No way do I claim this short article to be comprehensive. Scientific facts are only one small reason that logical people should believe the Bible is Gods word.
The Bible is not a science book but it contains TRUTH. And yes, it contains stunningly precise guidelines and statements based on scientific facts which have been discovered only in the recent past.
In Genesis 17:12 God instituted circumcision on day 8 of life. Why day 8? Why not day one? It turns out a critical physiologic development happens between day 2 and day 9 of life with respect to platelet function and clotting. A leading pediatric hematology book describes the phenomenon of platelet hyporesponsiveness which spontaneously resolves by day 8 of life! It takes about a week before these circulating cellular fragments called platelets develop their full “stickiness” and are able to help prevent hemorrhage during circumcision. It is more than a mere coincidence that God would command Abraham to perform this ritual when platelet function reaches physiologic maturity.
Before humans understood the concept of a solar system with the Sun found at the center and the Earth rotating on its axis around the sun, Jesus knew this all too well. The Earth’s 24 hr rotation and exposure to the Sun is responsible for the simultaneous presence of night and day on opposite sides of the planet. Luke 17:34–36 tells us that 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 present on the planet at the same time! People had no concept of such phenomenon back then!
The prophet Isaiah also receives revelation from God 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 skeptics maintain, but to a sphere. The Hebrew word used here literally means circle or circuit. Secular man discovered this many years later. It was in fact Scriptures that inspired Christopher Columbus to sail around the world.
In a written statement from Columbus’ own hand, he testified that it was from reading the book of Isaiah that he discovered that the world is round. He wrote (from his diary, in reference to his discovery of “the New World”): “It was the Lord who put it into my mind. I could feel His hand upon me … there is no question the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit because He comforted me with rays of marvelous illumination from the Holy Scriptures.”
In this post we continue to explore scientific facts and principles mentioned in the Bible, validating it as a book containing truth.
The primary purpose of the Bible is not to reveal science but to reveal God and salvation, but nevertheless, biblical scientific revelations are a good addition to the armamentarium of the Christian apologist.
Twentieth century discoveries have solidified our understanding of space and matter in that we understand that all matter is composed of invisible molecules, which are made of smaller atoms, which contain subatomic particles, and many of those subatomic particles are not… particles at all, but quanta of energy orbiting other particles and so forth.
The point is that these atomic and sub atomic building blocks are invisible and detected only using special equipment in university research labs. These invisible atoms make up everything that is visible. And of course we know this from Hebrews 11:3 where it was clearly written 2000 years ago:
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
In Old Testament times when various sources declared that the Earth was fixed on the back of an elephant or a turtle, the book of Job revealed what science now affirms as true: that our planet is not supported by anything except the invisible gravitational pull of the sun. It hangs free of physical support while orbiting the sun! What a radical idea first presented thousands of years ago by Job!
Here is what Job 26:7 says about God: “He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.”
Starting in the last century, we came to understand the complex anatomy and physiology of blood. As an anesthesiologist, one of my most important jobs is to monitor a patient’s circulating blood volume and blood loss during surgery, because the most important function of blood (and there are about a thousand such important functions…) is to facilitate cellular respiration. It delivers oxygen to organs and tissues while removing carbon dioxide and other metabolic waste.
Without this critical function, in a matter of 2-3 minutes cells begin to die, with brain cells being the most sensitive to lack of oxygenated blood. That is why in the Emergency Room we say “time is brain” in the case of a stroke. We must restore blood flow to the affected tissue immediately for that tissue to have any chance of survival.
But wait… as recently as 150 years ago contemporary medicine was practicing “blood-letting” for nearly every illness, with many patients dying of severe anemia resulting from repeated intentional hemorrhage.
If they only would have read Leviticus 17:14 “For the life of every creature is its blood: its blood is its life,” this bleeding practice would not have persisted throughout the middle ages!
And so… for a long time in the case of “blood-letting” people were also perishing physically not only spiritually from not knowing the word of God… Hosea 4: 6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Again, the Bible is not a scientific book, but the truths it contains are inspired by the One who created the physical laws that govern our universe, and the One who understands every medical aspect of our bodies.
In a moment of stunning revelation the writer of Job understands a physical concept thousands of years before it was defined: that air has weight. He states in Job 28:25 “he gave to the wind its weight.”
Air is made up of 21% oxygen, 78% nitrogen and 1% carbon dioxide and other gases. Combined, these have a weight of 14.7 pounds per square inch at sea level. There are also gases that weight much less than air, hydrogen and helium being examples.
How is it possible that someone thousands of years ago would have the insight to write down such a concept if it wasn’t for divine inspiration?
As for the Second Law of Thermodynamics it is found in the Psalms. This law states that any system is headed for entropy or disorder unless energy is applied to it to prevent disorder. In other words, breakdown towards equilibrium is a continuous universal process.
Here is what Psalm 102:25-26 says:
“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.”
Thousands of years before we understood the biologic basis of infectious disease, God instituted the concept of quarantine in ancient Israel in His Law. Long before we discovered pathogens like bacteria, fungi, viruses, prions and mycobacteria, as the transmissible agents that cause infectious disease, God commanded a critical process for prevention of these diseases in Leviticus 13:45-46
“Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as they have the disease they remain unclean. They must live alone; they must live outside the camp.”
But skeptics will not listen to such arguments. They would rather falsely accuse God of instituting slavery and committing atrocities throughout the Bible.
The above for anyone who actually wants to know the truth should be very encouraged that their FAITH is built on evidence NOT on positive thinking. More later as I recall…….