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December 18, 2009

By Dr. Gary S. Day

The Bible was not written as a science textbook, but to communicate God’s truths to all humanity.  That is the reason it is written in popular, and not technical language.  However, nothing written goes contrary to the facts of any discipline of science.

Science theories come and go, even the popular ones.  History shows Christians have made two major mistakes when it comes to the Bible and science.  First, many have harmonized a popular science theory with the Bible, and when that theory is discarded, so goes the veracity of the Scriptures in the minds of men.  Secondly, Biblical passages are rejected when a point is seen to be in conflict with science, only to later learn that it was human knowledge and not the Bible that was in error.   Luke’s reference to a Roman Chiliarch in Acts 22-23 is an historical example.  For a long time he was thought to be wrong in his reference until extra-biblical sources proved him and the Bible correct.

Besides the errors mentioned above the human heart is naturally prejudiced against the Bible; for if a scientist says something spurious it is received as being valid, but if the Bible says something similar, even with numerous back-up proofs, it is often regarded skeptically.

When the popular, but erroneous theories of ancient scientists are reviewed in the context of their relationship to the societies of Biblical times, it is miraculous that not even one of their theories contaminated the Biblical writings.  The scientific reasoning of Plato, Aristotle and other Greek philosophers, and also the Egyptian and the Babylonian ideas has all been proven incorrect.  And though their influence in ancient times was great, not one of their errors entered the Bible.  Only the hand of an all knowing could prevent this from happening.

Many Biblical passages touch upon nature and natural processes that can be seen a scientific topics, and a Dr. Johnson Phillip says, “The writers of these passages use everyday language, yet the meaning expressed by hem is true even to minute detail.” 

Only a few of these passages can be mentioned here to show the veracity of the Biblical statements about scientific topics:

Gen 1:1   Up until the mid 20th century A.D. the universe was thought to be eternal, or that it always existed.  However, scientific discoveries reveal that it is finite, as the first verse in Genesis indicates.

Gen 1:2   Dr. E.P. Hubble, using a 100 inch telescope confirmed that heavenly bodies do exist which are without form, void, and which are dark as this verse indicates.

Gen 1:3   Light and darkness do exist at the same time on earth.

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