>An article in space.com talks about the sounds the Earth makes, which are described as “cries” though they are officially called Auroral Kilometric Radiation (AKR) and are the product of the interaction between solar particles and the Earth’s magnetic field.
Nevertheless, it connects quite nicely with Romans 8:22-23 “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption, the redemption of our bodies.” (TNIV)
I am not suggesting the scientific accuracy of Paul’s poetic statement, but something else. It seems that at the depth (or height) of intuition we are capable of grasping truths faster than linear thought. It also seems that a deeply lived Christian theology, as opposed to simply (and linearly) thought of set of precepts and dogmas, is capable is leading us into deep deep truths.
Further, when you spend most of your time talking and thinking about Truth, as Paul certainly did, you engage Truth in the form of the Holy Spirit, and He will reveal things to you which you are not even capable of discerning as truths at all. I am certain that Paul thought he was simply using a metaphor in this passage. There was never any desire for scientific inquiry. But…the Truth was revealed to him, and it works in many levels.
I guess that’s another important aspect of truth: it is multi-dimensional. It is true one way here (as a theological metaphor) and true another way here (as a scientific metaphor). To say “the Earth cries” works in multiple levels, and in all of them it is true.
This is what happens when you engage the Holy Spirit. How many times have I come back to some specific insight only to discover that the insight itself could be applied to other parts of my life or my thought? How many ways can Matt. 5-7 be applied and be true all the time?
i guess this is closer to what I mean about the inspired inerrancy of Scripture.