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|The Bible is not a science book, yet it is scientifically accurate. We are not aware of any scientific evidence that contradicts the Bible. We have listed statements on this page that are consistent with known scientific facts. Many of them were listed in the Bible hundreds or even thousands of years before being recorded elsewhere. Many concepts and notes on this page are adapted from ideas and statements that appear in The DEFENDER’S Study Bible.
Statements Consistent With Paleontology
Dinosaurs are referred to in several Bible books. The book of Job describes two dinosaurs. One is described in chapter 40 starting at verse 15, and the other in chapter 41 starting at verse 1. We think you will agree that 1½ chapters about dinosaurs is a lot—since most people do not even realize that they are mentioned in the Bible. (Actually reading the Bible would help, though. ) Click this sentence to see our Dinosaurs page if you would like more information in this subject area.
Statements Consistent With Astronomy
The Bible frequently refers to the great number of stars in the heavens. Here are two examples.
Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
“As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.”
Even today, scientists admit that they do not know how many stars there are. Only about 3,000 can be seen with the naked eye. We have seen estimates of 1021 stars—which is a lot of stars. (The number of grains of sand on the earth’s seashores is estimated to be 1025. As scientists discover more stars, wouldn’t it be interesting to discover that these two numbers match?)
The Bible also says that each star is unique.
1 Corinthians 15:41
There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
All stars look alike to the naked eye.* Even when seen through a telescope, they seem to be just points of light. However, analysis of their light spectra reveals that each is unique and different from all others. (*Note: We understand that people can perceive some slight difference in color and apparent brightness when looking at stars with the naked eye, but we would not expect a person living in the first century A.D. to claim they differ from one another.)
The Bible describes the precision of movement in the universe.
Thus says the LORD,
Who gives the sun for a light by day,
The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
Who disturbs the sea,
And its waves roar
(The LORD of hosts is His name):
“If those ordinances depart
From before Me, says the LORD,
Then the seed of Israel shall also cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”
The Bible describes the suspension of the Earth in space.
He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
Statements Consistent With Meteorology
The Bible describes the circulation of the atmosphere.
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
The Bible includes some principles of fluid dynamics.
To establish a weight for the wind,
And apportion the waters by measure.
The fact that air has weight was proven scientifically only about 300 years ago. The relative weights of air and water are needed for the efficient functioning of the world’s hydrologic cycle, which in turn sustains life on the earth. (If you are a physics enthusiast, please ignore our omission of the terms mass, gravity, and density from this comment.)
Statements Consistent With Biology
The book of Leviticus (written prior to 1400 BC) describes the value of blood.
‘For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.’
The blood carries water and nourishment to every cell, maintains the body’s temperature, and removes the waste material of the body’s cells. The blood also carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. In 1616, William Harvey discovered that blood circulation is the key factor in physical life—confirming what the Bible revealed 3,000 years earlier.
The Bible describes biogenesis (the development of living organisms from other living organisms) and the stability of each kind of living organism.
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
The phrase “according to its kind” occurs repeatedly, stressing the reproductive integrity of each kind of animal and plant. Today we know this occurs because all of these reproductive systems are programmed by their genetic codes.
The Bible describes the chemical nature of flesh.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.
It is a proven fact that a person’s mental and spiritual health is strongly correlated with physical health. The Bible revealed this to us with these statements (and others) written by King Solomon about 950 BC.
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
A sound heart is life to the body,
But envy is rottenness to the bones.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Statements Consistent With Anthropology
We have cave paintings and other evidence that people inhabited caves. The Bible also describes cave men.
They were driven out from among men,
They shouted at them as at a thief.
They had to live in the clefts of the valleys,
In caves of the earth and the rocks.
Note that these were not ape-men, but descendants of those who scattered from Babel. They were driven from the community by those tribes who competed successfully for the more desirable regions of the earth. Then for some reason they deteriorated mentally, physically, and spiritually. (Go into a bad part of your town and you will see this concept in action today.)
Statements Consistent With Hydrology
The bible includes reasonably complete descriptions of the hydrologic cycle.
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
When He utters His voice,
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:
“And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”
In these verses you can see several phases of the hydrologic cycle—the worldwide processes of evaporation, translation aloft by atmospheric circulation, condensation with electrical discharges, and precipitation.
For He draws up drops of water,
Which distill as rain from the mist,
Which the clouds drop down
And pour abundantly on man.
Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds,
The thunder from His canopy?
This simple verse has remarkable scientific insight. The drops of water which eventually pour down as rain first become vapor and then condense to tiny liquid water droplets in the clouds. These finally coalesce into drops large enough to overcome the updrafts that suspend them in the air.
The Bible describes the recirculation of water.
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
The Bible refers to the surprising amount of water that can be held as condensation in clouds.
He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds;
He scatters His bright clouds.
Hydrothermal vents are described in two books of the Bible written before 1400BC—more than 3,000 years before their discovery by science.
In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
We discuss the “fountains of the great deep” further in our Creation Versus Evolution page.
Statements Consistent With Geology
The Bible describes the Earth’s crust (along with a comment on astronomy).
Thus says the LORD:
“If heaven above can be measured,
And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
For all that they have done, says the LORD.”
Although some scientists claim that they have now measured the size of the universe, it is interesting to note that every human attempt to drill through the earth’s crust to the plastic mantle beneath has, thus far, ended in failure.
The Bible described the shape of the earth centuries before people thought that the earth was spherical.
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
The word translated “circle” here is the Hebrew word chuwg which is also translated “circuit,” or “compass” (depending on the context). That is, it indicates something spherical, rounded, or arched—not something that is flat or square.
The book of Isaiah was written sometime between 740 and 680 BC. This is at least 300 years before Aristotle suggested that the earth might be a sphere in this book On the Heavens.
This brings up an important historical note related to this topic. Many people are aware of the conflict between Galileo and the Roman Catholic Pope, Paul V. After publishing A Dialogue on the Two Principal Systems of the World, Galileo was summoned to Rome, where he was forced to renounce his findings. (At that time, “theologians” of the Roman Catholic Church maintained that the Earth was the center of the universe, and to assert otherwise was deemed heretical.)
We could not find any place in the Bible that claims that the Earth is flat, or that it is the center of the universe. History shows that this conflict, which took place at the time of the Inquisition, was part of a power struggle. As a result, scientific and biblical knowledge became casualties—an effect we still feel to this day.
Statements Consistent With Physics
The Bible suggests the presence of nuclear processes like those we associate with nuclear weaponry. This is certainly not something that could have been explained in 67 AD using known scientific principles (when Peter wrote the following verse).
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
The television is a practical (if not always worthwhile ) device that uses electromagnetic waves (which transmit its video signal). The Bible contains passages that describe something like television—something that allows everyone on earth see a single event. (Note: such passages typically refer to the end of time. It may not be long before all of us learn for sure whether the Bible is true or not.)
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
Things In The Bible That Science Can Not Explain
The purpose of this page is not to explain what a great science text the Bible is, but to show that it is consistent with scientific facts. Still, the Bible mentions some things that we can not explain. Yet, if God is really God, He should have the ability to do some things we can not explain.
In the last 100 years (and especially in the last ten) scientists discovered many proofs that confirm the Bible’s accuracy. Since these proofs support the accuracy of the text we can understand scientifically, it makes sense to trust the Bible’s text that we can not yet understand. (For example, how many people knew what hydrothermal vents were 30 years ago?) If you would like to see the proof we have for the accuracy of the Bible, click on the link below.
"If God wanted us to be concerned for the plight of toads, he would have made them cute and fluffy."
Posts: 451 | Posted: 6:14 PM on September 12, 2007 | IP
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|(sigh) i gave u my evidence for an accurate bible. now u give me proof for a non accurate one.
Well, let's look at this from your post:
The Bible describes the suspension of the Earth in space.
He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
Haven't you read the bible?!? This isn't God saying the earth hangs on nothing, this is Job!
And what's God's anser to Job's statement?
Job38:1 to 38:6
"38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;"
So God himself is telling Job he's wrong, the doesn't hang on nothing, it is held immovable by God created foundations!
I know you avoid all the hard questions, but whose right here, Job who says the earth hangs on nothing or God who says he laid the foundations of the earth? They both can't be right, and by your logic, God just can't be wrong...
I won't even go into the fact that Job wasn't talking about gravity, he was talking about arth being suspened in a great metal dome (the sky)...
But anyway, point proven, again, the bible isn't scientifically accurate.
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|here is more evidence:
Some of the fascinating questions answered in this article include:
Was gravity known in Bible times?
What 1977 ocean discoveries verified Bible statements?
What should be the object of education?
What is the connection between your body cells and your ancient ancestors?
What did World War II pilots discover that verified a Bible statement?
What 1854 archeological discovery verified Bible statements?
Which body cells have to be replaced at the rate of 100 million per minute?
What did the French mathematician Coeriolis discover that verified a Bible statement?
Seven Discoveries that Establish Bible Credibility
On the one hand are atheists, Bible scoffers, and others who say the Bible was written by ignorant shepherds writing fables that had been passed down from generation to generation. They contend the Bible has little credibility.
On the other hand are Christians who believe the Bible is the accurate word of God and that it explains God's way of salvation. They believe the Bible also has instructions from the Creator advising his human creatures how to live their lives for maximum happiness and contentment
Somewhere in the middle are those who believe parts of the Bible, but who think some of it may not be true. Included among the part-believers are many ministers; whose job is to support and expound the Bible. But being part-believers they can do so only in a half-hearted way.
Which is it? Is the Bible all true, partly true, or mostly fables with little credibility?
Is there anything in the Bible that would verify that it had divine inspiration? Is there any knowledge in it that would be over and above human knowledge at the time of the writing? Let's look at five such verifications of the Bible.
Verification Number One
Imagine yourself living 3,000 years ago. Imagine yourself writing a book.
Like everyone else in your day, you wonder what holds up the earth. Surely it has to rest on something. We know about the force of gravity only because modern scientists have discovered it. Aside from that knowledge, living on the earth, observing only what a human can see and feel, wouldn't it be the logical conclusion that the earth rests on or is supported by something?
What did ancient man believe the earth rested on? The book "World Mythology" (1) says this:
"The world was often said to rest on the back of a turtle".
Wouldn't that make sense to human beings living thousands of years ago? Wouldn't it seem logical that the earth would rest on something slow and steady? Yes it would. So, not knowing better, a giant turtle might be thought of as an ideal platform for the earth.
Not all cultures believed in the turtle answer though. The book "Myths and Legends" (2) tells us more:
"When one examines the writings of the Hindu, Buddhist or Greek pagan worships, for example, one finds clear reference to the concept of the earth being held up by a man, elephant, catfish, or some other physical support."
Whatever the particular answer, ancient logic and belief was that the earth had some kind of physical support.
How then was the Bible able to get it right? How could a man writing a book - 2,800 years before the discovery of gravity - possibly get it right? Notice what the Bible says in Job 26:7,
"He stretches out the north over the empty place, and hangs the earth on nothing".
All of us have seen pictures of the earth taken from outer space. Isn't that exactly how the earth appears? As if it is hung on nothing? And indeed, isn't gravity, the force we now know holds up the earth, something that is not seen?
This scientific statement, written 3,000 years ago, was against all logic, against all that was known at the time. I submit to you that this correct knowledge, this scientifically accurate picture, came from something or someone higher than man; that it was divinely inspired.
Verification Number Two
Let's look at more Bible statements. This time about fountains, or springs, or wells, in the oceans. (The Hebrew word used in the Bible can mean any of those three).
Notice Gen 7:1, telling about the flood. It says,
"In the six hundredth year of Noah's life...were all the fountains [springs] of the great deep broken up . . . "
Notice Prov 8:29 that says,
"Wisdom was there when God established the clouds above, and strengthened the fountains [springs] of the deep."
Are there really fountains or springs in the oceans? If your answer is that the Bible was wrong about that, you would have seemed correct for some 3,000 years. Correct until 1977 that is. Despite sixty years of modern submarine activity, ocean springs were unknown and undiscovered until 1977.
With only 5% of the ocean floor explored guess what? In 1977 scientists found springs in the ocean off the coast of Ecuador. (3) They were found at an ocean depth of 1.5 miles! They contain super heated water of about 450 degrees, and are called Hot Springs.
The article reported more springs. It said scientists exploring another section of ocean expected to find springs 125 to 200 miles apart. Instead they were much closer together. The scientists found six springs about 60 miles apart. As you consider this, remember that the springs were discovered with only 5% of the ocean floor explored. How many more springs might there be in the other 95%?
Some Bible skeptics claim the oceans and the atmosphere together do not contain enough water to flood the earth to the depth needed to cover the mountains. That criticism does not hold up, especially after the discovery of ocean springs, because the Bible says the springs in the oceans were broken up at the time of the flood, which would increase their flow.
These newly discovered springs cause even more problems for Bible skeptics. How much extra water could the broken up springs produce? Notice this quote:
"There is probably as much water circulating under the sea floor as there is in the oceans above." (4)
Isn't that remarkable? You might want to ponder that a moment.
The Bible statements about springs in the oceans, written 3,000 years ago, were against all logic, all that was known, or indeed could possibly have been known, at the time. I submit to you that this correct scientific knowledge came from something or someone higher than man; it was divinely inspired.
Verification Number Three
In a message given to my church I stated that there was no new cells being created today. I based that on studies where several scientists said,
"All cells come only from existing cells." (5)
One of my listeners, Levi, was certainly paying attention. He came to me afterward to ask a good question; "If no new cells are being created today, where do the trillions of our body cells body come from?" Levi's question prompted me to do more research on cells. That research led me to what I consider verification of the Bible number three.
In Gen 35:11 the Bible tells us this,
"And God said unto him, I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of you, and kings shall come out of your loins."
There are five other references to "coming out of your loins" in Genesis, Exodus, Kings, and Chronicles.
Let's notice Hebrews 7:5 that says,
"And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood . . . though they come out of the loins of Abraham".
An explanation may be helpful. Abraham is an ancestor to the sons of Levi.
Now notice verse 10 that really makes my point,
"For he [Levi] was yet in the loins of his father [Abraham], when Melchizedek met him."
A little explanation may again be helpful. The Bible is saying Levi, who was born after Abraham, was present at this earlier meeting because he was there in the loins of his father [Abraham].
Is that scientific? Is that real? Was Levi present in the loins of his great grand father Abraham? Were we present in the loins of our father before we were even born? In the loins of our grandfather? Was our father in the loins of his father? Is it a metaphor? Is it an allegory?
My further study of cells showed the Bible statements are very scientific.
The Scientific Evidence
In previous studies I had read several scientific statements like this, "Cells come only from existing cells." The conclusion given in my message that new cells are no longer being created was correct. The confusion arises from the fact that new cells are being made, but they come only from an already existing parent cell.
Levi's question that prompted me to do more study led to a better definition from the book "Cell and Molecular Biology"
"Cells can only arise by division from a pre-existing cell." (6)
So what appears to be newly created cells are actually existing cells dividing themselves.
Every human starts out as one cell, which divides and multiplies. That one cell was the result of an existing cell - one from each parent. Where did our parent's one starting cell come from? From their parents. Lewis Thomas (7) puts it this way,
"You start out as a single cell derived from the coupling of a sperm and an egg".
"The Way Life Works" (8) says,
"We each began as an egg fertilized by a sperm, a single cell."
Biologist Gerald Karp explains it this way,
"The production of offspring by sexual reproduction includes the union of two cells," (9)
So there you have it. We start out as a single cell, which resulted from the union of two cells, one from our father and one from our mother. Which means, and this is vital, that original cell existed in your parents before you were born. . Where did our father and mother's one cell that started us come from? From their parents. And so on, we can keep going back and back through our ancestors.
All humans, and indeed science tells us, all life including animals and plants, came from cells that existed in their parents.
I belong to the Spencer family genealogical society. Our lineage is traced back to four brothers who immigrated to Connecticut in 1630. Their parents were born in 1576 in Stotfield, England.
The point is that for $99 the Society will do a DNA test to establish that a member did or did not come from a particular ancestor. Many members are taking advantage of this comparatively low priced service. This ability to DNA test for a far back ancestor I find quite remarkable.
My son Craig told me his family obtained a mixed breed dog from the pound. He added that for a $1,000 the pound will do a blood test and tell them exactly what breeds his dog's ancestors were. I find that also quite remarkable.
It's All about Ancestors
So it's all about ancestors, isn't it? Just as the Bible said!
The book "Medusa and the Snail" (10) supports these conclusions as it says this,
"All of today's DNA, strung through all the cells of the earth, is simply an extension and elaboration of that first molecule."
Substitute cell for molecule and it goes back to the first cell, even to Adam and Eve.
The book "Cell and Molecular Biology" (11) sums it up when it says,
"Cell division, therefore, forms the link between a parent and its offspring; between living species and their extinct ancestors."
So the many Bible statements about "being in the loins of" are accurate, are scientific.
But how did the Bible writers know that scientific principle thousands of years ago?
It was not until 1855 that a German scientist named Rudolf Virchow learned about cells and stated that:
"All cells come from existing cells." (12)
Even then Virchow's statement about cells was not universally accepted until it was finally proven correct with the explosion of modern cell research in the 1950's.
The book adds that in 1880 August Weismann pointed out that, since cells come from pre-existing cells,
"all cells today can trace their origins back to ancient cells."
Yes, science says we can trace our present day cells back to the ancient cells of our ancestors.
The Bible statements written from 3,000 to nearly 2,000 years ago were based on cell knowledge not known at the time. I submit to you that this accurate scientific knowledge came from something or someone higher than man; it was divinely inspired.
Verification Number Four
For centuries skeptics said the Bible was stories and myths told by ignorant shepherds and nomads. For example, the skeptics taunted, where is the city called Ur? It could not be found.
Ur was the city the Bible patriarch Abraham was said to have left to dwell the rest of his life (about 125 years) in tents as commanded by God. The account is found in Genesis 12:1 and 15:7. Nehemiah 9:7 also confirms it. The New Testament talks about it in Heb 11:9-10.
So for hundreds of years the skeptics had a field day with Ur. Because it was not found, the skeptics said Ur proved the Bible wrong; proved the Bible to be myths and unfounded legends.
But in 1854 the city of Ur was found!
Not much excavation work was done however. It took an Englishman named Leonard Wooley to excavate Ur. He labored there from 1922 until 1934. What Wooley found amazed scholars and laymen alike. It turned out Ur had been a powerful, prosperous, colorful and busy capital and trade center. It was a sophisticated city, highly organized.
In a surprising contrast, Babylon the Great had simple mud buildings. But Ur, which was built 1,200 years before Babylon, had homes made of burnt brick, much like ours today.
Were the homes in Ur simple 3 to 4 rooms? No! Wooley found they had been 2 story villas, with 13-14 rooms surrounding a courtyard. They had a modern lavatory up the stairway. There was more than enough room for the family, their servants, and guests. One workshop made 12 kinds of clothing. The names of the mill girls and their quota of rations, even to the weight of wool given each worker, and what each produced, was all recorded.
Tax receipts had been meticulously kept by week, month, and year.
How about mathematics? Tables and formulas computing square and cube roots were found.
How about architecture? Surprisingly the architects of UR used all of today's engineering techniques; the column, arch, vault, and dome,
The Ziggfurat, which was the city's main religious structure, was built 400 years before Abraham. It was three stories high, with walls that all sloped inward, there was not a straight line in it. All walls were slightly curved so as to minimize what would otherwise be an over powering strength effect. The principle is called "entasis", and was lost after Ur and not re-discovered till the Parthenon at Athens.
So the finding and lengthy excavating of Ur took away the skeptics taunts and claims. Ur became another important confirmation that the Bible was accurate.
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