Matthew Fontaine Maury In Profile Part 2
- Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Maury the Christian:
Psalm 8:8 reads, "The fowl of the air and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas." This verse, some say, was Maury's inspiration for his lifelong work. The phrase "paths of the seas" indicated to him that there was much to be learned from the design and function God put in place in the oceans.
Matthew Maury grew up with the Bible serving as his guide. His deep trust in God's word directed his path. Through his reading the Bible he was fascinated by the number of times references were made to "paths of the seas" further proving to him that God was the architect.
In his publication, "The Physical Geography of the Oceans," Matthew Maury referenced scripture numerous times. His peers often ridiculed him saying that he was trying to use the Bible as a scientific textbook. Certainly the Bible is not a text on oceanography but to Maury it provided numerous clues about God's intelligent design that he could use to guide his studies. Some of these clues included the following verses:
Psalm 107:23-24, "They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in the great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep."
Ecclesiastes 1:6-7, "The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. All rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again."
Job 36:27-28, "For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapor thereof; Which the clouds do drop and distill upon man abundantly."
Isaiah 43:16, "Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters."
There is an old saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same." This was as true in Maury's time as it is today. There were those who believed the Bible and those that did not, those who used the Bible as their guide and those who found fault with the Bible. As Maury once publicly stated:
"I have been blamed by men of science, both in this country and in England, for quoting the Bible in confirmation of the doctrines of physical geography. The Bible, they say, was not written for scientific purposes, and is therefore no authority in matters of science. I beg pardon! The Bible is authority for everything it touches. What would you think of an historian who should refuse to consult historical records of the Bible, because the Bible was not written for the purposes of history? The Bible is true and science is true, and therefore each, if truly read, but proves the truth of the other."
The seas and oceans are still a place of curiosity and fascination. A great deal has been learned but there is still a lot that is not known, making oceanography a very interesting career path. Sometimes you may hear the phrase, exploring "inner space," as contrast to exploring "outer space." Inner space is concerned with the oceans.
If you decide to study oceanography, good subjects to take are mathematics, physical science, earth science, geology, geography and meteorology. All play a role in understanding the oceans. (Note: Many of the above courses are usually taught from an evolutionary perspective. Now would be a great time to study them from a Biblical creationist viewpoint, so you'll have a solid foundation for later study.)
An Experiment to Try at Home
Every wonder what a current looks like? Here is a set of experiments that will help you to visualize currents. You will need the following items:
- Some food coloring (blue works well)
- A clear glass or jar
- A cup
- A medicine dropper
One thing you can do to help see things a little better is to turn the lights off in the room and use a flashlight to shine through the clear glass/jar. This helps see the currents a little better.
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