Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Science Confirms the Bible: Additional Evidence (Part 1)

A few posts ago, I went through the Genesis account of creation and pointed out several areas in which it agrees with modern science. I want to now go through and point out many other places where scientific fact is sited Biblically and even treat a few so called "contradictions."

One argument that atheists employ against Christianity and the Bible is that the early church taught that the earth was flat and is therefore uneducated and must submit to the all-knowingness of science. Interestingly enough, there is scripture that teaches otherwise. Isaiah 40:22 says "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth..." The Hebrew word for "circle" in this verse can also be translated "sphere." How would the prophet know that the earth was spherical? Perhaps he was inspired to write this line by an all-knowing God.

Astronomy has informed us that the universe is expanding. In that same verse (Isaiah 40:22) the prophet writes that He (God) "stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in."

The ceremonial law given to Moses by God in the Old Testament is full of rituals of cleansing. The people of God are instructed how to properly handle the dead, how to wash themselves after touching an "unclean" thing, how to avoid touching certain things, how to dispose of carcasses, etc. In those days, they knew nothing of bacteria and microbes. Yet they had this law that kept them safe from all kinds of diseases and sickness. In the middle ages, when the Bubonic Plague struck Europe, the Jews living there were not getting sick because they still followed the ceremonial law. It hasn't been until recently that the microscopic world has been discovered and understood by scientists, and yet for millennia, God's people have avoided sickness and disease because of this Law.

In Judges 13, an angel appears to an Israelite woman and tells her that although she had previously been barren, she would conceive and give birth to a son. He goes on to explain that her son will be a Nazarite, committed to the service of the Lord. He then instructs her to "drink not wine nor strong drink..." It hasn't been until recent years that science has shown us that what a mother drinks affects the child she carries. Of course, a writer inspired by an omniscient Creator would know.

(To be continued...)

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