WHAT IF GOD HAD NOT DESTROYED HUMANITY
WITH A GREAT FLOOD?
IS GOD CRUEL?
An In-Depth Analysis of God's Apparent
Acts of Cruelty in the Bible
fact that the God of the Bible decreed the destruction of humanity by a
great flood is perhaps the favorite argument of atheists when giving
evidence that God is cruel and that such a sadistic being simply cannot
exist.. According to them, the thought that a "loving" God would cause
such a worldwide catastrophe would be a total paradox.
But what if God had not caused the great flood? What if He
had shown mercy to humanity, instead?
For hundreds of years, after Adam’s creation, humanity
pursued a course of rebellion set by the two first humans. Sin abounded
on the earth, and God did not intervene. As the centuries went
by, “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and
that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually” (Genesis 6: 5).
A reader may miss the significance if the above
statement, but it is of great significance. We need to stop for a
minute and ponder what God saw when He looked at humanity. What He saw a
world where "every intent and thought of human hearts were only evil."
In other words, He saw is a psychopathic world where every vestige of
conscience was totally gone from everyone. It was a world
where horrible wars, brutal murders, rapes, pedophilia, and all kinds of
perversions abounded--and God had to watch it all happen.
For the world to reach such a point of no return, God must
have stood by and must have waited for centuries. We know that this is
His approach as he waited, as you will read later, a very long time
before He decreed the destruction of the degenerate Canaanites.
No doubt, Noah, "A preacher of righteousness" (II Peter
2:5), and his children warned the world of the impending destruction--
but to no avail--and, finally, the flood came and all where buried in
their watery graves.
If God had not destroyed such a putrid world, the nations
would have become horrendous beyond belief. It would have been a world
of untold fear, anguish and suffering where the strong oppressed the
wicked, and where women and children lived in daily terror their whole
Most of all, a loving God would have had to agonize daily in
seeing his children do unthinkable things to each other.
Such a reality was bound to be brought to an end--and so
God did, but with the aim of some day resurrecting them all. It was not
a termination of humanity; it was simply a temporary pause.
In thinking about the flood, we may focus on the judgment of
God and may forget that God could have brought humanity to an end and
could have moved on to better things, but did not, and chose to continue
working with humanity through Noah and his descendents.
Eight people found favor in God’s eyes: Noah, his wife, his
three children and their wives. Thus the human race was preserved from
total destruction, and we are here today because of the righteousness of
the few and, most of all, because of God’s endless mercy.
But what if God had not spared Noah and his family? What if God
had simply said, “Enough with these incorrigible humans; no more time
will be wasted on them; I will destroy them all, once and for all”?
Needless to say, if this had been God’s verdict, the plan of God
for humanity would have ended then and there, the rest of human history
would have never taken place, and we would have never had a chance to
exist, let alone long for eternal life.
But God did spare a seed in Noah and his children, and He did go
on with His plan that later involved His Son’s coming to Earth and His
death for all of humanity.
God and Christ must have a very special love for this very
trying species called humanity, as both would have had a perfect excuse
to scrap the plan and, consequently, not allow Christ to suffer all the
agony He was destined to suffer. Had Christ not been filled with
unending love, He would have had a perfect opportunity to push for a
“let’s-forget-about-it” approach so as to spare Himself the humiliation
and the agony He was to endure thousands of years later.
The fact that both the Father and the Son did not scrap the
human plan, but protected Noah and his family from total obliteration,
is another stunning proof that God the Father and Christ are totally
committed to bringing their plan of salvation for humanity to
There is, therefore no doubt that, no matter what the
impediments and barriers may be, God and Christ want humanity to inherit
eternal glory, and that they are determined to do whatever it takes to
make it come to pass.
Thus, far from being a cruel Being, God showed His great
compassion and love.