The Bible and Science

On April 22, people around the country gathered in a March for Science to raise awareness of the importance of science. It seems sometimes as if science and Christianity are opponents – that you have to pick one or the other to believe in.

But that isn’t true.

The Bible doesn’t contradict science, and often affirms scientific discoveries. That’s because, if God created everything as we believe, then He created science as well. Everything from the largest ball of gas in the universe to the protons and neutrons inside an atom were created by Him.

In fact, the Bible often has supported science before scientists did. Here are a few examples:

Astronomy

There was a time when scientists felt they had numbered the stars. But now it’s known that they are beyond a person’s ability to count, which is what God indicated to Abraham in Gen. 15:5 and confirmed in Jeremiah 33:22 when He says plainly that the “hosts of heaven” cannot be counted.

Readers of scripture have always known that the earth is round (Isa. 40:22) and is suspended in space (Job 26:7), something that science didn’t confirm until the Middle Ages. And black holes, only confirmed in the past 40 years, may be mentioned in Jude 1:13.

Physics

It wasn’t until the late 1800s that scientists discovered that virtually invisible particles called atoms make up all matter. Yet the writer of Hebrews apparently already knew this truth when he wrote, “By faith we understand that the universe was created by God’s command, so that what is seen has been made from things that are not visible.” (Heb. 11:3)

Medicine

Medical advances that are less than 150 years old were already known in ancient biblical times. For example, many people over the centuries have died from the spread of germs through improper waste disposal, poor personal hygiene and unawareness of how diseases can spread from one person to another or from improper handling of the dead. Yet the Levitical law already prescribed methods for avoiding those problems, speaking to quarantines for those with potentially infectious diseases (Lev. 13), washing of garments contaminated by mildew (Lev. 13) or bodily discharges (Lev. 15), bathing after a disease or infection (several references), washing after coming in contact with someone with a disease or a dead body (Lev. 15, Num. 19) and proper disposal of human waste (Deut. 23:13).

Modern science has confirmed eating undercooked pork, shellfish and various carrion birds can be dangerous. All of those were prohibited as food to the Jewish nation in the Old Testament.

Environmental Science

The Israelites were commanded to let their fields stand empty every seventh year. This allowed the soil to regenerate. Modern science now knows that planting the same crop year after year can deplete the soil of nutrients. The Israelites were also commanded to let their animals rest every seventh day, and to take proper care to them.

Psychology

Modern psychology tells us that stress and sorrow can cause illness, possibly even leading to death, while a positive outlook can overcome stress and even illness. That was something known in the Bible (Prov. 17:22, Prov. 18:14, Mark 14:34).

Meteorology

Wind and sea current cycles are still relatively new discoveries, yet Solomon wrote about them in Ecclesiastes 1:6,7.

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