“Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, therefore the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil” (King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 8:11). That summarizes the attitude of a scoffer. He mistakes the patience of God for leniency, and mocks the prospect of a coming judgment. One of the defining qualities of a scoffer is to forget the past, willingly. Case in point, the Genesis Flood.
The Apostle Peter exposed the folly of scoffers with an inspired history lesson from the book of Genesis. If you take Genesis as literal history (as Peter did), you’re in good apostolic company. Peter didn’t rebut the scoffers with poetical or allegorical interpretations of Genesis, and neither should we. Pull up a chair—school is in session again, with Professor John MacArthur . . .
Watch the sermon video, then visit the comment section and discuss the following question: How does the catastrophic global flood threaten the system of uniformitarianism (i.e., “the present is the key to the past”)?
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