Saturday, March 12, 2011

Japan's Earthquake and Noah

The earthquake in Japan reportedly moved the entire island eight feet and shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches. Doesn't the mass devastation caused by such an event sort of go against the whole young-earth idea that the continents broke apart in a global flood five thousand years ago? I mean, how could there be that much tectonic activity and Noah be able to survive?

Yes, I know, it was a miracle. Of course, the Bible doesn't actually say that.

What am I missing?


Anonymous said...

In a global flood, nothing is in equilibrium. The ocean floor is not bedrock, but soft and wet probably down for miles and miles. The violence of the Japan earthquake is a result of the fact that everything is hard and "stuck." I don't doubt there were some violent moments as the earth broke apart, but with the earth's crust in a soft state, things could move dramatically more easily and dramatically more rapidly.

Theology Mom said...

And we know this because...?

Rusty said...

If you're in an earthquake, you're better off by being on solid bedrock than on softer material - check the phenomenon of liquefaction. Of course, doesn't the Bible tell us it's better to build your house on rock than on sand?

Theology Mom said...

Great points, Rusty.