Considering Wisdom

Gold or Wisdom—What will it Be?

Posted by Elfriede

We are so excited that our latest book “Considering Wisdom” has gone to the printer and will be available very soon.

To spark your interest here is an excerpt from the first chapter:


Chapter 1Wisdom versus Knowledge

In terms of times and ages, the longest word in our language is the word eternity. Astoundingly, when we consider how the longest, endless running major rivers on six of Earth’s seven continents contribute greatly to wisdom, it can lead to other far-reaching magnificent truths. Considering wisdom’s eternal consequences, a list of only a few of the world’s famous rivers will serve well to reveal how wisdom and nature are supernaturally linked:

AsiaChang (Yangtze) River3,434 miles (5,530 km) long
AustraliaMurray-Darling River2,310 miles (3,720 km) long
EuropeVolga River2,290 miles (3,700 km) long
North AmericaMissouri River2,540 miles (4,090 km) long
North AmericaMississippi River2,340 miles (3,770 km) long
South AmericaAmazon River4,157 miles (6,694 km) long
AfricaNile River3,915 miles (6,305 km) long[1]
List of rivers, their location and length


Other famous rivers:

Columbia RiverCanada/United States
St. Lawrence RiverCanada
Elbe RiverGermany
Rhein RiverSwitzerland/Liechtenstein/Austria/France/Germany/Netherlands
Mosel RiverFrance/Luxembourg/Germany
Ohio RiverUnited States
Arkansas RiverUnited States
Potomac RiverUnited States
List of rivers and their location

Since there are 165 famous rivers in the world, these lists are by no means near complete. These rivers seem to flow forever; year after year, day and night. By applying wisdom, we can see that’s a lot of continuous water flowing. With examination of the evidence, it becomes more fully understood, beyond simply nature’s implications to supernatural certainties. Knowing these facts contributes to wisdom.

To maintain perspective, some of the world’s largest waterfalls are listed:

Victoria FallsZimbabwe/Zambia
1 mile (1.7 km) wide, 360 feet (108 meters) high
Angel FallsSalto Angel, Venezuela
dropping a total of 978 meters from the summit
(3,230 feet high; uninterrupted drop: 2,647 feet)
Niagara FallsUnited States/Canada
(most visited tourist attraction in the world)
Kaieteur FallsPotano River, Guyana
663 cubic meters of water per second
(23,400 cubic feet/second)
Yosemite FallsYosemite National Park, California
(tallest waterfall in the United States)[2]
Gullfoss FallsHvita, Iceland
Jog FallsCreated by River Sharavathi in India
Plitvice WaterfallsPlitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Sutherland FallsNew Zealand
Tugela FallsSouth Africa
Nohkalikai FallsHimalayas of India
Dettifoss FallsVatnajokull National Park, Iceland
Takakaw FallsYoho National Park, Canada
Gocta Cataracts FallsPeru
Huangguoshu FallsAsia
Detian FallsBorder of China and Vietnam
Blue Nile FallsNorthern Ethiopia
List of waterfalls with their location, and in some cases informative data

 “Few geographical features exemplify the beauty and power of nature [or creation] as dramatically as majestic waterfalls. The sight of tons of water spilling over the edge of a cliff or cascading over rocks never fails to impress.”[3]

The enormous power of these waterfalls is enough to generate electrical power for metropolitan cities as well as massive rural areas. The Kaieteur Falls of the Potano River in Guyana, cited above, producing 663 cubic meters of water every second, equal to 23,413.6 cubic feet per second.

The weight density of only one cubic foot water is 62.4 pounds.[4]

Just imagine a square container, one foot wide, one foot long, and one foot high, filled with water. The weight of the water filling that container is 62.4 pounds. Now multiply that cubic weight of 23,413.6 × 62.4 and realize that there are 1,461,008 pounds of water spilling out of that waterfall every second. That is about 44,000 tons of water each minute, about 2.5 million tons every hour—about 60 million tons of water running nonstop, day after day. And that’s from only one waterfall in South America.

What is it that causes the ocean to maintain its constant level, even though all these waterfalls and rivers continuously feed it?


End of Excerpt from Chapter One.


Interested in reading more from Considering Wisdom?
Go here to read an excerpt from chapter four.


Please let us have your feedback in the comment section.
We would like to hear from you.


[1] EnchantedLearning.com – Major Rivers of the World, (accessed June 2019), https://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/rivers/majorrivers.shtml

[2] 17 Greatest Waterfalls in the World, #12 Yosemite Falls, Touropia.com (June 2019) https://www.touropia.com/greatest-waterfalls-in-the-world/

[3] 17 Greatest Waterfalls in the World, 1st paragraph, Touropia.com (June 2019) https://www.touropia.com/greatest-waterfalls-in-the-world/

[4] search aqua-calc.com, #compounds, site owner AVCalc LLC, (July 2019)
https://www.aqua-calc.com/calculate/volume-to-weight

Author: Mike and Elfriede

For the past 14 years Michael Copple has studiously devoted his life to the Lord by preaching the Gospel and moderating Bible studies. He is a 1958 Eagle Scout, holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering, and achieved the highest US Air Force enlisted rank of Chief Master Sergeant with over 26 years service, one year of which was with Forward Air Control duties in Vietnam. For three years he was the senior enlisted member of the US Air Force Academy Wings of Blue Parachute Team; he has performed over 2,000 parachute jumps and accumulated over 15 hours of freefall. During his parachuting years Mike experienced a mishap of being a “hung jumper” outside the aircraft, and serious parachute malfunctions like a deadly seesaw night jump entanglement with another jumper, and an 85 mph wind shear which almost took his life. This experience inspired and qualified him to author the novel Calling from the Sky. A former world-wide electronic service engineer for 16 years with a semiconductor equipment manufacturer, he and his wife Elfriede currently live in the Canadian Rockies surrounded by 6 National Parks. Besides studying God's Word, they both like to exercise, cross country ski, hike, garden, and walk their dog Kansas. Visit him at https://www.michaelcopple.com/

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