Published October 10, 2017

Shelia Shares
"Pick & Choose? Really?"

The Facebook question read, "Do you think there was rain before the flood?"

There were lots of answers and many respondents pointed to Genesis 2:4-6: "This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground."

It sounds pretty evident to me that there was not rain before the flood. That is one reason why people of the time thought Noah's warning of a coming flood seemed so strange and, to them, unbelievable. But Noah was right.

As I read replies to the Facebook question, I came upon one that didn't fit. But, listen to what this gentleman has to say: "I realize this won't likely be a popular opinion, but I believe the Flood is a Biblical allegory, not a historical fact. There's just no evidence to suggest that the Earth was completely covered with water and certainly not in the last 10,000 years. I promise I'm not trying to be intentionally abrasive. I just think it's an honest question that deserves an honest, evidence-based answer."

I hope you know there actually is plenty of evidence to point to an actual flood.*

But, if one doesn't believe the flood was real, that, unfortunately, opens the doors to not believing the rest of the Bible.

When the Bible says Jesus rose from the dead — when it says He appeared to more than 500 people at a time after that resurrection — and when it says He went up into the air while they watched — some could say perhaps those are just nice stories that would be fun or "nice" to believe.

When the Bible says that "the wages of sin is death," perhaps it doesn't mean death. Maybe there is just some kind of "getting even" that we experience if we're bad. (See Romans 6:23.)

When Jesus says He will return, perhaps that won't be an actual fact. Perhaps that is just a nice way of telling us He loves us. Do you really believe He will return? Really? (See Acts 1:11.)

If we open the door to not believing one point the Bible states, then how can we believe anything the Bible states? How do we know which part to choose to believe and which part to discard?

Clearly, we cannot believe in God's eternal love and not believe in His judgment. We cannot believe in a Heaven and discard the reality of a Hell. Either we believe in the God of creation, the God of salvation, the God of miracles, the God of truth — or we don't believe in God at all.

The Bible is not a smorgasbord, where we pick and choose what we want out of all the options. Either we believe the Bible is the inspired, accurate, undeniable truth of God and believe it in its entirety or we don't believe it at all. If you have faith, there is no "maybe" about it.

How much of the Bible have you "thrown out" because it makes you uncomfortable? Do you believe the Bible? Do you believe God and everything He said?

It is a choice that we make and it affects every day of our lives — here and eternally.

- Shelia

*Here's a great resource regarding the truth of Noah's flood.

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