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Scientific Discoveries the Bible Knew Before Science

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Weaverville – Some believe that science and faith are incompatible. They think the two can not exist together, but history actually reveals a different conclusion. 

Nicholas Copernicus, Sir Issac Newton, Louis Pasture, and Galileo Galilei are just some of the Christians who saw no conflict between their faith and science. They made some of the greatest discoveries in history.

The Bible is not a science book, but there are scientific principles in the Bible that were espoused centuries before scientists ever discovered them. Here are some examples.

Paths in the Sea: Who knew there were paths in the sea? The Bible says Psalm 8:8 says, “The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” These “paths” would not be discovered until centuries later. Benjamin Franklin would first observe these currents in the sea, but Matthew Maury read about them in his Bible, and in 1855, he became the father of modern-day oceanography.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics: The law states that the world in which we live exists in a state of entropy, that is to say, it is wearing down or growing old. Of course, another Psalm, 102:25-27, would tell us that again, centuries before the discovery by scientists, “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; but thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”

The universe is expanding: In the early 1900s, Albert Einstein declared that the universe was static. But work done by Edwin Hubble, an astronomer, in 1929 proved otherwise. He established that galaxies were actually retrogressing at an ever-increasing rate of speed. Einstein ultimately rectified his miscalculations and eventually taught about an expanding universe. Zechariah 12:1 says that God created a system that was expanding  or being stretched out. “The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.” 

All we are is dust in the wind-the group Kansas sang, scientists confirmed it, but the Bible had both beat by thousands of years. Scientists found out the human body is composed of 28 base and trace elements, some of which are oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen, along with calcium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, sodium, magnesium, and others. the exact same elements that are found in soil. The Bible says God formed Adam from the dust of the ground. “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 soul.” Genesis 2:7

Invisible things make up the visible—In the twentieth century, the discovery of protons, neutrons, and electrons made science begin to understand that everything we can see with our eyes sits on a structure that is very real and entirely invisible to the naked eye. Of course, that was made clear in the Book of Hebrews. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Hebrews 11:3

The blood is life – For nearly all of human history, science did not know the importance of blood in our bodies. Only in about the last century or so did science learn how to test blood to diagnose health issues. The widespread practice of bloodletting only accelerated the death rate. But the Bible stated, “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

We haven’t even mentioned that the Bible states the earth was a sphere (Isaiah 40:22)  or that He hung it on nothing in space (Job 26:7). No, the truth is we haven’t scratched the surface of what the Bible knew before science. And while the Bible isn’t a science book, it does mention a lot of scientific facts.