God is satisfied with his works
God is dissatisfied with his works.
1) What is the supposed contradiction and why is it believable?
Genesis 1:31, “31And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.”
Genesis 6:6, “6And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.”
Quite honestly, I am having trouble with this one as to why it is supposed to be a contradiction as proof that the bible is false. To me it is a weak argument. Is God only supposed to be satisfied all the time? Is He only supposed to be dissatisfied all the time? Certainly the synopsis given here shows opposites, however that is all it does. It completely neglects everything in between.
2) What is the truth in these verses and why do they NOT actually contradict each other?
This is not a contradiction in terms because of what happens in between. In chapter 3, we see the introduction of sin in the world. THIS is why God regrets His creation and why He is grieved. The relationship between man and God had been severed. Mankind was no longer perfect, and therefore divided from God. Genesis 6:5 tells us, “5The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually.” The actions of man between creation and Genesis 6 are the reasons for God’s sorrow and regret. Even if you take the spirituality out of the scripture and look at it plainly as a story, there is a progression of events that result in the outcome of sorrow. Cause and effect. While I am no English scholar, clearly the person who created this fallacy is not either.
3) How can we use this to educate ourselves and others to further the Kingdom?
Quite plainly, we can see why we need Christ. Throughout the rest of the bible, we see man’s attempts at deeming himself worthy of a relationship with God. It begins here, where man is disobedient and while God still loves man, man must bear the consequences of his disobedience. Just like a father and son, when the son disobeys his father, while the father still loves his son, the punishment must still be carried out. The punishment is outlined in Genesis 3:16-19, “16To the woman He said, I will greatly multiply your grief and your suffering in pregnancy and the pangs of childbearing; with spasms of distress you will bring forth children. Yet your desire and craving will be for your husband, and he will rule over you. 17And to Adam He said, Because you have listened and given heed to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it, the ground is under a curse because of you; in sorrow and toil shall you eat [of the fruits] of it all the days of your life. 18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return.”
I was asked by a dear friend yesterday, “why do we need Christ to intercede for us?” This is why.