Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 19, 2017

Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible

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Think about a two-by-four stud in the wall of your house, or a steel I-beam holding up your house, or a concrete and steel bridge supporting thousands of cars daily. Who would imagine that those things were made out of invisible components? That sounds like crazy talk.

Yet 2,000 years ago the author of the Biblical book of Hebrews said exactly that:
By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3 NASB)

According to the Bible, all of creation is made out of invisible material. How could this be?

We now know that the various atoms which compose all the many different kinds of matter are invisible to the naked eye. But the unseen atomic nature of matter was not discovered by scientists till the 19th century, long after it was alluded to in the Bible.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before scientists discovered that invisible atoms make up matter, the Bible taught that the visible universe is made out of things which are not visible.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. Have you been doubting something in Scripture, because it just doesn’t “seem correct” to you?
2. How can faith in the Creator benefit the exploration of the science of atomic energy?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 19th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe

Read the sequel:
20. Science in the Bible – ??? coming soon…

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Wednesday July 19, 2017 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 12, 2017

Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe

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Over 2,700 years ago, the prophet Isaiah wrote,
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 NASB)

Isaiah alluded to an expanding universe. Yet few scientists believed Isaiah.

Four thousand years ago, Job said of Yahweh,
Who alone stretches out the heavens and tramples down the waves of the sea. (Job 9:8 NASB)

Yet few scientists believed Job.

At least seven other times Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Zechariah refer to the Creator “stretching out the heavens.”

Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and its offspring,
Who gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it.
(Isaiah 42:5 NASB)

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb,
“I, the Lord, am the maker of all things,
Stretching out the heavens by Myself
And spreading out the earth all alone.”
(Isaiah 44:24 NASB)

“It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it.
I stretched out the heavens with My hands
And I ordained all their host.”
(Isaiah 45:12 NASB)

That you have forgotten the Lord your Maker,
Who stretched out the heavens
And laid the foundations of the earth.
(Isaiah 51:13 NASB)

It is He who made the earth by His power,
Who established the world by His wisdom;
And by His understanding He has stretched out the heavens.
(Jeremiah 10:12 NASB cf. Jeremiah 51:15)

The burden of the word of the Lord concerning Israel. Thus declares the Lord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. (Zechariah 12:1 NASB)

Yet few scientists believed Isaiah’s, Jeremiah’s, and Zechariah’s references to an expanding universe.

In the early 1900s, most scientists, including Albert Einstein, thought the universe was static – neither expanding nor contracting. Some, however, thought the universe would eventually collapse in on itself due to gravity.

But in 1927, Georges Lemaître (1894–1966), a Catholic priest, astronomer, and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, published a theory on the expansion of the universe that he derived from Einstein’s general relativity equations. His paper, “A Homogeneous Universe of Constant Mass and Increasing Radius Accounting for the Radial Velocity of Extra Galactic Nebulae,” directly challenged Einstein’s belief in a static universe.

Lemaître proposed that a galaxy’s velocity was proportional to its distance from the earth; that is, space is expanding. Later this became known as Hubble’s Law. Lemaître even estimated the rate of expansion which later came to be called the Hubble Constant.

Two years later in 1929, astronomer Edwin Hubble confirmed Lemaître’s work through observations of rapidly receding galaxies. The further away the galaxies appeared to be, the faster they seemed to be moving.

Lemaître’s and Hubble’s work revolutionized astronomy. Lemaître’s mathematically-based theory of an expanding universe was validated by Hubble’s observations, but Hubble got the credit for Lemaître’s idea in the public’s mind. Today most astronomers agree that the universe is expanding.

Following a 1933 lecture at Cal Tech in Pasadena by Lemaître on his research, Einstein said, “This is the most beautiful and satisfactory explanation of creation to which I ever listened.”

Lemaître is probably the greatest scientist who is completely unknown to most people. Franciscan friar Rev. Hubert Vecchierello said of Georges Lemaître,
“It is a point of great interest nowadays, when there is so much loose thinking and still looser writing and talking about the non-existence of God, of the immortal soul, and of a host of eternal verities, to see a man who is both a priest and a scientist fraternizing on the most intimate terms with the world’s most illustrious scientific geniuses. He not only associates with them, but he is their peer; and in that is the lie given to the old and empty charge that the study of science means the loss of belief in religion. Lemaître, of course, is usually an object of great curiosity — not so much to his coreligionists as to many not of the faith who marvel at the “phenomenon” of a Catholic priest being a scientist, yes, not only a scientist of the regular run, but a genius whose theories are most daring.”
(Vecchierello, Einstein and Relativity; Lemaître and the Expanding Universe, St. Anthony Guild Press, 1934, p. 23)

The eminent theoretical physicist and Nobel Laureate Paul Dirac said of Lemaître,
“The measure of greatness in a scientific idea is the extent to which it stimulates thought and opens up new lines of research. In these respects we must rate Lemaître’s cosmology of the highest caliber.”
(Dirac, The Scientific Work of Georges Lemaître, p. 17)

Lemaître concluded a review of his research on the expanding universe with this comment:
“We cannot end this rapid review which we have made together of the most magnificent subject that the human mind may be tempted to explore without being proud of these splendid endeavors of Science in the conquest of the Earth, and also without expressing our gratitude to One Who has said: “I am the Truth,” One Who gave us the mind to understand Him and to recognize a glimpse of His glory in our universe which He has so wonderfully adjusted to the mental power with which He has endowed us.”
(Lemaître, The Primeval Atom, D. Van Nostrand Company, 1950, p. 55)

I wonder if the Catholic priest Lemaître got his original inspiration from the Old Testament which mentions Yahweh stretching out the heavens nine times. We’ll probably never know this side of the grave.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before scientists discovered that the universe is expanding, the Old Testament prophets repeatedly referred to the Creator stretching out the heavens.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. Why do people find it so hard to accept clear Biblical statements like stretches out the heavens?
2. Why is it unusual for a deeply Christian man like Lemaître to also be a world-class scientist?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 18th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision

Read the sequel:
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible

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Wednesday July 12, 2017 A.D.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 5, 2017

Science in the Bible – Circumcision

(2 Minute Read)

Four thousand years ago, Yahweh told Abraham to circumcise males on the eighth day:
This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you. And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants. (Genesis 17:10-12 NASB)

Abraham followed this prescription with his son Isaac:
Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. (Genesis 21:4 NASB; cf. Acts 7:8)

Why did Yahweh order circumcision on the eighth day for Abraham’s male descendants? Why not sooner or later? Why did it have to be on Day Eight?

Some 600 years later Yahweh gave Moses the same instruction for the Israelites:
On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. (Leviticus 12:3 NASB)

Again, why the eighth day?

The Jews, with some lapses, continued the practice of circumcision throughout their history. John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-60) and the Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:4-5) were both circumcised on the eighth day.

Even Jesus Himself was circumcised on the eighth day:
And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2:21 ESV)

Circumcision of Jesus
Giovanni Bellini, c. 1500

So what’s the big deal about the eighth day for circumcision?

In the 1930s, Danish scientist Henrik Dam and American scientist Edward Doisy discovered that vitamin K was necessary for blood to clot. They shared the 1943 Nobel Prize in Medicine for this research. The exact function of vitamin K, however, was not discovered until 1974.

The human body needs vitamin K to synthesize certain proteins that are required for blood clotting. Without vitamin K, uncontrolled bleeding occurs in surgical procedures like circumcision, because clotting is severely impaired.

If vitamin K is not present when a baby boy is circumcised, the baby will bleed to death. The reason Yahweh prescribed Day Eight for circumcision is that vitamin K peaks in a newborn at eight days of age. The eighth day is the optimum day for circumcision because of the maximum presence of the clotting factor vitamin K.

Today when baby boys are circumcised within a few days of birth, they are given vitamin K to facilitate blood clotting.

How did Abraham and Moses know to circumcise on the eighth day? Only the Creator, who knows every intricate detail of human physiology (because He made it), could have revealed this to them.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before man discovered that vitamin K is needed for blood clotting, the Bible instructed the Jews to circumcise on the eighth day because vitamin K peaks in a newborn on this day. Only the Creator could have revealed this to the Jews.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. Why would God create a body part and then command that it be removed?
2. In Galatians 5:6, what does Paul say is more important than circumcision?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 17th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life

Read the sequel:
18. Science in the Bible – Expanding Universe

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Wednesday July 5, 2017 A.D.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 28, 2017

Science in the Bible – Seed of Life

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Until a few centuries ago, it was thought that the Seed of Life resided solely in the male. People believed that the female simply incubated the male’s seed.

However, the Bible taught that both male and female had the Seed of Life.

Speaking to the Serpent in the Garden of Eden around 6,000 years ago, the Lord God mentioned the woman’s seed:
“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
(Genesis 3:15)

Speaking to Abraham around 2,000 BC, the Lord God referred to the man’s seed:
“Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Genesis 22:17-18)

Today we know, just as the Bible indicated thousands of years ago, that the seed of both male and female are required to produce offspring.

The theory of evolution cannot explain how the complex male and female reproductive organs evolved simultaneously. The Bible says that from the Beginning, Yahweh created male and female in order to propagate the human race and all the various animal kinds. There was no evolution of reproductive organs. Yahweh created the reproductive capabilities from the beginning in working order and instructed Adam and Eve to use them to populate the earth. His first recorded command to Adam and Eve was to “Be fruitful and multiply.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28)

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before man discovered that both men and women possessed the Seed of Life, the Bible mentioned it.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. What logistical nightmare would interfere if male & female reproductive organs had to evolve simultaneously?
2. What caused the persistence of the error that only males produced reproductive seed?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 16th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene

Read the sequel:
17. Science in the Bible – Circumcision

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Wednesday June 28, 2017 A.D.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 21, 2017

Science in the Bible – Hygiene

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Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis
1860 copperplate engraving
by Jenő Doby

In the 1840s a young doctor in Vienna, Austria was shocked by the number of deaths among women in the maternity wards. The 30% death rate in doctor wards was three times that in midwife wards.

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis (1818–1865) became known as the “Savior of mothers” because he instituted a procedure that corrected this problem, thereby saving the lives of many women.

What did Semmelweis do?

Semmelweis noticed that doctors went from examining bodies in the morgue to examining mothers in maternity wards without washing their hands in between. In 1847 he instituted the practice of washing hands with an antiseptic solution at the Vienna General Hospital.

Despite Semmelweis’ reform reducing the mortality rate to under 1%, the medical community rejected his work, because he could offer no supporting rationale for why doctors should wash their hands. The very idea offended them.

Years later Semmelweis’ ideas were accepted after Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister proposed and demonstrated the germ theory.

However, 3,000 years previously, the Bible had prescribed washing in running water as part of a cleansing process:
Now when the man with the discharge becomes cleansed from his discharge, then he shall count off for himself seven days for his cleansing; he shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in running water and will become clean. (Leviticus 15:13)

Even until a century ago, deaths were common because doctors washed in basins of still water. Running water, as the Bible prescribes, is needed to wash away germs.

Another example of advanced Biblical hygiene involves waste disposal. Prior to World War I, more soldiers died from disease due to presence of human waste than died from war-inflicted injuries by weapons like bullets and bombs. This was also the cause of many plagues that devastated populations.

But around 1400 BC the Bible instructed the Israelites to bury their bodily waste outside the camp.
You shall also have a place outside the camp and go out there, and you shall have a spade among your tools, and it shall be when you sit down outside, you shall dig with it and shall turn to cover up your excrement. (Deuteronomy 23:12-13)

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before man discovered crucial hygienic practices like washing hands in running water and properly disposing of waste, the Bible instructed the Israelites about it.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. How do food-service policies reflect the practical wisdom of Scriptural hygiene?
2. How does the present-day menace of hepatitis reflect neglect of these Scriptural principles?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 15th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth

Read the sequel:
16. Science in the Bible – Seed of Life

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Wednesday June 21, 2017 A.D.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 14, 2017

Science in the Bible – Turning Earth

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Earth

What is responsible for the apparent daily rising and setting of the sun? Today most people understand that this is due to the earth rotating on its north-south axis.

Yet ancient civilizations like the Greeks and Romans did not understand this. Men such as Aristotle and Ptolemy taught that the sun, moon, stars, and planets all orbited around the earth daily, and this explained the daily light-dark cycle.

But the Bible alludes instead to the rotation or turning of the earth.

About 4,000 years ago, God Himself asked Job,
“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place;
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
That the wicked might be shaken out of it?
It
[the earth] is turned as clay to the seal;
And they
[the wicked] stand forth as a garment.” (Job 38:12-14)

The word picture is of a rotating clay cylinder turning to reveal the impressions of the seal, just like the earth turns to the dawn and sun to reveal the wicked works of the night. It may also portray clay being turned on a potter’s wheel and shaped by an impressing seal. Both give an analogy of a turning, rotating earth.

Jesus also seems to allude to a rotating earth when He spoke of the Second Coming. Two thousand years ago he said,
“I tell you, on that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.” (Luke 17:34-36)

Here Jesus said that at His return some would be in bed at night, while others would be doing daytime work in the field or at home. This means day and night are occurring simultaneously on earth, which is consistent with a revolving earth.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before man discovered the turning of the earth, the Bible alluded to it.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. How does the dawn take hold of the ends of the earth (Job 38:13)?
2. How could the brilliant Aristotle have avoided such a major astronomy blunder?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 14th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host

Read the sequel:
15. Science in the Bible – Hygiene

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“for the defense of the gospel”
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Wednesday June 14, 2017 A.D.

Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 7, 2017

Science in the Bible – Starry Host

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20020520-StarWars

It was only in the 17th century with the invention of the telescope that Galileo (1564-1642) first glimpsed the vastness of the universe.

Prior to that time, man had no idea how many stars existed, as only about 4,000 are visible to the naked eye.

Yet thousands of years ago the Bible said the stars could not be counted.

Around 2,000 BC, Yahweh implied to Abraham that the number of stars was innumerably large:
And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” (Genesis 15:5)

Abraham would only have been able to see around 4,000 stars with his naked eye. A promise of 4,000 descendants is not much of a promise. The implication is that the number of stars is huge, and Abraham’s descendants would be essentially innumerable.

How many stars are there? Even a kindergartner can understand this simple question, but no man alive can answer it. But Yahweh knows exactly how many stars He made on Creation Day Four about 6,000 years ago. And He calls each individually by name.
Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, the One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name. Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power not one of them is missing. (Isaiah 40:26)

He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. (Psalms 147:4-5)

The galaxies God made in a single day 6,000 years ago range from dwarf galaxies with “only” ten million (10,000,000) stars to giant galaxies with 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000) stars. Our own Milky Way galaxy contains over 100 billion (100,000,000,000) stars and is about 100,000 light-years across. And there are well over 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe.

Sombrero Galaxy

Sombrero Galaxy
Sombrero’s bulging glow of light comes from 800 Billion stars. Sombrero is 31 million
light-years away in the constellation Virgo and is 50,000 light-years across. The dots
of light are not stars but thousands of other galaxies, including a pair of twin galaxies
at the bottom at 7 O’clock. (Click image to enlarge.)

How many stars did God make on Creation Day Four? A 2010 estimate reported
300 sextillion = 3 × 1023 = 300,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars in the observable universe. Only God knows how many stars are in the unobservable universe — very possibly there are even more stars in the unobservable universe than in the portion we can observe. God made all these innumerable stars in just one day around 6,000 years ago and placed them in the heavens.

Around 600 BC, at a time when man could have counted 4,000 or so visible stars, Yahweh told Jeremiah that the stars could not be counted, there were so many of them.
As the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me. (Jeremiah 33:22)

Even now man cannot count the stars, just as the Bible says. But Yahweh knows the exact number of stars in His universe.

Scripture says that “star differs from star in glory.” (1 Corinthians 15:41) No two stars are the same; every star and galaxy is different. Astronomers have observed many different types of stars and a variety of completely unexplained astral and galactic phenomena. The Bible declared the uniqueness of stars centuries before the invention of the telescope made such observations possible.

The total energy of all these stars and galaxies is incomprehensible to humans. The power of the Creator is beyond man’s imagination. A Creator whose marvelous works include these stupendous feats of creating, numbering, and naming an unfathomable quantity of gigantic fiery unique stars merits our continual awe, worship, and enthusiastic praise! Yet man daily dares to insult and profane his Maker. Go figure.

How many stars are there? It’s a very simple question, yet man cannot answer it. God alone has numbered and named the stars.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before man discovered the immensity of stars, the Bible reported man could not count them. Yet Yahweh has numbered and named the stars.

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. What aspect of God’s creative work in making, numbering, and naming the stars is most awe-inspiring to you?
2. How can the vastness of the starry host enrich your worship of Yahweh the Creator?
3. What amazing information about the Creator can you tell someone today?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 13th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine

Read the sequel:
14. Science in the Bible – Turning Earth

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 31, 2017

Jim Bunning — Pitcher & Patriot

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1961 Topps Baseball Card

Despite being a Yankees fan for as long as I can remember, I was still saddened to learn that Jim Bunning died last Friday night, May 26, at age 85.

I remember him being a tough pitcher for the Detroit Tigers against the Yankees in my youth. He spent most of his 17-year Hall of Fame career (1955-1971) pitching for the Tigers (9 years) and Phillies (6 years) with only short stints with the Pirates and Dodgers. Bunning posted a lifetime 224-184 record and 3.27 ERA. After baseball Bunning served Kentucky and the nation in both the US House and Senate, standing strong for high moral values.

“Heaven got its No. 1 starter.” Federal District Court judge David Bunning tweeted this to announce his father’s death Saturday morning. His death was due to complications from a stroke he suffered last October.

Hall of Famer James Paul David Bunning (1931-2017) was a 7-time All-Star with the Tigers and a 2-time All-Star with the Phillies. He was the second pitcher in history (with Cy Young) to win 100 games and strikeout 1000 batters in both the American and National Leagues. He is one of only five pitchers to throw a no-hitter in both leagues (for Detroit and Philadelphia). At the time he did it, only he and Cy Young had accomplished the feat. Upon retirement, he was second on the all-time strikeouts list to Walter Johnson with 2,855.

Bunning was proud of his reliability and consistency. He said, “I am most proud of the fact I went through nearly 11 years without missing a start. They wrote my name down, and I went to the post.” This may be a record in itself. Certainly very few pitchers ever reached this level of dependability.

Allen Lewis, a 1981 Ford C. Frick Award honoree, covered Bunning for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He emphasized Bunning’s purposefulness: “He’s the only pitcher I ever saw who never threw a pitch that he didn’t know exactly what he was trying to do with it. He had purpose with every pitch.”

Fellow Phillies pitcher Dennis Bennett said of Bunning, “He’s the leader of the staff. When he loses, we are shocked.”

Jim Bunning
2009 Senatorial photo

Congress

Following his sterling pitching career, Bunning went on to be a good Congressman from Kentucky, serving 12 years as a Representative and 12 years as a Senator. Jim Bunning served America nobly as a staunchly conservative voice in both houses, speaking out against spending and taxes and opposing obamacare. The Christian Coalition gave him a 100% rating on Christian family values.

Bunning was particularly strict regarding abortion. He always voted pro-life, consistently voting to limit abortion whenever possible. He scorned colleagues who succumbed to pressure and weakened their position on the issue.

Regarding abortion Bunning said, “My training, from the very first day that I was trained as a kid, was that anything like that was wrong. Not only legally wrong, but morally wrong.”

Admirers called Bunning principled. Critics called him rigid. But rigid is good if your position is right. Rigidity is only a problem if your position is wrong.

In his retirement speech from the Senate in December 2010, Bunning defended his values and uncompromising ways. Speaking from the desk once occupied by Kentucky’s great orator and master of the Senate, Henry Clay, Bunning said,
“I have been booed by 60,000 fans at Yankee Stadium standing alone at the pitcher’s mound, so I have never really cared if I stood alone here in Congress, as long as I stood by my beliefs and my values. I have also thought that being able to throw a curve ball never was a bad skill for a politician to have.”

Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque

Perfect Father’s Day 1964

Bunning and his wife Mary Catherine had nine children, five daughters and four sons. On Father’s Day 1964, Bunning’s wife Mary and their oldest daughter Barbara came to New York to watch the Phillies play the Mets. Jim was to pitch the first game of a double-header.

By the fifth inning, Bunning had a perfect game going. But after one out, the Mets’ big catcher Jesse Gonder hit a screaming line drive between first and second that looked like a sure hit. Somehow 2nd-baseman Tony Taylor knocked the ball down, crawled after it, and threw from his knees to nail Gonder for the out.

Later Bunning commented that this was the biggest defensive play of the game. He said of his pitch that Gonder smacked, “It was the only straight change-up I threw in the whole game. The only one. And Tony made that spectacular play. And I thought, this has got the makings of something special.”

In the top of the sixth inning, Bunning himself helped break the game open with a 2-run bases-clearing double to give the Phillies a 6-0 lead.

In the ninth inning even the Mets fans began cheering for Bunning, because this was potentially a historic occasion. No National League pitcher had thrown a perfect game since 1880. However, Casey Stengel, manager of the Mets, sent in two pinch hitters in the bottom of the ninth for the last two outs in an attempt to break up Bunning’s no-hitter and perfect game.

As the first pinch hitter, George Altman, strode to the plate, Bunning motioned for his catcher Gus Triandos. Thinking Bunning wanted to discuss pitching strategy, Triandos was stunned when Bunning asked Triandos to tell a joke. Later Bunning said, “I know it relaxed me, and I hoped it relaxed the whole team.” Tension heightened when Altman smashed a long fly to right that eventually hooked foul for strike one. He fouled the next pitch behind home plate for strike two. Bunning threw the third strike past the swinging Altman for out two.

Now everyone was standing, wild with excitement. One out left to get a perfect game. Stengel sent pinch hitter John Stephenson to the plate in a last attempt to stop Bunning. Bunning remembered Stephenson had trouble with curve balls, so he started with two curve balls. Stephenson swung and missed the first and watched the second cut the corner for a called strike two. Now after two curve balls, what would you throw? A fastball? Bunning threw another curve, and Stephenson swung and missed. Strike three. Game over.

A perfect game! No hits, no runners, 27 straight outs. 90 pitches and 10 strikeouts. Six strikeouts in the last three innings. Only four balls reached the outfield. Bunning had a three-ball count on only two batters. 6-0 Phillies over Mets.

No Jinx for Jim

An unusual aspect of this game was how Bunning defied superstition throughout the game. Baseball players are generally very superstitious. In particular they strongly feel that no one should talk about a no-hitter in progress for fear that such talk will “jinx” the event.

However, during the game Bunning kept talking to his teammates, urging them to “dive, do something to get this perfect game.” Catcher Gus Triandos said Bunning was “jabbering like a magpie” throughout the game. Bunning said, “I talked all the time that day. I was trying to relax my teammates.”

Several weeks earlier Bunning had almost pitched a no-hitter and observed the superstition by sitting mute by himself at the end of the dugout. Since the superstition didn’t work, he dismissed it. He decided that keeping quiet didn’t work.

Bunning made rational a observation, drew a logical conclusion, and acted on it. This reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s instruction:
“…Think so as to have sound judgment…” (Romans 12:3)

Bunning did not allow notions of “luck” to rule his life. See No Luck At All.

Questions to Ponder

1. Are you bold enough to consider a striking career shift to impact your neighborhood or country for righteousness?
2. What do you say when everyone around you is jittery about a jinx?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 24, 2017

Science in the Bible – Quarantine

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The Black Death (including the form known as Bubonic Plague) peaked in Europe 1346-1353. Estimates of deaths in Eurasia range from 75 million to 200 million. Historians estimate the epidemic wiped out 45-60% of the population.

Quarantines could have helped limit the spread of this deadly disease, but except for the city of Dubrovnik in Croatia, they were not used. Dubrovnik required a 40-day isolation before allowing people entry to the city. This 40-day period is the origin of the word quarantine, from the Italian meaning “forty days.”

Until the 1700s, many in science and medicine thought diseases like the Black Death were caused by poisonous air. Eventually scientists discovered that microbes spread disease from one person to another, and they realized it would be possible to contain disease with quarantines.

Centuries earlier, however, around 1500 BC, the Israelites under Moses practiced medical quarantine at Yahweh’s direction. Those with contagious diseases had to live alone outside the camp until they recovered their health.

As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp. (Leviticus 13:45-46 NASB)

Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the sons of Israel that they send away from the camp every leper and everyone having a discharge and everyone who is unclean because of a dead person. You shall send away both male and female; you shall send them outside the camp so that they will not defile their camp where I dwell in their midst.” The sons of Israel did so and sent them outside the camp; just as the Lord had spoken to Moses, thus the sons of Israel did. (Numbers 5:1-4 NASB)

Sound health principles have been in the Bible for thousands of years. Likewise, the good news of eternal health is also given in the Bible in John 3:16.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Three thousand years before man understood the reasons for quarantines, Yahweh instructed Israel under Moses to quarantine infectious diseases in order to preserve the health of the nation.

How was Moses able to write about this so long before other men understood it?

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like this one and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. Would quarantine be a good idea today for sexually transmitted diseases?
2. How would you answer someone who protests that Old Testament quarantine regulations were hurtful to a person’s self-esteem?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 12th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics
11. Science in the Bible – Water Cycle

Read the sequel:
13. Science in the Bible – Starry Host

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Wednesday May 24, 2017 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | May 17, 2017

Science in the Bible – Water Cycle

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Thousands of rivers hourly disgorge billions of gallons of water into the oceans.

For example, the Mississippi River alone pours over six million gallons of water into the Gulf of Mexico every second.

What is the source of all this water that keeps pouring into the oceans?
Where does all the water go?
Why doesn’t the sea level rise?

The answer to these questions was not understood until the 17th century when French scientists Pierre Perrault (c. 1608–1680) and Edme Mariotte (c. 1620–1684) developed the concept of the hydrologic cycle.

Hydrologic Water Cycle

1. Water from rivers flows into the oceans.
2. Water evaporates from the oceans into clouds.
3. Water returns to land in the form of rain from clouds.
4. Water drains from the land back into the rivers.

Amazingly, the Bible alluded to this water cycle thousands of years before Perrault and Mariotte figured it out. The Biblical authors credited it to the Creator.

The prophet Amos writing 2,800 years ago said,
He 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 NASB)

The book of Job (circa 2000 BC) says,
For He draws up the drops of water,
They distill rain from the mist,
Which the clouds pour down,
They drip upon man abundantly.
(Job 36:27-28 NASB)
He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
(Job 26:8 NASB)

Solomon (circa 950 BC) said,
All the rivers flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers flow,
There they flow again.
(Ecclesiastes 1:7 NASB)

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Ancient thinkers like Aristotle (384–322 BC) did not understand the origin of rain. And they could not figure out why the sea level never rose despite the influx of waters from great rivers. But thousands of years ago the Bible hinted at the hydrologic cycle of evaporation, atmospheric transportation, distillation, and precipitation which today’s meteorologists understand.

How were the Biblical authors able to write about this so long before other men understood it?

Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does hint at many scientific truths like these and like those mentioned in this Science in the Bible series, truths that long pre-date their discovery by today’s scientists. This is strong evidence of divine authorship of the Bible.

Questions to Ponder

1. Do complaints about rainy weather honor the Creator?
2. Why does it take scientists so long to discover things when the clues are in the Bible all along?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 11th in the Science in the Bible series of blog posts. While there is much science connected with Creation and Noah’s Flood, this series will focus on lesser known scientific truths that were alluded to in the Bible long before they were known to scientists.
Read the prequels:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood
2. Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
9. Science in the Bible – Hanging Earth
10. Science in the Bible – Thermodynamics

Read the sequel:
12. Science in the Bible – Quarantine

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