I thought this was also interesting regarding Jay Wile:
The other interesting question I got was theological, and
it was probably inspired by what I posted previously
) about Ken Ham. In my
talk on the science that you find in the Bible, I discussed
Matthew Maury ( http://www.icr.org/article/20022/
naval officer who read Psalm 8:6-8:
> You make him to rule over the works of Your
> hands; You have put all things under his feet,
> All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the
> field, The birds of the heavens and the fish
> of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths
> of the seas.
Since Maury believed (as I do) that every word in the Bible
is important, he decided that this verse meant there are
actual paths in the seas. Because of this, he discovered
many of the prevailing currents in the oceans, and that revolutionized world travel at the time.
A person in the audience asked me how I can be so detailed
in my interpretation of Psalm 8:8 but not in Genesis 1. If
I believe "path" means "path" in Psalm 8:8, why can't I
categorically state that "day" means "24-hour day" in
I first made it clear that I do believe that the days in
Genesis 1 were 24-hour days. However, I recognize (as
theologians have since the earliest times in Christendom)
that the case is far from ironclad. As a result, while I
believe that they are 24-hour days, I am not about to claim
that anyone who disagrees with me on that point has a poor
view of Scripture.
To answer his question, however, I made it clear that
"path" doesn't really mean "path" in Psalm 8:8. It means
"prevailing current." However, it is clear what the word
is meant to imply, since we have a lot of context for such
an idea. We are all familiar (at least through the benefit
of books) with the oceans and the fact that fish are found
in them. We understand that they swim to get from point
"A" to point "B," and we understand that paths connect point
"A" to point "B." Thus, through context, it is very clear
that the paths mentioned in Psalm 8:8 have something to do
with getting from one point to the other in the sea.
Paths Of The Seas
by Duane Gish, Ph.D.
One day, while reading Psalm 8, he was struck by an important
truth in the 8th verse. There he read that God had given man
dominion over "the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea,
and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas."
He immediately saw the great practical significance of that
verse, recognizing that there must be currents of water in
the oceans, just like vast rivers, as well as in the atmosphere (Ecclesiastes 1:6).
With confidence in the accuracy of the Bible, Maury determined
to discover the paths in the seas and the wind circuits,
utilizing the charts and log books he had at his disposal.
Just a simple Bible-believing Christian who trusted the
inerrancy of the Word of God.
My further comments:
More job security for my Maury Ministry!