As you know I have been questioning and trying to figure out why if Genesis 1-11 were not meant to be taken literally they are referred to literally in later books. Most of these verses can be explained away as having theological significance. But one set of verses stumps me completely regarding this topic and it’s not a collection verses many thinks of when asking this question. The verses are 2 Peter 3:3-7 quoted below.
2 Peter 3:3-7 New Living Translation (NLT)
3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.”
5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.
So to summarize Peter is saying that scoffers will claim that Jesus will not come back because as far back as anyone can remember everything has always been the same. And Peter’s response is, “uh… remember the giant flood that killed everyone in ancient times?”
Peter’s argument does not seem to make sense unless there was a literal worldwide flood. I ask that you not give me the argument that “well Peter was an ancient Israelite and he didn’t know science etc.” No, this is in the Bible and if it is in the Bible God wanted it to be there.
Many people on here seem to want to strip away all divinity from the Bible and make it only a work of man. If you do that you might as well be an atheist. I will never be an atheist as the God of the Bible has spoken to me clearly at least twice in my life. If I were an atheist i’d be a flat earth atheist. This isn’t me struggling with my faith, this is me struggling to make sense of it. I would go back to fundamentalism if need be because in the end I trust the word of God over scientists.
Anyways, does anyone have a plausible explanation for this?