|"It is often little realized that the Bible does, in fact, seem to contain remarkably accurate scientific information."
The Bible as Pre-Scientific
Does the Bible support, or contradict, science?
- Ignorant of today’s scientific knowledge, the ancient biblical
writers dared to make several bold statements about the
universe. For instance, in certain passages the ancients wrote
about water, and even ice, in space (Gen. 1:6–7; Job 38:29). Today, each large comet is calculated to contain as much as
one trillion tons of ice.
- Another biblical statement may reveal some knowledge of
the effect of gravity on the earth thousands of years before Isaac
Newton proved it: “[God] hangs the earth on nothing” (Job
26:7). Up until the last few centuries, scientists believed that
the earth and stars were supported by some kind of medium.
Of course, the earth actually just “hangs” or orbits in space.
- The ancient writers even commented about the earth’s
weather patterns: “[God] draws up the water vapor and then
distils it into rain. The rain pours down from the clouds” (Job
36:27–29). Though simply stated, this biblical passage, written
thousands of years ago, reveals the complete hydrological
cycle of evaporation, cloud formation, and precipitation. Not
until recently have these hydrological cycles been scientifically
- Many are familiar with the creation of man story as told
in the biblical Book of Genesis: “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” (Gen. 2:7).
For years many have laughed at the apparent simplicity of the
biblical idea that God used “the dust of the ground” to construct
the complex elements and molecules that make up a
human being. But a late discovery made by researchers at
NASA’s AMES Research Center proved that every single element
found in the human body exists within the earth of the
ground. The scientists concluded, “We are just beginning to
learn. The biblical scenario for the creation of life turns out to
be not far off the mark.”