ABC:Job 38

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Verse 4[edit]

Infidels.org asserts a contradiction exists in how the Bible shows the Earth to be supported.[1]

Job 26:7 He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

However, logically one could consider the "foundations of the earth" to mean the Earth's core itself. There is no reason to infer a contradiction with Job 26:7 - which clearly states scientific fact about the Earth's positioning in outer space - unless one is already looking for a contradiction. Scientists believe Earth's core formed first, and how exactly that occurred still remains something of a mystery.[2]

After all, the outer mantle of the Earth is 'founded' upon the core of the Earth, and in looking at geologic history, one would consider formation of the core the 'foundation' of Earth's beginnings. To assume a contradiction with other verses and scientific fact when there is no logical reason to do so comes off as dishonest.

Verse 22[edit]

Infidels.org asserts the Bible contradicts reality in referring to 'treasures of the snow' and 'treasures of the hail', and claims "storehouses are not part of the [hydrological] cycle."[3]

Ecclesiastes 1:7 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.

Job 38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail,

Perhaps Meritt was unaware of how snow and hail are formed within extratropical cyclones. However, the snow/hail formation within such extratropical cyclones could well be the "treasures of snow/hail" referred to by the Bible, and there is no reason to assume a contradiction when there is a ready explanation. Ecclesiastes 1:7 by the way is a very good summary of the hydrological cycle.

Sources[edit]

  1. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html.
  2. Julien Siebert, James Badro, Daniele Antonangeli, and Frederick J. Ryerson. Terrestrial Accretion Under Oxidizing Conditions. Science, 10 January 2013 DOI: 10.1126/science.1227923. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130110161352.htm.
  3. Meritt, Jim (1992). A list of Biblical contradictions. Retrieved from http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/jim_meritt/bible-contradictions.html.