In light of the upcoming movie “Noah” I felt it would be helpful to write an article concerning different historical and theological aspects of the flood so as to dissipate any confusion that may exist or be caused by Hollywoods attempt. I also want to stimulate your mind concerning this time in history as the Flood carries a lot of scientific questions and statements as well as theological truths that can resonate with today. Along with the direct information that God’s Word gives us, many educated Bible scholars and scientists have proposed different theories. These theories attempt to connect the dots about what we do know and in this blog I will include speculation so please remember that.
- What does the Bible tell us?
- Common misconceptions
- The Flood in other cultures
- The times of Noah
- Why did God do it?
- The Promise
Recently while driving to my hometown (a 6 hour drive), I listened to podcasts of debates between prominent Christian and Atheist authors/speakers and it got my gears turning. I’ve been involved in many debates and the big question “Can you prove God exists” often comes up along the way. Eventually the Christian is stumped and the Atheist thinks they’ve solved one of man kinds most ancient mysteries. But I wonder, is the question correct to begin with? Can the God of the universe be proven like some science experiment of theory?
Is God something to be proven or experienced?
The real proof, if any, of the living God of the Bible resides in the believers life. But can you bring your personal stories, testimonies, and experiences to a debate and argue them with a determined atheist as proof for God? Probably not. Sadly, it’s just not always effective using your experiences to try and convince others when, if they had the same experience, they would not be arguing with you. For the Christian your testimony is the best evidence they have on a personal level towards God. Sharing your testimony and stories of what God has done can change lives but to those who’ve already made up their mind it can be difficult.
(NET) Proverbs 24:6 for with guidance you wage your war, and with numerous advisers there is victory.
While this Proverb seems to be about military strategy and leadership it contains a deeper truth that if used will lead to a healthier Christian walk.
War and battle was a big theme in the Old Testament. Israel was often at war, they were constantly being judged by God through attacks from other nations. Satan also opposed Israel since they were God’s nation. The Devil tried to take them down but when they were right with God they won and when they were not right with God they failed and were defeated. Many scriptures refer to this part of the culture that existed in those times and when non believers or new Christians read these scriptures they are confused or turned off when they see killing and war in the Bible. While I don’t have the perfect answer as to why God seemed to condone war but I do know that today, in the days of the New Covenant, our struggle is not one against other people but against spiritual powers. This world is currently influenced and to some amount controlled by the Devil. So what do we do about that? Spiritual warfare.
Shellfish, women’s rights, and slavery. What do these three thing have in common?
Well I recently had a discussion with an old friend from highschool who has gained a sudden interest towards spiritual living and towards “god”. Though not a Christian we had an interesting discussion about which way to approach God (Hinduism, Christianity, none of the above etc.) and he listed quickly 3 big problem he has with Biblical Christianity. They were shellfish (or dietary laws), the value of women, and the acceptance of slavery. I did not want to get in to a huge debate or waste his time if he was busy so I let them slide. But the more I got to thinking about it these three issues often come up with people who do not see Christianity as a wholesome or true way to God. And I wanted to cast some light on these little problems that are blown out of proportion and misunderstood.
Recently my college ministries curriculum took us to the topic of Pride and I got to thinking about how much of a problem it is if you want to be a real Christian. Not only that but if you want to be a successful Christian, a good spouse, a real friend, a follower of God. I could go on, but as you see pride is a hindrance in every area! Let me explain…
What happens when we give our whole life to God? What does that Christianese cliche even mean? Did you know God doesn’t just ask for your Sunday mornings and your nighttime prayers? He asks for it all. Here is what it looks like when you believe God is more qualified to run my life than you are.
In the Gospel we find many accounts of individuals who suffered from disease, epilepsy (Mat 17:14-18), muteness (Mat 9:33), blindness (Mat 12:22), self cutting (Mrk 5:5), fever (Luk 1:33-36) yet these same individuals found their wellness after Jesus (or a disciple) had delivered them of a demonic spirit (Mat 8:16). This inescapable subject has brought forth many questions and even more interpretations of the same scriptures. Many common questions include:
- Are all modern illnesses demonic?
- Are only some of them demonic?
- If someone is sick or mentally ill do they simply need demonic deliverance to be healed?
- Are we super-spiritualizing medical issues with the idea of demons?