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Science Proves the Accuracy of the Bible
The Source of this information is unknown, however is an excellent scientific reference to the Bible.
The Springs of the Sea
Among the most thought provoking of God's questions to Job was, "Have you entered into the springs of the sea?" (Job 38:16a). The word for "springs" is NEBEK (transliterated from Hebrew), an unusual word referring to the places where water issues or bursts out of the earth. Job must have pondered this question with amazement, for although he had seen many springs on the land, he had no experience with undersea springs. Today we know why. The ocean is very deep; almost all the ocean floor is in total darkness; the pressure there is enormous. It would have been impossible for Job to have explored the "springs of the sea."
Other Old Testament passages refer to springs of the sea. Genesis 7:11 describes the cause of Noah's Flood and says that the "fountains of the great deep were broken up and the floodgates of heaven were opened." In the phrase "fountains of the great deep," the word "fountains" is MAYANOTH in the Hebrew and refers to "springs" or something similar in many other passages in the Old Testament. The phrase also mentions the "deep." The "deep" is the Hebrew TEHOM that is mentioned in Genesis 1:2, where God's Spirit brooded upon the face of the "waters," or the "deep."
Note that the discovery above was reported in Scripture 3000 years ago and the following report about discovering these springs were reported in a 1998 scientific overview for Marine Education, U.S.A.:
"For marine education in the 1970s, the resonant call to action produced multiple responses. New aquaria were built and Sea World expanded. Ocean-related television programs proliferated, with those featuring the prominent oceanographic explorer, Jacques Cousteau, being among the most notable. The National Marine Educators Association was established in 1976. The National Sea Grant College Program funded many initiatives in K-12 curriculum development. Interest and excitement peaked in 1977 with the discovery of the Galapagos deep sea hot springs and their associated chemosynthesis-based food web. The stage is now set for a look at the current state of marine education."
We just have to face it! There is no possible way any man could have traversed to the depth of 2.5 km beneath the surface of the ocean to notice the springs there. Yet, somehow the author knew to write about them then. Doesn't this beg the question of supernatural knowledge, even beyond the science of the day? This is a puzzle, at the very least.
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Lightning, Thunder and Rain
In ancient times, most religious scripture taught that lightning bolts were missiles thrown in anger by their gods. In China, Taoist scripture regarded the rainbow as a deadly rain dragon. In Confucius scripture, the goddess of lightning, Tien Mu, flashed light on intended victims to enable Lei Kung, the god of thunder to launch his deadly bolts accurately.
Since rain is so necessary to life, ancient people pondered what caused it. Some tried to stab holes in the clouds with spears. The Vedas (Hindu scripture) advised to tie a frog with its mouth open to the right tree and say the right words and rain would fall.
Our Bible also talks about rain, lightning and storms. But it contains none of these superstitious ideas found in the other so- called scriptures. The Judeo-Christian Bible taught that earth's weather followed rules and cycles. Genesis 8:22. "While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
Job stated (28:26): "God made decrees [rules] for the rain. And He set a way for the lightning of the thunder:" Centuries later, scientists began to discern the "rules for the rain" that Job talked about. Rainfall is part of a process called the water cycle. Here's how the cycle works. The sun evaporates water from the ocean. That water vapor rises and becomes clouds. This water in the clouds falls back to earth as rain, collects in streams and rivers and makes its way back to the ocean. That process repeats itself again and again.
About 300 years ago, Galileo discovered this cycle. But amazingly the Scriptures described this cycle centuries before. The prophet Amos (9:6) wrote that God "calls for the water of the sea. He pours them out on the land." How did Amos know this? He wrote as he was moved by the Spirit of God.
Actually, scientists are just beginning to fully understand God's "decrees or rules for the rain." Since 68 BC it was thought that somehow thunder triggered the rainfall. Now scientists are beginning to realize that as stated in Job 28:26, it is lightning that triggers the rain to fall. Job knew this 3,000 years ago. Certainly his writings were inspired of God (2 Peter 1:21).
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What are the odds?
The test of true knowledge, as it was with the test of a true prophet, is that a discovery or prediction not only proves to become true, but it holds to be true throughout time. True knowledge is then that knowledge, which holds to be true yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It not only holds to be true, but it is precisely true, without deviation. One form of true knowledge is the exact fulfillment of prophecy. Men have tested the various books of prophecy that accompany the world beliefs and only one book of prophecy contains exact fulfillment of prophecy and that is the Judeo-Christian Bible.
In the Old Testament books of the Judeo-Christian Bible, there are 800 prophecies, all of them made hundreds of years before they were fulfilled to the letter. Of the exact fulfilling of these prophecies, a French mathematician named George Heron calculated that the odds of only 40 being fulfilled would be 1 in 10 to the power of 157. That is a 1 followed by 157 zeros. Compare this to the odds of winning the state lottery, which are 14 followed by 6 zeros.
Another mathematician claims the odds of only 60 of these 800+ prophecies being fulfilled are astronomical!... not just one in one trillion, but one out of ten to the 895th power. That is a one over a one followed by 895 zeros.
It is difficult for the scientific mind to objectively doubt the accuracy of the prophecy in the Judeo-Christian Bible. More importantly, we would have to say that the prophecy of the Holy Bible is not only absolute and is true with a marvelous degree of consistent and ongoing accuracy, but it must be said that it reflects admirably what is deemed absolute knowledge of things to come. If the nearly 1000 prophecies of what was to transpire hundreds of years into the then future have come 100% true to the letter without error, then who, in their right mind, could stand up and say that the remaining predictions will not come to pass?
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Aspects of Earth
Three thousand years ago the Hindu scriptures recorded the earth was resting on the backs of several huge elephants. The elephants were resting on the back of a very large turtle that was swimming in a sea. Greek mythology claims that the god Atlas was holding the earth on his shoulders. But our Bible says in Job 26:7 "[God] hangeth the earth on nothing." What a remarkable statement of fact. The earth is suspended in space. Nothing is holding it up. Job wrote about the same time the Hindu Scripture was written. How did Job know this scientific fact? Only God could have revealed this to Job. The Old Testament prophets wrote as they were moved by the holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21). The Judeo-Christian Bible is the inspired Word of God.
At a time when it was believed that the earth sat on a large animal or a giant (1500 B.C.), the Bible spoke of the earth's free float in space" "He...hangs the earth upon nothing" (Job 26:7). Science didn't discover that the earth hangs upon nothing until 1650 A.D.
For thousands of years people believed the earth was flat. If one went too far, he would fall over the edge. This was taught in both Hindu and Buddhist scripture. In the 1500s, the first ship sailed around the world. This proved the earth was round. But the round earth was recorded in the Judeo-Christian Bible long before man discovered it in the 1500s.
The prophet Isaiah (40:22) spoke of the "circle of the earth." Solomon wrote, "He [God] set a compass [circle] upon the face of the deep." Proverbs 8:27. In our century, Arabs spoke of infidels being pushed over the edge into space. About 3,000 years ago, our Bible said the earth was round. This was not discovered until 500 years ago. Indeed, the Judeo-Christian Bible is the inspired Word of God.
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The Deep Blue Sea
Until modern times people thought the ocean floor was sandy like the desert and saucer shaped deepest in the middle. This was even true of the pre-1900 geologists. But in the 1900s oceanographers found the sea had many deep valleys or canyons. The deepest canyons were called trenches. The Marianas Trench in the Pacific is so deep that if Mt. Everest (29,000 feet high) was dropped into it, the peak would still be a mile below the water's surface. There are also underwater mountains. The Atlantic Ocean contains an undersea range of mountains 10,000 miles long.
On January 23, 1960, the bathyscaph Trieste reached the greatest oceanic depth existing on our planet. Jacques Piccard and Lieutenant Don Walsh of the United States Navy, piloted the Trieste to the sea floor in the deepest part of the Marianas Trench, known as the Challenger Deep. Although their onboard depth indicator registered 37,800 feet, this was later corrected to 35,800 feet as the result of calculations by Dr. John Knauss (a future administrator of NOAA) and Dr. John Lyman. This is Jacques Piccard's description of what he saw on this dive to the deepest part of the sea:
"The bottom appeared light and clear, a waste of snuff-colored ooze. We were landing on a nice, flat bottom of firm diatomaceous ooze. Indifferent to the nearly 200,000 tons of pressure clamped on her metal sphere, the Trieste balanced herself delicately on the few pounds of guide rope that lay on the bottom, making token claim, in the name of science and humanity, to the ultimate depths in all our oceans - the Challenger Deep.
"The depth gauge read 6,300 fathoms - 37,800 feet."
In addition, 3,000 years ago the Judeo-Christian Bible spoke of the valleys and mountains of the sea. In Psalm 18:15 (NIV) David wrote of God being the creator of "the valleys of the sea." God asked Job (38:16 NIV): "Have you walked in the recesses [valleys] of the sea?" The prophet Jonah was thrown off a ship and spoke of falling to the bottom of the mountains in the sea (Jonah 2:6).
The Judeo-Christian Bible spoke of the valleys and mountains of the sea thousands of years before scientists discovered them. Indeed our Bible is the inspired Word of God.
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Only in recent years has science discovered that everything we see is composed of things that we cannot see–invisible atoms. In Hebrews 11:3. written 2,000 years ago, Scripture tells us that the things which are seen were not made of things that do appear."
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2nd Law of Thermodynamics
First, let us consider the science of thermodynamics: In Psalm 102:25,26, we read, "Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed."
In verse 25, we find, restated, the fact that God is the Creator of all that exists. Verse 26 then tells us something highly significant, not about the initial, created state of the universe, but about the present state of the universe. According to this Scripture, written three thousand years before the dawn of modern science, we learn that the universe is like a suit of clothes that is wearing out. In other words, the universe is running down, deteriorating, constantly becoming less and less orderly.
That is not what most people believed when this Scripture was recorded. According to human observations, the universe was unchangeable. The statement that the universe is constantly becoming more random, less orderly, is a scientifically testable statement. The fact that the universe, in its present state is deteriorating, has been fully verified by modern science. Everywhere we look, from the scale of the galaxies down to the scale of the atom, we find a universal, natural tendency of all systems to go from order to disorder; from complexity to simplicity. Thus, clusters of galaxies are dispersing as the galaxies move away from one another.
The rotation of the earth is slowing; the magnetic field of the earth is decaying. Erosion constantly wears down the features of the earth. Our bodies wear out; we die and decay to a pile of dust. Our houses, our machines wear out and are finally abandoned and replaced. Many atoms decay to simpler products, and it is even being postulated that sub-atomic particles, such as the proton, decay, though ever so slowly, into energy.
Each star, including our own sun, is constantly burning up billions of tons of fuel every second. Eventually, every star in the universe, unless God intervenes (which we are certain He will), will exhaust its fuel and become dark and cold. The universe would then be cold and dead, and, of course, all life would have ceased long before the last death throes of the universe. Even now, every so often a nova or supernova occurs, and a star very rapidly becomes less orderly, in a gigantic explosion.
This natural tendency towards disorder is so all-pervasive and unfailing that it has been formalized as a natural law - the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Isaac Asimov has stated it this way (Smithsonian Institute Journal, June 1970, p.6): "Another way of stating the second law then is: `The universe is constantly getting more disorderly!' Viewed that way, we can see the Second Law all about us. We have to work hard to straighten a room, but left to itself, it becomes a mess again very quickly and very easily. Even if we never enter it, it becomes dusty and musty. How difficult to maintain houses, and machinery, and our own bodies in perfect working order; how easy to let them deteriorate. In fact, all we have to do is nothing, and everything deteriorates, collapses, breaks down, wears out - all by itself - and that is what the Second Law is all about."
There is certainly no doubt, then, that modern scientific research has verified the truths expressed in Psalm 102:26. Many years of careful measurements by scientists, repeated many thousands of times, established beyond doubt the scientific truths expressed in that verse of Scripture.
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Earth Created and Completed
The fact that the universe is deteriorating establishes beyond doubt that it hasn't been here forever, because if it had, it would have run down a long time ago! This confirms another scientifically testable statement found in the very first verse of the Bible: "In the beginning God created...." This verse of Scripture states that the universe has not been here forever; that it had a beginning sometime in the past.
Again, let us remember that this is not what most people believed when the Bible was written. They believed that the universe had been here forever, and would continue to be here forever. The Bible says, not so! The universe had a beginning - when God created it - and it is now running down. Thus, modern science has established the fact that what most people believed about the universe being eternal was wrong, and that the Biblical statements on the subject were precisely correct.
If there is a second law of thermodynamics, there must be a first law, of course. Indeed there is, and this natural law confirms another scientifically testable statement found in the Bible. The First Law of Thermodynamics states that the total quantity of energy and matter in the universe is a constant. One form of energy may be converted into another, energy may be converted into matter, and matter may be converted into energy, but the total quantity always remains the same. You can't get something from nothing, and you can't take something and make nothing out of it.
The First Law of Thermodynamics, the most firmly established natural law in science, confirms the Biblical statement concerning a finished creation, as found in Genesis 2:1,2: "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made."
If it could be shown that somewhere in this universe matter or energy was coming into being from nothing, then this Biblical statement of a finished creation would be falsified. The opposite is true. It has been precisely verified. Once again, a Biblical statement has withstood scientific test.
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Wind Circuits and Ocean Currents
A wise man, Matthew Maury, undertook a research project based on Scripture, and once again confirmed the scientific accuracy of the Bible. Maury was in charge of the Depot of Charts and Instruments in the Hydrographic Office of the United States Navy from 1841-1861. He was a Christian who loved and respected the Word of God. One day in the 8th Psalm, he read the following words (in verses 3-8): "When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; what is man, that Thou art mindful of him, and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands: Thou hast put all things under his feet: all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; the fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas."
You and I probably could read that many times, and although we would understand much about the great truths expressed in this Psalm, we might miss something highly significant, but which did not escape Maury's attention. Being one who was familiar with some of the problems that beset the sailing industry of that day, Maury immediately recognized the significance of verse 8. That verse tells us that, among other things, God has given man dominion over the beasts of the field, the fowl of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passes through the paths of the sea. "The Bible says there are paths in the sea," Maury thought, "and if the Bible says it, I believe it." He was also aware of Ecclesiastes 1:6, which states: "The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits."
Maury, on the basis of the Bible, concluded that there are well-established wind circuits, and that there are literally "paths in the sea" - that is, definite currents in the ocean. He reasoned that if these wind currents and ocean currents could be located and plotted, this information would be of great value to marine navigators. Utilizing this information, the sailing vessels could be directed along routes that would take advantage of these sea and air currents, reducing by many days the time required to traverse the seas. Many of Maury's contemporaries, of course, would have scoffed at Maury. They would have said, "Maury, do you really mean that you are going to spend hour after hour on some wild goose chase searching through those dusty old logs and charts you have in your office just because the Bible says there are paths in the sea?"
That is precisely what Maury did, however, and the Biblical statements were precisely verified. Maury found and plotted the wind circuits and the ocean currents. The ocean currents include, for example, the great Gulf Current - a "path in the sea" forty miles wide and 2000 feet deep flowing from the Gulf of Mexico up through the Atlantic. This current has a tremendous influence on the climate of England, Ireland, Europe, and the Scandinavian countries. The average winter temperature on the west coast of Norway, for example, is about two degrees centigrade, or two degrees above freezing. Ordinarily, of course, we would expect far lower temperatures for a country that far north.
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Many basic principles of modern medicine and hygiene were revealed in the Bible thousands of years before they were discovered by modern science.
The earliest evidence we have of public health and sanitary practices is found in the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch. In these writings, the Israelites were instructed to isolate, and if necessary quarantine, those who were sick (Leviticus 13:1-14:57; Numbers 5:2-4; Deuteronomy 23:10). They were to destroy contaminated objects, (Leviticus 11:33 and 15:12) to burn used dressings, (Leviticus 13:47, 50-54, 58) and to bury fecal waste outside of the camp (Deuteronomy 23:12, 13). The Israelites were prohibited from eating animals which had died of natural causes (Deuteronomy 14:21; Leviticus 22:8). They were also admonished to practice personal hygiene by hand-washing and keeping clean, and to take certain precautions when touching the infected or deceased (Numbers 19:11, 14-16, 19, 22 and Leviticus 11:24-28, 40).
'When any man hath a running issue out of his flesh, because of his issue he is unclean ... Every bed, whereon he lieth ... is unclean ... And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water ... And if he that hath the issue spit upon him that is clean; then he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water ... And whomsoever he toucheth that hath the issue, and hath not rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water ...' (Leviticus 15:2,4,5,8,11).
These same regulations applied to a woman for a specific number of days following childbirth (Leviticus 12:2, 3). Furthermore, it was clearly forbidden for the Israelites to engage in any sexual relationships outside of marriage (Leviticus 18, 20:10-16, and Exodus 20:14). Sexually transmitted diseases today would virtually disappear if sexual activity were confined to marriage, consisting of the biblical plan of one husband and one wife (Genesis 1:27 and 2:23,24).
Health and Sanitary Practices that are Listed in the Pentateuch:
Wound, Skin, and Discharge Precautions
Leviticus 15:2-11, 17:11
Numbers 19:11, 14-16,19,22
Leviticus 11:24-28, 40
Isolation and Quarantine
Leviticus 11:33, 13:47-58, 15:12
Today, physicians know that pathogens do not arise spontaneously, but are the descendants of parent organisms that were originally transmitted from outside the body. Equipped with this evidence, Pasteur and others prevailed on surgeons and medical practitioners to adopt health and sanitary procedures that are strikingly similar to those recorded in the Pentateuch The first five books of the Bible) 4,000 years earlier. The results were spectacular. Millions of lives were and have been saved.
It is clear that the facts of modern medicine agree marvellously with the Bible. For example, the Mosaic regulations pertaining to childbirth, sexual relationships, hand-washing, wound and discharge care, quarantining, burial precautions, and waste disposal are examples which indicate that diseases are communicable, and that the best protection against them is to prevent their spread.
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The Significance of Blood
The book of Leviticus (written prior to 1400 BC) describes the value of blood.
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul" (Leviticus 17:11).
This great verse contains a wealth of scientific and spiritual truth. The blood carries water and nourishment to every cell, maintains the body's temperature, and removes the waste material of the body's cells. The blood also carries oxygen from the lungs throughout the body. In 1616, William Harvey discovered that blood circulation is the key factor in physical life confirming what the Bible revealed 3,000 years earlier.
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Consistent with Astronomers
The Bible frequently refers to the great number of stars in the heavens. Here are two examples.
Blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
"As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me."
Even today, scientists admit that they do not know how many stars there are. Only about 3,000 can be seen with the naked eye. We have seen estimates of 10 to the 21st power for the number of stars which is a lot of stars. (The number of grains of sand on the earth's seashores is estimated to be 10 to the 25th power. As scientists discover more stars, wouldn't it be interesting to discover that these two numbers match?)
The Bible also says that each star is unique.
1 Corinthians 15:41
There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
For the most part, all stars look alike to the naked eye. Even when seen through a telescope, they seem to be just points of light. However, analysis of their light spectra reveals that each is unique and different from all others.
The Bible describes the precision of movement in the universe.
Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for a light by day, the ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who disturbs the sea, and its waves roar (The LORD of hosts is His name): "If those ordinances depart from before Me, says the LORD, then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever."
The Bible describes the suspension of the Earth in space.
He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing.
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Consistent with Meterologists
The Bible describes the circulation of the atmosphere.
The wind goes toward the south,
And turns around to the north;
The wind whirls about continually,
And comes again on its circuit.
The Bible includes some principles of fluid dynamics.
To establish a weight for the wind,
And apportion the waters by measure.
The fact that air has weight was proven scientifically only about 300 years ago. The relative weights of air and water are needed for the efficient functioning of the world's hydrologic cycle, which in turn sustains life on the earth. (If you are a physics enthusiast, please ignore our omission of the terms mass, gravity, and density from this comment.)
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Consistent with Biologists
The Bible describes biogenesis (the development of living organisms from other living organisms) and the stability of each kind of living organism.
Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
The phrase "according to its kind" occurs repeatedly, stressing the reproductive integrity of each kind of animal and plant. Today we know this occurs because all of these reproductive systems are programmed by their genetic codes.
The Bible describes the chemical nature of flesh.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.
It is a proven fact that a person's mental and spiritual health is strongly correlated with physical health. The Bible revealed this to us with these statements (and others) written by King Solomon about 950 BC.
An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
A sound heart is life to the body,
But envy is rottenness to the bones.
The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy.
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
A merry heart does good, like medicine,
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
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Consistent with Anthropologists
We have cave paintings and other evidence that people inhabited caves. The Bible also describes cave men.
They were driven out from among men,
They shouted at them as at a thief.
They had to live in the clefts of the valleys,
In caves of the earth and the rocks.
Note that these were not ape-men, but descendants of those who scattered from Babel. They were driven from the community by those tribes who competed successfully for the more desirable regions of the earth. Then for some reason they deteriorated mentally, physically, and spiritually.
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Consistent with Hydrologists
The bible includes reasonably complete descriptions of the hydrologic cycle.
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
When He utters His voice,
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:
"And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth.
He makes lightning for the rain,
He brings the wind out of His treasuries."
In these verses you can see several phases of the hydrologic cycle the worldwide processes of evaporation, translation aloft by atmospheric circulation, condensation with electrical discharges, and precipitation.
For He draws up drops of water,
Which distill as rain from the mist,
Which the clouds drop down
And pour abundantly on man.
Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds,
The thunder from His canopy?
This simple verse has remarkable scientific insight. The drops of water which eventually pour down as rain first become vapor and then condense to tiny liquid water droplets in the clouds. These finally coalesce into drops large enough to overcome the updrafts that suspend them in the air.
The Bible describes the recirculation of water.
All the rivers run into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full;
To the place from which the rivers come,
There they return again.
For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
The Bible refers to the surprising amount of water that can be held as condensation in clouds.
He binds up the water in His thick clouds,
Yet the clouds are not broken under it.
Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds;
He scatters His bright clouds.
Hydrothermal vents are described in two books of the Bible written before 1400BC more than 3,000 years before their discovery by science.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Have you entered the springs of the sea?
Or have you walked in search of the depths?
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Consistent with Geologists
The Bible describes the Earth's crust (along with a comment on astronomy).
Thus says the LORD:
"If heaven above can be measured,
And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,
I will also cast off all the seed of Israel
For all that they have done, says the LORD."
Although some scientists claim that they have now measured the size of the universe, it is interesting to note that every human attempt to drill through the earth's crust to the plastic mantle beneath has, thus far, ended in failure.
The Bible described the shape of the earth centuries before people thought that the earth was spherical.
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
The word translated "circle" here is the Hebrew word chuwg which is also translated "circuit," or "compass" (depending on the context). That is, it indicates something spherical, rounded, or arched not something that is flat or square.
The book of Isaiah was written sometime between 740 and 680 BC. This is at least 300 years before Aristotle suggested that the earth might be a sphere in this book On the Heavens.
This brings up an important historical note related to this topic. Many people are aware of the conflict between Galileo and the Roman Catholic Pope, Paul V. After publishing A Dialogue on the Two Principal Systems of the World, Galileo was summoned to Rome, where he was forced to renounce his findings. (At that time, "theologians" of the Roman Catholic Church maintained that the Earth was the center of the universe, and to assert otherwise was deemed heretical.)
We could not find any place in the Bible that claims that the Earth is flat, or that it is the center of the universe. History shows that this conflict, which took place at the time of the Inquisition, was part of a power struggle. As a result, scientific and biblical knowledge became casualties an effect we still feel to this day.
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Consistent with Physicists
The Bible suggests the presence of nuclear processes like those we associate with nuclear weaponry. This is certainly not something that could have been explained in 67 AD using known scientific principles (when Peter wrote the following verse).
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
The television is a practical (if not always worthwhile) device that uses electromagnetic waves (which transmit its video signal). The Bible contains passages that describe something like television something that allows everyone on earth see a single event. (Note: such passages typically refer to the end of time. It may not be long before all of us learn for sure whether the Bible is true or not.)
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Now after the three-and-a-half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them.
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Destruction of Tyre
In the year 595 B.C. a man named Ezekiel was given a prophecy regarding the city of Tyre, a city in the modern day country of Lebanon. At that time this city was a large thriving city and a great enemy of Israel. He was told:
"Thus says the Lord God: "Behold I am against you O Tyre, and will cause many nations to come up against you, as the sea causes its waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers; I will also scrape her dust from her and make her like the top of a rock. It shall be a place for the spreading of nets ... It shall become plunder for the nations ... Behold I will bring against Tyre from the north King Nebuchadnezzer, King of Babylon... He will slay your people by the sword and your strong pillars will fall to the ground.
They will plunder your riches and pillage your merchandise; they will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses; they will lay your stones, your timbers, and your soil in the midst of the water... I will make you like the top of a rock; you shall be a place for the spreading of nets, and you shall never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken. Will the coast lands not shake at the sound of your fall ... Then all the princes of the sea will come down from their thrones, lay aside their robes, and take off their embroidered garments ... and be astonished at you." (Ezekiel 26:3)
These are the very specific prophecies for the city of Tyre made by a Hebrew prophet 2,600 years ago.
1. Nebuchadnezzer will destroy the mainland city of Tyre. (Ezekiel 26:8)
2. Many nations against Tyre. (Ezekiel 26:3)
3. Make her bare rock; flat like the top of a rock. (Ezekiel 26:4)
4. Fishermen will spread their nets over the site. (Ezekiel 26:5)
5. Throw the stones and timbers into the water. (Ezekiel 26:12)
6. Never be rebuilt. (Ezekiel 26:14)
7. Princes of nearby coast lands will be astonished by Tyre's fall and give up their thrones.
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Cyrus and the Jews
In the year 703 B.C. A man named Isaiah, a man who claimed to be Hebrew prophet, wrote extensively about the judgment that God was going to bring upon the nation Israel .This judgment was to occur because they had not obeyed his law. He stated that they would be taken captive by the Babylonian empire, that their city and finally the temple Solomon built for God would be destroyed. Isaiah and other prophets also stated that after the captivity the Jews would return to their land. The interesting thing about this prophecy is that in 703 B.C. the nation of Babylon was insignificant and it would not be raised up to power and conquer Israel for another 100 years.
In the 44th and 45th chapters of Isaiah he names the man who would give the decree to allow the Jews to return to Jerusalem. At the time of Isaiah's ministry the Jews were still in Israel and they simply scoffed at Isaiah.
"The Lord who says of Cyrus "he is my shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, even saying to Jerusalem," you shall be built," and to the temple, " your foundation shall be laid". Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut... That you may know that I, the Lord, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel. For Jacob My servants sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you though you have not known Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God beside Me. I will gird you though you have not known Me... I am the Lord and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity. I the Lord do all these things."
Isaiah 4:27 and 45:7. This prophecy has several major predictions: 1. A man named Cyrus will perform the Lords pleasure 2. He shall say to Jerusalem "you shall be built" (in B.C. it was still standing) 3. He will say to the temple "your foundation will be laid"( it hadn't been destroyed yet) 4. He (God) will open the double doors before him (Cyrus).
Now lets look at what secular history says about Cyrus and the Jews.
This prophecy was written in 703 B.C. According to historians Isaiah and the kings he served under lived between 745-695 B.C. Cyrus, the Medo-Persian Emperor, was born about 100 years later. Starting in 606 B.C. the we a series of three sieges upon the nation of Israel by the Babylonian Empire led by Nebuchadnezzer. The siege of 606 B.C. began the seventy year captivity prophesied by Isaiah (39:5-7) and Jeremiah (chapters 25 & 27).
At the end of this seventy year captivity in the year 537 B.C., the general of the Medo-Persian province, second in line to the throne, overtook the city of Babylon and the Babylonian empire without a battle! His name was Cyrus!
The Greek historian Herodotus records that drunk Babylonian guards left the large gates open to the city of Babylon in the middle of the night. He records that Cyrus and his army simply walked through the gates and overtook the city. He records that many of the citizens did not even know the city had been taken until three days later. This same man, Cyrus, soon became emperor with the death of his father. That same year, 537 B.C. he allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem and to rebuild their temple. The Jewish Talmud records that the prophet Daniel showed a scroll of Isaiah to Cyrus and showed him that God had named him 100 years before he was born! This must have blown his mind. It impressed him enough that he let the Jews go and stated that their God must be true. Thus all four prophecies were literally fulfilled 163 years after they were written.
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Medical Science Revisited
During the middle ages, garbage and sewage were thrown into the streets of Europe. This practice bred flies, rats and disease. Typhoid, cholera, leprosy, and bubonic plague killed millions. Science had no solution. In the ghettos where the Jews lived, this was not the case. Why? Because the Jews were practicing the laws of sanitation that were given in the Bible. Not until finally, the church led in introducing the practice of quarantine from the Bible, and cities turned to sewage disposal as taught in the Bible, were these diseases brought under control.
In the 1840's Ignaz Semmelweis caused an international stir. He required the doctors under him to wash their hands before they examined another patient in the hospital. This practice reduced the spread of child bed fever. However, these doctors had him fired and forced out of Vienna. Today, such methods of sanitation are rigidly enforced in hospitals all over the world. Did you know that the Bible commanded such sanitation more than 3,400 years before Ignaz Semmelweis? Yes, the Bible was way ahead of human science.
Let us now look at some of the laws given in the Bible. When a person had gotten well, the Bible commanded:"The one to be cleansed shall then wash his clothes and shave off all his hair, and bathe in water and be clean. Now afterward, he may enter the camp, but he shall stay outside his tent for seven days. "And it will be on the seventh day that he shall shave off all his hair: he shall shave his head and his beard and his eyebrows, even all his hair. He shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water and be clean. Leviticus 14:8, 9.
These are the same practices that are used today by medical science. However, do you understand that the Bible commanded this long before medical science started to do the same thing? The Bible was 3,400 years ahead of medical science in practices of sanitation.
Did Moses get these laws from the science of Egypt? No, impossible. The Egyptians at that time used dung for medicine. Science did not know about bacteria until the work of Leeuwenhoek, which was 3,100 years after the Law was given to Moses. How do you account for this? Is it possible that God gave the Law to Moses, as the Bible claims? This appears to be the only logical conclusion.
Many people suffered from fever, headache, diarrhea, and sore muscles. Not so long ago, science learned that this was caused by worms living in the muscles. These worms come from eating pork, the meat of swine, that is not cooked enough. This is called tricinosis. Now consider this. The Bible, in the Law of God to Israel, had forbidden the eating of swine more than 3,400 years ago. We shall read again from the Bible: . . . and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you. You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you. Leviticus 11:7, 8. (See also Deuteronomy 14:8.)
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The Stars Sing?
Science has discovered that stars emit radio waves, which are received on earth as a high pitch. God mentioned this in Job 38:7: "When the morning stars sang together..." It has been found that stars of different size emit different tones. Larger star give off lower tones than smaller stars. When recorded together this produces a harmonic sound like unto an orchestra. Crickets have been noted to create a sound (when slowed in pitch and speed) like that of an opera. This shows how the creation is in tune with all its elements and has someone who tunes it.
Some have scoffed at the idea of 'the morning stars singing together, as stated in Job 38:7, but present day inventions force us to admit that this statement is true. As far as we can tell, the stars emit light only, but today we know there is some connection between light and sound. Light travels in various wave lengths, while sound waves travel through solids, liquids, or gases. Light waves of different lengths produce different colors; and different colors may be used to suggest different musical tones. Also, by using the photo-electric cell and a beam of light passing through a sound track, as on motion picture film, all kinds of sound effects can be produced, including talking, singing, and music from mechanical instruments. So light can be used in producing audible sounds.