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IN THE BEGINNING… Witness of the Bow 6
The Witness of the Bow 40 days heavy rain can’t flood the planet! Life length (~900 yrs) seems difficult to envisage Rainbows can’t suddenly “appear” in history! Reflex objections to Genesis 1-9
Consider the actual description in Genesis 1 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 1:6-7 1 Objection 1: 40 Days Rain does not Flood the Planet Rock plate Magma Sea Sky Aqueous shell
Science b a c 7 x kg 2000 psi New eutectic ≡ m God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. 1:7 Bible 1 …all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. 7:11 The water receded steadily from the earth. 8:3
Age with 1 st child ~ 14% of lifespan Equivalent age of first child ~ 12 years old Equivalent lifespan in modern terms ~ 95 years Objection 2: Life length (~900 yrs) seems unrealistic They aren’t living abnormally long, they’re aging abnormally slowly.
2 What would be the anticipated effect on lifespan of a collapse of shell of water around the Earth? Human lifespan, previously at equilibrium (a), would, immediately after the Flood, (b) exponentially decay (c) to a lower equilibrium (d). Scientific best guessBible (a) (c) (b) (d)
“I procured me a Triangular-glass Prisme to try therewith the celebrated Phaenomena of colours.” Isaac Newton, 1672 Objection 3: Rainbows can’t suddenly “appear” in history!
ScientistDiscovery BC 300EuclidLight reflected by surfaces AD 130Ptolemy / PlatoLight refracted in water 1600GalileiAstronomical telescope 1637Snell / DescartesTheory of Refraction 1666NewtonWhite light refracts into colours 1670HuyghensPolarization; Wave theory 1676RomerFinite speed of light 1801YoungOptical Interference 1870MaxwellPropagation through ether Micholson Einstein / Poincaré Disproved existence of ether Planck / Einstein Heisenberg Schrödinger Pauli / Dirac Wave/particle duality The Photon Self propagation through space Quantum Mechanics
3 What would be the anticipated effect of this aqueous shell model on the visibility of rainbows? a b Science Bible “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” 9:13-15
Diffuse light source with water layer in place Non-parallel rays: no polychromatic refraction Therefore no rainbow (Isaac Newton, 1666) The Bible describes both features: divided waters and no rainbows before the Flood! Before the Flood Analysis: Compare ‘Aqueous Shell’ Model with Bible text
During the Flood Event Collapse would produce global Flood Earth submerged by pressure, not water height Continental plates would subsequently emerge No mechanism required to remove water Analysis: Compare ‘Aqueous Shell’ Model & Bible text Again the Bible describes both features: an extensive Flood and waters receding without further event!
After the Flood – Lifespans Increased rate of cellular growth and decay (from increased radiation density at Earth’s surface) Subsequent immediate decay in lifespan Equilibrium value re-established at lower limit The Bible testifies to all three points – from a historical point long before these things would be understood! Pre-Flood Lifespan ~ 910 yrs Post-Flood Lifespan ~ 120 yrs Analysis: Compare ‘Aqueous Shell’ Model & Bible text
Rainbows necessarily result after Flood Rainbow guarantees no water layer above Earth Absence of water layer assures no repeat Flood Again the Bible details all three points – again from a historical point before these things would be understood! After the Flood – Rainbows Analysis: Compare ‘Aqueous Shell’ Model & Bible text
Number of coincidences required for Bible to be false is straining credibility Bible has been party to knowledge from sources beyond human ability Lends considerable credence to Bible’s own claim to be the Inspired Word of God Witness of the Bow: Conclusions Available evidence suggests it is logical to take Bible as super-human knowledge
“Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Adam Lamech Flood Shem New Beginning: New Witness Noah’s death Seth’s death Isaac Methuselah Seth Noah Abram The LORD appeared to Abram and said… Gen 12:1
Continuing Witness Seth Noah Abram Noah Abram The LORD appeared to Abram and said… Gen 12: years
“Be strong and courageous… The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Seth Noah Abram years the Spirit of God was hovering over… 1:2