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  • Writer's pictureSteve Peterson

Does God Love Everyone? Part 2

If God loves everyone, why did He send a flood to utterly annihilate the entire population of planet earth both physically and eternally in hell (save for Noah's family)? As stated in Genesis 6:5 “...the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. Does this not sound a lot like what is still going on today? However, Noah had found favor in the eyes of God as stated in Genesis 6:8. It took Noah 120 years to construct this ark. During this time Noah incurred a huge financial cost in the construction process of labor and building materials. Noah also endured hostility from many people including his friends who thought he was crazy for building an ark in the desert. Noah was obedient to what God told him to do. Noah was instructed to build an ark by God according to a very specific set of design plans as detailed in the book of Genesis chapter 6. Just like God has given us specific instructions in His word with regard to preparing one's heart for salvation. The Lord said that “My spirit will not always strive with man forever” (Genesis 6:3). We never know how long God will strive with us. As the time drew near for the completion of the ark and the great flood, the Lord brought forth two of every kind of living flesh male and female onto to ark to be spared from the flood.

As we read in Genesis it rained for 40 days and nights completely flooding the earth and destroying all life on planet earth. It is interesting to note that even the beasts of the field had more sense to enter the ark according to God's good pleasure and be spared from death vs. all of mankind (except for Noah's family) who in the stubbornness of their own heart and resisting the striving of God's Spirit perished eternally. So the next time someone tells you that God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life if you just believe that Jesus died for your sins, ask them how do you explain God destroying and condemning all of humanity to eternal damnation with the worldwide flood? Their response will most likely be something along the lines of “well this only applies back in the old testament and is not applicable to today”. But the Bible clearly states that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Also, the wickedness and violence of man today has not changed; just watch the evening news and look at the world around us.

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