Christy, I warmly thank you for these valuable thoughts!
Here you seem to support (like me) Romans 2:14-15: “The requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness”.
On the other hand the foundation of human law is the Golden Rule: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow”. And this is the core of God’s law as well, Moses received on Mount Sinai: “For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.“ (Galatians 5:14). Trespassing just human laws means sinning against God’s law in the end (1 Peter 2:13-14).
The same is very much confirmed by archeological evidence like the Code of Hammurabi where in a carved relief this Sumerian King is represented receiving the law from the seated Shamash, the Babylonian god of justice: A clear symbol for the divine origin of human law.
This is the reason why I consider the first vestiges revealing the sense of law (for instance Shuruppak and Ebla tablets about 2500 BC) as signs that at this time God had revealed His law to humans, and these became capable of sinning.
You are right when you claim:
Nonetheless you also claim to know that God’s law “has already been revealed”. Thereby you acknowledge that you have empirical evidence of this revelation. And I presume you will agree that this evidence existed already at the time of Jesus Christ and at the time of Moses. Did the DNA of the Apostles or of the Israelites changed when they received the revelation by Jesus Christ or Moses? Certainly NO. Did their minds change? YES. So you (like me) are assuming that God acts without engineering changes in the DNA but enlightening spiritually our minds and endowing us with sense of law and responsibility to Him.
Accordingly it is perfectly legitimate to ask whether at the time of the Flood all Homo sapiens existing in the earth had or not the sense of law written in their hearts. I think this question should be interesting to everyone who believes “the Bible is the inspired and authoritative word of God” [BioLogos, what we believe,1.]
I dare to insist: If you place the Flood around 3000 BC, then we have the following evidence:
Vestiges clearly revealing sense of law appear worldwide only after this time.
Nonetheless within Mesopotamia we find Cuneiform, the script used to write the first contracts and codes of law.
So it is reasonable to conclude that the about 100,000 human beings living in Sumer around Noah had sense of law, were capable of sinning, and were in need of salvation. By contrast, only at the end of the Flood God endowed the 14,000,000 humans living outside Mesopotamia with sense of law, and then they became capable of sinning and in need of salvation.
This conclusion fits well to the fact that Genesis 9:5-6 is the first time when inspired Scripture refers to the “image of God” as the reason for “the condemnation of homicide” (“the foundation of human law”!).
Furthermore (as I have argued in a previous posting) this conclusion allows us to interpret 2 Peter 2:5 fittingly from the perspective of Salvation.
This conclusion shows as well that Noah’s “Ark” was in fact much bigger than the YEC’s one at Kentucky, and really contained practically all animal species living today on earth. Interpreting Genesis with help of Evolution goes far beyond what YECs could ever dream, and they could use their money and their admirable marketing capabilities to perform more sustainable apologetics.
A final remark, my theory is testable:
If you find a stele like that of Hammurabi outside Mesopotamia long before 3000 BC I would be wrong, and my theory should be corrected.
But if I am right, then we have amazing evidence that evolutionary science is helping us to understand the Bible, and thereby science itself proves the Bible to be inspired Word of God which holds for all times.