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Why Does the Wind Blow?

by Tom Stewart

October 17, 1999

"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit" (John 3:8).

I read of an account of a Creationist who lectured interested students from typically secular colleges. He attempted to give these students the understanding that the Biblical account of Special Creation as a supernatural act of God, occurred just as it is recorded in the Book of Genesis-- in six literal days.
"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made" (Genesis 2:2). This Creationist found that the students were persuaded that the scientific facts inescapably supported the position of Evolution-- or, "Evil-lution", as a respected British commentator enunciated-- not realizing that even in science, assumptions are used for interpreting data.

The Creationist lecturer, with a Ph. D. in physical chemistry, would then attempt to illustrate the point that the same scientific data can be interpreted with different assumptions; thus, not demanding the explanation of Evolution, and opening the way for Biblical Creation.
"For in six days [Hebrew, yom-- 24 hour period] the LORD made heaven and Earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it" (Exodus 20:11). He illustrated his point by asking the question, "What is the scientific reason that the wind blows?" Invariably, someone would raise their hand and answer: Because air pressure is higher at one point on the planet than another point, the movement of air from the high pressure to the low pressure point accounts for the wind blowing. The Creationist would respond in mock surprise, "That's wrong! Do you know what makes the wind blow? It's the leaves wiggling on the trees."

The class would respond with an incredulous look that said, "Surely you don't expect us to believe that!" Without betraying a sign of emotion, he would continue, "I can tell by your reaction that you don't believe me. You don't believe that leaves wiggling on trees make the wind blow, but you are wrong. I have facts to back up my side. Have you ever seen the wind blow without leaves wiggling on the trees?" Though initially caught by surprise that the same data could be interpreted with different assumptions, some thoughtful soul would respond to attempt to prove the Creationist wrong. "In the winter, there aren't any leaves on the trees, and the wind still blows." Without missing a beat, the Creationist would respond, "That's exactly right. In winter there aren't any leaves on the trees and the wind still blows. I accept that fact. But it's winter here. Somewhere on Earth it's summer and trees there have leaves on them. Thus, where the wind got started, there were trees with leaves wiggling."

In a burst of inspiration, the Creationist would press his point even further. "You people only believe this old idea about high and low air pressure causing wind because you don't know modern science. Did you know that that our most recent investigations in science prove that I'm right? When our astronauts landed on the moon, they found no wind there. Do you know why?" And, the students would groan out in chorus, "There are no trees on the moon!"

Though scientific data can be interpreted with either the assumptions of Creationism or Evolution, the Holy Spirit can only prove His position to the one who has a truly willing heart.
"If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself" (John 7:17).

"A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth" (Proverbs 14:6).

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear"

(Hebrews 11:3).

Tom Stewart

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