Info BriefsSome new points of Biblical interest being revealed in current news and common knowledge are coupled with the traditional ďGod SaidĒ passage followed by what man has said.
The God of the Bible is the God of perfect wisdom and knowledge. He is the father of all truth, including all the sciences. True science must be differentiated from scientific theory. Webster defines theory as: “Speculation; The philosophical explanation of phenomena, either physical or moral; a theory is founded on inferences drawn from principles which have been established on independent evidence.” [End of quote]
As God does not participate in opinion (which is what one has when he lacks the absolute truth of an issue), He also does not participate in theory (which is also what one has when he lacks the absolute truth). Jesus speaks of His Father in John 17:17:
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
In this feature, titled “Info Briefs,” are points of Biblical interest being revealed in current news and common knowledge. We will display a bit of information with the traditional “God Said” passage followed by what man has said.
GOD SAID, Exodus 14:21-28:
21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.
24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.
26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
MAN SAID: In Biblical Archaeology Review, in an article titled “Scientists Part the Red Sea:”
Two scientists recently recreated the parting of the Red Sea—on paper, at least. According to a Florida State University press release, Doron Nof, professor of oceanography at Florida State University, and Nathan Paldor, associate professor of atmospheric sciences at Hebrew University, have produced calculations that they claim offer a plausible scientific explanation for the Biblical account of the parting of the Red Sea.
They based their calculations on a strong wind blowing for several hours before the crossing, which coincides with the Biblical account (Exodus 14:21), and on a crossing site at the northern edge of the Gulf of Suez, a location supported by some scholars. Nof notes that this site is “very long and extremely shallow. Because of that, the wind can lift a lot of water. It’s like blowing across the top of a cup of coffee. The coffee blows from one end to the other.”
Nof and Paldor calculate that a 40-mile-per-hour wind blowing for 10 to 12 hours could push the gulf water a mile from the original shoreline and cause a sea level drop of about 10 feet. They say such a drop at the shallow north end of the gulf could allow a crossing on foot. The subsidence of the wind would cause the water to reflood the area in a matter of minutes, swallowing up the pursuing Egyptians in accordance with the Biblical account.
Although their scenario requires a northwesterly wind, while the Bible story tells of an east wind, Nof and Paldor believe that local wind variability may have permitted an east wind in a relatively small portion of the crossing. They also suggested that the exposure of an underwater ridge might explain the Biblical description of the Israelites being flanked on both sides by water.
“We’re not making a judgment on whether this event took place,” Nof says. “We’re just saying that the winds in that area could produce such an event.” [End of quote]
GOD SAID, Zechariah 14:2:
For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
The nations are being prepared psychologically to attempt to destroy the children of Israel.
MAN SAID: In the May/June 2006 issue of IMG:
In a world overrun by head-scratching contradictions to anything resembling common sense, here’s one more. Israeli Brig. Gen. Aviv Kochavi has been forced to cancel plans to study in England. The Israel Defense Forces judge advocate-general recommended he not make the trip for fear of being arrested and charged with committing war crimes. Six months earlier, retired Maj. Gen. Doron Almog, after landing in London, decided not to deplane when warned that detectives were waiting to arrest him. It turns out that a warrant was requested by a pro-Palestinian group and issued on the basis of a claim that Almog had ordered the demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah in 2002.
Ironically, in several European countries, arrest warrants based on allegations of war crimes can be brought by virtually any citizen motivated to do so. The outrageous aspect of the phenomenon threatens the responsible allies who contribute to the protection of these nations.
The judge advocate-general warned that unless the issue was resolved at the diplomatic level, senior Israeli officers who served during the Arafat intifadas might be forced to refrain from traveling to Britain, Spain, and other Western European countries. [End of quote]
MAN SAID: In The International Jerusalem Post, July 1-8, 2006:
A motion to boycott Israeli academics was approved on May 29 by a vote of members of Britain’s National Association of Teachers in Further and Higher Education. The union’s official statement declared: “[The] Conference notes [the] continuing Israeli apartheid policies, including [the] construction of the exclusion wall, and discriminatory educational practices... [and] invites members to consider their own responsibility for ensuring equity and non-discrimination in contacts with Israeli educational institutions or individuals and to consider the appropriateness of a boycott of those that do not publically dissociate themselves from such policies.” The call to consider a boycott of Israeli academics was passed with 106 votes in favor, 71 votes against, and 21 abstentions. [End of quote]
GOD SAID, Psalms 18:30:
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
Have you ever noticed that man does not create, but, basically just attempts to copy what God has already created?
MAN SAID: In Creation, December 2000/February 2001, referring to New Scientist, June 17, 2000, under the title, “Building Blocks Bones:”
British architects have suggested that giant arches, bridges and walls made of artificial bone could be easier to design and build that conventional structures. They have developed a mathematical model showing how to create bone-like structures in whatever shape is required. These would be much stronger than normal constructions, which often have large numbers of components of different mechanical properties, plagued by weak points requiring special reinforcing.
The idea was apparently inspired by the remarkable capacity of bones and skeletons to function under large loads and stresses. “There’s no doubt the skeleton is more efficient than any man-made structure is going to be,” observed one researcher.
MAN SAID: In Creation, December 2000/February 2001, under the heading, “Uncanny Coherence to Noah’s Account:”
There are at least 500 legends of a worldwide deluge. Many of these show remarkable similarities, with many aspects similar to the details about Noah’s Flood in the Bible.
We are left with a few options. Perhaps all the peoples of these remote civilizations had different flood experiences that, by chance, had all these features in common, on which they based their stories. However, the more reasonable alternative is that these legends all find their root in the same one global Flood experience that Genesis records. [End of quote]
GOD SAID, Exodus 20:11:
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
The Word of God clearly defines an earth just over 6,000 years old. Contrary to God’s position, many in the sciences claim age into the billions, yet, consistently, their old age icons are biting the dust.
MAN SAID: In an article by Dr. Carl Wielan in Creation, December 2000/February 2001, under the heading “Opals:”
Despite the common teaching that it takes millions of years to form opal, Australian researcher Len Cram has long been growing opal in his backyard laboratory. His opal is indistinguishable, under the electron microscope, from that mined in the field. He was awarded an honorary doctorate (by a secular university) for this research. All he does is mix together the right common chemicals—no heat, no pressure, and definitely no millions of years. [End of quote]
GOD SAID, Psalms 139:13-16:
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
This passage is a perfect description of DNA and the genome.
MAN SAID: In the September/November 2000 issue of Creation, in an article titled, “The Living Database:”
DNA is vastly more efficient at storing information than is our present technology. In the amount of DNA which would fill a pinhead, one could store the information which, typed out, would make a pile of paperback-size pages so high that it would reach from here to the moon 500 times! [End of quote]
Over and over again, God’s Holy Word is truth.
Authorized King James Version
“Building Blocks Bones,” Creation, December 2000/February 2001, p6
Conolly, R., “Flood,” Creation, December 2000/February 2001, p29
“Eye On The Middle East,” Israel My Glory, May/June 2006, p5
“In Brief,” The International Jerusalem Post, June 1-8, 2006
Johansen, M., “The Living Database,” Creation, September/November 2000, p35
“Scientists Part the Red Sea,” Biblical Archaeology Review, September/October 1992, p26
Webster, N., American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
Wieland, C., “The Earth: How Old Does It Look?” Creation, December 2000/February 2001, p10
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Zechariah 12:10 (KJV)
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.