Well, technically, everyone besides Noah, his family, and all those critters was killed. But still…
Was it God’s ONLY option or his BEST option?
I’d like to think it was his only option, that he was backed into a corner and was powerless to wipe away the entirely sinful population of the earth in any other way. I’d hate to think that he had the power to do something far less genocidal but went with global genocide anyway.
Other posters have noted that this story, in a version that predates the writing of Genesis, has been found in many other cultures. It has also been noted that there isn’t enough water on the planet to completely cover the entire surface. It should also be pointed out that the Bible has two different versions of the story, in one version he takes two of each animal (Gen 7:7-10), in the other he takes two of each ":unclean": species, and seven pairs of each ":clean": species (Gen 7:2). Not also that in Gen 7:13-15 Noah offers sacrifice of each of the clean species.
The probability that this story is a literal historical account is pretty slim. Therefore, if the bible is inerrant, then its inclusion in scripture was probably intended allegorically. It may, however, have originated from a significant flood in the area of Mesopotamia that was then embellished in the oral tradition before its incorporation into Genesis. This would contradict the doctrine of inerrancy.
The allegory seems to say that God will punish the sinner and save the righteous. The story of Sodom and Gomorrah follows a similar theme. But is this always the case? Consider the book of Job. Job was righteous, but God afflicted him anyway… to win a bet with Satan. Or the story of David and Bathsheba: David commits adultery and then murder to cover it up, but his only punishment is that Solomon gets to build the temple, and he is still regarded as one of the greatest kings ever.
The allegorical message seems to be contradicted.
It is also interesting to note that there are two widely divergent depictions of God in Genesis. In the first, God is the powerfully, omniscient being that speaks and there is light, etc. The second depicts an anthropomorphic being that walks around the garden of Eden and can’t find Adam and Eve when they hide. One is referred to as ":elohim,": a transgendered Hebrew plural that literally translates to ":Gods and goddesses.": The other is denoted by the YHWH transliteration, that is normally translated into ":The LORD": in English. Perhaps there was more than one author for Genesis?…
The God of today’s Christianity is limitless, so he would have had more than one option. Only he knows if it was his ":best": option…
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness: but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
From this verse it is clear that God does not want anyone to perish.
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair: and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days: and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
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.
[In this verse we see that the thoughts of mankind was only evil. This being the case wiping out the entire population was necessary.
What you might be missing in reading this is the fact that Satan had succeeded in corrupting all of mankind, except Noah and family. Had he been successful in decieving this family, as he did Eve, there would never have bee the birth of Christ. God allowed mankind to go as long as He could, no doubt in the hopes that some would turn from Satan, but when it got to the point of eight souls left, He had enough, and put a stop to Satan’s plan to circumvent the birth of our Savior.]
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth: both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air: for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 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.
14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood: rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above: and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof: with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven: and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
18 But with thee will I establish my covenant: and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.
Good question! Keep thinking and asking.
um, god didn’t do anything?
it was the epic of gilgamesh
I think he just lost his temper…It says later that he grieved and regretted his tantrum. Just shows you even God can use a bit of therapy now and then.
I think it was the most DRAMATIC option.
Talk about a show-off…
Yeah. He should have machine gunned them