I am Currently working on my new book Defensible Truth; I thought I would add this excerpt for review. This excerpt is from the end of the first chapter, which is not yet finished, but I found some of the research fascinating and had to share it. Please note, there is a lot of information concerning the firmament, created by God to divide the waters from the waters, that is not present in this short excerpt. Thus, some of what precedes, which I have not included here, makes the whole read better. I hope you find it as interesting to read as it was for me to write.
The Bible is a book of Salvation, not a book of science. Thus, its objective is not to prove scientific claims, although factual science certainly aligns with the Bible on many points. For example, up until the 3rd Century A.D., there was still debate on whether the Earth was round or flat. Yet, Isaiah attested to the roundness of the Earth, long before it was proven to be scientifically factual, when he wrote, “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers” (Isaiah 40:22 ESV).
Yet another interesting scientific fact is evidenced 700 kilometers below Earth’s surface. Scientists have discovered vast amounts of water in the Earth’s mantle; in fact, the Earth’s mantle contains more than three times the amount of water found in Earth’s oceans. This water is locked inside blue rocks known as Ringwoodite which lie in a hot layer just above Earth’s core. It is from these rocks, under intense pressure, that scientists believe our oceans came. It was once theorized that comets released water as they struck the planet after the big bang, but now this new discovery suggests that water was naturally present within the structure of the Earth, just as Moses confirmed, from the beginning. This takes us back to day three of Moses’ account of creation.
When Moses began his account of creation he specifically notes that God divided the waters from the waters. He tells us that darkness was on the face of the deep (Genesis 1:2). But, on day three after the waters of Earth are divided, Moses writes, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear” (Genesis 1:9). Again, we find a very interesting bit of information that Moses could not have possibly known without divine inspiration. If all the waters of Earth were gathered into one place, it would be natural to assume that land would too have been gathered in one place.
In 1912 German atmospheric physicist, Alfred Wegener considered the coastlines of many of the Earth’s continents and noticed that they seemed oddly congruent. Wegener believed, at one time, all continents were combined into one large continent which he called Pangaea, meaning “All Earth”. It was Alfred Wegener’s idea that this landmass was surrounded by ocean. Through a process, he called “Continental Drift,” the single landmass split into the continents as we know them today.
Most people thought that Wegener’s idea was meritless, but in 1977, many years after Wegener’s death, Marie Tharp confirmed his theory. Because of her research, the modern day study of Plate Teutonic’s was born. Moses, though not a geologist, gave his account of Pangaea, thousands of years earlier. He even mentions the separation of this landmass in Genesis Chapter 10; “To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided” (Genesis 10:25). Peleg means division, and he was so named, according to the Torah, because the land was divided. This division happened after the great flood when Nimrod defied God by building the tower we know as Babel.