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Ellen G. White Statements Relating to Geology and Earth Sciences, Page 4

out! For who hath known the mind of LORD? or who hath been his counselor?” EGWSRGES 3.11

The word of GOD is given as a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. Those who cast his word behind them, and seek by their own blind philosophy to trace out the wonderful mysteries of Jehovah will stumble in darkness. A guide has been given to mortals whereby they may trace Jehovah and his works as far as will be for their good. Inspiration, in giving us the history of the flood has explained wonderful mysteries, that geology independent of inspiration, never could. EGWSRGES 4.1

It has been the special work of Satan to lead fallen man to rebel against God’s, government, and he has succeeded too well in his efforts. He has tried to obscure the law of GOD, which in itself is very plain. He has manifested a special hate against the fourth precept of the decalogue, because it defines the living GOD, the Maker of the heavens and the earth. The plainest precepts of Jehovah are turned from, to receive infidel fables. EGWSRGES 4.2

Man will be left without excuse. God has given sufficient evidence upon which to base faith if he wish to believe. In the last days the earth will be almost destitute of true faith. Upon the merest pretense, the word of God will be considered unreliable, while human reasoning will be received, though it be in opposition to plain Scripture facts. Men will endeavor to explain from natural causes the work of creation, which GOD has never revealed. But human science can not search out the secrets of the GOD of Heaven, and explain the stupendous works of creation, which were a miracle of Almighty power, any sooner than it can show how God came into existence EGWSRGES 4.3

“The secret things belong unto the LORD our GOD; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever.” Men professing to be ministers of God, raise their voices against the investigation of prophecy, and tell the people that the prophecies, especially of Daniel and John, are obscure, and that we cannot understand them. But some of the very men who oppose the investigation of prophecy because it is obscure, eagerly receive the suppositions of geologists, which dispute the Mosaic record. But if GOD’s revealed will is so difficult to be understood, certainly men should not rest their faith upon mere suppositions in regard to that which he has not revealed. GOD’S ways are not as our ways, neither are his thoughts as our thoughts. Human science can never account for his wondrous works. GOD so ordered that men, beasts, and trees, many times larger than those now upon the earth, and other things, should be buried in the earth at the time of the flood, and there be preserved to evidence to man that the inhabitants of the old world perished by a flood. God designed that the discovery of these things in the earth, should establish the faith of men in inspired history. But men, with their vain reasoning, make a wrong use of these things which GOD designed should lead them to exalt him. They fall into the same error as did the people before the flood—those things which GOD gave them as a benefit, they turned into a curse, by making a wrong use of them.—Ellen G. White, Spiritual Gifts 3:90-96 (Battle Creek, Mich.: Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association, 1864). Reprinted in The Signs of the Times, March 20, 1879, 5:90, and in The Spirit of Prophecy 4:85-89 (Battle Creek, Mich.: Review and Herald, 1884). EGWSRGES 4.4


In presenting this, my third little volume, to the public, I am comforted with the conviction that the Lord has made me his humble instrument in shedding some rays of precious light upon the past. Sacred History, relating to holy men of old, is brief. Inspiration has dealt sparingly in praise of the noble deeds and holy lives of the faithful For example, the life of righteous Enoch is summed up in these words: “And Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.” EGWSRGES 4.5

On the other hand, the errors, sins, and vile apostasies of some, who had been the consecrated. and favored servants of God, are dwelt upon in Sacred History at length, as a warning to after generations. EGWSRGES 4.6

Infidelity has seized upon the sad history of apostasy, which occupies so large space in the Old Testament, and has deceived many with the base insinuation that the men of the Bible, without distinction, were bad men, and has even blasphemously asserted that the Sacred Scriptures sanction crime. EGWSRGES 4.7

Since the great facts of faith, connected with the history of holy men of old, have been opened to me in vision; also, the important fact that God has nowhere lightly regarded the sin of the apostate, I have been more than ever convinced that ignorance as to these facts, and the wily advantage taken of this ignorance by some who know better, are the grand bulwarks of infidelity. If what I have written upon these points shall help any mind, let God be praised. EGWSRGES 4.8

When I commenced writing, I hoped to bring all into this volume, but am obliged to close the history of the Hebrews, take up the cases of Saul, David, Solomon, and others, and treat upon the subject of Health, in another volume. EGWSRGES 4.9


BATTLE CREEK, July, 1864,
Ibid., pp. [iii], iv. EGWSRGES 4

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