Scientific Evidences have to do with the scientific accuracy of historical writings when scientific principals or concepts are indicated, and which can be verified. As well, do the historical writings accurately indicate the scientific concepts in advance of the concepts being discovered through more modern scientific observations?
Scientific Evidences have a special place for me as the first evidences I had ever heard about were scientific evidences. The first example, Atomic Structure, is the first scientific evidence I had ever heard anyone mention, and the first I knew of the many scientific principals that the Bible is fully compatible with.
Like prophesy, if God is outside of time and has provided us with the Bible, He would know every scientific discovery that will ever be made by humans and the Bible would be fully accurate scientifically. It is important to remember that the Bible is not a science textbook, so you won’t find specific complex scientific details and descriptions, however when it speaks on scientific concepts, it is accurate even if the verse indicating the scientific principal is brief. I believe one of the benefits of a brief description is that we can immediately grasp the concept. Have you ever had a science teacher distill a scientific concept into a single sentence that makes the concept understandable? I remember hearing that the ability to describe a complex concept in a single sentence is evidence of intelligence, and the Bible is full of these great brief descriptions.
It is truly amazing to realize that these concepts were written in the Bible hundreds and thousands of years before modern science would discover and accurately describe the concepts. These realizations give us a brief glimpse into the character and capabilities of this God who has unlimited power, knows everything, knows the future, and is everywhere. If you were to look at a great work or art, would you be more amazed by the work of art itself or the artist who created it? These written recordings should increase our amazement about God, and be a confirmation for us of His existence and a confirmation that the Bible we have can be trusted to be from this amazing God.
We’ve already looked at Genesis 1:1
Genesis 1:1“In the beginning, God created the heavens, and the Earth”.
The following are some of the other verses indicating major scientific concepts hundreds and thousands of years before modern science would confirm them.
Hebrews 11:3 “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.”
(written almost 2000 years ago)
This is an accurate description of the atomic structure of matter, and was written 2000 years ago. The electron microscope, necessary to view a molecule or atom, wasn’t invented until 1930.
Scientific Facts In The Bible
(In the “Earth” section)
BLOOD REQUIRED TO SUSTAIN LIFE
Leviticus 17:11 “The life of the flesh is in the blood”
(written almost 3000 years ago)
Even up to almost the early 1800’s sick people would be bled to resolve imbalances, sometimes resulting in death.
Dec. 14, 1799: The excruciating final hours of President George Washington
THE VAST NUMBER OF STARS
Jeremiah 33:22 “I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”
(written over 2500 years ago)
The earliest telescopes did not exist until the early 1600s. Looking into the night sky one can count approximately 4000 stars. This would be the approximate amount of stars anyone might be able to count living before the telescope back to the beginning of time. Until the invention of the telescope, this verse was probably a point of ridicule against those believing the Bible.
Jeremiah was written between 630 and 580.BC. This was 2500 years ago and 2000 years before telescopes could give modern science the tools to learn about the actual number of stars. Check out the Hubble Extreme Deep Field in the next link and read the description as well as the area of sky the picture represents. Click any of the Image Formats in the right column for much larger versions of the pictures. When looking at the pictures remember that each spec of light in the picture is not a star but an entire distant galaxy containing an estimated 100 billion stars!
The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field
In 2014, scientists made a 3D model of the Ultra Deep Field:
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D
HYDROLOGIC CYCLE – The Water Cycle
Ecclesiastes 1:7 “All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again”. (written almost 3000 years ago)
The hydrologic cycle wasn’t recognized from a scientific standpoint until the 1700s. This is more than 2700 years after this verse was written.
(check the “7.3 Precipitation alone” section)
The water cycle | Ecology | Khan Academy
CLOUDS HOLDING INCREDIBLE WEIGHT OF WATER
Job 26:8 “He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight”.
(written over 3500 years ago)
Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of water stored in the clouds during a rain? To give you an idea of the immense amount of water stored there, one inch of rain over one square mile equals 17.4 million gallons of water weighing 143 million pounds (about 72,000 tons), or the weight of a train with 40 boxcars. Yes, this weight is suspended in the sky before a rain!
How much water is in that cloud?
(currentlyoffline due to government shutdown)
How much water is stored in a cloud?
How much water is floating in a cloud?
While I wasn’t able to find a reference of the scientific discovery of the clouds ability to hold this incredible weight, it is still amazing to think that this was referenced 5000 years ago in the Bible.
Job 36:27 “He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams”
(written over 3500 years ago).
We usually look at water on the ground as “drying” and not what it is actually doing, evaporating. Nils Wallerius 1706-1764 was a Swedish physicist, philosopher and theologian. He was one of the first scientists to study and document the characteristics of evaporation.
Evaporation and Condensation | GCSE Physics | Doodle Science
Genesis 1:21-31 v21 “So God created . . . and every living thing . . . according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. v24 “. . . according to their kinds . . . each according to its kind. v25 “God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds.”
(written over 3000 years ago)
This is a verse that speaks against the theory – yes theory and not fact – of evolution. If the God of the Bible exists, who knows everything, and the Bible is His revelation to us, and He knows that all things are created “according their own kinds”, we can have confidence in this verse. So what do we find when observing the world around us?
The mule is a confirmation of this. The mule came about because of the desire to have a work animal which had the positive characteristics of both the horse and the donkey. This mule is the resultant animal of the female horse and a male donkey. What is interesting is that mules can’t be mated with other mules to bring about mule offspring. Mules are almost always sterile.
Another interesting thing to realize is that a mule doesn't happen naturally in the wild. It requires an input of intelligence to make it happen. So considering that a mule is almost always sterile and requires intelligence to bring about, do you think this process is a good example supporting a natural evolution or against a natural evolution?
When looking at all species we realize that there are biological limitations as to the range of physical characteristics of that species. You will never find a dat (dog-cat), or cog (cat-dog), or any other hybrid type of animal. And even when species are manipulated by human science, as in the case of the mule, they are unable to reproduce offspring “according to its kind". This verse is confirmed by modern science, and is a confirmation as to why we are able to study genetics, because genetics shows these boundaries.
“The modern science of genetics, seeking to understand this process, began with the work of Gregor Mendel in the mid-19th century”
The study of genetics, and the biological limitations in the range a species can change is one of the reasons why we are able classify all biological organisms into these different divisions; Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, and Species. The science of taxonomy is the science that provides this classification system has existed for over 100 years. All biological organisms have fit into this system 100%. Do you think this classification system that has existed as a model for over a century better fits the evolutionary theory of one species evolving into another, or the Bible’s description of “God made . . . according to its own kind”?
What Are “Kinds” in Genesis?
GLOBAL WIND PATTERNS AND GLOBAL OCEAN CURRENTS
Ecclesiastes 1:6 “The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.”
(written almost 3000 years ago)
This verse is estimated to be written at the end of the 3rd century BC
You've heard of the Jet Stream, haven't you? It is the major pathway the wind takes around the globe, which was discovered by Japanese meteorologist Wasaburo Oishi in 1926. He lived 1874-1950, was born in Tosu, Saga, and
“he is best known for his discovery of the high-altitude air currents now known as the jet stream.”
Psalms 8:8 “. . the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas”.
(written over 2500 years ago)
Matthew Fontaine Maury 1806–1873 nicknamed "Pathfinder of the Seas". Maury made many important new contributions to charting winds and ocean currents including ocean lanes for passing ships at sea.
Matthew Fontaine Maury
AIR HAS WEIGHT
Job 28:25 “When he gave to the wind its weight and apportioned the waters by measure”
(written over 3500 years ago)
Evangelista Torricelli began the first accurate measurement of the pressure (or weight) of air, in 1644.
The history of the barometer (and how it works)
2nd LAW OF THERMODYNAMICS
Psalm 102:25-26 “Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away”
(written over 2500 years ago)
Isaiah 51:6 “. . . for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment,”
Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot 1796 – 1832 was a French military engineer and physicist, often described as the "The Father of Thermodynamics"
Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot
Second Law of Thermodynamics
Second Law of Thermodynamics and entropy | Biology | Khan Academy
THE EARTH SUSPENDED IN SPACE
Job 26:7 “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he hangs the earth on nothing.”
(written almost 400)
This was written 4000 years ago. The beliefs of many people even as recent as 1000 years ago was that the Earth was supported on the backs of elephants, or on the back of a tortoise.
Turtles all the way down
Additional Sites on Science and the Bible
The Bible and Science: Do the Bible and Science Agree?
Science and the Bible: Does the Bible Contradict Scientific Principles?
Ten of the Top Scientific Facts in the Bible
The Universe Confirms the Bible
Does the Bible Foresee Scientific Discoveries?
Science Confirms the Bible - Dr. Jason Lisle
101 Scientific Facts & Foreknowledge
Book Preview - Science and the Bible - Henry Morris
Is the Bible scientifically accurate? The Bible and Science - Adrian Rogers - Part. 1 Astronomy
The Bible's Amazing Scientific Accuracy & Foresight - Charlie Campbell
15 Facts The Bible Knew Before Science Did
Something else to think about, is that most of the major branches of science were founded by Christian thinkers. Similar to the biological system of Taxonomy developed by Gregor Mendel, most other branches of science were founded by Christian thinkers. And similar to the defined biological limits within the classifications of Taxonomy being unchanging, Christian Scientists recognized the consistent unchangeable laws within the scientific principles, enabling them to study these laws.
The following is the first part of a list of these Christian Scientists and the discipline of science they founded or provided significant advancement in the study of. The partial listing is taken from the link below the list:
Antiseptic Surgery – Joseph Lister
Bacteriology – Louis Pasteur
Calculus – Isaac Newton
Celestial Mechanics – Johannes Kepler
Chemistry – Robert Boyle
Comparative Anatomy – Georges Cuvier
Computer Science – Charles Babbage
Dimensional Analysis – Lord Rayleigh
Dynamics – Isaac Newton
Electronics – John Ambrose Fleming
Electrodynamics – James Clerk Maxwell
Electromagnetics – Michael Faraday
Here are a few additional sites giving greater information about the foundation of many disciplines in science.
The Complementary Nature Of Science And Christianity
Famous Scientists Who Believed in God
Christian foundations of modern science
Book Preview - Men of Science, Men of God - Henry Morris
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