“Let your speech [be] alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.”
How much salt should there be in the ocean? We know how much salt rivers carry into the sea each year. And we know how much salt is already in the ocean. So the question is: How long has salt been building up in the ocean?
This topic was the subject of an impressive paper presented at the Second International Conference on Creationism in 1990 in Pittsburgh. The research was presented by Dr. Steven A. Austin and Dr. D. Russell Humphreys, scientists who believe in creation. Even some of the evolutionists attending the conference admitted that the paper raised some challenges to evolutionary claims about the age of the oceans.
This new research carefully looked at all the sources that put salt into the ocean and all the processes that remove salt from the ocean. Evolutionists say that salt is being added to the oceans at about the same rate as it is being removed. If this were not the case, the oceans could not possibly be billions of years old. However, creation scientists Austin and Humphreys showed that salt is being added to the ocean and probably has been in the past. In fact, the oceans could not possibly be even one-fiftieth of the age claimed by evolutionists. Their conclusions also called radioactive dating methods into question.
We don’t need to know any science to know that the truth will never contradict the Bible. However, we should also know that scientists who believe in creation can offer impressive scientific challenges to the claims of evolutionary science.
Dear Lord, I thank You that You have given us some scientists who believe that Your Word is true in all that it says. I ask that Christians, including myself, would be bold in our witness to Your Word. Amen.
Austin, S.A., and D.R. Humphreys. 1990. “The sea’s missing salt: a dilemma for evolutionists” in Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Creationism. Pittsburgh, PA: Creation Science Fellowship, Inc.