Since mankind became so quickly corrupt in the generations prior to the flood so that the world became full of evil and violence, we should not be surprised when individuals and cultures become deeply and disturbingly evil, as though this is an anomaly. Rejecting God and His ways leads men and women into stunning depravity, often rapidly. We should expect to find examples of such evil in fallen men and women and not be naïve or incredulous when confronted with evil.
Since after the flood, God instituted capital punishment for murder as a restraint on evil, we should welcome the threat and practice of government justice as a means of restraining evil and promoting good. Although justice always carries the threat of injustice through mistakes or errors of judgment, in view of man’s radical corruption the benefits of public justice outweigh the risks that there could be occasional errors leading to the punishment of the innocent.
Since throughout history, God has judged the sinful rebellion of men and women, as was terrifyingly demonstrated in the flood, we should understand that He is a God of absolute justice. Such judgments of God on those who are His enemies foreshadow and warn of the dreadful day of judgment that will soon come. In light of God’s justice and judgments:
- We should fear His justice and live in light of the coming day of judgment, when everything that is hidden will be brought to light and judged.
- We should rejoice that Jesus was judged by God as the substitute for all who put their faith in Him. He satisfied the justice of God on behalf of those of us who believe. This is an act of love for which we must be forever grateful.
- We should never take our own revenge, but trust in God’s justice and anticipate the coming Day of Judgment. No one who sins against us or those we love will ever get away with it. It is God’s job to judge and we must put our trust in Him to take vengeance where it is needed and appropriate.
Since God deluged the world in a flood, we should interpret the geologic and fossil record in light of this world-wide catastrophe. We should interpret scientific data using assumptions that line up with the story of God’s work throughout history and not begin with the assumptions of unproven and unprovable naturalistic philosophy.
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