"The moon is 50,000 leagues higher than the sun (?), shines by its own light (?); night is caused by the sun’s setting behind a huge mountain (?) Several thousand feet high, located in the centre of the earth (?), that this world, flat (?) and triangular (?) is composed of 7 states (?) – one of honey, another of sugar, a third of butter, and still another of wine, (?) and the whole mass is borne on the heads of countless elephants (?) which in shaking produce earthquakes.”
As you can see, there are at least nine clear scientific errors in this short passage of the Vedas. The bible on the other hand, contains no scientific errors in its 66 books.
Key: the bible contains scientific information that was not known by man at the time of writing. In many cases it was only discovered recently.
Question: how did the Bible possess knowledge not yet discovered by man?
Answer: god authored the bible, and revealed information not yet known to man, so that the world would know that the bible is God’s word, coming from a mind much greater than mans.
Question: why did no other religious book reveal new scientific information?
Answer: because other religious books are man-made, are limited by man’s then current state of knowledge and have not come from the all knowing Creator, but is counterfeit seeking to claim authority over us. Hence we reject them.
What examples of scientific facts revealed in the bible, were unknown to man at the time of writing?
1. The earth hangs in space.
He hangs the earth upon nothing. Job 26:7 stated 1500 BC.
Until modern times "experts” believed ideas such as the earth sat on four elephants, which stood on a giant turtle, which swarms 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.
2. Earth at any time is part-time and part night.
When the moment of Christ’s second coming to earth is discussed in Luke 17:31-36, Christ’s return interrupts people sleeping at night on one part of the earth, and interrupts others in the daytime grinding at the mill or working in the field. How did Jesus Christ know that the earth at any point of time is half dark and half light? Because he is the all-knowing God. "..In the day when the son of man is revealed. (v.30). in that day ….. He that is in the field. (v.31). In that night there shall be two in one bed, one shall be taken, the other left (v.34).two women shall be grinding together ; one shall be taken and the other left (v.35). Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (v.36)
3. 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.
4. Telephone Communication.
"Canst thou send lightning’s, that they may go, and say unto thee, here we are? "Job 38:35. When we dial a telephone number, an electric current (lightning or electricity as we know it) moves through a wire to our friend’s telephone, which rings a bell. He answers it and says "Hello, it’s …… here.” We then both have conservation over long distance. The telephone works exactly as Job 38:35 says, yet man did not invent it until 1876. God revealed the telephone to Job in 1520 BC, 3400 years before AG Bell invented it.
5. Very Great Number if Stars.
"As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, "Jeremiah 33:22 in 590 BC.
"He (God) telleth the number of stars; he calleth them all by their names.” Psalm 147:4
Ptolemy in 150 AD dogmally said that 1056 stars existed.
Scientist now estimates that there are around 1011 x 1011 =2222 stars, and this is only a guess.
6. The heights of stars.
"Behold the heights of the stars, how high they are.” Job 22:12
Man did not realize how high and far the starts are until Blessel in 1838 measured the distances of stars using the parallax method. Alpha Centauri, Earth’s nearest star 4 x 1013 km (400,000 billions km) away. It would take you 10 million years to get there if you could travel there in your motor car at 100 km/hour.
7. Pleiades Constellations is a Bound cluster, not breaking up.
"Canst thou bind the sweet influences (cluster) of Pleiades? Job 38:31.
In 1520 BC, God said that Pleiades star cluster is bound together in a highly stable group.
Today using high powered telescopes, this has been shown to be true. It is bound cluster of about 500 stars, 50 light years across and 410 light years away from the earth.
The individual stars cannot overcome the "chains” of gravity and allow them to break away from the cluster. The cluster is not expanding, nor breaking up, but is bound together. This situation is very uncommon as the reverse is usually true of all open or galactic clusters. Also, photographs reveal that some of its stars are veiled in a faint transparent blue haze of gas and dust, which beautifully reflect the glory in the cluster with their various colors. The cluster is indeed "sweet” in color as Gad said in Job 38:31.
Question: how did the bible know these two details which are not observable to the naked eye?
Answer: the all-knowing God Who created the stars authorized the Bible.
8. Orion’s Bands are loosed.
Canst thou loose the bands of Orion? Job 38:31
The constellation of Orion is a star system that is steadily expanding outwards. The gravitational "bands” holding the constellation together have indeed been loosed, just as God told Job. Orion is 350 light years across and 1600 light years from the earth. This expansion is not observable to the naked eye.
Question: how could the bible tell the difference between two star systems in 1600 BC, Pleiades being bound and Orion being loosed?
Answer: God authored the Bible. "Canst thou bind the sweet influences (cluster), of Pleiades or lose the bands of Orion? Job 38:31. God can and has done it.
9. Spherical Earth.
"It is he 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 and fall off. Columbus and Magellan proved that the earth was circular by sailing around it in the circle from the east to west and the n returning to the point of departure.
Question: How did the bible know that the earth was spherical?
Answer: God wrote it.
10. Treasures of the Snow
"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?” Job 38:22
Snow crystals are invisible to the naked eye, but under a microscope every snow crystal is different. No two snow crystals are the same. They are all beautiful 6-sided patterns, just like exquisite treasures. How did the bible know this 3300 years before the microscope was invented? God wrote it.
11. All mankind came from one woman.
"Adam called his wife Eve: because she was the mother of all the living.” Genesis 3:20. The 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)
12. 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 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 people patients.
The bible was right again.
13. Diseases causes by pigs.
"And the swine…. Is unclean to you. Of their flesh shall ye not eat and their carcass shall ye not touch Leviticus 11:7.8.
Forbidding eating pigs was because of:
-lack of refrigeration
-roasting pork over an open flame does not destroy the parasites.
Parasites are obtained by handling fresh pork.
Some diseases are caused by eating pork that is not properly cooked. For example, Trichinosis larvae attach to the intestine when eaten. They then bore through the intestine into the blood stream, and the larvae are carried to all parts of the body. They develop and grow in a person’s striated muscle.
Pork Tapeworm may feed off the intestine and grow to 12 foot long. It may be fatal in 10-20 years. God by forbidding people to eat or touch pork shows his care for us.
Question: How did the bible know about the dangers of pork in 1500 BC?
Answer: God wrote the bible.
14. Leprosy to be quarantined.
"He (the leper) shall dwell alone; outside the camp shall his habitation be. Thou shalt burn that wherein the plague is by fire.” Leviticus 13:46, 57. Moses laid down the rules to recognize and to quarantine the infected leper as contagious, lest other people catch leprosy.
"Thou shalt have a place outside the camp …. When you will ease yourself, you shall dig (with a paddle) and shall turn back and cover that which cometh from thee.” Deuteronomy 23:12, 13.
Up until 1800 AD, human excrement was dumped onto the unpaved, filthy streets. Powerful stenches gripped villages and cities. Flies bred in the filth, spreading intestinal diseases that killed millions of people. Such deaths by the diseases like typhoid, cholera, and dysentery could have been avoided if they had obeyed the bible.
Questions: How did the bible know this, when man couldn't understand it until 1800?
Answer: God wrote the bible.
Moses never learned this information from Egypt’s standard medical textbook was the "papyrus Ebers” it contained quack cures like "lizards blood, pigs teeth, stinking fat and meat, pig’s ear, wax, excreta from human, dogs, flies, cats, etc.!” Moses never referred to these false cures in his writings.
16. Hands and clothes washing
Until 1900 AD, many patients died due to infection caused by doctors not washing their hands or clothing after contact with infectious patients. The bible required repeated washing in running water with time allowed for drying and exposure to the sun to kill the bacteria.
17. Fountain Under the Sea
"Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?” Job 38:16
"When he strengthened the fountains of the deep.”Proverbs 8:28.
There are at least 10,000 known underwater volcanoes, adding extra water to the oceans of 430 million tons each year.
Questions: How did the bible know what took place on the ocean floor? God wrote it.
18. The water cycle.
"All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from where the rivers come, there they return again.” Ecclesiastes 1:7.
19. The sun is the source of the Earths Wind system.
"By what way is the light parted, which scatters the east wind upon the earth? Job 38:24
Wind is caused by the uneven heating of the air around the earth by the sun. The sun also heats the surface of the Earth unevenly. Air above hot areas (such as land) expands and rises. Air from cooler areas then flows in to take the place of heated air. This is called circulation.
20. 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”.
While light can be separated into 7 colors 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 colors, so Christ has the seven spirits of God. See Isaiah 11:1, 2.
21. 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 air flows away from the equator, the sun heats the air causing it to rise. In the upper atmosphere this air flows 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.
22. Winds have weight and hence air pressure.
"To make the weights 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, because mercury is 13 times as heavy as water. Torricelli made a mercury barometer and proved that air has pressure and the hence weight as the Bible says. God revealed that air has weight 3200 years earlier.
23. Sea path or ocean currents.
"Whatsoever passes through the path 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. How did the bible know about sea path or ocean currents? God wrote it.
24. Shadows are caused by the earth’s turning on its axis with respect to the sun.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. ‘James 1:17. This shows knowledge of a spherical earth turning on its axis when written in 45 AD. This was known until Copernicus in 1543 wrote that every planet, including earth, revolves, around the sun, and that the earth spun on its axis once a day.
25. Laws of physics control matter, energy and motion.
God asked Job: Knowest thou the ordinances (laws) of heaven? "Job 38:33. Ordinances are physical laws that govern the movement of heavenly bodies, stars, planets, comets meteors etc. Examples include:
• Kepler laws of equal areas of orbits
• Newton’s law of universal gravitation
• Newton’s three laws of motion
• The first and second laws of thermodynamics
• Laws governing black-holes, quasars, pulsers, pulsars etc.
• Solar Physics
• Quantum mechanics
• Radioactive decay
• Sub atomic particles laws
• The more that man learns about science, the more he realizes that there is to learn.
• Question: how did the bible know that science operates on laws in 1500 BC?
Answer: God wrote it.
26. The first law of Thermodynamics states that no new matter or energy is being created in the known universe; it is only being inter-convert from one form to another.
"On the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. " Genesis 2:2
27. The second law of thermodynamics states that the disorder of the universe is increasing system is running from high to a low state of energy.
"They (the earth and heaven) all shall wax old as doth a garment. And as vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” Hebrews 1:11:12. Scientists admit that with all the energy that the sun burns up, it must become cold one day in the distant future. The same must happen to all stars. This is called "the heat death of the universe.” Without solar heat, life on earth could not exist. Thankfully Jesus Christ is going to remake this universe into a perfect state at the end of the Millennium.
28. 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 bibles 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 scientist by two scientist, one being M.DcParville, the scientific editor of "Journal Des Debates” 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, 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 sense through fright and not through lack of air. His skin was bleached white from the 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.
29. The universe consists of space, mass and time as stated in Genesis 1:1.
"In the beginning (time) God created the heaven (space) and the earth (mass).”
Each has 3 components showing the trinity as Creator of time (past, present, future), space (length, breadth, height), and mass (solid, liquid, gas). Only the bible states God as creating time.
30. Space is stretched as seen by the movement of galaxies, and the earth has foundation of core, mantle and crust. "And forgettest the LORD they maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens,
and laid the foundations of the earth.” (Isaiah 51:13).
Conclusion: The Bible not only includes that which is scientifically correct, but also totally avoids that which is scientific nonsense as found in the books of other religions. The ancient Egyptians believed that the world was hatched from a great winged cosmic egg.
Because the Bible avoids scientific nonsense, and because the Bible contains scientific information that was known until recently, we conclude that the all-knowing Creator God authored the Bible. This is a powerful argument for our confidence in the Bible’s truth and reliability on every other issue of life.