Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than the truth itself. - Irenaeus

Friday, June 23, 2017

Just Add Water

The 66 books we call the Bible is loaded with rhetorical illustrations and curiosities that are often overlooked.  One such device has to do with water.  In reference to the second coming of Christ the apostle Peter in his second epistle uses the analogy of water in this way.  Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”  For [a]when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,  through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.  But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

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  1. I didn't know that water was used in this way in the Bible. Does it mean that the flood in the Noah's Arc story was only a metaphor?

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