|Science in the Bible…can it be trusted?
E. Norbert Smith, Ph.D.
SUMMARY. Unlike all other books, the Bible claims divine Authorship. If so, where it touches on history or science it must be without error and indeed seems so. The Bible plainly teaches God sending a wind caused the plague of locusts. The hydraulic cycle and basic astronomy were aptly described 5,000 years ago in the Bible. Even basic atomic physics was eluded to long before modern science. If the Bible can be trusted regarding science and history, can it not be trusted on more weighty matters of sin, judgment and heaven and hell? Are you sure?
CAN BIBLE SCIENCE BE TRUSTED? Many today would emphatically say, “NO.” Others would argue it is a moot point for people living in the times the Bible was written knew nothing of science. Yet God's Word claims to be true. If we trust it for our salvation for all eternity can we not also trust it for history and science? Those that argue from a historical point of what was known or not known at that time miss the point. Unlike every other book, the Creator-God Himself inspired the Bible. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness: that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17) and But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Pet 1:20-21) Or from the Old Testiment: Every word of God is tested: He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. (Proverbs 30:5) When there is conflict between man’s interpretation of science and the Word of God the choice is simple for the believer: It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. (Psalms 118:8)
In many places the Bible touches on science as it does history. There can be no contradiction between true science or true history and the Bible, because God is the Author of both. Consider the following as evidence of divine Authorship of the Bible:
Wind and locusts: For decades entomologists thought migratory locusts had a compass sense like birds and whales. Locusts were thought to follow the earth's magnetic field and the sun and stars as they migrated. Those scientists scoffed at what God's word said about locust migration until recently. We now know migratory locusts have but one instinct...to fly straight up. They are totally at the mercy of the prevailing winds. Notice what God's word said over 4,000 years ago. So Moses stretched out his staff over the land of Egypt, and the Lord directed an east wind on the land all that day and all that night: and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. (Exodus 10:12-14) God is author of true science and His Word. There can be no contradiction. Had Bible scholars sided with science some decades back...they would have been wrong for the science of the day was in error.
Here is an accurate description of the hydraulic cycle. Written nearly 5,000 years ago. Long before science began. For He draws up the drops of water. They distill rain from the mist which the clouds pour down, they drip upon man abundantly. (Job 36:27-28)
Consider the following. Written before higher mathematics, telescopes, or astronomy modern science: He stretches out the north over empty space, and hangs the earth on nothing. (Job 26:7) Or look at the following: He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. (Isaiah 40:22, NIV)
And consider this written before molecules and atoms were even considered: By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)
More could be given from science in the Bible, but I think the point is made. God’s Word is trustworthy when it touches on science. The science in the Bible is true, not because of what the men who wrote the words, but because of Him who inspired the words.
As Christians we must interpret the facts of science into a scriptural framework. Non-believers need to know the Bible is true…even when it touches on science or history.
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