While most of the Bible is aimed at salvation, and rightfully so, it is also aimed at helping followers to explain the world around them. Everything from creation to where we are headed, and even some insights into how the universe around us works can be found in its pages. Tons of advanced topics in science, like DNA, star makeup, and even some natural laws are at least alluded to.
Looking around the world, however, there are tons of groups who teach their own explanations about this or that. Some of them are more believable, while others are so far off base it is laughable that anyone would believe they could be real. With all of the different texts out there, each teaching their own way and giving their own explanations, how can you trust one over the others?
For starters, any logical person will look around the world, compare the text to what they see in the world, and discard the ones that make no sense. The Bible is the same way.
Yes, we are supposed to live by faith and not sight, but knowing that the Bible lines up with what we see around us helps. It is full of advanced science and discoveries only made recently.
Which One Is True?
Talking to most people today, they will tell you that the Bible is outdated and not applicable today. You will probably also get the, “it was written by bronze aged goat herders” argument, attempting to downplay just how significant of a book it is.
While those people are to blame for their own ignorance, it isn’t completely their fault. Pastors don’t always teach it and science professors don’t really give too many positive reviews of the Bible.
If only they knew. Most won’t take the time to read the text themselves, relying instead on what other people tell them, though.
How can you be sure that the Bible, or any religious text, is the ‘right’ one, however? Well, there really are only a small handful of ways that can point to a religion having divine inspiration.
First, nothing in the texts can be at odds with what we see in the world. Secondly, if the book(s) make future predictions, those predictions have to accurately happen as written. If one fails, the text can be considered invalid, and the religion false.
The Bible itself is full of both.
The creation scenario in the Bible has far more in common with mainline science than people give it credit for. There are no mentions of the world existing on elephants who stand on a Turtle or the sun setting in a swamp like other belief systems do.
Additionally, the authors made very detailed, accurate predictions about the future two thousand plus years ago, some of which have just recently happened. If that weren’t enough, the Bible makes statements about the world in ways that weren’t known to ‘bronze aged goat herders.’
Learn About the World, Understand the Bible
Atheists like to push the idea that the Bible is wrong on all accounts. To them, the Bible provides nothing more than being a historically significant document. They like to portray half truths and outright lies about the book, knowing that most of their own adherents won’t actually go fact check them. Other times, they like to leave out contextual ideas and background information to help paint their ideas as fact.
A good example of just how misleading some of the things atheists like to push about the Bible being wrong is found in Leviticus 11:6:
“And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.”
This is, in fact, one of the favorite arguments for non-believers. After all, hares (rabbits) don’t chew cud, right? Everyone knows that cows and oxen do, but rabbits don’t.
At first, it looks like the critics are correct. However, this is where full context and background comes into play. In elementary school, we learn about context clues and reading into details, a concept seemingly lost to the atheist when it comes to reading the Bible.
For starters, while the word ‘cud’ generally refers to regurgitated food, the general concept behind chewing cud is to re-eat partially digested food. Considering that Rabbits will actually re-eat some portions of their excrement, and that the excrement they eat is partially digested food, you can see how the word ‘cud’ is applicable. Throw in the difference between Hebrew and English, and voila. It all makes sense.
Adding in that rabbits don’t have a ‘divided hoof’ shows that the Biblical record is completely accurate. The advanced science, knowledge, and discussions about things we didn’t even grasp until recently is astounding when you really dig into the Bible.
Incredibly Advanced Science
It doesn’t stop there, however. The Bible goes far beyond the eating habits of a hare, touching on a wide range of topics. From the smallest particles to the largest celestial bodies, and even some natural laws, there is some incredibly advanced science and discussion on things only recently discovered found in a book written thousands of years ago.
Things that goat herders in the bronze age would have no idea about can be found in its pages, such as cavemen and dinosaurs. It’s a fascinating book to study.
I have broken them down a bit into different categories simply to make it easier to follow, but this is only a partial list. There is far more to discover, and things that I haven’t even found myself hidden in the pages.
- Space, Time, Matter, and Energy are all defined, well before they were grouped by science. (Genesis 1:1-3)
- The order of creation agrees with how science defines requirements for life. (Genesis 1:3-9)
- The First Law of Thermodynamics is described. (Genesis 2:1-2)
- The universe is described as having a beginning. (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 1:10-12)
- The Pleiades and Orion star clusters are described as being gravitationally bound and traveling apart, respectively. (Job 38:31)
- Light is described as being able to be divided. (Job 38:24)
- There are an incalculable number of stars, comparable to the grains of sand on the shore. (Jeremiah 33:22, Genesis 22:17; Hebrews 11:12)
- The sun moves in an orbit through space. (Psalm 19:4-6)
- Knowledge that the universe is expanding. (Job 9:8; Isaiah 42:5; Jeremiah 51:15; Zechariah 12:1)
- Light traveling in a path, rather than spreading out in a cloud. (Job 38:19-20)
- Each star is unique, unlike any other. (1 Corinthians 15:41)
- Light can be used as a way to communicate. (Job 38:35)
- Earth is described freely hanging in space. (Job 26:7)
- The earth is described as a sphere. (Isaiah 40:22)
- Springs found deep under the surface of the ocean are talked about. (Job 38:16)
- Mountains on the bottom of the ocean floor. (Jonah 2:5-6)
- Half of the Earth is lit by the sun while the other half is dark, indicating a rotating planet. (Luke 17:34-36)
- Perfect dimensions for a stable water vessel. (Genesis 6:15)
- Ocean creatures following the currents. (Psalm 8:8)
- The continents are described as originally being one large land mass (Genesis 1:9-10)
- Continental drift is implied with the mention of ‘breaking up fountains of the deep.’ (Genesis 7)
- The earth is customized for life. (Isaiah 45:18)
- A detailed description of the hydrological cycle. (Ecclesiastes 1:7; Amos 9:6)
- Air is described as having weight. (Job 28:25)
- Jet streams are described as being a circuit. (Ecclesiastes 1:6)
- Creatures fitting the description of dinosaurs. (Job 40:15-24)
- Cavemen are seemingly described. (Job 30:1-8)
- Blood is the source of life and health. (Leviticus 17:11, 14)
- We are made of dust. (Genesis 2:7; 3:19)
- When dealing with disease, clothes and body should be washed with fresh water (Leviticus 15:13)
- Proper sanitation. (Deuteronomy 23:12-13)
- Sexual promiscuity is dangerous to your health. (1 Corinthians 6:18; Romans 1:27)
- Life begins at fertilization. (Jeremiah 1:5)
- DNA implied. (Psalm 139:13-16)
- All mankind shares the same common gene pool. (Acts 17:26; Genesis 5)
- Too much fat is bad for you, and blood is dangerous. (Leviticus 7:22-27)
- Blood clotting ability peaks on the eighth day of life. (Genesis 17:12; Leviticus 12:3; Luke 1:59)
- Medical quarantine contains disease. (Leviticus 13:45-46; Numbers 5:1-4)
- Creation is made of particles, indiscernible to our eyes. (Hebrews 11:3)
Even with all of the information found in or about the best selling book of all time, outlets such as the ‘Rational Wiki’ like to try and push half truths as ‘gospel.’ In their eyes, if something doesn’t match up with science at first glance, it is obviously wrong. No fact checking or contextual inspections are needed in today’s world of overwhelming access to information. Sadly, people today want to be told what to think instead of thinking for themselves.
It is much easier to simply accept the Bible as wrong than challenge strongly held beliefs. I don’t blame them entirely. The Bible does say they are blinded to the truth, after all, so maybe they truly cannot see just how alive the text is, just how full it is of applicability, historical significance, advanced topics in science, and even starting spots for discoveries about our past that we never thought to look for.
Of course, the Bible says that the atheist isn’t too smart with their claims that there isn’t a god, but that is a different story all together.
Go and Look
Don’t fall victim to the secular crowd and dismiss the Bible from the start. You also don’t want to simply believe what anyone, myself included, claims to know about the Bible.
Instead, read the Bible. Learn it, do some word studies on it. See if it really is an integrated message with tons of advanced science, moral guidelines, historical accounts, and applicability to today’s world.
If it doesn’t speak to you, you will always be able to say you went and looked instead of listening to what other people said.
Not verifying what you are told before you accept it makes you vulnerable to the modern day ‘snake oil salesmen’ around the world, regardless of whether it is about the Bible, politics, or even your own health.