Scientific facts mentioned by the bible

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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.

This series would like to give proofs that don’t rely on bible contents to prove the book’s veracity and that it is not outdated. There are scientific facts mentioned in the bible way before they were proven to be such.

Before going to the scientific facts, the bible made clear what kind of book is it. It is intended for those who want eternal life. It is not a science 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

So, this piece is not used as a scientific book. This piece is made to point out that the bible is truthfully giving accurate and true information, even in the scientific field.

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.

Click to go straight to specific scientific fact mentioned in the bible:

1. Isaiah 40:22, the bible’s scientific calling card
2. The bible mentions water cycle
3. It is hot inside the earth

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 science discovered and proved them to be an absolutely true.

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 when viewed above. 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 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.

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The water cycle

The bible mentioned about the water cycle at a time when this fact was probably not understood although it may have been observable.

As many would probably know, the water cycle shows how water evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into the atmosphere, cools and condenses into rain or snow in clouds, and falls again to the surface as precipitation.

The water then travels on land through rivers and lakes, soil, and much of it flows back into the oceans, where it will once more evaporate.

Here’s some of the bible’s version of this sequences:

All the rivers run into the sea, Yet the sea is not full; To the place from which the rivers come, There they return again. (Ecclesiastes 1:7, NKJV)

And he said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Make this valley full of ditches.’ For thus says the Lord: ‘You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, so that you, your cattle, and your animals may drink.’ (2 Kings 3:16-17, NKJV)

“He who builds His layers in the sky, And has founded His strata in the earth; Who calls for the waters of the sea, And pours them out on the face of the earth – The Lord is His name. (Amos 9:6, NKJV)

“For He draws up drops of water, Which distill as rain from the mist, Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man. (Job 36: 27-28, NKJV)

He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.  (Psalm 135:7, NKJV)

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It is hot inside the earth

5As for the earth, from it comes bread, But underneath it is turned up as by fire; Job 28:5 NKJV. 5Food grows on the ground above. But underground it is different, as if everything were melted by fire. Job 28:5, Easy To Read version.

Here’s National Geographic’s description of the earth’s interior:

The Earth’s interior is composed of four layers, three solid and one liquid, not magma but molten metal, nearly as hot as the surface of the sun.

The deepest layer is a solid iron ball, about 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) in diameter. Although this inner core is white hot, the pressure is so high the iron cannot melt.

The iron isn’t pure—scientists believe it contains sulfur and nickel, plus smaller amounts of other elements. Estimates of its temperature vary, but it is probably somewhere between 9,000 and 13,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,000 and 7,000 degrees Celsius).

Above the inner core is the outer core, a shell of liquid iron. This layer is cooler but still very hot, perhaps 7,200 to 9,000 degrees Fahrenheit (4,000 to 5,000 degrees Celsius). It too is composed mostly of iron, plus substantial amounts of sulfur and nickel. It creates the Earth’s magnetic field and is about 1,400 miles (2,300 kilometers) thick.

The next layer is the mantle. Many people think of this as lava, but it’s actually rock. The rock is so hot, however, that it flows under pressure, like road tar. This creates very slow-moving currents as hot rock rises from the depths and cooler rock descends.

The mantle is about 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) thick and appears to be divided into two layers: the upper mantle and the lower mantle. The boundary between the two lies about 465 miles (750 kilometers) beneath the Earth’s surface.

The next layer is the mantle. Many people think of this as lava, but it’s actually rock. The rock is so hot, however, that it flows under pressure, like road tar. This creates very slow-moving currents as hot rock rises from the depths and cooler rock descends.

The mantle is about 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) thick and appears to be divided into two layers: the upper mantle and the lower mantle. The boundary between the two lies about 465 miles (750 kilometers) beneath the Earth’s surface.

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Purpose of the bible

As mentioned, the bible is primarily intended for those who want eternal life.

It also made its theme clear. While there are many tales narrated by the bible, one thing remains clear from start to finish: God is engages in a war versus Satan and He is encouraging man to get on His side so he will have everlasting life. That’s what the bible is for:

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, New King James Version

The LORD’s model prayer emphasized this aspect: 9“This, then, is how you should pray:…. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9,13, New International Version

Conservative approach

The presence of scientific proofs, spirits/spiritual realm and multiple 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 and pure reliance in science for a better earthly life.. 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.

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