Secondly, there was a great flood during
Secondly, there was a great flood during which the world’s atmosphere was changed forever. The water canopy above the sky that filtered out deadly UV rays was cast down to Earth and was replaced with an ozone layer, which is not fully adequate in filtering out those killer rays. Ultraviolet rays are associated with over 60 diseases. Now couple that with the Tower of Babel and the scattering of mankind to different geographical locations around the globe, with each location having a different intensity of sunlight, and the following information makes clear sense.
Newsweek, January 11, 1988, in an article concerning the biological DNA research of universities of Berkeley, Emory, Michigan, and more, recorded the following:
Skin color, for instance, is a minor adaptation to climate—black in Africa for protection from the sun, white in Europe to absorb ultraviolet radiation that helps produce vitamin D. It takes only a few thousand years of evolution for skin color to change.
In the same article, Harvard paleontologist S. J. Gould says:
“It makes us realize that all human beings, despite differences in externalappearance, are really members of a single entity that’s had a very recent origin in one place. There is a kind of biological brotherhood that’s much more profound than we ever realized.”
Citizens of a country have certain privileges that strangers or foreigners don’t have. They can vote in elections. They can take advantage of government medical programs. They can receive monetary assistance from the government if necessary. They are protected by the country’s laws and cannot just be deported from the country. In this passage, Paul compares the church to a city. Paul explains to the Church of Ephesus that they are no longer strangers in God’s “country,” but that they have full citizenship in it, with the rights and privileges that accompany that claim. They have, in a sense, been “annexed” into the city of God. Just as citizens of a country have equal access under the law, we have equal access to God, because we are part of the family of God. Paul continues the metaphor by comparing the apostles and prophets to the bricks in a foundation. He says that these people laid the foundation for Christianity and that the weight of the Gospel is on their accomplishments. The foundation is what holds up the building, but the cornerstones are what holds the foundation together. If any important documents are to be housed in the stones, they are housed in the cornerstone. Without the cornerstone, the entire building falls apart. Here Paul declares Jesus to be the chief cornerstone, on whom the entire foundation of the building (Christianity) rests.