I had never thought about the flood in this way before. Number nine really surprised me and got me thinking. It's encouraging to see that even in the midst of natural disasters, God is always merciful and loving.
After all earlier attempts to bring men to repentance had failed [which were considerable] and the righteous had been removed to a place of safety, the Lord cleansed the earth by water.
The scriptures suggest eight things that were happening on the earth that led to this cataclysm. A ninth condition leading to the flood was suggested by President John Taylor.
- It appears that organized iniquity had gained such a hold on the earth that it was impossible for the righteous to live in peace except through the intervention of divine power. “And in those days there were giants on the earth, and they sought Noah to take away his life; but the Lord was with Noah, and the power of the Lord was upon him” (Moses 8:18).
- The ultimate purpose of the adversary is to “disrupt, disturb, and destroy the home and the family” (Boyd K. Packer, “The Father and the Family,” Ensign, May 1994, 19). Note what the following passage suggests about Satan’s success in this matter in the days of Noah: “And unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood” (Moses 7:33)