While my proposal about the flood is difficult to accept, the traditional reading is even more difficult. This post shows why. The alternative perspective helps us understand that when worldwide destruction was coming up on the earth as a result of mankind becoming extremely evil and violent, God stepped in to save and rescue those who would follow Him.
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.
Some difficulties with the flood account can be resolved by looking at various ways of understanding Genesis 6:13. The text indicates that God did not plan to send the flood, but that He became aware that the flood was coming.
Is the flood account really a beautiful story about rainbows? Hardly! It is a terrible, troubling text about a God who drowns everybody on earth. Christians often read the flood account with blinders on our eyes, and do not really see the way God is presented in this difficult passage.