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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.
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.
This series would like to give proofs that don’t rely on bible contents to prove the book’s veracity and that it is not outdated.
The first case in this series is likely the “calling card” of the bible for this topic, it shows a claim that is undeniably true scientifically. It took years of scientific advancement for one truly appreciate the marvels that this verse describes.
Isaiah 40:22: the earth is a circle, its inhabitants are likened to grasshoppers, and a “tent” envelops and makes it habitable when viewed from above
This particular verse in the book of Isaiah is one of the most accurate biblical scientific pictures described at a time way before proven to be absolute truths by science.
The bible claims laid down by this verse were then considered “laughable”, silly theories at the time they were made. People today are the ones laughing at those who said such things before.
“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 40:22 ESV
This verse hits several birds with one stone.
The prophet Isaiah painted a picture of God looking at earth from above and what He would see. That picture was proven to 100% accurate in three aspects.
1. The Bible said the earth is circular, or a circle, when viewed from space. Powerful telescopes and satellite pictures now confirms Isaiah’s picture to be a hundred percent accurate.
2. The earth’s moving inhabitants, humans and animals, are likened to grasshoppers. Accurate again. This is not hard to prove, just imagine viewing a flat, grassy land below full of grasshoppers atop a hill.
3. God spread “the heavens” like a net or tent around the earth so man will have a suitable home.
Even though the earth is technically not the center of the solar system, science discoveries will make one feel the structure or construction of this system is geared towards life preservation on this small planet.
Two things to consider here: (1) the earth’s atmosphere, and (2) outer space and the heavenly bodies.
Firstly, the atmosphere supports all life forms on earth. It essentially provides the air humans and animals breathe and plants use to manufacture their food in a wonderful cycle.
The atmosphere that blankets earth is a perfect blend for human, animal and plant life sustenance: 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen and 1% other gases including carbon dioxide.
Humans and animals start the cycle by undergoing respiration process where humans and animals convert oxygen into carbon dioxide. Plants then complete the cycle through the photo-synthesis process where plants use sunlight convert carbon dioxide in the air into oxygen.
Consider this scientific fact: In normal situations, man can live for few weeks without food, few days without water, but only a few minutes without air.
Second, it supports proper combustion that is essential to life but harmful when uncontrolled.
Science established that fire is one of the basic needs for life survival.
If the oxygen level is increased, man will lose vegetation due to fires. This is so because even a small fire, which feeds off oxygen, would be difficult to put off, making it uncontrollable.
If the oxygen level is lowered, it would not be enough to start one.
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The other wonderful uses of this tent permanently etched around the earth are:
a. It offers protection from ultra violet rays which have various harmful without the ozone layer, including causing skin cancer, sunburn and damages to the immune system.
Only the simplest life forms can survive the new conditions if this layer is to be removed.
b. It regulates the earth’s temperature to levels tolerable by earthly life forms. It traps heat from being released into outer space. This is known as the greenhouse effect.
The average temperature on earth is around 14°C, with ranges from -25°C to 45°C where equatorial regions tend to remain consistently warm, and Antarctica and Greenland remain consistently cold.
In contrast, if the atmosphere is removed, the earth would have temperatures that would quickly shift from hot to cold. NASA confirms temperatures on the moon’s lunar equator at daytime will reach a boiling 120°C while nighttime temperatures get to a chilly -130° C.
c. It serves as medium for completion of the water cycle and other weather patterns through precipitation
d. It Protects humans from falling meteorites and other space debris by burning it upon entry.
When the meteor hits the atmosphere, the air in front of it compresses incredibly quickly. When a gas is compressed, its temperature rises.
This causes the meteor to heat up so much that it glows. The air burns the meteor until there is little or nothing left. Temperatures upon entry can reach as high as 1,650° C!
e. It makes voice communication possible because sound waves travel through air.
f. It allows humans and animals to cover distances faster through air travel.
g. It allows modern technology to advance by hosting satellite orbits.
Lastly, consider the marvel of heavenly bodies working in unison for comfortable life on earth.
The sun, through its heat and light, is one of the basic necessities for life to survive on earth.
NASA says, the Earth would be a lifeless ball of ice-coated rock without the sun’s heat and light. The Sun warms the seas, stirs the atmosphere, generates weather patterns, and gives energy to the growing green plants that provide the food and oxygen.
The other planets and heavenly bodies are conniving in order for each and every one of them to follow a certain path or orbit for the completion of a wonderful pattern and avoid collision that will lead to chaos. It’s a wonder how the earth is not crashing into the sun despite its being a bigger body with greater gravitational pull.
Science confirms that a slight misalignment of the earth from its normal orbit would cause a substantial shift in temperatures, making it burn or freeze and ensuring impossibility of life on earth.
Not to mention the effect of this shift to the other planets and heavenly bodies in the solar system.
The placing of trust to and reliability on the bible has been debated upon for centuries now because of the views on how one considers life on earth and after it.
These claims that are now proven true by modern science lends much credibility to the bible. And since it is telling there is a God and there is a possibility that He indeed exists, 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 pure reliance in science for a better earthly life.
That is until it is absolutely proven that there is indeed no God nor hell.
By Armando M. Bolislis
This series is also an offshoot on twin series about COVID-19 and other events as biblical prophecy fulfillment of events happening before “The coming of the Son of Man”.
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.