Evil and the flood?


Sean Foster, Contributor

In the beginning, God created everything. He created the land, the sea, the sky, the heavens, and all of life. He created us with free will, meaning we choose our actions. At first, God saw His creation as good. The first humans named, Adam and Eve, were told that they couldn’t eat the apple from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve had seen the leviathan and it told her that God was afraid that they would be as knowledgeable as God if they ate the fruit from the tree. Eve had then proceeded to eat the apple and share it with Adam. This is the first sin of mankind, original sin. God was forgiving, but threw them out of the garden. Adam and Eve had children named Cain and Able. One day, God asked Cain and Abel to sacrifice their best offering. Abel had sacrificed his best sheep, the strongest and most healthy. On the other hand, Cain had sacrificed his mediocre fruit. It was rotted and not his best. God accepted Abel’s sacrifice over Cain’s. Cain was infuriated with God’s decision. One day Cain led Abel to a field where he bashed Abel to death. This and polygamy led God to be angry at what he had created. He wanted a way to start over. God was going to flood the Earth to get rid of all the evil He had seen in His creation. He found a man named Noah who was virtuous. He told Noah to build an ark. The ark would protect his family and 2 of every kind of animal in the world. The ark would keep the family and animals safe from the water. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. The water stayed on the Earth for 150 days. At the end of the rain, Noah sent out a raven to seek land and it didn’t come back. The only reason this isn’t valid is because ravens feast on dead carcasses so it could have been eating a dead body and not returning.

Noah sent out a dove that brought back nothing. He sent it out again later and it returned with an olive branch. The third time it did not return.  This means that the dove found land. After the water receded, the ark rested on Mount Ararat. Noah had built an alter on God’s behalf. A lesson to learn from this story is to never question God’s judgement.

I firmly believe that God has a plan for each one of us. He knows what is best for us. Another lesson to be considered is to never underestimate God’s power. He was able to restart and keep one family alive. God is more powerful than anyone on the Earth. God will fulfill us in every aspect of our lives if we believe in Him. God loves us unconditionally, but for us to truly be fulfilled by Him we must trust and believe in Him.