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A Most Elegant Book: The Mountains and Rock Formations

Creation and the natural world have a great depth of knowledge to be uncovered, and one can dedicate their whole life to learning about it and still not know all that there is to know. However, one aspect of creation that I believe is often overlooked is the ground under our feet. Although the earth and rock formations can appear to be an uninteresting subject at first glance, the study of the earth and geology can teach us about the past and show history in a way we wouldn’t normally look at it. I believe that mountains, rock formations, and the earth represent and reveal the changelessness, immovability, and power of our God. 

In the Bible, the creation and formation of the earth are first mentioned in the creation account in Genesis 1:9-13. In the first two days of creation, God created concepts that are foundational to the earth as we know it but are hard to visualize, such as light, darkness, the division between the sky and the waters below the sky, and time itself. On the third day, God created more physical parts of the earth, beginning with dry land, or Earth(Genesis 1:10), followed shortly after by plants. All the things which God created on earth from this point onward were placed on top of the land/earth. This shows that even from the beginning, the ground was the foundation symbolically and literally for life on earth. 

The second event that greatly affected and changed the earth was the Flood. In the Flood, God opened the deep fountains of the earth and completely covered the whole earth with water(Genesis 8:19-20). We can assume that this great force of water tore the ground and earth apart. Christian scientists believe that in the Flood, the formations of the earth were drastically changed, creating the continents and landforms that we know today. These two occurrences (Creation and the Flood) are the only two times in history that the dry land of the earth was greatly changed, and they were both caused by the direct power of God. Our proof for this is Genesis 10:11, where God promises not to destroy the earth with a flood ever again, hinting at the final destruction of the earth by fire. 

Now we look at the earth today. Our current mountain ranges and continents have existed for thousands of years. The once accepted belief of seven day creation has been mostly rejected, and secular scientists have created theories that the earth is billions of years old, and has changed extremely slowly because they do not have the faith to believe that one being has the power to change the earth just by willing it. The earth is old enough that both worldly and Christian scientists can only speculate about how certain landforms came to be because there is no account except the Bible that tells history that dates back all the way to the Flood. In fact, the earth is so unchanging to us in our short human lives that we even use it in our speech, for example the phrase “set in stone.” Except for occurrences such as earthquakes or the slow but constant erosion of stone, the earth does not change, and will not change until God destroys the earth finally at the end of the world. 

But what does all of this mean for us as Christians? We are not able to see the changing of the earth take place in real-time, and we were not there at creation or during the Flood. We can look at the layers of stone in the earth, but we can never say for sure what it means. So why does all of this matter? The answer is that the earth is a picture to us. The earth is immovable and does not change, and is an imperfect picture of God’s changelessness and steadfastness. When the earth does change, we see that it is because of and only because of the insurmountable power of God. God is so infinitely powerful that the great rock formations of earth can be totally destroyed by just his will and the word of his mouth. 

The whole creation of God was made for the purpose of showing his glory. God uses great earth-changing events such as the Flood to show that even the ground under our feet shows his greatness, specifically demonstrating the attributes of his power and changelessness. When we look at the mountains and valleys of this earth, it should be yet another reminder to praise God for his greatness. David did exactly that in Psalm 18:1, using the analogy of stone to demonstrate the strength of God: “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” 

 

Archivist’s note:

This article was submitted to a Beacon Lights writing contest, with the prompt to “Explore an aspect of creation that you find especially beautiful or interesting. Describe how that aspect leads you and Christians in general to a greater knowledge of the Creator.” The article above was selected as one of the top 5 submissions in its category.