A number of years ago, Dr. Russell Humphreys, a creation scientist, predicted that everywhere we look in outer space, that we should find evidence of water and/or ice. His prediction was made mostly on his understanding of Genesis 1, more than on his science background. (Dr. Humphreys was a physicist and cosmologist who worked at Sandia National Laboratory before retiring a few years ago.)
I’ve known Russ for nearly twenty years and have had the privilege to sit and talk to him a many an occasion. On one of those occasions, I asked him about why he predicted that we would find evidence of water and ice in our solar system and beyond. He told me that when you carefully read Genesis 1 where God tells us about His creation of the earth and the universe and everything in it, water has to be the answer.
He said that starting with verses 1 and 2, God said that He created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form and void. Next he explained that most people overlook the end of verse 2 where it said that the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
This, explained Russ is a very crucial key to understanding the very beginning of creation. He believes that God is telling that He started by creating water and that everything else He created was formed out of the water. Note that the earth was formless and void, meaning that it was part of the watery creation.
After creating light and separating it from the dark, God next separated the waters from the waters and placed an expanse that He called heaven between the waters below and waters above. At this point in time, the earth was still a watery ball now separated from everything else. This also led Russ to postulate that the earth would be at or near the center of the universe, which was declared to be true a few years back.
After separating the waters above from the waters below, God net made dry land and then the plants. Then he placed sun, moon and all of the stars in the expanse between the waters above and waters the waters below. That means that somewhere beyond the visible universe lies the waters above.
Russ explains that since God started with water and made almost everything out of water, that we should find evidence of water and ice throughout our solar system and everywhere else in the universe.
First hints of water came from radio data two decades ago, which Messenger has now shown to be accurate
So, scientists have discovered water and/or ice at the poles of the Moon, poles of Mars, water on Saturn’s moon Titan, and ice on another moon. All of these discoveries are just what Dr. Russ Humphries predicted, based upon a careful reading of Genesis 1.
Now we can add another celestial body to the list.
Seven and a half years ago, NASA launched a spacecraft named Messenger, who’s mission was to orbit Mercury and relay as much information about the planet as possible back to earth. Messenger arrived at Mercury in March 2011 and began orbiting the planet closest to the sun and sending tons of information.
Scientists have been analyzing the pages and pages of information and one of their discoveries has them all excited. All of the information so far indicates that there is a substantial amount of water ice at the area around the poles that are in perpetual darkness.
Again, the finding of ice on Mercury just adds to the list of discoveries that support Dr. Russell Humphreys’ predictions. It shouldn’t be a surprise to biblical creationists who believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God and the starting place for everything. It also reminds me of Psalms 119:160 which states:
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth forever.
Adams, Paul. NASA Confirms Presence Of Water Ice On Mercury, Popular Science, Nov. 29, 2012.
Howell, Elizabeth. It’s Official! Water Ice Discovered on Mercury, Live Science, Nov. 29, 2012.
Mercury’s Water Ice at North Pole Finally Proven, BBC News, Nov. 30, 2012.
Scientists Discover Water Ice On Mercury: Ice and Organic Material May Have Been Carried to the Planet by Passing Comets, Science Daily, Nov. 29, 2012.
Performed by Steve Cook
The Bible tells us time and time again to “hear” the Word of God, but how often do we actually do this? The Bible compares “listening” to God to “obeying” what God says, but we need to be able to hear God’s voice, before we can listen to God’s commands. In our modern day, where almost every Christian has at least one copy of the Bible (and usually many more), we have convinced ourselves that reading God’s Word is the same as hearing God’s Word.
The Creation Story reading is based on the majestic and historic text of the 1599 Geneva Bible, which was the first English Bible to be fully translated from the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek – the three languages Scripture was written in thousands of years ago.
Award-winning actor and sound designer, Steve Cook, presents a dramatic reading of the Creation Accountword-for-word from Genesis 1-11. These first chapters of the Bible record the true account of where everything beganfrom the Creation of the universe and the first people, to the cataclysmic destruction of the global flood and the beginning of the new world populated by Noah and his family. Performing all the voices, Steve adds an audio panorama of cinematic music and sound effects that will make you feel like you’ve been transported back through time, experiencing history with your very ears.
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