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Does the Bible predict that people will ignore the flood?

“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”  2 Peter 3:1-7 (ESV)

Noah’s Flood was an incredibly important event in earth history.  It changed the entire appearance of the earth, causing the earth as we see it today appear as though it has suffered from billions of years of erosion, but in actuality, the wear and tear we see are the results of the catastrophic flood.  Skeptics deny a global flood, although some accept that localized floods have been in existence in the past and they have caused some of the rock formations, sedimentary layers, and fossilsPeter told the early Christians that in the last days, people would scoff at the idea of a global flood.  They will even adhere to uniformitarianism as we see in the verse: “all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”  The above passage ends with a warning that the earth will again be destroyed, but next time it will be with fire.

How can we defend the Bible from secular attacks?

Skeptics enjoy attacking the Bible.  In fact, one skeptic has gone through the entire Bible and annotated his remarks about how the text is incorrect or he simply disagrees with it.  However, a Christian apologist has created an extensive rebuttal to each of these claims.  Follow the links to the Skeptics Annotated Bible and the Skeptics Annotated Bible: Corrected and Explained (Refutation).  Oftentimes, skeptics attack the Bible based on misunderstanding the text, not reading the passage in context, or they simply disagree with what is written.  The media, such as the Discovery Channel and History Channel, do nothing to help promote the infallibility of the Bible.  So called “scholars” are interviewed, but it is obvious that they are misinformed, under-educated, or purposely deceptive on Biblical topics.  Through the use of propaganda and poor historical research, the masses have been deceived into doubting the Bible and its credibility.

We as Christians should welcome questions that are asked about the Bible and use that opportunity to witness to others and defend our faith.  But we have to be equipped in order to do so.  There are many resources available to help answer the skeptic.  RTG suggests the book: The Big Book of Bible Difficulties  and a helpful apologetics website:  http://carm.org/bible-difficulties