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Why the Great Flood & Not Adam & Eve where it all started?

Why didnt God just take out Adam & Eve and start again?
Obviously sin started with them right?
If Adam & Eve could not refrain from giving in to sin, how did God think the rest of the world would in time?!!!
Why flood the entire earth that was full of sinful people, when he could have nipped it in the bud with adam & eve!!
should this be seen as a mistake on Gods part?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:06 AM on Jul. 31, 2010 in Religious Debate

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Answers (37)
  • It was a story to show the importance of "Faith".
    Everyone laughed at Noah while he built the huge Ark. They did horrible things to him. He kept his faith and regardless of what "man" did or said to him he continued to have faith and listen to God. Do you think that building this huge Ark while being a laughing stock to the city was what he wanted to do? Was it comfortable for him? No matter how many mean or somewhat logical things people said to him even his closest friends..he did what he was instructed and held onto his faith. The others did not. This story is a lesson. The rainbow at the end of the story is a symbol to show that God never leaves us...and a promise not to do it again.

    Answer by Momforhealth at 1:15 PM on Aug. 1, 2010

  • I would say God knew before he created them that they were flawed, he had a plan of redemption from the beginning, He knows man is incapable of living a sinless life and does not and has never expected them to be perfect. What He does expect is for us to love him and trust in him, which at the time of Noah, everyone but Noah (and his family) hated God. The story of Noah forshadows the story of Christ. All people were evil, God was going to destroy them all but provided a way of escaping the destruction, only a few trusted in God for salvation and the rest were killed. Noah was telling others that the flood was coming, but they didn't believe him. I think it's complicated beyond what people can possibly understand. On the one hand He wanted to test Adam and Eve, but on the other hand He is all knowing and therefore would have already known what they were going to do.

    Answer by mybella81 at 10:54 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Its just a fable. Its not to be taken literally.

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 10:10 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • IDK..but i'll add these to my list of 'queries for God'..for when i see Him.
    maybe He had great hope in His creations/humanity, and like any good parent, was sorry He'd let such terrible behavior go on, but just got really upset one day and put his foot down! then, like most parents who scream/yell at their kids, He promised to not do it again.
    just a non-caffienated theory.
    also, i don't find it totally off to think that perhaps God does make mistakes..i mean, if we're made in His image, and He knows everything we go through, there's nothing we can do/feel/be tempted with/whatnot that He doesn't also feel/has known..then it would serve logically to say He knows what its like to make mistakes, and have regrets, too. maybe...

    Answer by dullscissors at 10:23 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Ah but if God were omniscient he would have known that Adam and Eve would disobey him and that the rest of the world would fall to sin too so it really makes one wonder what the heck the whole point was in the first place.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:31 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Y'all need to watch "The Invention of Lying". Excellent, thought provoking film. Insanely funny, too. Before we acccept anything in the bible as "TRUE"...we need to consider the source. Before written history there were as many religious beliefs as there were people groups. Just like today, the first one to commit it to print wins the in point, the modern media. Jews and Christians were the first to get their ideas down on paper and spread it to the masses. If you study how we picked out the books we call "THE BIBLE", how many ways they have been handled and manipulated by man, you must seriously consider how much weight you want to put in it as the be all and end all of divine communique. If you rethink your whold concept of GOD, this whole question becomes moot. I would be more than happy to correspond one on one with anyone struggling with this kind of thing.

    Answer by mommyx9 at 10:48 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • Lets assume for a moment that both of these myths are reality... God did not cause the flood in order to rid the earth of sin. He did it because the sin on earth had become so prevalent and the people so evil. Which should make you ask why didn't he wipe Noah & his family clean of sin and simply start over with perfection? That is a question I don't know. But had he wiped the slate clean after A&E started the process he would have effectively lost the argument against Satan. Satan believed that he was equal to God and that given the choice A&E would prefer to follow him. Had God given them the chance to follow Satan (listen to him & eat the fruit) and then kill them off right away, he would have simply reinforced that. So he had to allow their free will to take over even without perfection. Only IF people choose to follow him when given the choice did he win the argument... But I think he lost!

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 10:51 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • ah..but that is where the 'relationship' comes in , beeky. for xtians, their entire relationship is made up of faith..something they can't see (God), but hoping for (God). for xtians (and others that believe in God), He is here. and that, is the fundemental difference in us (xtians) and them (y'all). faith.

    Answer by dullscissors at 12:25 PM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • My guess would be that God knew people would make mistakes and he hoped that Adam and Eve had learned and would teach later generations to obey him. By the time of the flood there was too much sin in the world.

    Answer by mrsbean08 at 10:32 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

  • The Biblical flood story is not the first. There are other, more ancient versions. Here is the oldest  documented one (notice the parallels to the Bible story which came thousands of years LATER):

    Good question about Adam and Eve... the only think I can think of is that God didn't foresee how 'sinful' the world would become and that leads me to conclude that he is NOT all-knowing and all-powerful.


    Answer by IhartU at 10:35 AM on Jul. 31, 2010