Sunday, 3 July 2011

Bible - The Guidebook of Modern-Day Science

As I recently read through Job and watched a few clips on various Biblical truths, the profound, divine nature of the Bible blew my mind once again. Modern scientific 'truths' or 'facts' that only recently claimed their places after numerous experiments and investigations, were already stated in the Bible when the technology we have now wasn't even invented!

There are numerous scientific truths in the Bible and if I write about each one, I could be writing forever! Therefore, I will pick a few of my favorite ones to write about in a few posts...

Job 26: 7-10 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; He suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in His clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading His clouds over it. He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.

This passage alone holds the key to some of the greatest mysteries. Before I give any scientific details, here is a bit about Job: no one knows the author of this poetic book from the Old Testament, some believe that it could be Moses or Solomon, it is thought to be very old, some believe that it could be the oldest book in the Bible. How could this ancient book unravel scientific truths?

The first point we deal with, is the fact that the earth hangs in empty space on an imaginary, polar axis. While this ancient book already states it, when did scientists find this truth out?
This idea was mainly introduced by Nicholas Copernicus(who was not only a marvelous scientist but also a pious Christian) around 1514AD and later built upon by Galileo Galilei(who was also a Christian Scientist) - Although some scientists proposed it earlier. While our human minds pick this fact really slowly, the Bible already leads us to the next dimension in science - if only they realized it earlier!

While we talk about the earth, let us slightly digress to attack one of the oldest questions ever raised - Is the earth flat? This was an age old question! Many believed that the earth was flat and that sailors might fall off the earth if they reach the edge .etc. The above scripture, if translated back to the original Hebrew used a word, 'חוג' (chuwg) that means 'circle' or 'sphere'. While the shape of the earth was recorded in Job, it also claims its place in other books:

Isaiah 40:22 - 'the circle of the earth'
Proverbs 8:27 - also uses the Hebrew word for 'sphere' or 'circle' while it speaks about the earth and the heavens.

Again, science clearly fell behind as this idea first evolved from a Greek Astronomer called Eratosthenes during 150BC who predicted the earth's circumference and shape by observing the shape of the moon and the sun. Nicholas Copernicus and Galileo Galilei were involved with this idea later. However, the man who we mostly associate with this fact is Christopher Columbus, who sailed around the world proving that it was not flat!

In addition, in Luke 17:31-34, Jesus mentions, 'On that day' and 'in that night' - many believe that this was a reference to the light being on one side of the globe and darkness on the other simultaneously. Thus reiterating the spherical shape and also establishing another fact!

However, some Bible critics quote Revelation 7:1 that mentions the 'four corners' of the earth - It is vital to remember that this terminology was used to represent the four directions(North, South, East and West). Thus,  we see again that the Bible leads the way to our modern-day science.

Back in Job 26, we see that just these four verses talk about so many things! Not only do they talk about the earth's position in space and its shape, they also talk about the changing faces of the moon and the composition of clouds. The profound imagery used to establish these complicated facts were used for the people of the time when this book was written; thus they can be perceived as complicated or confusing. It certainly makes us question how they knew these facts! The answer to that question is also found in the Bible!

2 Peter 1:21 Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Bible is God-inspired! The word 'inspired' when translated, means 'breathed'. The words in the Bible are literally from God as He chose to use ordinary men to convey His holy message to the world. Therefore, Bible holds the key that can unlock scientific mysteries, it is at the fore front of many scientific discoveries and it is and will always be inerrant!

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