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Firstly, great emphasis is given that the contents of this series are intended to give Biblical information and insights on some of its contents. They are not intended to scare or offend anyone. It is one’s prerogative to read and never be shoved into one’s throat.
This piece is a simple sharing of bible passages. It doesn’t endorse any specific faith, religion, denomination, system of beliefs or theology aside from those in the bible.
It is in the “exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination or preference” as provided by The Philippine Constitution that this article was made.
If you find them scary, intimidating or offensive, please feel free to take them with a grain of salt and regard them like a badly written movie script.
Biblical stories are backed up by science, logic or history
This series would like to give proofs that the incidents, stories, and prophecies mentioned in the bible are facts because they are either supported or cannot be cleanly disputed by science, history, and logic.
Biblical reliability enhanced by immunity to changes
There’s a saying change, along with death, are the only permanent things in life. While change applies to many situations, it is not to several biblical stories.
When the bible told stories, incidents and prophecies, during its time, the truth these laid out then are immune to changes bound to happen. This immunity to change makes them still factual, both during the time they were told and today.
It is by the presence presence of these stories, incidents and prophecies that one cannot simply ignore this book and its contents. It is by the presence presence of these claims that one cannot simply ignore this book and its contents. When the stories, incidents and prophecies in this book can be supported by advance knowledge of today, there is a good chance the spiritual matters it is talking about are true as well.
Here are some stories from bible that are backed up by todays science, logic or history:
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Noah, the Ark and the flood
Noah, the Ark and the flood
The story of Noah and the great flood is one of the most popular stories in the bible. The full story can be found in Chapters 6-8 of Genesis.
Modern science confirms the ark can float.
According to The Bible, God instructed Noah to build an ark which was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. The recommended main material for this life-saving boat is “gopher” wood.
By dimension, the ark’s length was six times its width and ten times its height.
14Make yourself an ark of gopherwood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. 15And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. Genesis 6:14-15, NKJV
This boat would have to carry pairs/groups of animals that cannot survive in water for the duration of the flood.
Another condition also being considered is the ark not intended to move through water like many modern ships today. It had only to float and preferably maintain a stationary position.
Would a boat of this dimension under the conditions it will undergo be able to withstand the stress of waves from the flood waters and float without being destroyed?
Here are two studies made that will conclude the will float and save the animals in it:
1. A study by physics students at the University of Leicester have found that the ark would have indeed been able to float with all of the animals on board.
This was reported by several news outfits including the Business Insider on April 3, 2014 with the author saying Noah’s Ark Would Have Floated With 70,000 Animals If Built By Dimensions In The Bible, and by the Smithsoniam Magazine on April 4, 2014 which stated that the dimension concept would definitely work.
2. A study published at the future science leaders website suggested that a straight angled ark would float in a laboratory setting.
Purpose of the bible
The bible made clear what kind of book is it. It is intended for those who want eternal life. It is not a science, medicine, logic or history book. Many tend to forget this.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. John 5:39-40, New King James Version
It also made its theme clear. While there are many tales narrated by the bible, one thing remains clear from start to finish: Humans caught in a crossfire between powerful adversaries and one of them, God, is offering redemption/salvation.
The bible says the devil rebelled and continues to rebel against God and dragged humans along to be involved in this godly battle he started.
7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. Revelation 12:7-8, NKJV
…she [Eve] took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband [Adam] with her, and he ate… And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent…I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed…. Genesis 3: 6, 14-15, NKJV
12Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. Luke 8:12, NIV
God’s love and the danger posed prompted Jesus to come to earth and provided everyone a way to get out of the mess.
16For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16, NKJV
8He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:8, NKJV
These verses encapsulates what the new testament is for. If you are encourage by these verses, you are invited to search the bible deeper and find out more about Jesus and his teachings.
The presence of spirits and unexplainable events and multiple scientific, medical, and logical reasons that supports the bible and its authors’ credibility project a possibility that God do exists. As such, being conservative might be the best alternative here.
Accountants describe conservatism as selecting the option that would show the worst possible financial standing of a business entity when two or more unproven alternatives are available. This is to remove the user of the account’s output be exposed to a bigger risk in case the worst possible scenario happens.
As it stands, the risk of not believing in and obeying God far outweighs the benefits of doubting his existence. It might be best to act conservatively, believe what the bible says, until it is absolutely proven that there is indeed no God nor hell.
By: Armando M. Bolislis
If you are inspired and want to give Jesus a try, go on a deeper search of the bible, especially the New Testament. This will show you how to become his disciple. Always ask the Holy spirit for guidance in your search.
If you feel the want to belong to a Christian church or organization, find one that will help you improve your relationship with Christ and lead you to his eternal promises.
The opinions and suggestions contained in this article are solely of the author and doesn’t necessarily reflect the stance of Baguio Herald Express management and staff.