We are examining what appears to be two different worlds in collision: the scientific world and the biblical world. What we must keep perfectly clear is “the facts backing the Christian claim are not a special kind of religious fact. They are the cognitive, informational facts upon which all historical, legal, and ordinary decisions are based.” (Clark Pinnock, Set Forth Your Case, pg 6-7) Our belief should not be “blind or a leap into the dark” but involve the mind, emotion and will based on evidence. “
While the Bible is not specifically a scientific textbook, it does contain many statements that have been scientifically confirmed. For example, the hydrologic cycles:
Evaporation, translation aloft by atmospheric circulation, condensation with electrical discharge and precipitation.
“He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.” (Psalm 135:7) “When He utters His voice, There is a multitude of waters in the heavens: “And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, He brings the wind out of His treasuries.” (Jeremiah 10.13)
The process of water vapor condensing to water droplets in the clouds coalescing to raindrops.
“For He draws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist, Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man. Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, The thunder from His canopy?” (Job 36.27-29)
The water recirculation process.
“All the rivers run into the sea, Yet the sea is not full; To the place from which the rivers come, There they return again.” (Ecclesiastes 1.7) “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there,
But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower, And bread to the eater” (Isaiah 55.10)
The National Groundwater Association writes “All the water of the Earth including the atmosphere, oceans, surface water, and groundwater participates in the natural system we call the hydrologic cycle. As water moves through all these elements repeatedly, the system is truly cyclical.” (www.ngwa.org/Fundamentals/hydrology/Pages/The-hydrologic-cycle.aspx)
The vast quantity of water that can be held as condensation in clouds.
“He binds up the water in His thick clouds, Yet the clouds are not broken under it.” (Job 26.8) “Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds;
He scatters His bright clouds.” (Job 37.11) USA Today quotes Peggy LeMone, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, as saying that a thunderstorm cloud contains approximately 275 million gallons of water. (http://www.usatoday.com/weather/resources/askjack/archives-thunderstorms.htm)
“In the 600th year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the 17th day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7.11) “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?” (Job 38.16)
Today, because of our advancements in technology and atmospheric and deep underwater exploration, this information is common knowledge but most of this information was not known until relatively recently. “Before the 17th century, many natural philosophers accepted the Greek theory (proposed by people who lived in a semiarid climate on limestone hills) that rainfall was insufficient to feed springs and rivers. It was thought that spring water was purified sea water from deep within the earth (reverse osmosis?
The question we must ask ourselves is “How did these ancient authors acquire such precise information?” They did not have the equipment we have today nor access to many of the regions of the upper atmosphere or deep oceans. It is a question worth pondering…
Pastor Sandy Huntsman
Boca Glades Baptist Church