Science and the Bible at odds?

The Bible is often described as a book that includes many ideas that are scientifically inaccurate. Many people have misinterpreted the Bible in such a way as to make it seem to be at odds with the reality of our world. For example, the Roman Catholic Church promoted geocentrism (the idea that the earth is the center of the universe) for many years. This concept is not found in the Bible, but stems from the idea that since humans are the center of God’s attention, that the place where they live must be the center of God’s universe. This is neither a logical nor biblical inference because the Bible said that the heavens control the earth and not the other way around (the heavens “fix their rule over the earth,”). Scientists (Nicholas Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo Galilei) believe too that the earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around which the Catholic religion asserted. In fact, Isaac Newton, in his famous scientific work, Principia, stated, “The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion on an intelligent and powerful Being.”Of course, the Bible was not written as a work of science nor was its purpose to describe the workings of the physical world. However, when the Bible describes the physical world, it is accurate. The purpose of this article is to illustrate some of the examples of scientific principles described in the Bible hundreds to thousands of years before they were proved to be true by science.Scientific PrincipleCosmology/Astronomy• Time had a beginning (2 Timothy 1:9, Titus 1:2, 1 Corinthians 2:7)

• The universe had a beginning (Genesis 1:1, 2:4, Isaiah 42:5, etc.)

• The universe was created from the invisible (Hebrews 11:3)

• The dimensions of the universe were created (Romans 8:38-39)

• Creation of matter and energy has ended in the universe (refutes steady-state theory) (Genesis 2:3-4)

• The universe is winding down and will “wear out” (Psalms 102:25-27)

• Describes the correct order of creation (Genesis 1) (see Day-Age Genesis One Interpretation)

• Number of stars exceeds a billion (Genesis 22:17, Jeremiah 33:22)

• Every star is different (1 Corinthians 15:41)

• Pleiades and Orion as gravitationally bound star groups (Job 38:31)

• Light is in motion (Job 38:19-20)

• The earth is controlled by the heavens (Job 38:33)

• Earth is a sphere (Isaiah 40:2213 Job 26:10)

• At any time, there is day and night on the Earth (Luke 17:34-35)

• Earth is suspended in space (Job 26:7)

Earth Sciences• Earth began as a waterworld. Formation of continents by tectonic activity described (Genesis 1:2-9, Psalms 104:6-9, Proverbs 3:19, Proverbs 8:27-29, Job 38:4-8, 2 Peter 3:5)

• Water cycle described (Ecclesiastes 1:7; Isaiah 55:10, Job 36:27-28)

• Valleys exist on the bottom of the sea (2 Samuel 22:16)

• Vents exist on the bottom of the sea (Job 38:16)

• Ocean currents in the sea (Psalms 8:8)

• Air has weight (Job 28:25)

• Winds blow in circular paths (Ecclesiastes 1:6)

Biology• The chemical nature of human life (Genesis 2:7, 3:19)

• Life of creatures are in the blood (Leviticus 17:11)

• The nature of infectious diseases (Leviticus 13:46)

• Importance of sanitation to health (Numbers 19, Deuteronomy 23:12-13, Leviticus 7-9)


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