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2. Bible and Science
3. The Scientific Accuracy of the Bible
Is the bible true? Why would a Christian like me believe in my religious book called the bible, when many try to turn the mind of man away from religious faith reasoning that religion is an intoxicating drink and vehemently oppose religious books which explain the basic principles and beliefs of religion? It appears important to me to explain why I like to read it. It is my desire to explain the reasons for my belief and the beliefs of godly people like me, with the help of science such as Philosophy, Mathematics, Science etc. Although it is our wish to explain all details, we try to give some important reasons alone in a lucid and simple manner as it would be difficult for many readers to understand complex scientific principles.
First of all, in the Bible, there is nothing contrary to science. Therefore I believe the Bible. Some people who don't know the Bible argue that some of the events mentioned in the Bible are not in agreement with scientific knowledge in any way. Let us analyze some of them.
You would have already known from earlier articles that the details regarding creation as written in the first book, Genesis, are not in any way contrary to our belief or general knowledge. Therefore it is meaningless to argue that it is against scientific proposition.
Secondly, an event which is greatly debated is the great deluge recorded to have occurred in Noah's time. Did it really happen? We give below the summary of an article which appeared in an Indian weekly named, "Sunday Standard" on this topic: On 5th of July 1955, Fernand Navarra, a French man and his son Raphael went to explore the mount Ararat. In the end, about 3000 feet from its peak they located Noah's ark. In their assessment, the remains of the ark was about 500 feet length and was seen damaged by the weight of the iceberg. They cut out and brought three pieces of wood weighing about 50 pounds from the ark.
After analyzing the samples in many reputed chemical laboratories, they came to the conclusion that these wooden pieces were part of a type of oak tree found in the Mediterranean region almost 5000 years ago. When scientists had clarified this so clearly, why should we continue to harbor doubts about this?
Still, let us also consider the opinions of geologists on destruction caused by this great flood: According to the theory of evolution, during any specific period only one kind of organism could live. However in the rocks underneath the earth several layers and piles upon piles of fossilized skeletons of organisms were found, which should have lived at different points of time according to the evolutionary theory. Moreover fossilized remains of different sea creatures were found buried in high places. Also skeletons of various types of organisms are found strewn across a vast area covering hundreds of acres in separate collections. Therefore it could reasonably be assumed that an unexpected deluge caused widespread destruction among various creatures living in groups and buried the carcasses here and there. Besides in various parts of the world there were signs of water having reached great heights. Moreover after careful analysis of deposits found at the top of some very tall mountains, scientists admit that those mountains were once submerged in water. Therefore the deluge of Noah's time, as mentioned in the Bible, is not contrary to science.
Brother, why should you head towards destruction, ignoring the warning sound of God and refuse the salvation kept ready for you like the people who refused to heed the crying appeal of good old grandpa Noah and perished ignoring the ark prepared for them?
Thirdly, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is an event which deserves to be investigated. We read in the Bible that these cities were destroyed by fire and brimstone falling from heaven. How could this be true? What do geologists have to say on this? The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were located in the valley of river Jordan. Beneath the landscape of these cities, a very wide oil well was found. Due to some incident such as an earthquake, this part of the earth sank and strained the soft rock underneath. Because of the pressure exerted by the sunken earth, from there, salt, sulfur and oil could have come out through some weak faults. These elements which gushed out with immense force rose to great heights and fell over a wide area of land which turned Lot's wife into a pillar of salt. As oil rubbed with air, it caught fire and there was a rain of fire from above. In this way the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah also had been explained beyond doubt.
My friend, the earth where you live will also be consumed by fire. Do you want to live? Find shelter in the rock of Christ.
Fourthly, in the 12th and 13th verses of the tenth chapter of the book of Joshua, we read that Joshua halted the movement of the sun and the moon. Is this feasible? We also see that nothing like that had ever happened either before or after that incident. Therefore we should investigate the natural law by which this kind of unparalleled incident could have taken place. No one can tell with certainty why the earth rotates around its axis. The gravitational force of earth also is an enigma. There is a possibility of lengthening of day like this because of the obstruction to the speed of the earth. The hailstorm which occurred that day was the consequence of changes on the earth caused by the obstruction to it's movement. Isn't it possible that God could have employed some foreign space object as a tool to bring about such condition? Also, is it impossible for God who formed the ordinances of nature to perform an act overriding them?
Long before the discovery of many of the scientific principles in the present times, they were mentioned in the Bible. This is another reason why I believe the Bible. When Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) pointed to people that earth was round, without support and revolved around its own axis, the then leaders of the Roman church, branded him a heretic and ostracized him. Romans are not the only Christians and it can not be claimed that they know the Bible. But what does our scripture say?
Isaiah wrote "He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth" (Isa. 40:22) and in Job 26:7, we read, "He hangeth the earth upon nothing". Weren't these books written many years before Galileo? An astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) clarified that it was not the sun which revolved around the earth but the earth which revolves around the stationary sun.
For the people living at that time, what was told by David to his people as mentioned in Psalms 19, that the sun rising at one end of the heavens and making its circuit to the other end, might have appeared senseless. However we know today that although the sun does not revolve around the earth, it does move on its predestined path patiently. Medical scientists tried very hard to find answer to the question, "What is life and on what does it depend?" Their final conclusion is that life is in the blood. But we read the same truth in the book of Leviticus again and again. The Bible points out in Lev. 17:11 that "the life of the flesh is in the blood".
Moreover scientists have discovered an upper atmospheric layer called Kennelly-Heaviside layer (ionosphere) over the earth which looks like glass and protects the humans from harmful rays emanating from the sun, which also reflects electromagnetic waves (radio waves) back to the earth. What does the Bible have to say on this? Many centuries before this was discovered, it was written in Job 37:18 that "He spread out the skies strong as a cast metal mirror".
These days, man has discovered that apart from stars like sun, there are planets other than the earth. Since these planets look like the world where we live, scientists even venture to say that they can be inhabited by human beings. It has been discovered that there are many such worlds. What does the Bible have to say on this? In Heb. 1:2, we read, "through whom also He made the worlds" and in Heb.11:3, we read, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God".
The most surprising thing of all is the mention of the land of India in Esther 1:1, many years before it was discovered by westerners. Since so many things have been written in the Bible, long before they were discovered by scientists and intellectuals, can we not believe that this was written by God Himself through His Spirit?.
Man should find God. He should come to Jesus. Jesus calls him. He will not have true peace and happiness until he comes to God ; What little good life that he has at present also will pass off from him. Man should leave ungodly life, a life of his own liking. He should come to God. He should live in fellowship with God. He should do the will of God. That is the life made out for man. That alone will bring him real peace and form a solution for all his problems.
God is the life-force of man. Abandoning this life-force is the root cause of all his mental disturbances, confusions and hopelessness. You should look for God. Search and diligently inquire of Him (Zep. 1:6). If you search for Him with your whole heart, you will find Him (Jer. 29:13-14).
You will find peace.
Blessed is the man who finds God.