Water and Fire

Flickr image by 111 Emergency.

Nope, I’m not really a doomsday prophet.  I don’t predict comets colliding with Earth or end-of-the-world dates. But when the Bible speaks, I listen, and it has much to say about a past catastrophe (the Flood, which I’ve been studying lately – can ya tell?) and some to say about a coming judgement.  Here’s text taken from 2 Peter 3: 4-7 (NIV):

“(Scoffers/unbelievers say) ‘Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’  But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.  By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.  By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”

This passage is talking about the Great Flood which, according to Genesis 6:5-7, was sent as a judgement because “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”  The Flood follows so quickly after Creation in the Bible that it seems only about forty-two people should have been born yet, but in actuality, over a thousand years transpired.  During that time, mankind spread out and built a thriving civilization, one that some speculate could have been only centuries away from an industrial revolution.  Remember, the first people were created perfect, lived an extremely long time, were given talents and intelligence, and the degenerating effects of sin hadn’t been in effect for very long yet (unlike today).  The Flood wiped out civilization BIG TIME.  And the Bible says it was because mankind turned away from God.

Fast forward.  Civilization has been rebuilt, technology is incredible, mankind is thriving, and our future seems amazingly limitless.  However, scientific theories have undermined a general belief in God, the Flood has been explained away (remember Peter’s “they deliberately forget” statement?), right and wrong have become debatable, and no one really believes that God (if He’s real) will destroy the world by fire.

Yet it’s written there in 2 Peter.

We can argue about whether such complete destruction is ethical, or if God has the right to do such a thing. We can debate the authenticity of scripture and the probability (or not) that God exists.  We can make up our own minds, choose our own beliefs, and live exactly as we choose.  But in a way, we’re like ants squabbling beneath a kid with a magnifying glass.

I, for one, would rather befriend the kid.

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Man Builds Noah’s Ark

Mom, how big was the ark? How many animals fit inside? Did Noah need a ladder? Could he use a noisy saw like Daddy’s? How big is elephant poop?

If you have kids, you’ve probably had to answer similar questions. Or maybe, if you’re like me, the whole idea of Noah and the ark sets your imagination to spinning and you have questions of your own. How do you feed wild cheetahs? What did it smell like after a few months inside? Did anyone get seasick? What’s it like to hear God talk to you? How lonely is it to be the only family on earth to listen to Him and survive?

Just this week I received an email from a friend that set all those wheels to spinning again. It featured a man in the Netherlands named Johan Huibers who actually built a halfscale replica of the ark according to the instructions preserved in scripture and opened it to the public. Intrigued, I got online and dug a little deeper. Here are a few links to websites that discribe this incredible man and his incredible project.

http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/am/v2/n2/netherland-ark

http://www.crookedbrains.net/2008/07/interesting_24.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan’s_Ark

And finally, a fun, short video of Noah’s animals coming two by two:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmk2Kd5QNw0&NR=1