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Global Flood Science and Other Rabbit Trails

I love science. It was by far my favorite subject in school and I am still not sure how I ended up in a field predominantly utilizing language arts and humanities. I have two full shelves of books on the subject of apologetics, including titles like, “The Case for a Creator”, “Creation-Evolution: The Controversy”, and “Doubts About Darwin”. As a man of faith, I have still held on to a love for science and I have not found a lot of inconsistency in this.

But now, when I come to preaching Genesis 7-8 about a global flood, I confess that my tendency is to want to run wild with scientific evidences. Are you familiar with polystrate fossilized trees? How about clam shells on the peak of Everest? Are you aware of evidences for a vapor canopy that once covered the entire earth? Did you know that some fossilization happened so rapidly, that it preserved the veins in the wings of a dragonfly?

So there is a whole host of information available and our worldview must give some accounting for things as they really appear, and yet I would suggest that it is fundamentally our bias from the beginning that most often determines the outcome of our findings.

And so my tendency to want to geek out on science and give a sermon this Sunday defending the veracity of a global flood, in the end would be a misguided endeavor. Genesis 7-8 tells us of a global flood but uses that flood to convey something about ourselves and God! And I fear that many well-meaning Christians have focused so much on the medium, that they have ceased to convey the amazing, beautiful and accurate meaning behind the story. I do believe that there was a global flood. I do believe that there is sufficient evidence for my belief. And I do acknowledge that people will look at the same things I see as evidence and dismiss them offhand.

So I have a choice before me. I can preach to convince people that the story is true, or preach the meaning of this story; namely, that there is a God who created us, we rebelled against Him, and He judged the world. But, He is the kind of God who provides a path of salvation. He preserved us through Noah. He is a God who is just and righteous, but also merciful and compassionate. He wipes the world clean, but He is also the God who gives new beginnings.

I do not know if I have ever convinced anybody to believe in a global flood, but I can say for certain, that given the option between convincing someone that there was a global flood or convincing someone that they deserve punishment, but God has made a way out (through Jesus Christ), I will take the second every day of the week. I will push aside the temptation to geek-out with all my scientific evidences, and instead preach the text as written. But if anybody wants to talk flood-science . . . let’s roll!

About Don Filcek

Don Filcek

I like mountain biking even where there are no mountains. I like to jog and call it running. I read books to learn stuff. My family is pretty much awesome. ReCAST is the church where I belong. Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I like the color yellow.

2 Responses

  1. Those of us who are Christians and don’t believe in The Great Flood must wonder why God promised Noah that as long as the earth endures he would never again send a local one. Those who are not Christians must wonder why there is a myth of Atlantis and Gilgamesh. Anthropologists find that language, domestication of animals and plants, written records and stuff like that all reach back less than 10 thousand years. The evidence you cited is powerful. This is an important topic for consideration for every thinking human being as a starting place to understanding our relationship with a holy Creator God. Thanks for posting, Pastor Don.

  2. Noel Carlson says:

    Unfortunately, the power of the Gospel is limited in our culture when people don’t believe the events of Genesis actually happened. If God didn’t create the world, he has no right to judge it, and thus people are not sinners, and Jesus wasted his time, etc. If God didn’t create the world like it says in the first chapter, then what other events of Genesis (especially the ones schools teach are false) didn’t happen, like the flood? I agree that there is plenty of scientific evidence that backs up creation and a global flood, but ultimately it’s a matter of faith (same as evolution). We weren’t there, so we can’t know for sure what happened. We can’t prove God exists. Then faith would cease to be faith. But we can believe, if we so choose, and view the world through the lens of our assumptions, the same as everyone else does.

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