Is the Bible Correct About the Hydrological Cycle?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

Storehouses arenít part of the hydrological cycle.

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

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

23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

Answer:

   The first verse is surely a description of the earthís hydrological cycle even though the Bible is not intended to be a science book. In Job what we read clearly goes against the cycle and appears to be a contradiction; however, these two verses are not intended to describe that cycle. God spoke with Job and asked Him a series of rhetorical questions that he (Job) could not answer. The questions and statements were given to show the greatness of God. As Creator of the universe, God certainly has control of all things including the weather. Here is one example.

Exodus 9:22-26

22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.

23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt.

24 So there was hail, and fire mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation.

25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

   God had control of the elements and exactly where they went, as He still does today! Since science didnít explain where hail or snow came from or how they were produced until the 1900ís, man has used many descriptors to relate them. God certainly would not have wanted Job, or all the readers of this to be confused, nor have to write a text book explaining. So the simplest thing to do was to describe things in a way that man understood. Since God controls all these things, figuratively, He does store them whether we talk of the rain, sleet, snow, hail, or sunshine. There is no contradiction!

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris



 

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