Scientific Accuracies of the Bible

by Matt Slick

Many people doubt the Bible for various reasons.  One of them is that the Bible is not accurate scientifically, but this just isn't so.  The Bible is not a book about science; but when it does speak scientifically, it is accurate.  In fact, it was far ahead of any other writing of its time.  Please consider the following:

  1. The Shape of the Earth
    1. "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers.  He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in." (Isaiah 40:22, NIV).
      1. This may or may not be construed to support the spherical shape of the earth.  The horizon is a circle, and a circle is flat.
  2. The Earth is suspended in nothing
    1. "He spreads out the northern [skies] over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing." (Job. 26:7, NIV).
      1. This is particularly interesting considering that the cosmology of other cultures at that time did not have the earth suspended in nothing but rather upon pillars or people or animals.
  3. The Stars are Innumerable
    1. "He took him outside and said, 'Look up at the heavens and count the stars--if indeed you can count them.'   Then he said to him, 'So shall your offspring be.'" (Gen. 15:5, NIV).
  4. The Existence of Valleys in the Seas
    1. "The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of breath from his nostrils." (2 Sam. 22:16, NIV).
  5. The Existence of Springs and Fountains in the Seas
    1. "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month--on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened." (Genesis 7:11, NIV).  See also Gen. 8:2; Prov. 8:28.
  6. The Existence of Water Paths (Ocean Currents) in the Seas
    1. "O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! . . . When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, . . . You made him [man] ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet . . . the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas." (Psalm 8:1, 3, 6, 8, NIV).
  7. The Hydrologic Cycle
    1. "He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight." (Job. 26:8, NIV).
    2. "He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind." (Job 36:27-28, NIV)
    3. "The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.  All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.  To the place the streams come from, there they return again" (Ecclesiastes 1:6-7, NIV).
  8. The Concept of Entropy
    1. "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." (Psalm 102:25-26, NIV).
  9. The Nature of Health, Sanitation, and Sickness
    1. The listing for this section is too large for this page, but the scriptural references are Leviticus 12-14.

 

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