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 – The Sun

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday July 19, 2017 A.D.

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


  1. I just want to thank you for your continued writings. They may not deal with a subject I am currently contemplating but they bring me comfort and remind me to think and go back to the Bible for comfort and answers.


    • Thank you for your encouraging words. I’m glad the blog posts bless you.


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