Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 22, 2017

Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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The most complex computer ever made has over 100 billion miniature processors that communicate instructions to 100 trillion units. On average it takes about nine months to build one of these computers, but on occasion it’s done in less than six months.

How complex is this computer? It is far more sophisticated than the entire Internet with all its connected computers and servers.

This supercomputer can use logical reasoning and creativity to solve problems. It can even design other special use computers for specific tasks. It is used to design tools, to create art and music, and to facilitate athletic feats. It can learn and adapt to new information and conditions.

Astonishingly, a new one of these computers is formed every few seconds!

These computers are actually quite common. Every one of us uses one every day. They are relatively small, weighing only about three pounds.

What is it?

This complex computer that I’ve briefly described is the human brain. It has 100 billion neurons which communicate with 100 trillion cells in the human body. Neurons communicate using chemical and electrical signals. Messages from the foot to the brain travel at 150 miles per hour through the neural network. Messages speed from the hand to brain at over 200 miles per hour.

Scripture alludes to the mysterious complexity of the human body. The brain is just one amazing organ that the Creator designed for mankind’s benefit.


For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

(Psalm 139:14-16 NASB)

Scripture tells us that Yahweh formed the brain, one of man’s inward parts. It is certainly fearfully and wonderfully made!

Everyone recognizes that it took great intelligence of many people to develop the computer systems we use today. Yet none are nearly as sophisticated as the human brain. Is it reasonable to believe that the most complex entity known to man came about through chance evolution?

The Bible gives a clear and explicit answer to this question:
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
(Psalm 100:3 NASB)

Mankind, including the human brain, was made by the Creator God of the Bible. We did not make ourselves. We did not evolve ourselves from goo by way of the zoo to man.

It required tremendous intelligence to develop today’s multiple and varied technologies. It required a far, far greater intelligence to design and build Adam and Eve, the first humans.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

The Bible reports that the Creator God made us, fearfully and wonderfully. Even now scientists do not fully understand how the human brain is put together and how it works. Much remains to be discovered about this wonderful gift. Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain 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 do you find intriguing about how the human brain works?
  2. Why do people continue to believe that our amazing brains evolved through random events?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the eighth 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

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

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Wednesday March 22, 2017 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 15, 2017

Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin

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Early in human history men married sisters, nieces, and close relatives. At the very beginning of history, there was no one else to marry. Adam’s sons had to marry close kin in order to ensure the continuation of the human race.

Adam and Eve had many sons and daughters as they obeyed God’s command to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:27-28).

Adam lived to age 930, so he could have had hundreds of sons and daughters.
Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters. (Genesis 5:4)

Many of Adam’s sons married sisters, and other sons married nieces or grand-nieces to begin filling the earth. How else could two people carry out God’s command, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28)? If brothers had not married sisters, mankind would have died out in one generation.

Later after Noah’s Flood, men again had to marry close relatives (like sisters and cousins) until the population built up.

Today boys are repulsed by the idea of marrying their sisters. Adam’s sons and Noah’s grandsons did not have that option. No one existed for them to marry except close relatives like sisters, nieces, or cousins.

There was no reason for Adam’s sons to feel reluctant to marry their sisters. Cain and his siblings were first-generation offspring of Adam and Eve. Even for generations thereafter the gene pool was relatively clean. Enough harmful genetic errors had not accumulated in the DNA to make marrying close relatives unwise. This danger developed as the consequences of human sin compounded over the years.

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Today degeneration of the gene pool has intensified. Marriage between close relatives now risks severe problems in the offspring when identical defective recessive genes occur in both closely related parents, with the deleterious trait being passed on to children. The more inbreeding occurs, the more birth defects appear.

Restrictions against marrying close relatives did not exist until the time of Moses, 2500 years after Creation. In early generations the restriction was unnecessary. Adam himself married a closer relation than anyone else ever has, for Eve was bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh (Genesis 2:23). Eve was practically a clone of Adam, having been made from his rib. Noah’s grandchildren married siblings or cousins. Abraham and Isaac each married close relatives (Genesis 20:11-13; 11:27; 24:47-51, 67).

But the acceptability of marriage to close relatives changed with the Law given to Moses on Mt. Sinai shortly after the nation of Israel left Egypt. Yahweh told Moses,
“You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes. You are to perform My judgments and keep My statutes, to live in accord with them; I am the Lord your God. So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord. None of you shall approach any blood relative of his to uncover nakedness; I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 18:3-6 NASB)

Leviticus 18 continues by detailing all the forbidden close-kin marital relationships. Then Yahweh concludes with
“Do not defile yourselves by any of these things; for by all these the nations which I am casting out before you have become defiled. For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has spewed out its inhabitants. But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you (for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled); so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you. For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people. Thus you are to keep My charge, that you do not practice any of the abominable customs which have been practiced before you, so as not to defile yourselves with them; I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 18:24-30 NASB)

At the time when Yahweh forbid consanguineous marriage for Israel, it was common practice in Egypt and Canaan. Not only were sibling marriages common, but incestuous relations between parents and children were frequent. These were common practices in Moses’ day. (Leviticus 18:3, 24-30; 20:23)

Austrian monk Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) is considered to be the founder of modern genetic science. But around 1450 BC, long before genetic science understood the reason for the prohibition of close-kin marriage, the Bible prohibited it. The Law of Moses prohibited incestuous relations on pain of death, ostracism, and barrenness (Leviticus 20:11-12, 14, 17, 19-21, 23).

Science Catches Up to the Bible

The Bible’s wise prohibition of close-kin marriage was the basis for marriage laws throughout Christian lands, even before science understood the reasons for the prohibition. Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain 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 can you be salt and light so that incest does not become fashionable, as has happened with other sexual perversions?
  2. How is the demand for easy abortion access related to our culture’s rejection of Scriptural morality?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the seventh 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

Read the sequel:
8. Science in the Bible – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Wednesday March 15, 2017 A.D.

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Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 8, 2017

Science in the Bible – Round Earth

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Earth

What did Christopher Columbus, Pythagoras, and Aristotle have in common with the Hebrew prophet Isaiah?

They all knew earth is a sphere!

Which one knew it first?

The Hebrew prophet Isaiah knew it in 700 B.C., long before the other three. He wrote,
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”
(Isaiah 40:21-22)

The Hebrew word for circle is חוּג (Strong’s H2329), transliterated chuwg or khoog. It is usually translated circle, circuit, or compass. It only appears two other times in the Bible (Job 22:14; Proverbs 8:27), so there’s not a lot of context available to determine a precise meaning. The essence of the word is round.

It is certainly the case that Isaiah made an accurate statement about the shape of the earth – when viewed from a distance it’s circular (He sits above the circle of the earth). Only a sphere projects a circular image in every direction.

Earth’s Shape

Isaiah even seems to say that that people should know the earth is a globe! For he introduces his claim that the earth is round with the words,
“Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?”
(Isaiah 40:21)

Earth’s shape is not a hard thing to figure out. The masts of ships gradually appearing over the horizon followed by the ships imply it’s a globe.

During a lunar eclipse, the moon moves through the earth’s shadow from the sun. The edge of the shadow is always circular, as many, including myself, have personally witnessed during lunar eclipses of the full moon. The always-circular shadow shows that the earth must be spherical.

Today many high-flying pilots have seen the curvature of the earth. We even have NASA pictures from space that show earth is a globe, such as the one above.

Historical Knowledge of Earth’s Shape

Pythagoras, of Pythagorean Theorem fame (a2 + b2 = c2 for a right triangle), was a Greek mathematician and philosopher of the 6th century B.C. He’s the earliest we know of who thought the earth was round, rotated on an axis, and orbited a central point.

The Greek mathematician Aristotle (384–322 B.C.) thought Earth was a sphere, because as one moved south from Greece into Egypt, different constellations became visible. This indicated the surface of the earth was curved. He also cited the earth’s curved shadow on the moon during eclipses.

Eratosthenes (276-194 B.C.) was a Greek mathematician, geographer, and astronomer from Cyrene, North Africa (now Libya). He was the director of Alexandria’s great library. He is called the Father of Geography (literally, earth writing), because he was the first to coin the word with his book Geography.

Eratosthenes knew the earth was a globe, and he was the first to calculate the circumference of the earth around 240 B.C. Using geometry and trigonometry and some observations of solar shadows, he calculated the circumference to be 25,000 miles. The actual value is 24,901 miles — less than half a percent error!

One hundred and fifty years after Eratosthenes, the Greek astronomer Posidonius (135-51 B.C.) erroneously calculated the earth’s circumference to be 18,000 miles. Nevertheless, Eratosthenes’ value for the circumference was commonly accepted during the Middle Ages.

Contrary to what is commonly taught in government schools, Christopher Columbus and many mariners of his time knew the earth was a globe in the 1400s A.D. In fact, Columbus used Posidonius’ smaller value for earth’s circumference in order to persuade his investors that he could sail west from Europe to Asia in 1492.

Ferdinand Magellan‘s circumnavigation of the earth (1519−1522) demonstrated the earth is a globe.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

The Bible’s hint in Isaiah about the earth’s shape is the earliest information man has on the subject. Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like this 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. Critics like to satirize Biblical Christians as the “Flat Earth Society.” Have you ever met anyone who actually believed the earth is flat?
  2. What have you seen with your own eyes that confirms the earth is round?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the sixth 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

Read the sequel:
7. Science in the Bible – Don’t Marry Kin

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Wednesday March 8, 2017 A.D.

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | March 1, 2017

Science in the Bible – Good Medicine

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Biblical Medicine has no side effects.

Biblical “Medicine” has no bad side effects.

Would you like to save money on healthcare? Is it too expensive?

Surprising to many, the Bible contains practical advice that could help.

A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
(Proverbs 17:22)

Medical scientists have learned that laughter is extremely good for you, just as the Bible suggests. Studies at Loma Linda University in 2006 & 2008 showed that even just anticipating a good laugh or funny movie boosted immune hormones and reduced stress hormones. Laughter improves resistance to disease by increasing immune cells and disease-fighting antibodies and by lowering levels of stress hormones.

The Loma Linda researchers also found that laughter improved memory functions (by 43%) and learning ability (by 38%) in a study of senior adults in a 2014 NIH report. This is because laughing reduces production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can degrade memory and learning over time.

A study by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center seemed to show laughter may have a significant impact on reducing heart disease. Dr. Michael Miller is director of the Center for Preventive Cardiology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He said,

“The old saying that ‘laughter is the best medicine,’ definitely appears to be true when it comes to protecting your heart. We don’t know yet why laughing protects the heart, but we know that mental stress is associated with impairment of the endothelium, the protective barrier lining our blood vessels. This can cause a series of inflammatory reactions that lead to fat and cholesterol build-up in the coronary arteries and ultimately to a heart attack. . . . The recommendation for a healthy heart may one day be exercise, eat right, and laugh a few times a day.”
(Laughter is the Best Medicine for Your Heart, University of Maryland Medical Center, July 14, 2009.)

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How to Increase Laughter

If laughter is so good for you, it makes sense to increase it in your daily life.

Begin with smiling. A smile is the start of a laugh.

Be thankful; name your blessings. This will move you away from negative thoughts and emotions and make it easier to laugh.

Instead of asking “How was your day?” ask “Did anything funny happen today?” “Did you hear a good joke today?”

Possibly, one of the best sources of laughter is YOU! Learn to laugh at yourself. Learn to laugh at your silly mistakes, twisted thinking, and convoluted life. Turn negative happenings into humorous anecdotes that you can tell and re-tell, spurring gales of laughter over and over.

More “Medical” Advice from the Bible

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
It will be healing to your body
And refreshment to your bones.
(Proverbs 3:7,8)

These verses say that humility, fear of the Lord, and righteous living all contribute to physical health.

A tranquil heart gives life to the body,
But envy makes the bones rot.
(Proverbs 14:30)

A peaceful and contented heart is healthy, a heart that abstains from envy, jealousy, or covetousness.

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
But she who shames him is as rottenness in his bones.
(Proverbs 12:4)

A good marriage contributes to health.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Modern scientific study of the influence of humor on physical health began in the 20th century. The beginning is often credited to Norman Cousins who suffered in pain for years from a serious illness. In his 1979 book, Anatomy of an Illness, he said watching funny movies was a key component of his recovery.

Modern discoveries of the health benefits of laughter, humility, righteousness, and contentment were long preceded by the Bible’s instructions. Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like these and 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.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What step can you take today to bring a dose of laughter into your life?
  2. What is a practical way to inject the healing balm of laughter into the life of a friend or family member today?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the fifth 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

Read the sequel:
6. Science in the Bible – Round Earth

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Wednesday March 1, 2017 A.D.

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 22, 2017

Kepler’s Favorite Store

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Kepler

Kepler

Woof! Woof! This is Kepler again, Master’s Jack Russell terrier. I’m writing another article for Master’s blog.

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he has been encouraging me to write more. He says folks like the way I think and like to hear what I have to say.

Today I want to tell you about a recent trip to the store. Most stores won’t let me inside, but this one does, and it’s my favorite.

On the way to the store, Master stopped to get a McEgg Thingy for him and the Missus. But he didn’t get one for me, even though I begged!

My Favorite Store

It’s PetSmart, paws down. It’s the best store ever. It has everything you would ever need — all kinds of delicious food and treats and soft beds and toys. It also has lots of things I feel I don’t need — like leashes, tethers, remote zappers, and prong collars.

I love to cruise the food aisles and snack on spills. It reminds me of the Bible verse, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing” (Deuteronomy 25:4), because I help keep the store neat and clean. I know how to ask for a milkbone treat at the checkout, and I always get at least one.

Smelling all this yummy food in the store makes me thankful for my Creator Yahweh’s tender provision for us creatures. Recently I heard Master reading this Bible verse about animals, and it sure made my tail wag!
They all wait for You
To give them their food in due season.
You give to them, they gather it up;
You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
(Psalm 104:27-28)

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Recently when we visited PetSmart there was a crowd around the fish tanks. Employees were feeding the fish and cleaning tanks — why I don’t know — they have water in them all the time.

Why do people like fish for pets? You can’t pet them, they won’t heel, you can’t take them for a walk. The only command they obey is “Wiggle.”

But, to be completely honest, I actually like fish — in my food bowl. Tuna is my favorite and then salmon. That’s about all fish are good for in my opinion — eating. But I’ve noticed that people don’t eat fish from their aquariums.

PetSmart also sells mice, rats, rabbits, hamsters, and guinea pigs. That’s just not right. My Creator designed me to catch, kill, and eat those things — not coddle them as pets.

Grand Opening

When we went to a PetSmart Grand Opening, I was amazed at the lines of people waiting for the store to open. They had one line for dog owners and another for cat owners.

Master and I got in the dog line right behind a huge drooling St. Bernard and a giggling blonde with a toy poodle named Muffie. Soon right behind us came a curly-haired dachshund whose owner had chartreuse hair, black lipstick, and long lavender fingernails. A Marine with his antsy doberman and a grandma holding a yappy Pomeranian soon followed. Our owners got to talking as we all waited for the doors to open:
Marine (to Grandma): “Ma’am, what is that you’re holding? Shouldn’t you be in the cat line?”
Grandma: “Thank you for your service to our country, sir, but Fluffy is a dog.”
Marine (quietly to Master): “And to think I risked my life fighting for people’s freedom to have a dog like that.”

Chartreuse Girl was wearing a PETA tee shirt, and Master couldn’t resist baiting her, even though he knew the acronym stood for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Master: “You know, I sure like animals too. I love them with barbecue sauce right next to the mashed potatoes on my plate.”
Chartreuse Girl (rolling her eyes): “How can you say such a thing? Don’t you see that I’m wearing a PETA shirt?”
Master: “Doesn’t that acronym stand for People Eating Tasty Animals?”
Chartreuse Girl was not amused and sashayed to the back of the line to avoid further discussion with us.

St. Bernard Man (to Master): “Can that little white dog do anything?”
Master: “Kepler can do a lot more than you would think. He protects our campsites against marauding coyotes and chihuahuas. He catches small game and can be trained to hunt deer like Bambi’s parents. His brother lives in Poland where he hunts deer and boars. He holds a boar at bay for hunters by circling and hanging on to the boar’s tail if it tries to run off.”
Blondie: “Oh, no! I love Bambi. Deer are so gentle, sweet, and graceful. Your dog wouldn’t hurt deer, would he?”
Master: “Kepler appreciates deer. He likes venison which deer make for him to eat.”
Blondie: “Oh, that’s nice. Just so he doesn’t hurt them. I take Muffie to the park, but she never chases anything. She doesn’t even like to walk on dirt or grass, so I carry her or push her in a stroller.”

Kepler caught a taunting chipmunk.

Kepler Holds Chipmunk Prey

I could have told her that Muffie was useless. Any dog with pink bows, frilly skirt, and painted toenails is an embarrassment to its kind.

Dog Food

Master is a genius at dealing with salesmen, and I love to listen. A PetSmart salesman tried to get Master to buy a 50-lb bag of dog food kibble that was on sale for $5 off because the expiration date was only three months away.
Master: “Fifty pounds of dog food kibble will last 5 months for my two dogs, assuming I don’t supplement with table scraps. That’s two months beyond the expiration date.”
Salesman: “But you’ll save $5!”
Master: “Not really, because 20 lbs will be left after the expiration date.”
Salesman: “It’s not really an expiration date. It’s a ‘Best Used By’ date. You can still safely feed the food well after the date. Your dogs won’t mind. And you will save $5. It’s a great deal.”
(I barked at him here for saying, “Your dogs won’t mind.”)
Master: “Would you eat hamburger that was past the ‘Best Used By’ date?”
Salesman: “That’s different. Besides, you could use up the kibble on time by doubling the portion size. I’m sure your dogs wouldn’t object.”
(I agreed with him here and got excited about maybe getting more food.)
Master: “So you’re recommending that I overfeed my dogs and make them obese, thereby giving them diabetes and joint problems?”
Salesman: “Well, no. I guess I’ll find someone with a big dog that can eat 50 pounds in three months. Have a nice day, sir.”

The way Master works it with salesmen, he never has to turn them down; they always walk away from him.

The Creator made each creature,
from amoeba to man, for its own
place and purpose in Creation.

Master feeds me vitamin enriched, high protein kibble with good fat content mixed with table scraps (which I love). My meals are very healthy, and I recommend them for dogs and humans.

At the store I saw Master studying the nutrition information on some of the premium dog food kibble bags. I could tell he was thinking about eating it (he’s always thinking). I have suggested to Master that he and Missus should change their diet to eat dog food. Based on the nutrition info on kibble bags, it would be healthier for them to eat the same food I eat, and it would be more economical. It would also tremendously simplify food storage and meal preparation. Master and Missus could just add milk and eat nutritious kibble like cereal. But they haven’t made the change yet.

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!
Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder
  1. Every creature glorifies its Creator. How do your pets glorify the Creator?
  2. Jesus directed attention to the birds of the air as a vivid illustration of God’s faithful care over His creatures (Matthew 6:25-26). How can pets help us trust the Lord?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 15th article in a series of blog posts on our Jack Russell terrier Kepler. Numbers 9-15 are by Kepler.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend

Read the sequel:
16. How Things Look from the Dog House coming soon . . .

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Wednesday February 22, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 15, 2017

Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs

(2 Minute Read)

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Scrambling to avert catastrophic loss of Northern California’s prized Oroville Reservoir, officials today are feverishly analyzing every option. But this vast storage lake is just a puddle compared to massive water reservoirs that the Bible reveals exist underground!

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. (Genesis 7:11)

But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided. Also the fountains of the deep and the floodgates of the sky were closed, and the rain from the sky was restrained. (Genesis 8:1-2)

When Yahweh asked Job a series of unanswerable questions to demonstrate His sovereignty and to teach Job humility and faith, He asked Job about the “springs in the sea.”
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea,
Or walked in the recesses of the deep?”
(Job 38:16)

Genesis and the Apostle Peter both refer to the earth being made out of water and by water:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2)
By the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. (2 Peter 3:5-6)

These verses from Genesis, Job, and 2 Peter point to the existence of subterranean springs and reservoirs of water. It’s indicative of the Bible’s divine origin. How could Job have known about springs of water in the depths of the sea? Never had he walked the ocean floor to see them, as Yahweh’s rhetorical question indicates.

Explorers, researchers, and scientists today use technology and great ingenuity to explore the ocean depths. They have discovered hydrothermal vents (hot springs) at the bottom of the oceans that support diverse forms of life that were previously unknown. Yet Yahweh told Job about the ocean springs 4,000 years ago. How could Job have written about springs in the ocean, unless Yahweh actually told him, as Job reports?

One source of the water for Noah’s Flood was the fountains of the great deep burst open. This means there was a huge subterranean reservoir of water that burst forth to flood the world. But the reservoirs were not exhausted, for the post-Flood book of Job mentions springs of the sea which must be fed by reservoirs of water.

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Have scientists discovered such reservoirs? Yes!

In recent years scientists have discovered “underground oceans” several miles beneath the earth’s surface. A June 2014 press release from Northwestern University, New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth, announced the discovery of huge subterranean reservoirs of water.

Scientists at Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico published these findings in the journal Science in the article Dehydration melting at the top of the lower mantle.

The researchers say the underground reservoirs lie between 255 and 410 miles beneath the earth’s surface. They think the reservoirs dwarf earth’s oceans.

These discoveries are consistent with the Bible’s indication of waters below the surface of the earth. The recently discovered water reservoirs could be left over from the fountains of the great deep that flooded the earth in Noah’s day.

Modern discoveries of springs in the oceans and huge water reservoirs beneath the earth’s surface were long preceded by the Bible’s references to these waters. Although the Bible is not primarily a science textbook, it does contain many scientific truths like these and 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.

Questions to Ponder
  1. What are some practical ramifications of oceans having deep springs and reservoirs?
  2. Why don’t we hear more about the unusual life forms Yahweh created on Day Five to live at hydrothermal vents in the ocean?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the fourth 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

Read the sequel:
5. Science in the Bible – Good Medicine

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Wednesday February 15, 2017 A.D.

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 8, 2017

Is Genesis History? The Movie

(4 Minute Read. With video.)

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What really happened
In the beginning“?

Did God create the world in six days, or did it take billions of years?
How did the vast diversity of plants and animals originate?
Did Man descend from apes, or was he created in the image of God?
Was there a real Adam and Eve?
Was there a global flood that destroyed the world, or is that a myth?
Why do we have so many different languages?
In short,
Is Genesis really true?
Is Genesis historically accurate?

A new documentary film investigates these vital questions. Theaters nationwide will show
Is Genesis History?
on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The most attacked book of the Bible has always been Genesis. Today the assaults come from skeptics and liberals as well as from within the church. The Book of Genesis is bombarded with unrelenting skepticism, derision, and scorn. Even among evangelical Christians, Genesis is now a hotly debated, highly controversial book.

The documentary, Is Genesis History?, is a comprehensive investigation into the scientific and historical evidence pertaining to the historicity of Genesis. Via interviews with renowned, respected researchers, the film presents a case that Genesis provides a true account of man’s history from the Beginning.

Is Genesis History? examines two competing views of history, two paradigms. A paradigm is a framework or model or belief system within which evidence is interpreted. The Conventional Paradigm postulates natural processes with no designer operating across billions and billions of years. The Biblical Paradigm accepts Genesis as true history describing the activity of an Intelligent Creator.

This is not Science vs. Religion. It’s not two views of science. It’s two competing views of history. Proponents of each view interpret differently the same evidence from the real world.

Does it matter whether or not one accepts Genesis as history? Yes, because this choice of paradigm determines one’s view on the origins of the universe, life, mankind, sin, and even something as prosaic as geological formations.

I watched a pre-release cut of the movie and found it very interesting and enjoyable. It contains a great deal of excellent content presented in a clear, straightforward, easily understandable manner.

Here is the official trailer for the movie.

The film answers the question, “Is Genesis History?,” with a resounding “Yes!” through interviews with over a dozen Ph.D. experts in geology, philosophy, Hebrew, biology, microbiology, marine biology, paleontology, taphonomy (study of fossilization), astronomy, archaeology, and theology. The lineup of scholars interviewed is deep with academic credentials. Innovative sketches and diagrams illuminate the scholars’ points.

A variety of intriguing settings and locations serve as backdrops for the interviews; this includes museums, zoos, marine parks, fossil digs, the Grand Canyon, and Mount St. Helens.

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Here are some insightful snippets from the scholarly experts interviewed in the film:

​”Time is not a magic wand that solves all the geologic problems of the world.”
Regarding the Grand Canyon,
“It’s not a little water and a lot of time. It’s a LOT of water and a little time.”
– Dr. Steve Austin, Geologist

“We have a witness to those events, and we have to take that into consideration when we’re evaluating the data.”

“All the world’s greatest Hebraists affirm that Genesis 1 is not poetry; it’s narrative. That means you should understand the words in the normal way.”
“In the Flood account, the Hebrew word kol (כֹּל, Strong’s H3606) meaning all occurs 35 times.”
“The Biblical text is not compatible with the standard conventional paradigm.”
– Dr. Steven Boyd, Hebraist

“We cannot use present day rates to understand how quickly and how majestically in terms of scale the geologic formations accumulated.”
“The present is not the key to the past, because the past holds massive catastrophic events that are not going on today.”
“There is much evidence for catastrophic events that are not going on today. We have an open system, so dating methods cannot give us dependable dates for rocks. The ‘clocks’ are not reliable.”
“Localized sedimentation does not produce the vast unified layers, large extents reaching over thousands of square miles, with no evidence of erosion.”
“There is evidence of very rapid formation and deposition of geologic layers, in some places a matter of hours.”
“Cross-beds also indicate very rapid deposition.”
– Dr. Andrew Snelling, Geologist

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“It’s an error to take the present processes and just extend them all the way back.”
– Dr. Kurt Wise, Paleontologist

“Abundant marine fossils and large sea dinosaur fossils are distributed over all continents. What force has the power and ferocity to drag them onto land?”
“Track ways preserved show death in a moment, and the next layer deposited very, very quickly.”
– Dr. Marcus Ross, Paleontologist

“Tissue, cells, collagen found in triceratops horn. That breaks down. No biological basis for how it could survive 60 million years.”
“Clearly soft tissue is in violation of the dating process. It challenges the entire dating process.”
“Evidence is rejected, thrown out because it doesn’t fit their [evolutionary] paradigm.”
– Dr. Kevin Anderson, Microbiologist

“Life is so complex that small [evolutionary] changes cannot account for it.”
“When I’m looking at the world, it’s fitting in with what I read about God and about Creation in the Bible. I don’t have a gigantic scientific conflict.”
– Dr. Rob Carter, Marine Biologist

“We’re seeing design in the very fundamental physics of the world around us.”
“Interpret the universe in terms of Genesis, not the other way around.”
– Dr. Danny Faulkner, Astronomer

“Nothing in the world makes sense
except in the light of Genesis.”
Dr. Del Tackett, host of Is Genesis History?

The film’s host is Dr. Del Tackett. He created The Truth Project, a nationwide project for Focus on the Family to teach the Biblical worldview to Christians. Tackett says, “It is hard to imagine anything more important for the Christian, especially in the times in which we live, than to stand firmly upon a solid Biblical worldview foundation … one that provides a comprehensive and systematic understanding of every area of life and reality.”

Tackett poses to the film’s experts many of the exact challenges that we often hear thrown at us in attempts to subvert Scripture’s plain account. Each time, the interviewed scientist’s response is calm and confident and understandable to an ordinary person.

This film will be an eye-opening experience, especially for skeptics and unbelievers who have scientific issues with the Biblical record. The film’s noted scientists put many of the usual concerns to rest. It’s encouraging to know that many respected scholars affirm Genesis to be factually accurate.

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Over 700 theaters are showing the film on Thursday, February 23. Click Is Genesis History? to buy tickets and find a theater showing the film near you. Following the film, an on-screen panel of scientists and theologians will discuss with Tackett the impact of Genesis on Christians today.

Is Genesis History? is produced by Compass Cinema and distributed by Fathom Events. Producer and director Thomas Purifoy said, “Faith isn’t a leap in the dark; it’s an assurance and trust based on real actions by a powerful God that happen in actual history.”

Purifoy explained, “This film started from a conversation with my 10-year-old daughter about science, history and the Bible. She wanted to know how the things in the world are explained by what she reads in the Bible. Her questions led me down a lot of different paths where I heard and saw some amazing things. I tried to put as many of them as I could into the documentary.”

If the film does well enough, there may be encore showings as happened with Patterns of Evidence two years ago, but it’s not guaranteed. The film will be released on DVD 45 days after theater showings.

Questions to Ponder
  1. When skeptics dismiss Genesis because it conflicts with our culture’s prevailing thought patterns, how would you answer them?
  2. What questions do you need answered to convince you that Genesis is true history?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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Wednesday February 8, 2017 A.D.

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy. (Exodus 20:11)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 1, 2017

Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains

(3 Minute Read)

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Did you know that there are mountains on the sea floor?

Mountains and mid-oceanic ridges under the ocean began to be mapped in the 1950s. Modern nautical charts show them clearly. But their existence was alluded to in the Bible thousands of years earlier, in the Old Testament book of Jonah.

Jonah tells his riveting, almost incredible experience in only 48 verses divided into four chapters. He reports spending three days and three nights inside a great fish! Jonah had been running from Yahweh’s orders to go to Nineveh in Assyria and warn of judgment.

By God’s sovereign appointment, this rebellious prophet was disciplined by a raging storm and then saved by a ravenous fish in order to bring revival to the sin-soaked city of Nineveh. Jonah’s preaching spurred Nineveh to believe in “the Lord God of heaven who made the sea and the dry land” (Jonah 1:9; 3:5-9).

Many scoff at the book of Jonah. They ask how Jonah could breathe, eat, drink, and sleep inside a sea monster? How could he avoid being digested until regurgitated alive? Are we supposed to think this really happened?

An intriguing detail in Jonah’s prayer from inside the great fish adds credibility to Jonah’s account. In his prayer he recounted his experience of being cast into the sea:
“For You had cast me into the deep,
Into the heart of the seas,
And the current engulfed me.
All Your breakers and billows passed over me. …
Water encompassed me to the point of death.
The great deep engulfed me,
Weeds were wrapped around my head.
I descended to the roots of the mountains.
(Jonah 2:3,5,6)

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Jonah almost drowned in the depths of the sea before the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights (Jonah 1:17). In his prayer Jonah mentions descending to the roots of the mountains in the sea.

How did Jonah know about mountains in the sea? Normally no one would know in Jonah’s day that coastal mountain ranges extend below water to the sea floor. There were no submarines in Jonah’s day to discover that the Mediterranean Sea is full of underwater mountains. According to Jonah’s prayer, he learned about the mountains on the sea floor through personal experience. The God-breathed Scriptures report mountains in the depths of the sea long before today’s scientists discovered them.

What Did Jesus Think about Jonah?

This record of Jonah being swallowed by a great fish is one of the most doubted of the Old Testament’s historical accounts. Apart from Genesis, the Old Testament account most scoffed at is the book of Jonah. Many skeptics consider the entire book mythical, heaping it with ridicule and scorn.

But Jesus believed it! Eight hundred years later, Jesus used Jonah’s experience to illustrate His death and resurrection (Matthew 12:38-41).

To Jesus the book of Jonah was literally true. He grounded vital instruction about His death and resurrection on Jonah:
For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. (Matthew 12:40-41)

Jesus used the verbal equals sign “just as…so shall” to equate Jonah’s “three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster” with His own “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

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If Jonah is fictional, then according to Christ’s own words, so would be His burial and resurrection. If the burial and resurrection are factual, then Jonah also is factual. Jesus obviously believed Jonah was genuine history.

Jesus said that the Ninevites (undoubtedly historical) would condemn His generation (obviously historical) at the future judgment (a real event). Ninevites would condemn because they actually repented in history due to Jonah’s preaching. Therefore Jonah and his preaching really happened. Likewise the events that produced the preaching (God’s command, violent storm, gulping fish) really happened.

Many argue that Jonah was only figurative. But Jesus said of Himself, “One greater than Jonah is here.” It would mean little for Jesus to claim to be greater than a Jonah who never existed. (Matthew 12:41)

Jesus used Jonah to teach the crux of His mission: His own death and resurrection. How significant that Jesus used some of the “hardest to believe” accounts in Scripture — Creation, Noah’s Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, Bronze Serpent, Jonah — to undergird explanations of salvation, marriage, eternal judgment, and future events. The “most difficult” Scriptures carry Jesus’ full endorsement.

Jesus affirmed the literal truth of Jonah,
using it to explain a proof of His identity.

Scripture documents the miracles of Jonah. They present no difficulty for the omnificent Ruler of the universe. To challenge Jonah is to impugn the power of God. To challenge Jonah is to assault the veracity of Scripture. Jesus confirmed Jonah and the Resurrection as equally factual. His followers must embrace His view as their own.

When men demanded miraculous proof of His claims, Jesus said only one sign would be given, “the sign of the prophet Jonah,” that is, the Resurrection (Matthew 12:38-39). Jesus showcased the book of Jonah as real history portraying His own death, burial, and resurrection. The best-documented event of history, the Resurrection, still proves Jesus’ identity as God (Romans 1:4).

Did Jesus Know about Undersea Mountains?

Even as a man He certainly did. Jesus knew the book of Jonah, and He believed it. Therefore, since Jonah reported seeing undersea mountains, Jesus would have known about them.

Questions to Ponder
  1. Why do skeptics want so badly to discredit the book of Jonah?
  2. Are you prepared to defend the historical reality of Jonah and his record?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the third 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

Read the sequel:
4. Science in the Bible – Ocean Reservoirs

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Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. (Matthew 12:38-41)

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | January 25, 2017

Make America Great Again

(2 Minute Read. With videos.)
President Donald Trump

President Donald J. Trump

We have a new President of the United States of America — Donald J. Trump (1946- ) is the country’s 45th president.

On January 20, 2017, President Trump delivered an inspiring inaugural address full of hope for the future and casting a vision to unify our divided nation.

He announced the new vision that will guide his administration: America First! He said, “At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. The Bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”

President Trump asserted, “We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example.”

He promised to bring back jobs, wealth, borders, and dreams. He promised to rebuild America’s infrastructure and get people off welfare and back to work. He promised to “eradicate radical Islamic terrorism from the face of the Earth.” He said, “A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights, and heal our divisions.”

President Trump noted that we all “are infused with the breath of life by the same Almighty Creator,” regardless of our background. He said, “…whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.”

President Trump closed with, “Together, we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And yes, together we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America.”

Click Trump’s Inaugural Address to read the full text of his speech on the Whitehouse website. Here is a video of Donald Trump’s swearing in as President of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, followed by Trump’s 16-minute inaugural address.


 
Even if President Trump is able to do only half of what he outlined, he will go down in history as a great President.

How to Make America Great Again

Making America Great Again will require hard work by President Trump, his staff and appointees, Congress, courts, and the American people. Old policies need to be reversed and new ones instituted.

But that won’t be enough. Even more fundamental change is needed to Make America Great Again.

The Bible gives guidance on what makes a nation great.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. (Psalm 33:12)
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)

The solution prescribed by Moses 3500 years ago will still work today:
Return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, then the Lord your God will restore you. (Deuteronomy 30:2-3)

Likewise, the Lord promised King Solomon of Israel,
If My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

In sum, for America to become great again, Americans need to
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)

How Can You and I Help Make America Great Again?

In addition to individually heeding Scripture, we need to pray for President Trump and governmental leaders at all levels as the Apostle Paul instructs:
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all . . . Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension.
(1 Timothy 2:1-6,8)

Franklin Graham based his inaugural blessing and prayer on this 1 Timothy 2 passage. Graham heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and was one of six clergy members who prayed and read Scripture at the inauguration. Here is a video clip (1:33) of Graham’s remarks at the Presidential Inauguration:
 

Questions to Ponder
  1. Will you pledge to pray regularly for President Trump?
  2. How can your conversation be uplifting when in discussions about our new President?
  3. 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 | January 18, 2017

Science in the Bible – Ocean Currents

(3 Minute Read)
Matthew Fontaine Maury monument in Richmond, Virginia

Matthew Fontaine Maury
Pathfinder of the Seas
Monument in Richmond, Virginia
(His right hand holds a pen & compass;
his left his Wind and Current Chart.
A Bible is beside his left foot.)

Have you ever heard a Bible verse that so consumed your mind and heart that it drove your thoughts, actions, and pursuits for years upon end?

One of the Psalms contains a phrase that seized an already-successful man’s attention and dramatically influenced the course of his scientific life.

Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. (Psalm 8:8)

This is the Bible phrase that prompted the Father of Oceanography to begin a search for paths in the ocean.

King David of Israel wrote Psalm 8 by Yahweh’s inspiration 3,000 years ago. Yet the “paths of the seas” he mentioned have only been known by modern peoples for two centuries.

The “paths of the seas” were discovered by Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), the Father of Oceanography.

Maury was a US naval officer whose attention was arrested by the phrase “paths of the seas” upon hearing Psalm 8 read aloud. He vowed to find these “paths of the seas.”

The story is told in the booklet A Brief Sketch of the Work of Matthew Fontaine Maury, authored by Maury’s son, Richard Launcelot Maury:

At one time, when Commodore Maury was very sick, he asked one of his daughters to get the Bible and read to him. She chose Psalm 8, the eighth verse of which speaks of “whatsoever walketh through the paths of the sea.” He repeated, “The paths of the sea, the paths of the sea. If God says the paths of the sea, they are there, and if I ever get out of this bed I will find them.”

Maury studied navigation, meteorology, winds, and currents. He pored over thousands of ships’ logs and charts. His 1847 Wind and Current Chart of the North Atlantic greatly reduced the lengths of ocean voyages by showing how to take advantage of ocean currents and winds. He shortened sailing time to California by thirty days, to Australia by twenty, and to Brazil by ten. His system of recording oceanographic current and wind data was used worldwide to develop charts for major trade routes.

Maury said this about ocean currents:

“There are rivers in the sea. They are of such magnitude that the mightiest streams of the land are rivulets compared to them. They are either of warm or cold water, while their banks and beds are water of the opposite temperature. For thousands of miles they move through their liquid channels unmixed with the confining waters. They are the horizontal movements called currents. The mariner can sometimes detect them by the different color of their stream, while, if they give no such visible sign of their existence, he can trace them by testing their temperature with his thermometer. There is an equatorial current sweeping from east to west all along on either side of the equator, and well nigh encircling the globe. There are polar currents setting from the polar regions toward the equator; and there are return currents setting from the equator toward the poles.”
(John W. Wayland, The Pathfinder of the Seas, The Life of Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1930, p.81)

Maury’s lifelong effort at charting wind and ocean currents to find the most efficient paths for ships to follow earned him the sobriquet “Pathfinder of the Seas.”

In 1855 Maury published Physical Geography of the Sea, the first exhaustive treatise on oceanography. In it he wrote,

“I have always found in my scientific studies, that, when I could get the Bible to say anything on the subject it afforded me a firm platform to stand upon, and a round in the ladder by which I could safely ascend. As our knowledge of nature and her laws has increased, so has our knowledge of many passages of the Bible improved. The Bible called the earth ‘the round world,’ yet for ages it was the most damnable heresy for Christian men to say that the world is round; and, finally, sailors circumnavigated the globe, and proved the Bible to be right, and saved Christian men of science from the stake. And as for the general system of circulation which I have been so long endeavoring to describe, the Bible tells it all in a single sentence: ‘The wind goeth toward the South and returneth again to his circuits.'”

In Matthew Maury’s speech at the laying of the cornerstone for East Tennessee University on November 30, 1860 he said,

“I have been blamed by men of science, both in this country and in England, for quoting the Bible in confirmation of the doctrines of physical geography. The Bible, they say, was not written for scientific purposes, and is therefore of no authority in matters of science. I beg pardon! The Bible is authority for everything it touches.

What would you think of the historian who should refuse to consult the historical records of the Bible, because the Bible was not written for the purposes of history?

The Bible is true and science is true, and therefore each, if truly read, but proves the truth of the other. The agents in the physical economy of our planet are ministers of Him who made both it and the Bible.

The records which He has chosen to make through the agency of these ministers of His upon the crust of the earth are as true as the records which by the hands of His prophets and servants, He has been pleased to make in the Book of Life…

They are both true; and when your men of science, with vain and hasty conceit, announce the discovery of disagreement between them, rely upon it, the fault is not with the witness of His records, but with the worm who essays to interpret evidence which he does not understand.”

Maury memorial at Goshen Pass overlooking the Maury River

Maury memorial at Goshen Pass
overlooking the Maury River in VA

Clued in by the words of Psalm 8, Matthew Maury discovered the paths of the seas by mapping the major wind and ocean currents around the world. This benefited commerce and ocean-going ships all over the world.

Matthew Maury was a scientist who believed in the literal truth of the Bible. He believed in the harmony of Scripture and science and applied it to benefit all of mankind.

One of the monuments in Maury’s honor in Virginia (pictured here) is inscribed in part with these words:

Matthew Fontaine Maury
Pathfinder of the Seas
The genius who first snatched
from ocean and atmosphere
the secret of their laws.
His inspiration Holy Writ

Questions to Ponder
  1. If a statue were to be erected in your honor, what three objects would a sculptor show as characteristic of your life?
  2. Is Scripture as essential to your life as it evidently was to Matthew Maury?
  3. Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the second 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 prequel:
1. Science in the Bible – Blood

Read the sequel:
3. Science in the Bible – Undersea Mountains

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©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday January 18, 2017 A.D.

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


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