This is peculiar. Two of the creationists we follow, Rev. David Rives — the cutest rev you’ve ever seen — and the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — have both posted about the same thing.
Rev Rives’ piece is his usual 90-second video at the website of WorldNetDaily: Hydrothermal vents prove Scriptural insight.
The ICR piece is Scientists Describe Job’s ‘Springs of the Sea’, written by Brian Thomas. He’s usually described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him.
Because they’re both talking about the same thing, we’ll deal with the ICR article. It says, with bold font added by us:
In Job 38:16, God asked, “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?”
That’s the same passage Rives gushes about. ICR tells us:
Of course, Job never walked in search of the seafloor’s depths, let alone under the seafloor crust, to explore the springs of the sea. He probably didn’t even know about the springs. Today’s scientists haven’t literally walked the paths these deep waters take either, but they do explore them with deep-sea submersibles and computer models.
And what do today’s scientists find? Let’s read on:
In 2003 Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz Andrew Fisher discovered that seawater sinks into the seafloor’s crust then rises through vents many miles away.
Ooooooooooooh — just like it says in the bible! We’ll skip to the end, which tells us the same thing rev Rives says:
When today’s scientists study the processes that power hydrothermal vents and learn about Job’s “springs of the sea,” they inadvertently confirm the accuracy and wisdom that flows throughout this most ancient book.
Wowie — accurate science in the bible! But wait a minute. Here are a few other passages, also from Job 38 (King James version, of course):
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?
19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,
What do Rives and ICR say about the foundations of the earth, or the gates of death, or the place where light and darkness dwell? For some reason, they don’t discuss those things. In Job 39 we find even more wondrous science:
9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
There are many more examples like those, but we won’t go hunting for them. We stayed in the book of Job, which rev Rives and ICR are babbling about. If you’re curious, you can find an ark-load here: The Earth Is Flat!, and also here: The Earth Does Not Move!
So we leave you with a great mystery, dear reader. Is the phrase “springs of the sea” mere poetry that is being wildly overblown to assert that the bible is a great source of science? We’ll let you decide.
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