“There are more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history.” – Sir Isaac Newton.
November 21-28 has been declared National Bible Week, by the National Bible Association, who’s goal is to raise awareness of the Bible’s importance and relevance to our nation as a whole, as well as in the lives of individuals. Every year since 1941, National Bible Week has been celebrated during the week of Thanksgiving.
If the Bible is, in fact, words penned by various authors, in various times and various locations, but all under direct inspiration of God’s Spirit, it would follow that any true science or unbiased archeology will do nothing but verify the veracity of its truths.
(See: The Origin of the Scriptures)
The following are some of the scientific discoveries that bare this out:
The earth hangs on nothing. Early civilizations had all kinds of ways to explain how the Earth sat in the universe; take Atlas holding it on his shoulders for example. In Job 26:7, Job talks about how the earth hangs on nothing.
The world is round. In Isaiah 40:22 the Bible says the world is round. For centuries we believed that the Earth was flat. We now know, it is not flat but nearly perfectly round. It is said that this Scripture strengthened Columbus’ confidence that the earth was round in his exploration and discovery of America in 1492.
Valleys in the seas. The canyons and valleys that cover the ocean floors were unknown to modern man until they were able to deep sea dive to confirm it. Yet 2000 years ago, in 2 Samuel 22:16, Moses talks about the valleys in the seas.
The number of stars cannot be counted. Early astronomers believed that the number of stars could be counted and that they numbered around 1,100 in total. The bible talks about the counting of the stars being impossible in Jeremiah 33:22 and Genesis 15:5.
Every star is different. Early astronomers also believed that all of the stars were identical but were once again proven wrong when technology showed that each star was unique and different. The bible states that in I Corinthians 15:41.
Winds blow in a circular motion. While it was believed for quite some time in early civilizations that the wind blew in a straight line, the Bible stated that it blew in cyclones as seen in Ecclesiastes 1:6. Of course, we now know that the wind does indeed blow in circular motions.
Air has weight. It was long thought that air had no weight. However, the Bible says in Job 28:25 that it can be measured which indicates that air has weight. Science has taught us that air does have weight and can be measured.
Blood is vital for life and health. Although medical science has gone in many directions concerning blood and its purpose, it is now known that blood is vital. Without it we will die. Leviticus 17:11 states that life is in the blood.
The Earth goes around the sun. While even early astronomers believed that the Earth revolved around the sun, the Bible confirmed this in Psalm 19:1-6 and Joshua 10:12-14.
Gravity. While the Bible does not come right out and state that gravity exists, it does provide proof in Ecclesiastes 1:7 and Isaiah 55:10.
Emotional effect on health. Long before there were psychiatrists, the Bible talked about how important emotional health was on physical health. Several verses in Proverbs provide this: Proverbs 15:30, Proverbs 16:24, andProverbs 17:22.
Cycle of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.Job 36:27-29 and Ecclesiastes 1:6-7 both discuss this.
Sanitation and spread of disease by contact.Leviticus 13:45-46 and 15:13 state that contagious disease can be spread by close contact. Numbers 19 and Deuteronomy 23:12-13 talks about washing to be clean and the importance of sanitation. While this was not something that was widely held as truth in the early days of medicine, we now know how important both are to know and practice.
There have always been skeptics. Voltaire (the famous philosopher and skeptic of the 17th century) declared that the Bible was obsolete and predicted the extinction of Christianity in his generation. 100 years later the American Bible Society bought his estate to be used as a base from which to distribute Bibles throughout Europe.
On the other hand, many wise and powerful men have embraced the Holy Scriptures value.
Here is what Abraham Lincoln said: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has even given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book.”
(See more Famous Quotes about the Bible)
If the ancient Scriptures are what they claim to be, then the Bible is much more than a historical document or a collection of prose, and studying its content will not only unveil and reveal the Divine Author, but have eternal repercussions for the serious seeker
By the same author:
NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK and the Origin of the Scriptures
NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK – – Famous Quotes about the Bible