Given the title of Genesis Chapter 6, we are likely to encounter much more excitement than Chapter 5. Chapter 5 was simply a list of descendants from Adam to Noah, along with a mention of ridiculously old aged characters and old aged fatherhood. Chapter 6 is titled “The Flood”. That alone brings excitement!
We know from the end of Chapter 5 that Noah was 500 years old when he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japeth. Wow! And I thought 100 years was old to be a father, but Noah was 500! Note my sarcasm. Chapter 6 begins with more misogyny.
“…the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.” – Genesis 6:2
Sigh. Where to start? For starters, notice the language. Men are the sons of God, but daughters are the offspring of men. Again, women are placed a step beneath men according to God. Then we have the second part of the verse. Men married any of them (daughters) they chose. So women had no choice? Apparently. This just angers me. How can we believe a single word of the Bible when it is so full of misogyny? Next God makes a bold statement.
“’My spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.’” – Genesis 6:3
Just like that God decides men were living too long and limits their life to 120 years. That’s more in line with the lifetime of humans today, but humans have exceeded 120 years. The oldest verified human before death was 122 years 164 days. What did God mean by 120 years? Humans have exceeded that! Did God mean “about” 120 years? If so, why wasn’t he specific in the Bible? He is God and therefore should be able to make the Bible as specific as possible.
God also comes to the conclusion that men are evil.
“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on Earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.” – Genesis 6:5
Well God, you have only yourself to blame. You created man. You created evil. It’s your fault! I also think God is being a bit over-dramatic here. All men are evil ALL the time. Every single thought by man is an evil thought? I highly doubt that. Instead of fixing man, as God has the ability to do, God decides to kill them all.
“So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air – for I am grieved that I have made them.’” – Genesis 6:7
Wow! You’re going to destroy all living men and animals? What did the animals do? How are the animals evil? I get that you can fix this problem you created in any way you wish, but it seems as if you’re doing it the hardest way possible. Why not just snap your fingers and remove evil from the world? An all-powerful God, after all, has the power to do that. Then God finds favor in Noah, after just saying ALL men were evil ALL the time. Which is it God? All men, or most men? Make up your mind!
God then tells Noah his plan and Noah just accepts this with no questions asked. I have to tell you that if God called on me and told this to me, I’d be asking some questions! God then says:
“’You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.’” – Genesis 6:19
Any child will read this and ask, “how did they all fit in the ark, given the ark has specific dimensions as given in Genesis 6:15-16?” The Christian apologist will respond by arguing that God didn’t mean two of every animal, but just two of every “kind” of animal. To their credit, verse 20 uses this language.
“’Two of every kind of bird, every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.’” – Genesis 6:20
According to the Christian apologists, only two of every kind of animal is needed. Sorry, survival doesn’t work that way. If you have only 2 of a species, that species is doomed. There would be a vast amount of incest to repopulate, leading to genetic mutations, and a very unlikelihood of surviving. On top of that, fitting every ‘kind’ of animal and bird into this ark is impossible. There still isn’t enough room. Again, the science simply doesn’t hold up. And what about the fish? Yes, I know they can swim in the water, but if the Earth is filled with water, fresh water lakes will mix with salt water oceans and many species of fish will perish. I guess God thinks fish are evil too.
Chapter 6 definitely destroys Chapter 5 in excitement level. To do that, however, it had to launch into a bunch of nonsense that very basic science tells us is impossible. In this chapter we learned that God finds all of mankind evil, except for Noah. Instead of fixing things the simple way, God plans to wipe out every living creature through a flood. Where’s the water coming from? Since there’s no science in this chapter, there’s no need to offer an explanation for the water. We just have to take it on faith. God, after all, works in mysterious ways. 🙂
Coming Soon: Genesis – Chapter 7: The Flood Part II