> Does the account need to clarify what the
> motivating factor was for you to understand the
> intended consequences even when the document just
> finished relating that in the recent past it was
> necessary to destroy almost everything because the
> humans as a whole had corrupted all life on the
Yes, it most definitely does need to clarify the motivating factor. If anything, if we are to conclude God's destruction of mankind was a way to debug and reboot his creation, then he kept missing the mark. We see original sin, flood, pestilence, plague, destruction of whole cities, and still he can't get the code to work right. The very fact that God had to destroy that Tower so shortly after destroying mankind in the Flood shows how risky it is to make any assumption about God's motivating factor. How are we to conclude that the building of the Tower is any sort of threat of a reoccurrence that "humans as a whole had corrupted all of life on earth"? Why did God bother creating man in his image if he didn't want man to assert his own greatness in achieving wonderful things?
One could argue that making assumptions about God's motives is what keeps man going astray to the point where God feels the need to keep destroying things. Why can't God get it right the first (or second) time? Why does God have so much trouble developing human software that can regulate itself within the proper tolerances without it going rogue so many times? Perhaps our assumptions about God's motivating factors are just wrong.
If we learn anything from the Genesis it's that man must NOT make any assumptions about God's motivations or else every good, bad, beautiful, and ugly human will be destroyed. The God of the Old Testament takes no prisoners. Why would we dare make any assumptions under those conditions?
> In doing so I believe that if the document
> considers humanity to be destructive to the
> environment (which it does) then by slowing our
> progress multiples of generations of humans have
> been given the opportunity to experience life
> before the inevitable man made catastrophic event
I don't follow that. If the document considers humanity to be so destructive to the environment, why does God design humanity to be able to persist in being so "destructive" in the first place, to the point that God repeatedly had to destroy mankind, even those who are NOT destructive?
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 03-May-16 21:50 by Origyptian.