Amazing Science in the Holy BibleScience and Bible are often viewed as conflicting enemies. Many Christians are even afraid to look into matters of science or feel intimidated by science enthusiasts. BUT SCIENCE CONFIRMS THE BIBLE! Many of the Bible’s statements about science went against the generally accepted teachings of the time. However, modern science has again and again confirmed what the Bible has taught for centuries. We don’t compromise the Perfect Bible to match today’s imperfect science. Imagine just 100 years ago, if Christians tried to change the Scriptures to match science, they would have both compromised their faith and been wrong scientifically. Someone said,“The Bible is more up to date than tomorrow’s newspaper” In this article we will look at some specific examples of science in the Bible including thermodynamics, astrophysics, biology, microbiology, and more! Revealed to men of GOD hundreds of years before any actual scientific discoveries were officially made! We’ll see that the Word of GOD is truly Supernaturally inspired by GOD and scientifically accurate! 2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
THE INVISIBLE ATOMOnly in recent years has science discovered that everything we see is composed of invisible atoms. John Dalton was the first to formally state in 1802 that everything is made from tiny atoms. Previously science was mostly ignorant on the subject. Now we know that all visible matter consists of atoms, but unlike a molecule, a virus, or bacteria, the atom cannot be seen, even under an electron microscope. They cannot be seen, but are known to exist from over a hundred years of experimentation. Scripture tells us in the Book of Hebrews written 80–90 BC, thousands of years before any scientific discoveries. Hebrews 11:3b “…things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” So the Bible is telling us that visible things are made up of invisible things (invisible atoms). How would the Bible authors know this so long before science did, if it the Bible was not inspired by God?
LAWS OF THERMODYNAMICS: CONSERVATION OF ENERGY-MASSA very important concept in physics is the law of thermodynamics, also called the conservation of energy-mass (formulated in the 1800’s). The first law of thermodynamics (QUANTITY OF ENERGY) states that matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed, they just change forms (heat, light, sound, electricity, etc). The total quantity of energy in the universe is constant and cannot be changed. You’ve heard of Albert Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2, meaning this exact same thing (The world’s most famous equation). Energy and mass move from place to place. The amount of “stuff” in the universe is always constant. John 1:3 “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (90-110 AD)
- The Bible indicates that no new material can come into existence apart from GOD. Furthermore, God finished His work by the end of the creation week according to Genesis 2:2. Since only God can bring new things into existence from nothing, and since God ended His work by the 6th day, no new material will come into existence today.
- The Bible also suggests that nothing by itself can cease to exist. This is because God is upholding all things by His sustaining power (Hebrews 1:3) and by Him all things consist (Colossians 1:17).
EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSEThe Bible in several places indicates that the universe has been “stretched out” or “expanded”. Isaiah 40:22b “…stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.” Also Zechariah 12:1, Isaiah 44:24, Jeremiah 10:12… This would suggest that the universe has actually increased in size since its creation. He has expanded it (and perhaps still expanding it). Secular scientists once believed the universe was unchanging, the idea of an expanding universe would have seemed nonsense to old time scientists. Written approximately 1,500BC, Job 9:8b also peaks of the GOD spreading out the Heavens. Most astronomers today believe that the universe is expanding. This expansion is a very natural result of the physics that Einstein discovered – general relativity. Moreover, there is observational evidence that the universe is indeed expanding. In the 1920s, astronomers discovered that virtually all clusters of galaxies appear to be moving away from all other clusters as evidenced by their red shifts. (Hubble’s law describes this expansion). Nearly all galaxies in the universe are “redshifted.” That means that the wavelengths of the light they produce have been increased. The light has been stretched out since it was released—it is shifted toward the red end of the spectrum (since red light has a longer wavelength than blue. NOTE: An expanding universe does not support the big bang. Just because the universe is apparently expanding does not mean that it was ever infinitely small; nor does this indicate that a big bang caused the expansion. (We’ll discuss that another time). Imagine a balloon with dots drawn on it, when the balloon is inflated… the points move away from each other. As the universe is expanded (stretched), the galaxies move away from each other, increasing in distance. The Bible refers to an expanding universe long before secular astronomers came to accept that idea.
LIGHTGOD told Job: Job 38:35 “Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are?” The Bible here is making what appears to be a scientifically foolish statement—that light can be sent, and produce sound. But did you know that radio waves travel at the speed of light? This is why you can have instantaneous wireless communication with someone on the other side of the earth. Science didn’t discover this until 1864 when “British scientist James Clerk Maxwell suggested that electricity and light waves were two forms of the same thing”. Actually, it was once believed that light is fixed in place and does not move. Job 38:19 “Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof.” Modern man has only recently discovered that light (electromagnetic radiation) has a “way” and moves, traveling at 186,000 miles (299,337 kms) per second.
STARSThere was a time when scientists believed there are about 1,100 stars in the entire universe and were all the same. Astronomer Claudius Ptolemy (A.D. 150) cataloged 1,022 stars in his work. But in Jeremiah 33:22 (600BC) says: Jeremiah 33:22a “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured.” Hebrews 11:12 “Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.” Science now says there is an average of about 100 billion stars in each galaxy, and about 10 billion galaxies in the observable universe! Universe Today.Com says, ” This is a minimum value because the universe could be much bigger than what we see and think, but so far no technology can see farther. It’s even possible that the universe is infinite with an infinite amount of stars of different brightness and size.” Notice, of different brightness and size, confirming what the Bible has said since 56 AD: 1 Corinthians 15:41 “…one star differeth from another star in glory.”(56 AD)
SINGING STARSWhen GOD replies to Job in Job 38:7b, it is written:” the morning stars sang together…” Heinrich Hertz (Hz) proved the existence of radio waves in the late 1880s. In 1932, Karl Jansky revealed that stars (and other objects in space) radiate radio waves. These radio waves are received on earth as a high pitch (Radio Astronomy). We can’t hear the original high frequencies, but scaled down to frequencies we can hear (Sonification process). The Stellar Choir is an interactive choir of roughly 8,500 “singing” stars that has been built from an early data release of star light curves by NASA. Visit www.stellarchoir.com and hear the amazing sounds. If we were to look at the sky with a radio telescope, the sky would appear radically different from what we see in visible light. Instead of seeing point-like stars, we would see distant pulsars, star-forming regions, and supernova remnants would dominate the night sky.
AIR & WINDKing Solomon described a “cycle” of air currents over two thousand years before scientists “discovered” them. Ecclesiastes 1:6 “The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.” (Written before 200BC) Now we know that air currents /OR/ circuits are concentrated areas of winds mainly due to differences in pressure and/or temperature. Furthermore, air was thought to be weightless until the year 1630 when scientists discovered otherwise. Job 28:25 speaks of “the weight for the winds.” (1500BC+) Barometer invented in the 1643 by mathematician Evangelista Torricelli, discovering air has weight. Atmospheric pressure of about 14.7 lbs per square inch at sea level. Science now agrees that anything with mass has weight, and we know air has mass because we can feel it when the wind blows. With the example of the HOT AIR BALOON we see the weight of air changing with temperature. The speed of sound also varies depending on temperature and air density (how thick and heavy air is): 35 °C @ 351.88 m/s -25 °C @ 315.77 m/s
EARTHAt a time when it was believed that the earth sat on a large animal or a giant (1500 B.C.), the Bible spoke of the earth’s free float in space: Scripture tells us in Job – the oldest book in the Bible: Job 26:7b “…[GOD] hangs the earth upon nothing.” We now have pictures of the earth taken from space that show it floating in the cosmic void. The earth literally hangs on nothing, just as the Bible teaches. Furthermore, it was believed for centuries that the earth was a flat disk. The belief was commonly held by ancient cultures and the most notable philosophers even into the 5th Century BC. Science discovered this over 2,500 years after the Bible said it. The prophet Isaiah wrote in 700 BC: Isaiah 40:22 “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.” (indicates sphere not a flat disc). Also, Luke 17:34–36 says the Second Coming of JESUS CHRIST will occur while some are asleep at night and others are working at daytime activities in the field. This is a clear indication of a revolving earth, with day and night at the same time. At a time when science believed that the earth was flat, is was the Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world.
OCEAN FLOOR MOUNTAINS & VALLEYSIt was believed until the last several decades that the ocean floor was flat… But in the belly of the whale (at the bottom of the sea), Jonah’s prayer is recorded around 750BC: Jonah 2:5a-6 “The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains…” In the years after 1945, sonar allowed the first detailed surveys of large areas of the sea floor. These surveys resulted in the discovery of mountains and valleys at the bottom of the sea. The mid-oceanic ridge system is the largest geological feature on the planet, and scientists only discovered it around 70 years ago.
OCEAN SPRINGSIt was also believed until the 1940’s that the Ocean was only fed by rivers and rain… but now we know that Oceans contain springs. 2 Samuel 22:16a “the channels of the sea appeared…” (Written around 600 BC) Job 38:16 “Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.” In the 1940’s mapping of undersea topography was under way using the echo sounder. Thousands of undersea volcanoes were discovered. Later, hot sea water was discovered using sonar in the bottom of the Red Sea. Scientists using scuba equipment first located hot springs along the coast of California in the late 1960s. The discovery of ocean springs ranks as one of the most important scientific accomplishments in recent years. In the account of Noah’s flood in Genesis (1400-1200BC): Genesis 7:11b “… all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.” Meaning, water came from above (rain) and from below (springs of the Ocean).
BLOODThe great biological truth concerning the importance of blood in our body’s mechanism has been fully comprehended only in recent years. Up until 120 years ago, sick people were “bled” because they believed it cured sicknesses, many died because of the practice (bloodletting- draining blood out). President of the United States George Washington ordered doctors to drain his blood in order to cure his common cold, he of course died within hours (1799). Yet in the 3rd book in the Old Testament Bible – Leviticus written over 3,000 years ago, declared: Leviticus 17:11 “the life of the flesh is in the blood…” Now science agrees with the Bible… “Blood is the source of life and health”. Blood delivers necessary nutrients and oxygen to cells, contains proteins, minerals, glucose, and hormones. Average adult has about 5 liters of blood, about 7% of our body weight. Loss of 2 liters or more if not treated drastically would shortly lead to death. The Bible is right again! If you lose your blood, you lose your life.
BLOOD CLOTTING (COAGULATION)Blood clotting is the process of the blood hardening, decreasing blood loss in a damaged vessel/cut and followed by repair. Medical science has only recently discovered that blood-clotting in a newborn reaches its peak on the eighth day, then drops. Old Testament Jewish tradition consistently says that a Hebrew baby must be circumcised on the eighth day (Genesis 17:12, etc). (Believed to be written by Moses, 1400-1200BC). Isn’t it interesting that the Bible thousands of years ago, told Israel to circumcise boys exactly on the 8th day. Doing so earlier or later would have resulted in significant and potentially dangerous blood loss.
JESUS PRAYING (SWEAT & BLOOD)There is a unique and very specific scientific detail we see recorded about JESUS CHRIST in the New Testament that really adds to the reliability of the Scriptures. As the LORD JESUS prays before his crucifixion we read in Luke 22:44: Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” This is a very rare condition called hematohidrosis (also called blood sweat). Occurring under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress the vessels constrict. Then as the blood vessels dilate to the point of rupture. The blood goes into the sweat glands. As the sweat glands are producing sweat, it pushes the blood to the surface – coming out as droplets of blood mixed with sweat. Only a few documented instances in 1400 & 1500’s, observed in individuals condemned to execution. Luke is the only gospel writer to mention the bloody sweat, possibly because of his interest as a physician in this rare physiological phenomenon, which spoke powerfully of the intense spiritual agony JESUS was suffering… (Dr. Henry M. Morris, The Defenders Bible, arginal notes for Luke 22:44). A made up “fake” story would not have such a scientific detail which was not known at the time.
GERMS“During the devastating Black Death of the fourteenth century, patients who were sick or dead were kept in the same rooms as the rest of the family. People often wondered why the disease was affecting so many people at one time. They thought this was due to ‘bad air’ or ‘evil spirits.’ However, careful attention to the medical commands of God as revealed in Leviticus would have saved millions of lives. Arturo Castiglione (medical historian and university professor) wrote about the overwhelming importance of this Biblical medical law, saying: “The laws against leprosy in Leviticus 13 may be regarded as the first model of sanitary legislation’ (A History of Medicine).” Leprosy (also known as Hansen’s disease) is a long-lasting infection caused by bacteria. The disease was highly contagious and devastating. Leviticus chapters 11-15 contain detailed information and instructions about Leprosy including diagnosis, observation and proper cleansing. Leviticus also instructs separating people with certain types of illnesses to prevent spreading.
GERMS & CONTAINMENTGerm theory proposed in 1546 by Girolamo Fracastoro and developed for over 200 years afterwards, but doctors were still unaware of how it worked and how to extend the principle to various diseases. Convincing evidence not provided until the 1850’s. How is it possible that the writer of Leviticus know about germs? That they spread through human contact or by being in the same room with a sick person, unless GOD told him to write it. The only way to explain Israel’s supernatural knowledge of all these scientifically accurate rules of hygiene, thousands of years before anyone else did, is that GOD himself told the writers to write these things. Furthermore, germs cannot be seen without microscope magnification (the very first one in the 1600’s had only 9x magnification and was blurry), yet the GOD-inspired Leviticus contains detailed instructions on how to deal with these matters.
CLEANSING WITH WATERIn 1845, a young doctor in Vienna named Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis was horrified at the terrible death rate of women who gave birth in hospitals. As many as 30 percent died after giving birth. Doctors would examine the bodies of patients who died, then, without washing their hands, go straight to the next ward and examine expectant mothers. This was their normal practice, because the presence of microscopic diseases was unknown. Semmelweis insisted that doctors wash their hands before examinations, and the death rate immediately dropped to 2 percent. Look at the specific instructions God gave His people for when they encounter disease: Leviticus 15:13 “And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue [flow of fluid blood, etc]; then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean.” Until recent years, doctors washed their hands in a bowl of water, leaving invisible germs on their hands. However, the Bible says specifically to wash hands under “running water.” The Bible has been confirmed scientifically again and again! Grant R. Jeffery (A Bible teacher of Bible prophecy/eschatology and Biblical archaeology) wrote: “The Signature of God with all these truths revealed in Scripture, how could a thinking person deny that the Bible is supernatural in origin? There is no other book in any of the world’s religions (Earliest Indian Vedas & Bhagavad-Gita HINDU, Koran 609 AD, Book of Mormon 1830, etc.) that contains scientific truth. In fact, they contain statements that are clearly unscientific.”
- GOD’s Word is 100% infallible, inerrant.
- Obey His Word, no matter what we think or feel… (He knows what’s best for us even when we don’t understand it).
- The Scriptures have been proven true, again and again. You can trust in the Bible from cover to cover! since Scripture are true, then it’s also true when it says…