Deep Thinking, Shallow Science

My wife and I elected back roads over a bustling interstate highway on a drive home from central Texas this past weekend. Google Maps indicated traffic incidents on Interstate highway 35 from San Antonio to Dallas. Question: Why is IH-35 called a freeway?

The back road route displayed freshly-plowed fields prepared for Spring planting. Observing how years of cultivation leveled the land, pseudo-scientific predictions of anthropogenic global warming (aka climate change) moved to the forefront of my thoughts.

Former Vice President Al Gore enriched himself through sales of his books on the subject of global warming and on May 6, 2014, President Barack Obama, a true believer of the subject, released his third official report of the National Climate Assessment and the effect of climate change on coastal areas of the country.

Are sea levels truly rising? Read this USGS Report – Land Subsidence and Relative Sea-Level Rise in the Southern Chesapeake Bay Region, an official government publication of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Notice the term ‘relative’ in the title.

Land subsidence is the reason seawater laps onto the shores of coastal areas of our country, not rising sea levels.

One thought that came to mind: What if all the land of the earth were to be leveled like the farmland of central Texas? Sea explorer Jacques Cousteau studied the oceans of the world over many years. There was no higher authority on the oceans than Mr. Cousteau.

“Were the crust of [the] earth to be leveled—with great mountain ranges like the Don't Miss the Boat - The Facts to Keep Your Faith AfloatHimalayas and ocean abysses like the Mariana Trench evened out—no land at all would show above the surface of the sea. Earth would be covered by a uniform sheet of water—more than 10,000 feet deep!” – Deep Sea Explorer Jacques Cousteau, quoted in a book authored by  Paul Taylor, titled Don’t Miss the Boat: Facts to Keep Your Faith Afloat

You placed the world on its foundation
so it would never be moved.
You clothed the earth with floods of water,
water that covered even the mountains.
At your command, the water fled;
at the sound of your thunder, it hurried away.
Mountains rose and valleys sank
to the levels you decreed.
Then you set a firm boundary for the seas,
so they would never again cover the earth.
Psalm 104:5-9

For a season of time unknown, the waters of the seas covered all land and the evidence of this fact are the fossils of marine creatures found atop the tallest mountains.

Should we lie awake nights, fearing rising tides? No, God solemnly promised to never again destroy life on earth by flood waters and he sealed his promise with the rainbow.


NatGeo photo of a rainbow
National Geographic photo


We should, however, lie awake nights praying for a revelation of the truth to people who have become convinced that man is bad for the earth and for those who believe mankind has the capacity to control the weather and the seas.

Jacques Cousteau was a deep thinker. Let’s purpose to step from shallow thinking into the deep.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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