Our Bible Inspired?
fields of science attest the Divine inspiration of our Bible.
Why? The Creator and God of the universe is the God of science—the
author of the scientific laws that govern His universe.
Only the God of science could cause scientific facts to
be recorded in a book—our Bible—hundreds or
thousands of years before scientists discovered them. The
following are remarkable examples of this fact.
Holds the Earth Up?
thousand years ago Hindu Scriptures recorded that the Earth
was resting on the backs of several huge elephants. The
elephants were resting on the back of a large turtle that
was swimming in a sea. Greek mythology claimed the god Atlas
was holding the Earth on his shoulders.
the Judaic Bible says in Job 26:7 — “[God] hanged
the Earth on nothing.” What a remarkable statement
of fact. The Earth is suspended in space. Nothing tangible
holds it up. Job wrote about the same time the Hindu Scriptures
were written. How did Job know this scientific fact? Only
God could have revealed it to Job.
Moon and Stars — Who? What?
people were afraid of the Sun, Moon and stars. They thought
they were alive—that they were gods. Also Eclipses
are an example of what people feared. An eclipse happens
when the Sun’s light is blocked by the Earth or Moon.
The Moon is bright because it reflects the Sun’s light.
But when the Earth blocks that light, the Moon looks like
it is disappearing. Also, when the Moon comes between the
Earth and the Sun, it looks like the Sun is disappearing.
was frightening to the ancients. Some thought eclipses happened
when the Moon was mad at the Earth and turned its face away.
The Chinese believed that an eclipse was caused by a demon
or some huge animal that ate the Sun and then regurgitated
it. God told Jeremiah (10:2, KJV), “Thus said the
Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed
at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at
them.” God went on to reassure Jeremiah, the Hebrew
Prophet, that the universe was under God’s control.
scientists learned that the heavenly bodies were not alive
and that humankind need not fear them. Thousands of years
before scientists discovered that the planetary bodies were
inanimate, the Judaic/Christian Bible contained this scientific
Bottom of the Ocean
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
Mariana Trench in the Pacific is so deep that if Mt. Everest
(over 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 has an undersea
range of mountains 10,000 miles long.
3,000 years ago the Hebrew Scriptures 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?” Jonah was thrown off
a ship and spoke of falling to the bottom of the mountains
in the sea. (Jonah 2:6) How could our Bible speak of the
valleys and mountains of the sea thousands of years before
scientists discovered them? Divine inspiration.
Paths of the Sea
Maury (1806-1873), an officer in the United States Navy,
believed his Bible and loved reading it. One day Maury was
reading about the dominion man was given over the animals
in Psalm 8. He was amazed that verse 8 spoke of the fish
and all creatures that swim in the “paths of the sea.”
“Paths of the sea” —How could this be?
He never knew there was such a thing. He was determined
to find them.
19 years Maury studied weather, wind, cloud and ocean patterns,
as well as old ship logs. He discovered that the oceans
had many paths or currents, which were like rivers flowing
through the sea. By charting these currents he discovered
the best routes for sea travel. Maury found a connection
between the air circulation system and the ocean currents
from Psalms 107:25.
1855 Maury wrote the first book on oceanography and became
known as “the Pathfinder of the seas”—“The
father of modern navigation.” For several centuries
before, a few had only a limited knowledge of the paths
or currents of the sea.
received his idea about ocean currents from reading Psalm
8:8 which was written about 3,000 years ago by the prophet
David. David wrote as he was influenced by God.
8:8 also spoke of fish in the “paths of the seas.”
Fishing boats make a good catch in the currents or paths
of the sea. They have learned that this is where the fish
Mass and Water Weight
was not until the 16th century that scientists realized
air had weight. But long before, Job 28:25 referred to “a
weight for the wind” and that God “weigheth
the waters by measure.”
now know that the weight of the oceans is in perfect balance
with the gravity of the Sun and Moon.
Cycle and Weather Patterns
complete hydrologic cycle of evaporation, cloud formation
and precipitation is explained in the Scriptures.
1:7 --“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.”
11:3 — “If the clouds are full of rain, they
empty themselves upon the earth.”
36:27-29 — “For He draws up drops of water,
which distil 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?”
36:28:26-- “God made decrees [rules] for the rain.
And He set a way for the lightning of the thunder.”
9:6 --God “calls for the water of the sea. He pours
them out on the land.”
thousand years later, scientists began to discern the “rules
for the rain” that Job talked about. They found that
rainfall is part of a process called the hydrologic cycle.
The Sun evaporates water from the ocean. That water vapor
rises and becomes clouds. Water in the clouds falls back
to Earth as rain, collects in streams and rivers, and makes
its way back to the ocean. As we now know, the process repeats
Thunder and Rain
heathen scriptures taught that lightning bolts were missiles
thrown by angry gods. Only the names of the gods differed.
In China, Taoist Scriptures regarded the rainbow as a deadly
rain dragon. In Confucius Scriptures, 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.
rain is so necessary to life, ancient people pondered what
caused it. Some tried to stab holes in clouds with spears.
The Vedas (Hindu Scriptures) advised tying a frog with its
mouth open to the right tree, saying the right words, and
rain would fall.
are now beginning to fully understand God’s “decrees
or rules for the rain.” Since 68 B.C. it was thought
that somehow thunder triggered the rainfall. Scientists
are beginning to realize that, as stated in Job 28:26, it
is lightning that triggers the rain to fall. Job knew that
3,000 years ago.
existence of germs and their transmission of infection was
unknown to medical science until the mid 1800s. In 1845,
Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis decreased deaths at childbirth from
30% to two percent by having physicians wash their hands
before examinations. Only in recent years have doctors realized
the seriousness of handwashing in running water to keep
germs from spreading to patients.
thousands of years ago, the Mosaic Law instructed Israel
to wash in running water and wash contaminated clothing
and bedding when encountering possible causes of infection
or disease. Isolation was also used to prevent contamination.
Num. 19:20; Lev. 15:13.
Examinations and Control
laws in our Scriptures reveal an advanced system for controlling
contagious diseases while other nations did not understand
the dangers of infections. Levitical priests were instructed
to act as disease detectors, examining sick individuals
and protecting the community from contamination.
infected individuals were not allowed to dwell within the
community. Numbers 19:20. Even after recovering and returning
from medical isolation, a person was subject to strict medical
supervision to determine if he was healed. Leviticus 14:8.
this century, people, except for the Israelites, kept patients
with communicable diseases in their homes—even after
death. Family members and others were exposed to deadly
Death—the bubonic plague—killed one out of four
persons in the 14th century, an estimated total of sixty
million. People attributed the epidemic to “bad air”
or “evil spirits.” Yet the plague hardly affected
the Jews who were obeying the quarantine laws of Leviticus.
Down through the centuries, these medical and sanitary practices
became a way of life with many Jews in all areas of possible
infections—neglect was a cause of death to the Gentiles.
had killed millions in Europe. People thought leprosy was
“brought on by eating hot food, pepper, garlic and
the meat of diseased hogs” or by malign conjunction
of the planets. Finally when the sanitary legislation of
isolation in Leviticus 13:43-46 was strictly followed, leprosy
was brought under control.
3,000 years ago, the sanitation laws in Deuteronomy 23:13-14
required the burial of human excrement to protect Israel
from deadly epidemics. Until the 18th century, human excrement
was dumped into unpaved streets, spreading diseases that
contrast to our Bible, Ancient Egyptian documents, similar
to other ancient cultures, detail pharmacies prescribing:
“Lizards’ blood, swine’ teeth, putrid
meat, stinking fat, moisture from pigs’ ears,.. animal
fats …excreta from animals, including human beings,
donkeys, antelopes, dogs, cats, and even flies.” Egyptian
medicine used “cat’s dung,” “hippopotamus
dung,” and “fly dung.”
histories reveal that five times as many soldiers died from
disease as from battle wounds. Military casualties of the
Boer War in South Africa (1899-1902) indicate infections
from exposure to germs generated from dung incapacitated
or killed five times more soldiers than those killed in
sanitary standards demanded in the Judaic/Christian Bible
protected the armies of ancient Israel from the massive
infectious deaths sustained by armies down through history
until the start of the 19th century.
Between the Body and Mind
research reveals the close relationship between physical
and mental health. But our Bible acknowledged the correlation
between mind and body over 3,000 years ago.
sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy is the rottenness
of the bones.” Proverbs 14:30
light of the eyes rejoices the heart: and a good report
makes the bones fat [healthy].” Proverbs 15:30
words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health
to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit
dries the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
the Judaic/Christian Bible passes the scientific test for
inspiration. Several thousand years before their scientific
discovery, the God of science had these facts recorded in
is one thing to know our Bible is inspired and another thing
to understand the Bible. Certainly a blessing comes from
just reading the Bible, but an in-depth understanding of
its rich gems of truth can only be obtained by a systematic