Science in the Bible

September 5, 2022

Many people wrongly believe that modern scientific discoveries contradict the words in the Bible. As a result, they may fail to believe and trust in the words of the Bible. However, the Bible is God’s word given for our salvation; without believing the words written in the Bible we can never discover the spiritual world which exists beyond our current reality. Since the Bible is the word of God, the creator, we should be able to find evidence that scientific discoveries support, rather than deny, the words in the Bible. Can we really find science in the Bible? We certainly can.

Scientific facts in the Bible

The Earth is suspended over nothing, floating in the universe, attracted to other objects by an invisible force known as gravity. This is a fact well known to most people in modern society. However, prior to Isaac Newton’s discovery of the law of universal gravitation in 1687 people could not fathom that Earth existed in this state. Nonetheless, this fact of modern science was recorded in the Bible even since the time of Job, one of the oldest writers in the Bible, long before Newton’s discovery.

Job 26:7 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.

Job recorded that Earth is suspended over nothing in a time when people could never imagine this to be true. How could Job accurately record this fact? The Bible contains the words of God, not of people. Therefore, scientific facts can easily be recorded in the Bible long before their discovery by scientists.

The hydrologic (water) cycle; the movement of water within the Earth and atmosphere through the processes of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, was first conclusively described by French hydrologist Pierre Perrault and later supported by the quantitative analysis of Edme Mariotte, in 1686. Before this time the common opinion, generated by natural philosophers like Aristotle, was that water from precipitation was insufficient to form rivers and streams and that water must be generated from the transformation of air in underground caverns. All such theories were incorrect. However, long before the experiments of Perrault and Mariotte, the movement of water was described precisely in the Bible.

Job 36:27-28 He draws up the drops of water [evaporation] which distill [condensation] as rain to the streams [precipitation]; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind.

At a time when people could not understand the link between evaporation, condensation, and precipitation correctly, the Bible accurately recorded the process of the water cycle in detail. How is this possible? God is the true author of the Bible. As the creator of all things, God could easily have the laws of modern science recorded in the Bible even thousands of years before people could understand them correctly.

The spiritual world exists

Doesn’t it make you wonder what other facts are written in the Bible? The Bible is our guidebook to heaven; the invisible spiritual world far beyond our current imagination. We are limited by time and space. We cannot easily imagine the world free from pain and suffering the Bible describes that the saved will enter. However, just as people couldn’t imagine that the Earth was suspended over nothing or that precipitation filled streams, the spiritual world which people cannot imagine now will come soon. Science can never teach you how to go there, only God can. If you study the Bible you will realise the infinite truth it contains and that the spiritual world exists.