Genesis and the Oceans | The Institute for Creation Research
Genesis and the Oceans

The origin of the oceans has long been a puzzle to secular scientists.1 Recently, however, progress has been made. Evolutionists are suggesting a novel idea regarding the source of Earth’s oceans—and it sounds quite biblical. In 2010, Bruce Dorminey said, “A new study suggests that Earth supplied its own water.”2 Five years later, New Scientist magazine suggested that “our planet had water from the very beginning.”3

According to Genesis, Earth began as a watery chaos about 6,000 years ago. Water was paramount on Earth from the start. “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2).

The design of this planet with its oceans and protective magnetic field is clearly seen (Romans 1:20). Astrobiology.com says, “The sheer strength of Earth’s magnetic field helps to maintain liquid water on our blue planet’s surface, thereby making it possible for life to thrive.”4

The apostle Paul urged the skeptics on Mars Hill that they “should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them” (Acts 14:15). Indeed, the oceans that God created and the organisms within them account for the majority of life on this planet. It’s a three-dimensional living space, and we find life all the way down to the bottom. The psalmist said in Psalm 104:24-25, “The Earth is full of Your possessions—this great and wide sea, in which are innumerable teeming things, living things both small and great.”

Even the crushing dark depths have creatures designed for such environments.

During the discovery dive [40 years ago] in the submersible vehicle Alvin, geologist Jack Corliss called up to the crew on the surface ship from his position [1.5 miles] below to ask, “Isn’t the deep ocean supposed to be like a desert?” “Yes,” was the reply. “Well, there’s all these animals down here,” he responded.5

This design aspect appears with every creature inhabiting the oceans. For example, God designed the magnificent blue whale with a heart that weighs half a ton, a tongue that weighs two tons, and calves (baby whales) that drink 100 gallons of fat-rich milk daily from their mothers’ specially designed abdominal mammary slits. How does a calf actually nurse without getting mouthfuls of seawater? Zoologists are still not sure. Evolutionists are convinced that these aquatic mammals were not created but evolved from land animals some 50 million years ago. “Looking at a great blue whale 30m long, or a fast-swimming dolphin, it is hard to imagine how they evolved from terrestrial mammal ancestors, and yet that is what happened.”6 Instead, the evidence is that God created whales as whales during the creation week thousands of years ago. Whale fossils look just like modern whales.

Viewing the oceans, we can agree with psalmist who said, “The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea” (Psalm 93:4).

References

  1. Sherwin, F. 2005. Origin of the Oceans. Acts & Facts. 34 (3).
  2. Dorminey, B. Earth Oceans Were Homegrown. Science. Posted on sciencemag.org November 29, 2010, accessed October 13, 2019.
  3. Holmes, B. Origin of Earth’s water traced back to the birth of our planet. New Scientist. Posted on newscientist.com November 12, 2015, accessed October 24, 2019.
  4. Earth’s Magnetic Field May Be Responsible For Its Water. Posted on astrobiology.com March 13, 2019, accessed October 9, 2019.
  5. Van Dover, C. Forty years of fathoming life in hot springs on the ocean floor. Nature News and Views. Posted on nature.org March 4, 2019, accessed on October 13, 2019.
  6. Benton, M. J. 2015. Vertebrate Paleontology, 4th ed. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell, 372.

* Mr. Sherwin is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his M.A. in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado.

Cite this article: Frank Sherwin, M.A. 2019. Genesis and the Oceans. Acts & Facts. 48 (12).

The Latest
NEWS
Give Today and Support Biblical Creation Ministry
North Texas Giving Day is here once again! Will you help us reach the next generation? Your generosity will empower ICR and our Dallas Museum—the...

NEWS
Mammalian Brains Prove Evolutionary Disconnect
The evolutionary model of brain development predicted that the complexity of neural connectivity should have increased as brains became larger and the...

NEWS
North Texas Giving Day Next Week!
North Texas Giving Day is almost here! Will you help us reach the next generation? Your generosity will empower ICR and the ICR Discovery Center for Science...

NEWS
Celebrating One Year at the ICR Discovery Center
Thank you to all who joined us for the ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History’s First Anniversary Celebration! ICR staff enjoyed meeting...

NEWS
New Evidence Hurts Feathered Dinosaur Theory
Is a dinosaur still a dinosaur if it has flight feathers? A new study points to some fascinating evidence that contradicts the idea of feathered dinosaurs...

NEWS
New Planetarium Show: Exploring Deep Space
The ICR Discovery Center for Science & Earth History is celebrating its first anniversary since the Grand Opening on September 2, 2019. To commemorate...

NEWS
Inside September 2020 Acts & Facts
What's the story behind ICR's new President? What milestone are we celebrating this month at the ICR Discovery Center? How do comets affirm...

NEWS
Sunflower Heliotropism: August Sunlight for Making Tons of Seeds
August is an important month for sunflowers—those gigantic, bright-yellow flowers with brownish, round seed heads bordered by radiating yellow ligules...

ACTS & FACTS
One Generation Away
In 1967, Ronald Reagan delivered one of the most memorable lines of his storied career: “Freedom…is never more than one generation away...

APOLOGETICS
Matthew Maury's Paths of the Sea
Today’s oceanography and meteorology owe a great debt to Matthew Maury. He exemplified the biblical principle that whatever we do, we should do...