It was starting out to be a quiet morning, but then the Drool-o-tron™ jolted us with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). Our computer was locked onto WND’s presentation of the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.
Because we’ve been recently slimed by WND’s re-postings of the rev’s older videos, we’ve learned to be skeptical, but our skepticism vanished when we saw WND’s headline: Is hydrologic cycle mentioned in Bible?
We haven’t posted about that before. But we’ve learned that WND changes its headlines for repeat postings, so we looked at the actual title of the rev’s video — What scientific principle are these verses referring to? We haven’t posted about that video before.
Everyone learns about the water cycle, often before high school. You remember — water evaporates, then it condenses in the atmosphere and falls as rain, which flows into rivers, lakes, and oceans, and then the cycle repeats. According to Wikipedia:
Up to the time of the Renaissance, it was thought that precipitation alone was insufficient to feed rivers, for a complete water cycle, and that underground water pushing upwards from the oceans were the main contributors to river water. Bartholomew of England held this view (1240 CE), as did Leonardo da Vinci (1500 CE) and Athanasius Kircher (1644 CE).
The first published thinker to assert that rainfall alone was sufficient for the maintenance of rivers was Bernard Palissy (1580 CE), who is often credited as the “discoverer” of the modern theory of the water cycle. Palissy’s theories were not tested scientifically until 1674, in a study commonly attributed to Pierre Perrault. Even so, these beliefs were not accepted in mainstream science until early nineteenth century.
Because the water cycle has only recently been understood, we were curious to see what the rev had to say. He quotes a few ambiguous verses which are scattered throughout the bible, including this one which seems to be the best, from Ecclesiastes 1:7. It’s the King James Version, of course:
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
The rev tells his drooling fans that there’s a pattern revealed by those verses. The bible has always been saying what we’ve only recently figured out. Yes, everything worth knowing is in the bible. Isn’t that wonderful?
The rev isn’t wearing one of his bible-boy suits — just a blazer without a necktie — but he’s still the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! The video is his usual 90-second presentation — before the commercial. Go ahead, click over to WND and watch it. And be amazed!
As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!
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