God that we saw taking root in Cain and his descendants had now reached a fruition that God could not overlook.

To Jesus Christ goes all glory. In service to Him,

Loren

loren@answersfromthebook.org

[This post was originally published October 7, 2009]

**All Scripture quotations in this post are taken from the King James Version (KJV) Bible

[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?“]

88 thoughts on “Why Did God Send The Flood?”

  1. Compassion, the issue was discussing his sovereign will. ie. why did God kill babies in the flood. To repeat, if the assertion is that he killed them because he knew the babies would sin, this would need an absolute knowledge of the future which, if this is possible, logically removes any chance of any free will, either ours or God’s. If the future can ever be absolutely predicted without doubt then indeed, what will be WILL be.

    The alternative answer can be that God effectively treated the babies as ‘collateral damage’ for a greater good. His judgement in this case would have been less than inadequate. Even I could see the likely fallibility let alone God.

    In order for a species to survive there has to be an instinct / drive to reproduce and create an environment for the survival of our genes into the future. The variability in the strength of these instincts and the methodology of achieving the best outcomes creates the variations of behaviour we see. God apparently wants us to follow one methodology – his! but It is logical that if there is a God who created us, he would have given us the variability in every individual’s traits so the non-conformance to his will is predictable and effectively God-made. An infinitely powerful God could achieve many of the supposed aims of his supposed actions (such as a flood) in a much more effective way.

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  2. You are talking from a strictly human understanding of things, Again scripture tells us
    Gods ways are not our ways and Gods thoughts are not our thoughts.

    “species to survive there has to be an instinct / drive to reproduce and create an environment for the survival of our genes into the future”

    OK let me explain this in plain and understandable terms according to scripture,
    The human species will survive it is very clear, For example at the second coming we are clearly told that men and women will be entering into marriage so we know for sure that the human species will still be alive so the instinct and drive also remains.

    You seem to be looking at scripture from a very narrow view, you have to look at all the scriptural examples or verses are taken completely out of context.

    Hope this helped.

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  3. Silly. So much mental gymnastics to avoid the obvious conclusion. The gawd of the old testament is evil. Completely, entirely, without reservation or remorse.

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  4. No sir you are silly and do not have understanding of spiritually things.

    God has confirmed his word with signs that can be 100% verified.

    Those who walk in darkness cannot see and understand the light.

    Hope this helped.

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  5. I would give my top awards here to Mike. After reading through the entire serious of posts (and occasionally having my mind blown by certain moments of true ignorance) I can see that this one man has thought about the situation. Truly I do speak of a man who uses what “nature” has given him. Logic and intelligence.

    Now I say “nature” here because that is what gave us these gifts. It is often mistaken for God by people who refuse to see logic and intelligence. It’s my opinion that these people who state faith as their reasons are in fact led by a fear of the natural end to life (aka death). This fear has been manipulated by intelligent people over the passing centuries via organised religion. It has been very effective in making sure people behave how these people want them to behave.

    The unfortunate truth is that their methods have been recorded in texts and so called scriptures for these generations to see. These generations which evolution and nature have blessed with (you guessed it) logic and intelligence. Children are now questioning the writings which they are told not to question (because curiosity is natural). They are seeing the holes and faults in the stories. And they are not just blindly believing what they are told. Our society has naturally become so moral and understanding that the old school methods like inquisition and good old brutality is not accepted. The organised religions (I mean all of them here) can’t bully them into belief. They are finally free to choose for themselves and the result is that the entire religious system is falling apart. It may still take decades for the entire collapse to occur but it will happen.

    I hope someday our children will see that world. One where fairytale fear stays within the pages of the books it was written in and not dragged into the world we live in to be used as tools of terror and intimidation.

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  6. So hang on you are saying a non intelligent form “nature” gave human beings intelligence and logic although it doesn’t have have intelligence and logic itself ?
    Your having a laugh, Seriously you talk about fairy tales, But the stuff you have come out with you couldn’t make it up, Oh hang on.

    Have a word with yourself fella.

    The supernatural fulfillment of bible prophecy far outweighs any other claims.

    Those who walk in darkness don’t see the light, Confirmed with your post.

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  7. A tree has no intelligence yet gives us apples. Nature gives us many things. Intelligence and logic are only two of them. These are natural processes. Processes which kinda have to exist in order to give your so called “supernatural” ideas any meaning at all. That’s basic common sense old bean (another gift of nature).

    I should also point out that all human knowledge is in fact “made up”. The difference between our theories and ideas is that science (the empirical search for knowledge) is able to reinforce the ideas of nature yet none has so far been given to support spirituallity. And please don’t get me wrong, I’m not out to disprove the idea of religion. I’m looking for some form of evidence to tell me that my current point of view is wrong. I want you to convince me that God exists by providing evidence. I don’t want you to tell me to read a story and believe without reason in magic and miracles. The atory of Noah and the flood is an epic tale. A tale which I enjoy reading as is the tale of the great flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh. At the end of the day though these stories are simply that until they can be proven through scientific methodology. What they do provide though is interesting insights into the psychology of mankind and the stories they created when they wrote them.

    I thank you for the continued discussion though Compassion and wish you well in your endeavours to find the truth. Please do keep us informed if you come up with any answers to the questions raised and asked.

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    1. Almighty Bob,

      Thanks for all the time you have spent sharing your thoughts. You wrote:

      “I’m looking for some form of evidence to tell me that my current point of view is wrong. I want you to convince me that God exists by providing evidence.”

      Interestingly, I wrote my last post about this very subject and would like to invite you to read it:

      Is There Any Evidence For The Existence Of God

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      1. Accepting that you cannot prove God’s ‘non-existence’ beyond doubt is no basis on which to ‘believe’. If it were, we should all believe in the Green Goblin at the bottom of my garden (he actually talks a lot of sense). The argument of Christians almost always moves from ‘impossible complexity’ (which frustratingly for them continues to be proved highly possible) to the ultimate ‘without faith it is impossible to please God’. The latter ‘convenient’ argument insults any logic processing skills our brains have been ‘blessed’ with. The answer to why me having faith in an entity who plays a come-find-me game can only be a) ‘for his amusement’ (Sorry for party pooping but I think that would be a little sick) or b) ‘we cannot know the reasoning of God’. If the latter is true then what is the point in trying to reason anything related to him including his existence? Also why would a supreme being with total power seek pleasure in this way when he could give himself the pleasure?
        All avenues of sensible logic lead to fundamental contradictions of God’s existence. Even in the one in 99,999 billion trillion possibility that he actually turned out to be real on my death, I would still argue that I would not have been true to my ‘God given’ brain in ignoring the ‘obvious’ conclusions of his non-existence,

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  8. So hang on then, You are saying there is no logic,purpose, design or intelligence to anything ?

    The tree growing apples analogy, How old are you for goodness sake ?
    Yes a apple tree brings forth apples but it doesn’t know the intelligence and logic behind it. We are talking about human beings been given logic and intelligence
    using a apple tree as a example shows you lack both logic and intelligence.

    The supernatural fulfillment of bible prophecy far outweighs any other claims.

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  9. Mal
    Hi Loren- I was really impressed with your illustration explaining why babies and children perished in the Flood – also good to know that our loving Father has an eternal life after this one (which lasts for eternity – meaning it never never ends) which He longs for every human being on the planet to be a part of. (So much so that He was willing to exchange His own Son’s life for ANYONE who would accept this FREE but not cheap gift! Well done!!

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  10. All i can say is, thank God for JESUS. He died for my ugliness and is redeeming me. All i know is that from never have believing to seeing the miraculous redemptive work that he has done that no couselor could have done is a miracle. I am still in progress but i do know that Noah was before Jesus. So thankful Jesus died for my wickedness or i would be that one day old baby.

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    1. The Flood wasn’t supposed to eliminate all evil and corruption. Even after the Flood God says of man, “The intent of [his] heart is evil from his youth” (Genesis 8:21)

      The purpose of the Flood was not an effort by God to destroy evil itself, but to preserve what was apparently the only pure blood-line remaining on Earth; the blood-line that would lead to Jesus Christ. The human race had become so corrupted and defiled that it was necessary for God to judge the entire world except for Noah and his family.

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  11. the babies that were killed, were only half human/half angel, this was all evil,Jude 1:6,
    talkes of coming to earth to have sex with the women and having babies, these were wicked babies, children, with evil in there hearts, they were unnatural, and needed to be
    destroyed.

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  12. Thank you for your post i have been seeking truths about god and his bible and sometimes i feel like its hard to understand motives of god when it comes to things such as the great flood! However after reading your post it makes more sense to me those people where a cancer and had to be removed so that the healthy cells may live! Thank you once again !

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    1. Your posts weren’t taken down, they just were never approved and published. Your original comment was obviously a cut and paste, anti-Christian diatribe that was completely irrelevant to the post. While I don’t mind comments that disagree with what I write, I refuse to publish garbage that is meant to do nothing more than mock the Bible and Christianity. Perhaps your comments would be more welcome on an anti-Christian discussion forum?

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