Monday Musings for January 07, 2019

The flood was the only logical way for God to proceed

Good morning, Musers,

There are some things that even an omnipotent God cannot do. For instance, he cannot make a square circle or a married bachelor. And why not? Because he cannot do anything that is contrary to his nature. But, you may ask, isn’t “cannot” too strong a word next to the idea of him being omnipotent?

Not in this universe. Logic rules here… and logic informs God’s omnipotence. If he’s created other universes where our kind of logic doesn’t apply, we can’t know that. So we must run with what’s in front of us… and what’s in front of us is an ordered and knowable universe that shows his power, his divinity — and this is lost on many — his logic.

Take the entropy of physical systems for an example. Systems will become increasingly disordered if not acted upon by an outside force — and that’s true for moral systems, too. If we don’t add enough morality to the system, then moral entropy takes over… and that’s what happened before the flood. Humanity could not get out of its own way — but so much so that the usual methods did not work.

What were the usual methods? Having enough godly people in place, sending prophets and having a consistent revelation in nature. But the thing God could never do was force people to do good things. This would violate their free will, and — in my opinion — it would invalidate creation altogether. God created us to have a relationship with him… one culminating in worship… and worship can only occur among those who can freely choose to do it.

Much like today, people before the flood were sinning because they wanted to. The difference is that, before the flood, sin had reached its tipping point… and the optimal ratio of redeemed souls to population (and/or redeemed souls to lost souls) would never be achieved without divine intervention.

Remember also that the omniscient God knew that the preflood people would have just foundered forever if he didn’t intervene — and that might have been okay. But since he had a purpose for creation, what’s a God to do? Just ignore the sin that’s stopping his program? Hardly.

In spite of this, people still complain that the flood was overkill. However, restricted by his own purposes (as well as the things he designed into the universe and the way he designed us), God had no choice but to destroy all those people. His only real choice was how… and the rains came down and the flood came up… and all their little houses washed away.

I’m not rejoicing here — and neither was God… but neither was he apologizing for creating us. When the Bible tells us that “The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth…” (Genesis 6:6), it may sound like God apologizing there with a quick read, but it’s just not so.

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