Grief had broken God’s heart when he announced “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created – and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground – for I regret that I have made them.” God’s declaration is mind boggling. The destruction of the entire human race! If we lose sight of the factors that brought God to this decision, he appears to be a genocidal maniac.
First, God created us. Therefore, he is responsible for the pain we inflict on each other. Possessing the power to stop injustice but never acting to rectify the problem would be a greater injustice than destroying evil people who fill the earth with violence.
God wasn’t angry. He was broken hearted. Can we assume everyone who died in the flood went to hell? Sin is not imputed where there is no law. The law of God was given to Israel hundreds of years later. Yes, sin was in the world but God was not holding their sins against them when he flooded the earth. God had a moral obligation to stop the violence. Those who died in the flood paid the wages of sin, which is the death of our flesh bodies and they stood before a God who was not holding their sins against them. Don’t be quick to assume God threw them all in hell.
Finally, God did not extinguish the human race. He started over with the one man who “walked faithfully with God.” The one man thankful for the gift of life who thought remembering God is a good idea.
All scriptures quotes are from the NIV Bible unless otherwise noted.
 Romans 5:13
 Romans 6:23
 Genesis 6:9