I would argue that the deceitfulness of sin (which would include such sins as intellectualism, and acceptance of the idea that God is a legalistic killer), hardens our hearts, and leads us to unbelief (Heb. 3:12-13). And I would argue that it is unbelief about God’s goodness which leads some Christians to accept the idea that God could utilize the mechanism of “survival of the fittest” to create mankind.
I would further argue that it is also unbelief about God’s goodness that leads other Christians to blind acceptance of Moses’ false editorial assertion:
“So the Lord said, ‘I [not the devil] will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.’” Genesis 6:7
Certainly the Scriptures are inspired by God (2 Tim. 3:16), but they were not always dictated by God word for word. Moses sometimes had a problem with embellishing and changing God’s communications. (See, for example, Numbers 20:1-12). And we see in this instance in his flood account in Genesis that Moses actually editorializes God’s supposed thoughts to Himself! Moses has here anthropomorphized God, showing God changing His mind! But if God is truly omniscient, He cannot be genuinely shocked or taken by surprise by anything. (But perhaps Moses was an “open theist”?)
We must recognize that the occasional misrepresentations of God by the prophets in the Bible came from their ignorance and misunderstanding about the devil and his activities; whereas we Christians should remember how Jesus firmly distinguished between “the god of this age,” and God the Father–who is pure agapē, and whom Jesus exactly represented:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
The fact is, “God is good, all the time!” Death is the stated enemy of God, so it cannot be an instrument of God! The lake called “the second death” will finally bring about the death of death (1 Cor. 15:26). However, many Christians who read the Bible apparently turn a blind eye when says that it is the devil, not God, who holds the power of death (Hebrews 2:14).
Remember, we are told we must read the Scriptures by the Holy Spirit, not blindly by the letter, “for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." 2 Corinthians 3:6b.
So let’s now reconsider Darwinism, the Flood Story, and the geological record, from the perspective of God’s pure, unchanging nature of love: He warns; He rescues; but He does not kill people!
In today’s news is a story about a scientist at Cal State-Northridge who just won a lawsuit for discrimination. (“Scientist Wins Hard Cash Over Soft Tissue From Dinosaurs: Montana dig results raised further questions about ancient Earth”)
Mark Armitage found a triceratops horn, still containing soft tissue, while on a dig at the Hell Creek formation in Montana in 2012. As the manager of the university’s Electron and Confocal Microscopy Suite in the Biology Department, he analyzed his samples, and published the controversial results—which favored a young earth paradigm, and catastrophist geology. He was promptly terminated. (Of course, we all know that the prevailing paradigm of Darwinian Evolution requires millions of years, and is deeply entrenched in the scientific community.)
You may be aware of a similar controversy stirred up by Mary Schweitzer in 2004 concerning her analysis of a discovery from that same Hell Creek formation. Professor Schweitzer received the thighbone of a Tyrannosaurus rex—still with soft tissue, and in her laboratory at North Carolina State University she confirmed blood vessels and red blood cells in the sample! She said, “I just got goose bumps, because everyone knows these things don’t last for 65 million years."
As you probably know, the idea of an old earth is based on uniformitarian geology, which understands the fossil record to have been laid down over millions of years. But either the fossil record is the evidence of millions of years, or it is largely the evidence of Noah’s Flood.
We see that Peter has warned,
Speaking of “evolution,” we should take time here to distinguish between macroevolution and microevolution. Evolution means “change.” No one argues against microevolution, that is, against gradual mutations leading to new varieties within a species, or even to new species; this can be observed in nature.
Of course, the Bible does not speak of species, but of “kinds.” Kinds that were specially created, in adult form, suddenly, and supernaturally. But Darwinian Macroevolution—the theory of the spontaneous generation of life that occurred in some primordial organic soup when it met a Frankenstein-esque lighting bolt; which then somehow progressed “naturally” onward to a single cell organism (arguably a complex universe in its own right), to fish, to amphibians, to primates, to man—is only an unobservable supposition: a belief also requiring faith.
If He is nonviolent, God could not have used the mechanism of Darwinian Macroevolution to create man. Again, death is God’s stated enemy (1 Cor. 15:26). Millions of years of death, bloodshed, suffering, disease, and extinction…eventually leading to “the descent of man” as a moral agent? This proposed mechanism puts death BEFORE the fall of man. However, the Scriptures plainly state death appeared only AFTER the fall of man in the Garden, coming in through his sin. Death doesn’t precede man, it follows him:
“Therefore, just as THROUGH ONE MAN SIN entered the world, AND DEATH THROUGH SIN….” Romans 5:12a.
“For since BY MAN CAME DEATH, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22.
To repeat, Hebrews 2:14 shows us it is actually Satan who has the power of death, not God:
“Since the children have flesh and blood, he [Jesus] too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil.”
Speaking for myself, I believe the worldwide Flood of Noah is a historical event. Yet I am convinced our God is nonviolent. So, in contrast to the beliefs of the editor of Genesis, Moses (and others), I don’t believe God sent it. Warned about it? Yes. Just got fed up and wiped everybody out? No.
Richard Murray has an essay concerning the Genesis Flood, as it relates to the TRUE nature of God, entitled “Did God Drown All The Children In The World With A Killer Flood? Or Did Satan?,” which is very enlightening. As Murray points out in that essay:
Finally, as to the possible mechanical dynamics of the Flood, you may find of interest the work of Professor Walt Brown. He received a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from MIT, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. Please watch this five minute overview of Brown’s Hydroplate Theory, from 1986. (Regarding Satan’s role as a master geologist and murderer, especially note what Brown says at the 2 minute point: "Failure in the crust began with a microscopic crack.”)