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    SCIENCE IN THE BIBLE

    Spherical Earth.

    “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth." Isaiah 40:22.
    "..when he set a compass upon the face of the depth." Proverbs 8:27.
    Circle 2329 = Compass 2329 in Hebrew is "Khoog" = to describe a circle, or circuit, meaning the horizon which is circular.

    In 712 BC, when Isaiah wrote this, people thought that the earth was flat, and that you could sail over the edge of it and fall off. Columbus and Magellan proved that the earth was circular by sailing around it in a circle from East to West and then returning to the point of departure.

    Question: How did the Bible know that the earth was spherical?
    Answer: God wrote it!


    The Earth Hangs in Space.

    "He hangs the earth upon nothing." Job 26:7 stated 1500BC.
    Until modern times "experts" believed ideas such as the earth sat on four elephants, who stood on a giant turtle, who swam in the ocean. Man could not imagine how the earth could hang in space on nothing. Yet this is what happens due to gravitational attraction between the earth and the sun, giving the appearance that the earth hangs on nothing. 


    The Bible includes some principles of fluid dynamics.

    Job 28:25
    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.


    The bible includes reasonably complete descriptions of the hydrologic cycle.

    Psalm 135:7
    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.

    Jeremiah 10:13
    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.


    The Bible describes the recirculation of water.

    Ecclesiastes 1:7
    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.

    Isaiah 55:10
    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,


    Hydrothermal vents are described in two books of the Bible written before 1400BC—more than 3,000 years before their discovery by science.

    Genesis 7:11
    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.

    Job 38:16
    Have you entered the springs of the sea?
    Or have you walked in search of the depths?


    Cloud Balancing.

    "Dost thou know the balancing of the clouds?" Job 37:16.
    Clouds are floating in the air, balanced by two forces: gravity pulling them downwards, and warm air pushing them upwards. How did Job know about this in 1500 BC? God told him.


    All Mankind came from One Woman.

    "Adam called his wife's name Eve: because she was the mother of all living." Genesis 3:20. DNA is found in every cell, in both the nucleus and the mitochondrion (energy station). Mitochondrial DNA is always and only inherited from the mother. Analysis of this DNA in humans from all over the world shows unmistakably that all humans have inherited it from one woman. This research was done by Wilson, Cann, and Stoneking from the University of California, Berkeley. (Creation Ex Nihilo, Vol.12, No.2, March 1990).


    The Bloodstream Carries Life.

    "The life of the flesh is in the blood." Leviticus 17:11.
    From 400 BC to 1900 AD, a procedure called "blood letting" was popular. Sick people had blood drained from their bloodstream as a supposed therapeutic measure. It was responsible for killing millions of people, such as George Washington. People thought that blood carried disease instead of life. By draining the blood, the patient died of blood loss. Now we give blood to some sick patients. The Bible was right again.


    Winds blow in Circuits.
    "The wind goes toward the south, and turns about unto the north, it whirls about
    continually and the wind turns again according to his circuits." Ecclesiastes 1:6.
    At the equator, the sun heats the air causing it to rise. In the upper atmosphere this airflows away from the equator. When the air returns to the earth's surface, it flows across the surface. This moving surface air produces the six belts of prevailing winds around the earth.


    Winds have Weight and hence Air Pressure.
    "To make the weight for the winds." Job 28:25.
    Galileo in 1600 AD noted that a suction pump would not raise water more than 34 feet. Torricelli suggested that if air could support a column of water 34 feet high, then air should support a column of mercury about 2.5 feet high, because mercury is 13 times as heavy as water. Torricelli made a mercury barometer and proved that air has pressure


    Can a Whale swallow Jonah
    "Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights." Jonah 1:17. Many people use this as their reason for doubting the Bible's truthfulness. How can a fish swallow a man?
    Several cases in modern times have been reported of a whale swallowing a man who survived. One is reported by Francis Fox in "Sixty-three years of Engineering" p.298-300 and confirmed by two scientists, one being M. DeParville, the scientific editor of "Journal Des Debats" in Paris.
    In February 1891, the whaling ship, "Star of the East" was near the Falkland Islands, where they sighted a large sperm whale. Two boats were sent out after the whale. One boat harpooned the whale, but the whale upset the other boat, drowning one man and the other sailor James Bartley, disappearing without a trace. After the whale was killed and cut open two days later, James Bartley was found unconscious and doubled up inside the whale. He had lost his senses through fright and not through lack of air. His skin was bleached white from stomach acid. He fully recovered. If a man can survive two days in a whale in 1891, surely Jonah could have survived three days in a great fish in 862 BC.


    Sea Paths or Ocean Currents.
    "Whatsoever passes through the paths of the sea". Psalm 8:8. "Paths" in Hebrew means "customary roads." Matthew Maury is the father of Oceanography. A statue of him exists in Virginia with charts of the sea in one hand and a Bible in the other. Until Maury's work there were no charts of sailing lanes. One day during a temporary illness, his son read from Psalm 8:8. Maury stopped him, asking him to read it again. Maury then said: "It is enough. If the Word of God says that there are paths in the sea, they must be there, and I am going to find them." Within a few years he had charted the sea lanes and ocean currents. Question: How did the Bible know about sea paths or ocean currents? Answer: God wrote it.


    Light can be Parted or Dispersed into a Rainbow Spectrum.
    "By what way is the light parted (Heb.2505)?" Job 38:24. "Parted" in Hebrew is "chalaq”
    which means, "separated". White light can be separated into 7 colours of the spectrum which are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. This was not understood until experiments with light were performed in the 1600's. Note: Light is like Jesus Christ: "I am the light of the world." John 9:5. As light has seven colours, so Christ has the seven spirits of God. See Isaiah 11:1,2.

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    Wow! That is quite the compilation. I had to bookmark this page in order to be able to come back again and again to read this post, and I have to say that I am well and thoroughly impressed. Some of these facts I have never really thought of in this way and it's amazing when you start to realize that some of what we think we are only discovering today the bible already spoke about it and described it in great detail. I know of course that there are some people out there who are going to want to argue with every single piece of information on this page, but for a lot of us, it makes total sense.
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      #3
      The Bible doesn't contain science:



      Although he is talking specifically about Genesis, what he has to say about the worldview of the biblical authors is of more general applicability.
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        #4
        Originally posted by ThyWordisTruth View Post
        The Bible doesn't contain science:



        Although he is talking specifically about Genesis, what he has to say about the worldview of the biblical authors is of more general applicability.
        Would you believe, I can't get the video to turn off.
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          #5
          Originally posted by Sheilah View Post
          Wow! That is quite the compilation. I had to bookmark this page in order to be able to come back again and again to read this post, and I have to say that I am well and thoroughly impressed. Some of these facts I have never really thought of in this way and it's amazing when you start to realize that some of what we think we are only discovering today the bible already spoke about it and described it in great detail. I know of course that there are some people out there who are going to want to argue with every single piece of information on this page, but for a lot of us, it makes total sense.
          Thank you. Yes, people will argue small points or issues whilst ignoring the bigger picture, that is that the Bible is NOT an "old-fashioned" book.
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            #6
            Originally posted by Calvarystudy View Post

            Thank you. Yes, people will argue small points or issues whilst ignoring the bigger picture, that is that the Bible is NOT an "old-fashioned" book.
            God may be the ultimate author of the Bible, but he worked through human authors, and he didn't magically transplant a knowledge of modern meteology, physiology, physics or geography into their heads. Had he done so, he would have needed to transplant it into the heads of all their contemporaries as well, otherwise they wouln't have been able to understand what was written.

            Which would mean that, with that kind of knowledge, colour television sets would have been on sale in 100AD.
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              #7
              Originally posted by ThyWordisTruth View Post

              God may be the ultimate author of the Bible, but he worked through human authors, and he didn't magically transplant a knowledge of modern meteology, physiology, physics or geography into their heads. Had he done so, he would have needed to transplant it into the heads of all their contemporaries as well, otherwise they wouln't have been able to understand what was written.

              Which would mean that, with that kind of knowledge, colour television sets would have been on sale in 100AD.
              Yes, God is the author of the Bible. And He worked through the many human authors that He chose to work through. He also gave us wonderful brains to study and learn with and to share with others that which we have learned. But there are a lot of 'views' out there. And God hasn't made us Robots.

              It's really sort of fascinating how knowledge Has developed. He 'allowed' people to 'discover' electricity. The light bulb.

              He allows some people to become brilliant doctors. Others are gardeners / astronomers, etc. A great variety in order to keep this earth running. ''

              And the color TV -- God's timing is interesting. :)
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                #8
                Originally posted by ThyWordisTruth View Post
                he didn't magically transplant a knowledge of modern meteology, physiology, physics or geography into their heads.
                He didn't transplant a knowledge of these subjects but he guided the words of those who wrote the Bible so that they didn't make any errors in any of these areas.
                Clyde Herrin's Blog
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by theophilus View Post
                  He didn't transplant a knowledge of these subjects but he guided the words of those who wrote the Bible so that they didn't make any errors in any of these areas.
                  Then how Does Genesis 1 come to talk about a firmament which is holding back the waters above the firmament?

                  If you are going to take seriously the idea that the Bible had human authors, then you have also got to credit them with having normal psychological processes, and that does not include words, of which they would have no understanding, suddenly popping into their heads out of nowhere.

                  Regarding the Bible as being God's authoritative revelation to man does not involve adopting an ancient worldview which required God's continuous intervention to prevent the oceans from encroaching further inland than the sea shore.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by ThyWordisTruth View Post
                    Then how Does Genesis 1 come to talk about a firmament which is holding back the waters above the firmament?
                    Is this what you are talking about?

                    And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

                    It doesn't say anything about the firmament holding back the waters, only that water exists above the earth. Some believe that before the flood the earth was surrounded by a canopy of water vapor and during the flood this water formed the rain that flooded the earth. There is no evidence that this statement is erroneous in any way.

                    Clyde Herrin's Blog
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by theophilus View Post
                      It doesn't say anything about the firmament holding back the waters, only that water exists above the earth. Some believe that before the flood the earth was surrounded by a canopy of water vapor and during the flood this water formed the rain that flooded the earth. There is no evidence that this statement is erroneous in any way.
                      In that case, either the Earth is still flooded, or the water evaporated agin, in which case it is still up there. Neither of which would appear to accord with observation.

                      The biblical authors lived in an ancient culture, and their ideas about the world were those of the culture they lived in. They were, furthermore, writing for their contemporaries, and not for people who would have a completely different world view two and a half to three millenia later.

                      If you try to force the Bible into conformity with the current scientific world view, what are you going to do when the current scientific world view moves on? In order to demonstrate the Bible's authority, will you be trying to force the Bible into conformity with that as well? And then again, five centuries after that, when the scientific worldview is again different from that of the present day.

                      I thought the truths of the Bible were supposed to be eternal; not contingent upon whatever scientific picture of the world happens to be current.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by ThyWordisTruth View Post
                        Then how Does Genesis 1 come to talk about a firmament which is holding back the waters above the firmament?
                        Water can take the form of vapor, so we do not know whether this would apply to water vapor above the atmosphere. The main point we should always keep in mind is that the Holy Bible is Divine revelation, which means absolutely no errors of fact, no matter how expressed.

                        If you are going to take seriously the idea that the Bible had human authors, then you have also got to credit them with having normal psychological processes, and that does not include words, of which they would have no understanding, suddenly popping into their heads out of nowhere.
                        Evidently you are not too familiar with Divine inspiration. The prophets and apostles may not even have understood what they were writing, but they faithfully wrote down the words which the Holy Spirit gave them. Please note carefully (2 Pet 1:19-21):

                        We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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.

                        Regarding the Bible as being God's authoritative revelation to man does not involve adopting an ancient worldview which required God's continuous intervention to prevent the oceans from encroaching further inland than the sea shore.
                        This is definitely not an "ancient world view". Conservative Christians today believe that the whole natural world -- indeed the universe -- is under God's control, and if the oceans are held within their boundaries, it is only because God holds them in place.

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                          #13
                          Genesis is the book of beginnings -- God is the only one who would know what happened Before man got here. Isn't that the beautify of inspiration? God told Moses what Did happen 'back then Before people existed' --in the language of That day so that They could understand what thy were told / read. And in chapter 2, God even names the 4 headwaters -- Pishon,, etc. and the names of the towns so that the people could relate to that geographical area. And, actually We can, too. They would better understand that God had prepared an environment for them. That 'home' for them turned out to be temporary. As is ours -- but eventually it will be a permanent home. And God has given us a glimpse of what That will look like in Revelation.

                          Actually -- isn't there still evidence of the earth being flooded? There was a documentary about how scientists have 'drained' the sea in the area of the Titanic's sinking -- what the ocean floor looks like. And That prompted more looking. The ark was on dry land in that spot on the map, but all the flood waters didn't go away. The sea and dry land changed. In some places the ocean is miles deep. And since the flood there has been Rain and water evaporation and more rain, etc. etc.

                          Yes, the truths of the Bible Are eternal :)
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Lucas View Post
                            Evidently you are not too familiar with Divine inspiration. The prophets and apostles may not even have understood what they were writing, but they faithfully wrote down the words which the Holy Spirit gave them. Please note carefully (2 Pet 1:19-21):
                            That sounds suspiciously like the mechanical theory of inspiration, which evangelicals (such as B B Warfield) are normally anxious to disown.
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by ThyWordisTruth View Post

                              That sounds suspiciously like the mechanical theory of inspiration, which evangelicals (such as B B Warfield) are normally anxious to disown.
                              Actually I own a copy of B.B. Warfield's The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible. And he agrees 100% with the Bible, that holy men of God were "borne along" by the Holy Spirit to write precisely what they wrote, whether they understood it or not. One can call it by whatever pejorative name, but the fact remains that Warfield (like other conservative Christians) believed that ultimately we could not know exactly how Divine inspiration actually worked so that the words written down were simultaneously the words of God and the words of men.
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