From what I understand, God created Adam and Eve, banished them from the garden, and humanity became corrupted and stained with Original Sin.

Some time passed. God said enough was enough, and started over with the great flood and Noah's Ark. The flood killed everyone on earth except Noah and his family and a pair of each species of animals on earth.

The idea of "starting over": Does it mean that Noah's family didn't have Original Sin anymore? Or did they still?

If they still had Original Sin, was it really starting over in the eyes of God? If they lost Original Sin, how did humans get it back?

I'm kind of confused on this part of the story. I'm not necessarily looking for bible quotes, just a simple explanation.

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    I think it would help if you could explain where you got the idea of "starting over", and what exactly is meant by that. It is not a normal idea to say that Noah's family was freed from original sin. – curiousdannii May 6 '15 at 9:17
  • You have the order of operations wrong. – KorvinStarmast Feb 22 at 0:51

Being perfect is a requirement to be in the presence of our perfect heavenly Father. So yes, Noah and his family were sinners and condemned by original sin. For reasons we cannot know, Noah was favoured but God. Maybe for his works, his faith, his heart, his humility... Only God knows. But If he wasn't perfect, he was condemned by original sin. Being favoured does not mean saved nor does it mean absolution of sin.


Noah and his family were the only ones left with purity of heart (they worshiped God) and pure (human) genetics. The Great Flood was not "starting over" but a cleansing of vile corruption that could not be allowed to continue.

The salvation provided by the ark did nothing to remove sin from Noah and his family. No where is there any hint that such a cleansing took place.

In answer to @curiousdannii's question, "how do you know that Noah and his family worshiped God?"

Gen 6: 8-9
Noah, however, found favor in the sight of the Lord. These are the family records of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among his contemporaries; Noah walked with God.

  • Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord -- one cannot find favor in the sight of the Lord unless one puts the Lord at the center of his own life (or worships Him).
  • Noah was a righteous man -- by all accounts, this would indicate he worshiped the Lord.
  • blameless among his contemporaries -- the New KJV for v. 9:

This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.

... we can understand the implications of "blameless among his contemporaries". In other words, Noah was not perfect, but his geneology was uncontaminated.

  • Noah walked with God -- if not specific enough in the previous sentences contained in verse 9, this explicitly describes a relationship with God.

Now, why would I suggest that Noah's family (not just Noah) worshiped God? If a man - husband and/or father - has a relationship with God, then he is deemed the 'high priest' and directs his family in the ways of the Lord. Regardless of the sins recorded later by his sons, Noah's family did worship God.

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Noah was favoured by God because he was one of the elect, the chosen, determined by God before the foundation of the Earth. The only way Noah could have had a saving relationship with God was by God initiating that relationship. Obviously, Noah's family were the only elect at the time.


If we read Genesis 6:1-7, the main reason why God decided to destroy earth is:

The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

God wanted man to obey him, but giants came into being. Noah and his family did not commit this sin and so he and his family were saved. They still had the original sin and hence they got the penalty of death years after the flood. They were not free from Adam's sin.

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