Saturday, February 13, 2016

Why the Earth Cracks Up and You Don't Have To

It's fun living in Oklahoma, the center of the world--at least during the early 21st century--in terms of the number of earthquakes. On Saturday, February 13, 2016, a 5.1 earthquake, the third most powerful earthquake in Oklahoma history, struck just west of Enid, Oklahoma, not far from a little community called Fairview. The residents of Oklahoma are rattled.

One of the advantages of knowing history is to be able to see "the big picture" and not get lost in current events. Next Christmas seems like a long time coming to a 5-year-old, but it's a blink of an eye to a 55-year-old. So too modern earthquakes seem frightening to the one who doesn't read history, but to the bibliophile 5.1 earthquakes gentle reminders that the rock on which we live is fundamentally cataclysmic.

I recently read Earth in Upheaval and Worlds in Collision by Immanuel Velikovsky, the greatest Russian scientist of all time. Velikovsky with painstaking and thorough scientific historiography shows that the Earth has suffered natural catastrophes on a global scale throughout mankind's recorded history.  The evidence for these catastrophes is not only in the written record of mankind, it is corroborated in the geological record. Velikovsky advocates Catastrophic history as opposed to modern Uniformitarian ideas. Velikovsky shows the extinction of many of earth's animal species has occurred catastrophically and not by gradual Darwinian means.
If you can't buy Velikovsky books, at least go to Amazon and read the reviews. Albert Einstein had Worlds In Collision open on his desk when he died.  Clifton Fadiman, the former editor-in-chief of the Reader's Digest, said that Velikovsky writings were "50 times better than most of his critics," and went on to predict that because of Velikovsky work, "99% of the books on geology, archeology and ancient history would have to be rewritten."

The Bible teaches the world has experienced major catastrophes throughout mankind's history. For example, in 2348 B.C. God orchestrated a series of cataclysms that changed the axis of the earth, forged volcanic mountain ranges, and flooded the land masses. Velikovsky, who was not a Christian, uses the writings of ancients to show that "the sun used to rise in the west and set in the east" and through catastrophes on earth caused by stellar movements (see Worlds in Collision), the seasons, the months, and earth's days changed in duration.

Does the Bible confirm Velikovsky's propositions? Well, we read that the Flood started "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month . . ." (Genesis 7:11), and that it "prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days" (v.24). "And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat" (8:4).

Between the second month's seventeenth day and the seventh month's seventeenth day were 150 days. Thus five months averaging thirty days each were involved. It may be that a very regular order of days (a consistent 30 day period for yearly months) is the "very good" and orderly arrangement of original creation (Genesis 1:31). Today's 365¼ day year very well could be an alteration of the original created order caused caused by great cataclysmic events occurring in space and on earth. What could happen to change Earth's orbit? More specifically, Who can change the Earth's orbit?

The Psalmist declares:
"You Lord  have made the land to quake; you have torn it open; repair its breaches, for it totters." (Psalm 60:2)
God spoke through the prophet Isaiah:
"Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the Lord of hosts in the day of his fierce anger." (Isaiah 13:13).
Nahum declares:
"The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it. " (Nahum 1:5).
When Jesus Christ died, the earth shook.
"At the moment Christ died, the curtain of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split." (Matthew 27:51).
There is evidence of this great 30 AD earthquake throughout the geological record of the Middle East. It is without doubt that earthquakes are designed as reminders of God's judgment. At the cross, God shook the earth to remind us of what Paul wrote in II Corinthians 5:19.
"For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation."
  1. Every earthquake should remind us that this earth is a place of catastrophe.
  2. Every earthquake should remind us that the greatest catastrophe is not being right with God.
  3. Every earthquake should remind us of the cross where God gave His Son for your sins which are the reasons you are alienated from God.
  4. Every earthquake should remind us that rejecting Christ and His death is the ultimate catastrophe, for it is a rejection of the only means whereby sinners are made right with God.
  5. Every earthquake  should remind us that if we put our trust in Christ and His eternal grace, then when "the things of this world" are catastrophically gone, He and His eternal grace remain.
Earthquakes are good. They knock some sense in us all.


Christiane said...

"Earthquakes are good."

well, if you hold to that, then as they say in Ireland, "may the road rise up to meet you"

I'm not sure what caused the latest earthquake in OK, but I'm not convinced that it is a natural act or a supernatural act . . . likely, it's more a case of fracking gone bad AGAIN, with everyone acting like that could not possibly be the cause . . . reason? jobs, money, income from fracking so needed by the people of the state

However, sooner or later, there may be a bit more reckoning to be done if the pattern that has formed in OK continues in the direction it is going

hope everyone stays safe, and also that folks think about consequences of our human endeavors . . . the man-made consequences have we created, but refuse to take responsibility for

SJ Reidhead said...

Your reference to Velikovsky takes me back to a conversation during an Astronomy 101 lecture many years (we won't discuss how long ago). I think it was Velikovsky who had the 'veiled earth' theory. I seem to remember part of the discussion was the fact that, if Velikovsky' veiled earth theory might have been correct, it would explain the longevity in Genesis. I hadn't thought of it in years.

Christiane said...

I loved the biblical passages, WADE, especially this:
"The Psalmist declares:

"You Lord have made the land to quake; you have torn it open; repair its breaches, for it totters." (Psalm 60:2)"

And I found this poem over at Imonk which speaks to Our Lord repairing what is broken:

"... My Heart already holds
The secret mortal wound,
By which I shall transform
all deserts into garden-ground:
And there the peaceful trees,
All day say credos, being full of leaves –
And I will come and be your noon-day sun,
And make your shadows palaces of moving light:
And you will show Me your flowers.”

(excerpt is from Thomas Merton's
'The Holy Child's Song')