Scriptures

The Bible and Science

Introduction

The place of the Bible in the scientific task of understanding the natural world has conflicted the minds of Christians at least as far back as the time of Augustine. Over two millennia the role of Scripture in scientific explanation has ebbed and flowed according to time and place.

The Bible is commonly perceived to contain numerous scientific errors in cosmology, biology, history, and archaeology. However, the truth is the Bible is very accurate in matters of science. It’s also a shame that people think that science proves the Bible to be accurate, when in fact it’s the Bible which shows science to be accurate.

Below are a few examples.

‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.’ Psalm 19:1

‘When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place.’ Psalm 8:3

Ancient Scientists

Ancient scientists believed there were only 1000 stars. They believed the sky was a solid dome where the stars were cemented into place.

However, the heavens or firmamentum is where God stretches out the heavens as a curtain. Raquia is the Hebrews word for firmamentum and it means, a thinness, atmosphere. With perfect vision we can see about 8000 stars in both hemispheres.

The good news is that scientists know better today, so it seems that science has learned. Sir James Jeans says,

‘there are probably as many stars as, grains of sand on all the sea-shores of the world.’

Today we know there are 1000 million stars in our universe. 100 million stars in other universes in known space.

Einstein believed that known space is a 1000 millionth of theoretical space. You don’t contradict Einstein! 10 to the power of 28 is a number beyond our comprehension!

‘He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.’ Genesis 15:5

God said to Abraham,

‘look! See if you can count the stars!’

This is God speaking, not Abraham thinking. They were innumerable!

‘He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.’ Job 26:7

‘The empty space’ was discovered in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a patch of sky without a single star.

Ancient scientific notions about the earth

1. On the shoulders of Atlas standing on two giant turtles, swimming in a bottomless sea!

‘He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.’ Job 26:7

Notice again

‘He suspends the earth over nothing’.

2. The Earth is the centre of our universe.

Everything revolves around us. Back in 16th Century Rome ruled, and they decreed what was scientific. Galileo Galilei, 1632, His book banned by the Church of Rome because he said the earth revolved around the sun. He was questioned and threatened torture and death. He recanted and said,

‘But it does move.’

3. Flat earth.

Columbus sailing to the west believed they would ‘fall off’ the Earth.

Flat earth society by Samuel Birley in 1800’s travelled England teaching,

‘Earth flat and stationary in Space and the Sun is only 400 miles away!’

James McIntyre believed the Earth was a flat disc, some 24,000 miles in diameter.

Jon Davis, a Canadian believed the Earth is flat extending horizontally endlessly.

‘He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.’ Isaiah 40:22

The Hebrew word for circle is ‘chuwg’ and it means an orb or ball.

Think about the Earth and our universe

Around 40 years ago a capsule containing two men were safely landed on the Moon! And safely brought back again!

Why were scientists able to accomplish, such an amazing fete?

Because they reckoned on the reliability of the laws that operate in our universe!

Think about the problems it involved

It is one thing to shoot at a stationary target, but an entirely different matter when you are shooting at a moving target! It is even more, difficult to hit a moving target, when you are on a moving base.

Biblical revelation and scientific discovery

It’s amazing how scientists discover something ‘new’, but the Bible spoke about it and taught it thousands of years before they were discovered, here are a few examples.

A philosopher named Philolaus who lived around 470 B.C. was first to suggest that the earth must have balance.

‘Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?’ Isaiah 40:12

They discovered in the 17th century that both man and woman possess seed of life.

‘Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.’ Genesis 2:7

‘The LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’ Genesis 2:18

‘Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.’ Genesis 2:22

They discovered in the 10th century there is a place void of stars in the north.

‘He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.’ Job 26:7

They discovered in 1650 that the Earth is held in place by an invisible force.

‘He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.’ Job 26:7

They discovered in 1735 taxonomical classification of matter.

Genesis 1

They discovered in the 15th century that Earth is round.

‘He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.’ Isaiah 40:22

They discovered in the 15th century that day and night occur simultaneously on Earth.

‘I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.’ Luke 17:34-35

They discovered in the 16th century that certain animals carry disease harmful to man.

Leviticus 11

They discovered in the 17th century early diagnosis of leprosy.

Leviticus 13

They discovered in the 17th century that blood of animals carries disease.

Leviticus 17

They discovered in the 17th century that blood is necessary for the survival of human life.

‘For the life of a creature is in the blood.’ Leviticus 17:11

They discovered in 1854 that oceans have natural paths in them.

‘And the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.’ Psalm 8:8

They discovered in 1860 that most seaworthy ship design is 30.5.3 ratio.

Genesis 6

They discovered in 1932 that light is a particle, has mass, a photon.

‘What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?’ Job 38:19

They discovered in 1945 radio astronomy, stars give off signals.

‘While the morning stars sang together.’ Job 38:7

They discovered in in 1920 that oceans contain fresh water springs.

‘Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea.’ Job 38:16

They discovered in 1905 and 1966 that snow has material value.

‘Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail.’ Job 38:22

They discovered in 1940 that there are an infinite number of stars.

‘He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.’ Genesis 15:5

They discovered in 35 that dust is important for survival.

‘Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket.’ Isaiah 40:12

They discovered in 1820 Hubert Spencer’s scientific principles.

Genesis 1

Evangelista Torricelli discovered in the 16th century that air has weight.

‘When he established the force of the wind.’ Job 28:25

They discovered in 1650 that light can be split up into component colours.

‘What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed.’ Job 38:24

They discovered in the 19th century that matter is made up of invisible particles.

‘They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden’ Job 8:16

They discovered in 1920 that plants use sunlight to manufacture food.

‘They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden’ Job 8:16

They discovered in the 19th century that Arcturus and other stars move without a pause.

‘Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?’ Job 38:32

‘From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses.’ Judges 5:20

They discovered in the 17th century the water cycle.

‘All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.’ Ecclesiastes 1:7

Conclusion

There are many other examples we could look at, but I think this will suffice for now. Like I wrote earlier, it’s amazing how scientists discover something ‘new’, but the Bible spoke about it and taught it thousands of years before they were discovered.

Continue to have confidence in the Word of God

 

DAILY BIBLE VERSE

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Romans 3:23

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