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The Flood

Genesis is a book that records extraordinary events in history. It tells of the six days of creation (Genesis chapters one and two) and the long lives of those first few generations that followed Adam. Because of the long lives in those days, the population of the world grew quickly. In Genesis 6:5-6 we discover that sin and corruption grew as well. And Jehovah 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. And it repented Jehovah that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. Mankind had shaped an environment where righteousness could not grow and where evil deeds and bloodshed would increase. The evil deeds of men would only increase bringing up new generations worse than those before. God would bring justice on a world that produced victim after victim. He was willing to destroy all of mankind except for eight people. These eight people appear to be the only righteous people living in that day. God would bring an immense flood to wash the world from the evil that thrived on it. He would also provide a way to protect the righteous.

There was only one man mentioned who was different from his surroundings—Noah. But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah (Genesis 6:8). It is because of this grace that Noah and his family would be protected from the disaster God would bring upon the earth. Noah would be safe in an ark designed by God. Anyone not in the ark would die. The world population could have been very large. But God was willing to start over with only eight and destroy the rest by waters so deep that no one could have survived.

Noah is instructed to build the ark. This ark would hold Noah and his family—eight people in all. It was also designed to house two of every kind of unclean land animal (one male and one female) and seven pairs (seven males and seven females) of every kind of clean land animal. The clean animals were meant for sacrifices. There are those who question whether the ark was large enough to hold that many animals. The size of the ark is described in Genesis 6:15. This is God’s design. And this is how thou shalt make it: the length of the ark three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. The size of the ark was 450 feet long (137 meters), 75 feet wide (23 meters) and 45 feet high (14 meters). These are the dimensions of an ocean barge.

God tells Noah that he is to build three decks inside the ark: with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it (Genesis 6:16). Thus the ark had three stories, or floors, inside. The ark had 101,250 square feet (30,861 square meters) inside it. This is like a very large floating warehouse. It would be over 5,000 years before another ship this large would be built. A vessel this immense could hold thousands of animals. There would be even more room in the ark if the animals were not full-grown. The two elephants on the ark did not have to be mature. Young elephants take up less space. The Bible also does not say that every kind of a particular animal was on the ark—such as all kinds of dogs. It only states that every kind was on the ark. It is very possible that only two dogs were on the ark. From these two dogs we have all the varieties of dogs seen on the earth today. The people and animals in the ark would begin to repopulate the earth after the flood was over.

The design God gives the ark is the most stable sort of craft one could build to float on rough seas. It is not designed to sail or to be steered. It is only meant to drift safely above the water. It was sealed within and without with pitch (Genesis 6:14). Thus all the people and animals in the ark would be safe from the flood. It would keep them dry and above the worst flood the world has ever seen.

This flood was worldwide. It brought an end to a culture that ran to evil. God brought a flood so vast, deep and terrible that it covered the entire earth, And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered (Genesis 7:19-20). The earth has never seen such a storm before or after. All mountains were covered. The waters of the flood were so high that they rose fifteen cubits (over 22 feet or about 7 meters) over the world’s highest mountain peak. The Bible text is very clear: this was not a local flood. It covered the earth and destroyed all land animals and all of mankind outside of the ark. If this were only a local flood (a flood that only covered a region of the earth) then men could have easily escaped and Noah would have never needed the ark. He could have been sent out of the region onto higher ground. This flood covered all the mountains. There was no place where one could find dry land above the water. This world was covered in one worldwide ocean.

The waters of the flood came from above and below. Rain fell from the sky and this is described in Genesis 7:11 with the phrase, the windows of heaven were opened. This describes very heavy rain crashing from the sky. The water from below came from the fountains of the great deep, which is also found in Genesis 7:11. These are fountains or springs of water located at the floor of the earth’s oceans. These fountains of the deep have been found in numerous places around the world on ocean floors. The rain lasted for forty days, but the flood continued for one year and ten days. When the flood waters receded, the ark rested in the mountains of Ararat (Genesis 8:4). Then Noah and his family left the ark and walked onto a new world. This was a world emptied of the evil culture that had surrounded them. The population of the earth had been reduced to eight people. God destroyed the rest of mankind and protected the righteous. He then made the promise that He would never destroy the earth by water again.

Is the flood of Genesis true? Jesus believed it was true. In Matthew 24:37-39 Jesus states, And as were the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. Jesus ties Himself, His return and final judgment to Scripture. If a worldwide flood never happened then Jesus will not return to judge the earth. If the flood of Genesis did not take place then Jesus was wrong and He could not be the Christ nor could He be the Son of God. All of Scripture is true or none of it is true. A person who compromises the truth of one verse must toss out the whole Bible. If the flood of Genesis is true then Jesus is true. If the flood of Genesis is false then Jesus is false.

What is the evidence to show there was a flood that covered the entire earth? One does not need to find the ark resting in the mountains of Ararat to have proof. There is evidence all over the earth. What would you expect to find if there was a flood that covered the whole earth? You would expect to find rocks around the world which were formed by (or laid down by) water. These rocks would be found everywhere, even in mountainous parts of the earth. Is that what we find today? Yes. What would you expect to find in those rocks? How about the remains of animals caught in the flood?

There are, in fact, large graveyards of the fossilized animal bones. These fossils are all over the earth, including areas high in the mountains. These animals were buried under tons of mud. This mud was carried by the flood waters and settled on the bottom of those waters. The mud formed into solid rock after the flood receded. These graveyards contain the fossils of hundreds and even thousands of animals that were buried together. Embedded in these rocks is the proof of a catastrophic flood. The bones of these animals show that their bodies were twisted together as they were all carried away by the flood and buried in mud. In the arctic tundra of northern Alaska, Canada, and Siberia are the preserved (not fossilized) remains of animals buried in the flood. These were buried and then frozen in the permafrost of the Arctic Circle. These animals (mammoths, bears, rhinoceroses, etc.) are found today in these regions. There is no other possible explanation for any of these animal graveyards except a worldwide catastrophic flood.

Did the flood of Genesis happen? Yes. One who has an honest heart can see the evidence and understand the Bible is true. There is no need to compromise with those who disbelieve God. To compromise or disbelieve one part of the Bible is to throw it all away.

(source: truthfortheworld.org)

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Questions and Answers on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage

Question 1: If one divorces and remarries without scriptural authority (that is, for the cause of fornication), can that person continue in fellowship with the church because he attends services regularly or has more money than most others?

Answer: No. The person you describe is committing adultery, and the one he is living with is committing adultery (Matthew 19:9). No matter how often (or how long) one may attend services, no matter how much money one may have (or how much one may give), that person is living in sin, and will continue to do so until he repents. This involves being sorry for the sin committed, getting out of the ungodly relationship, confessing the sin before God and the brethren, and praying for forgiveness (Acts 8:22). The one who caused the divorce needs to return to his or her first mate, if the first mate is willing to forgive. If not, this person can no longer scripturally remarry, but must remain single! If the person refuses to repent, after every attempt is made to win his should again, it is commanded by God that fellowship of the brethren be withdrawn so the guilty one’s soul might be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus (1Corinthian 5).

Question 2: If a Christian man divorces his wife and impregnates a second woman, should the church stop him from doing church duties?

Answer: If a Christian man divorced his wife for any other cause than fornication, he has sinned. He has also sinned, having committed fornication, when he impregnated the second woman. This man needs to respond as shown in the answer to the first question. If he refuses to respond scripturally, he also needs to be disciplined; that is, fellowship needs to be taken from him. Until he responds according to God’s Word, he should not be involved in any way with the church. To permit such would be to bring even greater shame to the church and to the Lord who died for him (Hebrew 10:26-29).

Question 3: If a Christian man divorces his wife and impregnates a second woman, can he continue with the second woman in order to keep her and the child from suffering?

Answer: No. The man would continue to be an adulterer. Paul says in Galatians 5:19-21, that those who “do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” It appears that the idea of ‘keeping the woman from suffering’ is just an attempt to make sin beautiful. If this man is truly concerned about the woman, he will sever (cut off) the relationship with her, lest she (and he) live an eternity suffering in Hell. Because this one cannot scripturally continue with the woman, however, does not mean the sinner has no responsibility to the child he fathered. Indeed, he does. In 1Timothy 5:8, we learn that one who does not provide for his own, “hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

Question 4: If the situation described in Question 3 is not solved after a long time, and if the divorced man continues with the impregnated woman, but also wants to continue worshipping, should the local church just forget it?

Answer: No. If the local church “just forgets about it,” they would, therefore, be sinning (being in danger of judgment), because they would be violating God’s Word, which commands that it not be forgotten, but rather be dealt with (1Corinthian 5). Remember always: 1Corinthian 5 is not merely a suggestion. It is a commandment to which all must be obedient! It is a way given of God by which souls can be saved.

Question 5: Can a married couple who live together, but have no marriage certificate of any sort, separate, remarry each other, confess sin publicly, and be accepted by the local church?

Answer: If a man and a woman are not scripturally and legally married, they are not living in a God-ordained marriage, but are in a sinful relationship. They, indeed, need to sever this sinful relationship, repent of their wickedness, and pray to God, if perhaps the thoughts of their hearts may be forgiven (Acts 8:22). At this point, they should be accepted as brother and sister in Christ, since they will have done what God commands. If each is scripturally and legally free to marry, and do so, then they should be accepted as husband and wife.

Question 6: Some argue that, since a person can confess, be baptized, and receive a baptismal certificate (which shows that one is married to Christ), they can, likewise, confess sexual sin publicly and receive a marriage certificate that will sanctify their relationship. Is this true?

Answer: No. This is not true. The comparison in the question is neither accurate nor complete. A baptismal certificate is nothing but a piece of paper that witnesses to the fact of one’s baptism. A marriage certificate is nothing but a piece of paper that witnesses to the fact of a marriage between two people. The baptismal certificate does not sanctify the sinner, nor does the marriage certificate sanctify the marriage. Before one is married to Christ at baptism, he must first repent of his sins. This means he must give those sins up; he must get out of them; he must leave them behind. This includes sexual sin. A marriage certificate cannot be granted with the approval of God, or His church, to any persons who continue in adulterous marriages. Simply confessing the sexual sin does not sanctify it. Just as surely, a certificate does not sanctify it. The only way for a Christian to get rid of sin is to repent (in sorrow, turn away from it) and pray to God (Acts 8:22). A thousand admissions of sin, a thousand certificates, would do nothing to set aside an unscriptural marriage.

In considering the many issues of marriage, divorce, and remarriage plaguing the church today, it is well to remember that God has ordained there be one husband and one wife for life. That marriage can only be terminated by death (Romans 7:1-3); or, in the case of fornication, the innocent party (the one who has remained pure and not contributed in any way to his mate’s sin) may with the approval of God divorce and remarry another. However, the innocent party may choose to be forgiving (upon the mate’s repentance) and continue in the marriage with God’s approval.

What God hath joined together, man cannot scripturally put asunder (Matthew 19:6). Though man may try to dissolve marriages for reasons other than death or fornication, though man may announce that a divorce for other reasons is granted, though husband and wife may agree to divorce for other reasons, the marriage remains intact before God. Man can never scripturally separate that which God has joined together.

Man cannot scripturally join together what God does not join together. Any joining together of a man and woman that God has not done is adulterous, sinful relationship. When churches look the other way and refuse to deal with these relationships according to the will of God, they become partakers of their evil deeds (2John 9).