Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21 do not teach Total Depravity

Noah delivered from the flood

Though Genesis 6:5 and Genesis 8:21 are popular verses used to defend Total Depravity, they in fact offer a choice to humans whether to sin or obey God. Genesis 6–8 is a text which warns the reader that if they form the thoughts of their hearts after evil, only death and destruction will result. If, however, like Noah, they form their thoughts after righteousness and godliness, they will find grace in the eyes of the Lord, and He will guide them, protect them, and even deliver them

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God Takes Responsibility for the Flood

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When bad things happen in this world like the flood, God takes the responsibility for them because He created a world where such evil things are possible. When the flood came, it is not something that God sent, but is something that happened under His rule, or “on His watch.”

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How Genesis 8:21 Reveals God’s Purpose in the Flood

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Genesis 8:21 helps us understand what God was doing in the flood. When we understand Genesis 8:21, it shows us that God was acting like Jesus. Genesis 8:21 reveals something beautiful and loving about God. He ends up looking like Jesus dying on the cross for the sake of sinners.

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The Waters of the Flood and ANE Cosmology

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In seeking to understand what is going on in the account of the flood and why the waters that came upon the earth, we must understand the ANE cosmology. The waters of the flood cause the world to revert the the chaos of a pre-creation state. The flood reveals cosmic warfare between God and Yamm, the god of chaos and storms.

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The Flood of Genesis 6-8 in Context

the flood in Genesis 6-8

In the flood of Genesis 6-8, did God really send water to kill every living thing on earth? Some clues in the text hint that something else occurred.

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