Howard W. Hunter rejects Modern Criticism of the Flood

Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Howard W. Hunter

Let us examine what the Master said when the disciples came to him as he sat on the Mount of Olives. They asked him to tell them of the time of his coming and of the end of the world. Jesus answered: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

“And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:36-39)

In this statement the Master confirmed the story of the flood without modernizing it. Can we accept some of the statements of the Lord as being true and at the same time reject others as being false?


Source: Howard W. Hunter, “Where, Then, Is Hope?,” Conference Report, October 1970, pp. 129-132. Howard W. Hunter was the fourteenth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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