How the Bible deals with Science

Considering that not much scientific information was known in Bible times, the Bible

speaks with considerable scientific credibility, an evidence of its supernatural nature.


1)  Origins.  Sciences has determined that the universe had a beginning point

It was common in ancient views to consider the universe eternal and that all life emerged from the earth. 

The Bible teaches that the universe had a beginning.  This is precisely what most scientists now believe when they accept the big bang theory.

“Three lines of evidence –

the motions of the galaxies,

the laws of thermodynamics,

and the life story of the stars –

point to one conclusion:

All indicate that the universe had a beginning.”

-Agnostic astrophysicist Robert Jastrow

2)  Order of Creation Events

The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of Genesis are the same.  This is a much more scientifically sophisticated conception than held by the common ancient creation stories.

3) No new matter is being created

The Bible declared from the beginning that creation was complete and that God rested from his work of creating. (Genesis 2:2)

No new matter is coming into existence.  This is the First Law of Thermodynamics.

4) Universe is running down.

“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.  They will perish, but you remain like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded.”  Psalm 102:25-27

The Second Law of Thermodynamics declares that the universe is running out of useable energy.

5) Life produces after its kind

            “Each according to its kind.”  Genesis 1:24

“Most species exhibit no directional change during their tenure on earth.  They appear in the fossil record looking much the same as when they disappear; morphological change is usually limited and directionless.”    

-Agnostic Paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould

6)  The Earth is a Spherical

            Isaiah (700 BC) says that God “sits enthroned above the circle of the earth.” (Is.40:22)

            “Circle” is the Hebrew word “chug.”

            Solomon (950 BC) wrote concerning the personification of wisdom,

“I was there when he set the heavens in place,  when he marked out the horizon on the face (“chug”, or circle) of the deep.”  (Prov.8:27)

Jesus said in Luke 17:34-36 (Mt.24:40-41) that at the point of his return to the earth it would be morning for some, day time for others and even night time for other.


7) The Earth Hangs in Space

In a time when it was common to believe the sky was a solid dome (1400 BC) the Bible accurately speaks of God spreading out the northern skies over empty space and suspending the earth over nothing.

                                    “He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;

                                    he suspends the earth over nothing.”    Job.26:7

8) The Sea Has Currents and Paths of Water Movement

            “. . .the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the sea.”   Psalm 8:8

Matthew Maury, an officer in the U.S. Navy used this verse to inspire him to look for and find the currents of the seas.

9) The Sea has Boundaries

            “. . .when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command.”

                                                                        Proverbs 8:29

10) Mountains and Valleys in the Ocean

In the 1900’s oceanographers found that the sea has many deep valleys or canyons.  Before that people thought it was bowl shaped like a huge flat, sandy desert.

David mentions “the valleys of the sea in 2 Sam.22:16 and Psalm 18:15.  God asks Job, “Have you walked in the valleys of the sea?” 

Jonah mentions the “Mountains in the sea.”  (Jonah 2:6)

11) Evaporation, Condensation and Precipitation

“All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full.  to the place the streams come from, there they return again.”       Ecclesiastes 1:7  (950 BC)

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth. . .”  Isaiah 55:10  (700 BC)

“(He) who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land – the Lord is his name.”     Amos 9:6 (700 BC)

Science began to discover this cycle about late in the 1600’s.  Galileo came up with this idea in 1630.

12) What Causes Thunder?

            Jeremiah 10:13, written in 622 BC says: 

                        “When He thunders, the waters in the heavens roar.”

            This is an accurate statement saying that water in the sky is the source of thunder.

            Encyclopaedia Britannica says:

“Lighting occurs because regions of net charges are generated by charge-separation processes within a cloud that produce an electric dipole structure in the cloud. Chargers reside on water drops, ice particles, or both.  If the surrounding air has a net charge, an air discharge from the cloud may occur.  (This is Lightning.)  The thunder associated with lightning is caused by the rapid heating of air to high temperatures.  The air expands at supersonic speeds.  A shock wave results, within 1-3 yards it decays into a sound wave.”

13) Life is in the Blood

            “For the life of a creature is in the blood and I have given it to you. . .”   Lev.17:11 (1400 BC)

14) Circulation of the Blood

Solomon calls the circulatory system a “pitcher” with a rope at the “spring.”  The muscle of the pumping heart is called the “wheel” of the “well.”


15) Disease Spread By Physical Contact

In the 1840’s doctors would examine live patients after autopsies without washing their hands first.  A doctor in Austria decided to try a new rule:  All doctors and nurses had to wash their hands after handling the dead bodies before they could touch live patients.  The number of deaths went down immediately.  Germs were discovered 30 years later.

 “Whoever touches the dead body of anyone will be unclean                        for seven days.  He must purify himself with the water. . .” Numbers 19:11

Also, Lev. 14:8 and Lev. 13:45-46

Acts (7:22) says that Moses was trained in all the wisdom of Egypt.  In Moses’ Egypt medicine was more advanced than anywhere else at the time.  Yet, their understanding was very limited.  If a person had a deep splinter that got infected, they would put worm’s blood or donkey manure on the sore spot.  When children were sick, doctors often gave them skinned baby mice to eat.  This list of Egyptian medical treatments is long.  But, none of them appear in Moses’ writings of scripture.  Moses information did not come from Egypt but from God.

16) Eclipses

Eclipses scared the ancient nations for they thought the sun had disappeared or a dragon ate the sun or other things.

God tells the people through Jeremiah in 622 BC,

“Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them.”   Jeremiah 10:2

17) Air has Weight

            In 1630 Galileo was the first scientist to be aware of the weight of air.

            The Book of Job says, “When He imparted weight to the wind.” 

“Wind” is the Hebrew “rauch

18) The Bible also gives information concerning:

            a) A prehistoric earth, which abounded with animal and plant life

            b) The destruction of this ancient world by water before man

            c) A dark earth covered with ice or the ice age (Gn.1:2)

            d) An earth of unknown age