Christian Responses: Scientific Facts in the Bible

December 21st, 2010 | Categories: Christian Responses | Tags:

Scientific Facts in the Bible

1. Only in recent years has science discovered that everything we see is composed of invisible atoms. Here, Scripture tells us that the “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

2. Medical science has only recently discovered that blood-clotting in a newborn reaches its peak on the eighth day, then drops. The Bible consistently says that a baby must be circumcised on the eighth day.

3. At 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: “He…hangs the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7).

4. The prophet Isaiah also tells us that the earth is round: “It is he that sits upon the circle of the earth” (Isaiah 40:22). This is not a reference to a flat disk, as some skeptic maintain, but to a sphere. Secular man discovered this 2,400 years later. At a time when science believed that the earth was flat, is was the Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world (see Proverbs 3:6 footnote).

5. God told Job in 1500 B.C.: “Can you send lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, Here we are?” (Job 38:35). The Bible here is making what appears to be a scientifically ludicrous statement—that light can be sent, and then manifest itself in speech. 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” (Modern Century Illustrated Encyclopedia).

6. Job 38:19 asks, “Where is the way where light dwells?” Modern man has only recently discovered that light (electromagnetic radiation) has a “way,” traveling at 186,000 miles per second.

7. Science has discovered that stars emit radio waves, which are received on earth as a high pitch. God mentioned this in Job 38:7: “When the morning stars sang together…”

8. “Most cosmologists (scientists who study the structures and evolution of the universe) agree that the Genesis account of creation, in imagining an initial void, may be uncannily close to the truth” (Time, Dec. 1976).

9. Solomon described a “cycle” of air currents two thousand years before scientists “discovered” them. “The wind goes toward the south, and turns about unto the north; it whirls about continually, and the wind returns again according to his circuits” (Ecclesiastes 1:6).

10. Science expresses the universe in five terms: time, space, matter, power, and motion. Genesis 1:1,2 revealed such truths to the Hebrews in 1450 B.C.: “In the beginning [time] God created [power] the heaven [space] and the earth [matter] . . . And the Spirit of God moved [motion] upon the face of the waters.” The first thing God tells man is that He controls of all aspects of the universe.

11. The 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,” and many died because of the practice. If you lose your blood, you lose your life. Yet Leviticus 17:11, written 3,000 years ago, declared that blood is the source of life: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood.”

12. All things were made by Him (see John 1:3), including dinosaurs. Why then did the dinosaur disappear? The answer may be in Job 40:15–24. In this passage, God speaks about a great creature called “behemoth.” Some commentators think this was a hippopotamus. However, the hippo’s tail isn’t like a large tree, but a small twig. Following are the characteristics of this huge animal: It was the largest of all the creatures God made; was plant-eating (herbivorous); had its strength in its hips and a tail like a large tree. It had very strong bones, lived among the trees, drank massive amounts of water, and was not disturbed by a raging river. He appears impervious to attack because his nose could pierce through snares, but Scripture says, “He that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.” In other words, God caused this, the largest of all the creatures He had made, to become extinct.

13. Encyclopedia Britannica documents that in 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. Semmelweis noted that 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: “And when he that has an issue is cleansed of his issue; then he shall number to himself even days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean” (Leviticus 15:13). 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.”

14. 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.

15. “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 attributed these epidemics to ‘bad air’ or ‘evil spirits.’ However, careful attention to the medical commands of God as revealed in Leviticus would have saved untold millions of lives. Arturo Castiglione wrote about the overwhelming importance of this biblical medical law: ‘The laws against leprosyin Leviticus 13 may be regarded as the first model of sanitary legislation’ (A History of Medicine).” Grant R. Jeffery, 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 (Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita, Koran, Book of Mormon, etc.) that contains scientific truth. In fact, they contain statements that are clearly unscientific. Hank Hanegraaff said, “Faith in Christ is not some blind leap into a dark chasm, but a faith based on established evidence.” (11:3 continued)

  1. Codswallop
    December 22nd, 2010 at 14:40
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    Oh for fuck’s sake.

    • thinkingrational3
      December 23rd, 2010 at 18:07
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      That’s a well thought out response Codswallop, thanks for showing everyone your much needed input to prove your intelligence. Anyone actually want to have a well thought out response unlike Codswallop?

  2. John.
    January 1st, 2011 at 17:45
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    I’ve just found this website and I have to say it has become an immediate favourite.

    This article for instance contains:
    Breathtaking ignorance.
    Wishful thinking.
    An almost complete absence of critical thinking and even basic logic.
    Clumsy manipulation of vague statements to desperately shoehorn some biblical relevance into the scientific world view.

    This site is (unintentionally I think) the most damning satire on the redundancy of religion. Please keep it up, nonsense such as the articles above can only be viewed by an educated person with hilarity. By writing such nonsense you appear at best as an anachronism, and at worst dangerously delusional.

    (added to google reader, I look forward to future articles).

    John.

    • January 1st, 2011 at 22:01
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      Hello John.,

      Thank you for your kind words! Just letting you know that each and every post with the “Christian Responses” tag attached to it were written by believers, and shared on this blog by me (a nonbeliever) to show the visitors just how the logical flaws of religion (that includes Christianity). More to come soon…

      Please stick around and enjoy,
      Greenworld

  3. JoNyB0i
    January 5th, 2011 at 03:18
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    The bible is a work of literature. The scientific facts at the time were just incorporated into it. People just take it from a religious point of view. At the time it was written, most people in the world were religious so that is why it is written in such a way in the bible. It was just a way to record things and teach but also teach their religion. It’s not necessarily B.S. or worth saying “For fucks’s sake”, but it needs to be realized that this is what people believed at the time and science and religion were put together (in most cases).

  4. eznight
    January 5th, 2011 at 14:44
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    It always amusing when skeptics respond to evidence with opinion.

    • thinkingrational3
      January 24th, 2011 at 18:58
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      eznight :It always amusing when skeptics respond to evidence with opinion.

      Well said, about time to dust off my feet

    • January 24th, 2011 at 23:16
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      eznight :

      It always amusing when skeptics respond to evidence with opinion.

      Speak for yourself.

  5. Doug
    January 7th, 2011 at 17:25
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    I used to believe this… philosophy… even though I did genetics research. Every day I spent teasing out the secrets of the cell, using very careful methods and under the restrictions of the physical laws. I had every exposure to science, math, physics and philosophy, yet still saw plenty of merit in the idea of God.
    So I am a perfect example of the uselessness of using science to prove or disprove the existence of God. One is the enemy (or at the very least is suspicious of the motives of) the other. And both are dependent on perspective (in science, data supports a theory, but someone comes up with the idea and then has to interpret the data). But what do they both use to justify their positions? History. For science? The historical knowledge built upon every generation, supporting the physical laws time and time again. And religion? The historical references to real places and people, the history described in the Bible, and the perspective that this history, these stories, can only be achieved by God.
    The Bible is validated by its described history and is strengthened by the historical references made in the books. “Jesus took a dump in Dirt Village, in the nation of Israel, during the rein of Bill”.
    “Look, see! There was an Israel! And, look! Here’s where Dirt Village was! And, WOW!, people were known to take dumps there! This MUST be true!”
    A favorite, in this regard, is the ability to track lineages through the ‘begat, begat, begat’ portions of the old testament and the path of the slaves escaping Egypt. Some of the names and places actually did exist (Sodom and Gomorrah, as an example, were real cities). But when it comes to this version of history, religious people have only one source to support the claims of its religion – the religion itself. No other account, no historical document, no personal journal or diary… nothing corroborates anything about any story in the Bible. No boats, no artifacts, no tombs… anything produced as evidence to support the existence of Jesus, Moses, or any other story in the Bible has been submitted and validated by the religious community only. Even the Shroud of Turin is being still touted by the faithful as evidence of the glory of God, even though it has been discredited.
    Whether or not they knew about atoms or the flatness of the world does not, in any way, validate the Bible. Because they learned that, if you chop the tip of a penis off, you better wait until day 8 because otherwise the kid bleeds to death, is hardly a God-inspired wisdom. Drawing upon an argument of accuracy – dependent on the wisdom of the scientific understanding of the day – as declared in the religious book you are attempting to support – is like saying “See? Israel exists! So it must be true!”