Tuesday, February 18, 2014
“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7 KJV).
We continue addressing the associated objections and misconceptions concerning the recent Ken Ham/Bill Nye Creation/Evolution online debate….
Just where did all that water come from to cover the globe in Noah’s day? Notice Genesis 7:11: “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” While much of the scientific community dismisses the Bible’s human authors as “writing from a limited point-of-view due to their ignorance,” Moses seemed to be far more familiar with Earth science than even they realize.
You might be surprised, as I was, to learn some non-Christian scientists’ view of Genesis 7:11. Many years ago, in my undergraduate years in geologic training, I found a pamphlet about groundwater (water that exists underground). Although it was written by the United States Geological Survey (not a Creationist organization at all!), it quoted that Bible verse in its opening words (evidently, these scientists thought Moses was not dumb like Bible skeptics commonly portray him!). Not only was there water coming down from above (from the Lord Jesus Christ in the third heaven), but the Flood also involved water coming up from beneath.
The Bible says that Earth’s crust—especially its oceanic crust—was “broken up,” meaning aquifers, geysers, hot springs, and deep-sea vents were activated worldwide. Molten rock from Earth’s interior gushed out, which caused volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, rising sea temperatures, and tsunamis (giant sea waves).
In addition to “all of the fountains of the great deep” being rent, the “windows of heaven were opened.” That is, for 40 days, a large water mass from God in heaven slammed Earth. As that water passed through outer space, it surely caused great atmospheric and astronomical disturbances, and pummeled Earth with asteroids and meteorites (rock masses from space), forming craters on Earth we still observe and study worldwide.
Let us now discuss what the Great Flood meant for Earth’s biosphere….