Hey Blog Followers,
Thanks in advance for your questions.
Before I get to the questions from Sunday, let me apologize for not blogging recently, or should I say repent. I promised you that if you send the questions, I will blog the answers, and you did and I didn't. My site was down for a while, but I could have gotten it up sooner. I'll try to do better at honoring your questions.
So here are the Q's from Sunday . . .
Q1. Why is your blog called Grady Dawn?
A1. Grady Dawn is the name of our boat, which is a Grady White, so the name is a modified version of Grady Don, which was given to me by other fisherman friends. I went with dawn, instead of Don, because I like to get up early and it is less ostentatious.
Q2. Does God really "know" how everything will "turn out", or, does he have the ability to "see" all the infinite possibilities at each decision juncture (man's choice) and thus never be surprised by any outcome?
A2. The short answer to your question is yes to both. God both knows how everything will turn out and also knows all the possibilities at each juncture. He is never surprised by the outcome. This is called "Cosmic Chess" by those who subscribe exclusively to the last part of the question, believing that God doesn't know how things will turn out, but knows all the possibilities.
Since God is omniscient, meaning He knows everything, He would not be God if He didn't know both how things will turn out as well as all the potential possibilities. If God knows all the possibilities, it is a small jump to believe that He also knows what will happen, since He is omniscient, thus He is never surprised.
Q3. Does the bird finding the olive branch indicate that plants were not destroyed in the flood?
A3. Good question with some deeper issues connected to it. The simple answer to this question is yes, the plants were not necessary completely destroyed in the flood. God's focus in destruction was only those forms of life that had "breathe", which would not include fish or plants.
However; as I taught on Sunday, it was 150 days before the waters fully receded. This means that plants, which cannot live under water, would have been destroyed if they were under water the whole time. So is there are reasonable way to explain an olive branch? Yes.
Consider this. . . the world we know now is not like the world before the flood. Creation scientists postulate, with good reason, that a vapor would have probably covered the earth giving a mean temperature of 75 degrees and a humidity of about 80. There was only one continent, since the world was not yet divided (Gen. 10:25). There also would have been no polar ice caps and vegetation would have grown all over the earth, including the mountains, which is significantly different that our current earth.
This huge amount of vegetation would account for the dinosaurs growing to a great size, since as reptiles, they can grow as long as their environment can support them. I personally believe that man and dinosaurs lived together in the same world,as there is clear evidence to support this. This view is opposed by evolutionists. Lush vegetation and giant dinosaurs would also account for the vast oil reserves in this region and around the world.
All this to say, it is entirely possible in a pre-flood world that vegetation (olives) could have grown on mountains which may have been under water for a short period of time. This could account for a bird finding an olive branch on a mountain that perhaps had only been underwater a few days or weeks.
Thanks again for your questions and I'll see you on Sunday.