Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 16, 2017

Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs

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Kepler

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

Master is the BibleScienceGuy, and he asked me to tell about finding bird eggs four different times on our camping trips this year. Today I will tell you about the first time we found eggs.

Master says folks like the way I think and like to hear what I have to say about things, so here goes with my take on eggs.

I LOVE eggs, absolutely LOVE them! I try to get as many as I can, as often as I can, as soon as I can — raw, semi-cooked, or cooked, they’re all good!

Killdeer Eggs

On a recent hike with Master, we came across a killdeer squawking and hobbling away as if its wing were broken.

Master said there must be a nest nearby, and we soon found it with four eggs. He said it was standard killdeer behavior for the bird to try to distract a potential predator by staggering away from the nest as if hurt.

I was overjoyed to see the eggs, thinking I was going to get a really big treat. But Master would not let me have them! I couldn’t believe it.

Master said we have to let the eggs hatch into baby birds. But I said, “Let’s leave one egg to hatch, and I’ll eat three.” Didn’t fly with Master.

“How about if I eat only two and leave two to hatch?” Still didn’t fly.

Finally, I quite reasonably said, “Well, I’ll settle for eating one, and three can hatch.” Master just said, “Heel.”

Killdeer Eggs

Unfortunately, I have no bargaining power with Master. All I can do is ask and beg. He holds all the power, and he would not grant me any of the eggs lying right there on the ground, free for the taking. They were FREE, but he just walked away from them.

Here is a picture of the killdeer eggs that I wanted so badly. Notice how the Creator provided killdeer eggs with camouflage to hide them while lying on the ground. We could hardly see them in the open field; they looked so much like small stones.

Also observe how pointed one end is. The reason for this is so that the eggs pivot on their small pointed end instead of rolling away from the nest. Birds like robins, which lay their eggs in bowl-shaped nests up in trees, lay eggs that are more rounded in shape. It doesn’t matter if they roll around in their nest.

Killdeer

I was puzzled by the name “killdeer” for the robin-sized bird. It didn’t look like it could kill a deer. Here’s a picture of the killdeer we encountered in the field. Does it look like it could kill a deer to you?

I asked Master about the bird’s puzzling name. He explained that its name comes from how its call sounds. I thought that was kind of strange. I’m called a dog or a Jack Russell terrier, not a “bark” or a “woof” or an “arf.”

Master told me that the first killdeer nest he saw was on an infield between first base and the pitcher’s mound on a softball field, early one April many years ago, long before I was born. The killdeer did not appreciate his team’s practice session, but the nest and eggs survived intact.

Master said killdeers are precocial. That was a new word for me. It’s related to the word precocious that is often used to describe extra-smart human children.

I asked Master if I was precocious. He laughed and said, “Very much so. Not many dogs would have learned so young how to write articles for my blog.”

Precocial birds hatch fully feathered, able to see and forage for food minutes after hatching. Chickens, ducks, and quail are also precocial.

Birds that hatch naked, blind, and helpless are called altricial. Robins, blue jays, cardinals, bluebirds, and most common birds are altricial. Their parents have to bring food and shove it down their throats for them to survive. It takes altricial birds two weeks or more to mature to the point of being able to leave their nest.

Precocial birds develop in the egg twice as long as altricial birds. A one-day-old killdeer hatchling is really two weeks older than a one-day-old robin hatchling when egg-time is included. Adult robins and killdeers are the same size, but a killdeer’s egg is twice as big as a robin’s egg because the killdeer egg contains more nourishment to sustain the developing killdeer for twice as long in the egg.

At this point I told Master, “That’s more than I ever wanted to know about precocial and altricial birds. I just want to eat their eggs, either precocial or altricial, doesn’t matter.”

To be honest, I have to admit that every once in a while, Master does mix an egg into my food bowl. But I want him to do it every day. However, he tells me to be content with what I’m given. I find that very difficult. Master says I’m no different in that way from most people — who also find it hard to be content.

Master told me that just like Jesus told soldiers to be content with their wages (Luke 3:14), so I should be content with whatever food he gives me daily. He reminded me of this instruction from the Apostle Paul:
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. (1 Timothy 6:7-9 NASB)

So that’s how things look from the Dog House! Next time I write, I will tell about finding a nest full of robin eggs.

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. Why did the Creator make humans altricial instead of precocial?
2. Do you find it hard to be content with what the Creator has given you or with where He has placed you?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 18th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-18 are by Kepler himself.
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 (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel

Read the sequel:
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs coming soon . . .

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Wednesday August 16, 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 | August 9, 2017

Science in the Bible – Surgery

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The use of anesthetics like ether, chloroform, and nitrous oxide by surgeons and dentists to put people to sleep for pain-free surgery began in the 1800s.

It could have begun much earlier, if men had paid heed to what Moses recorded 3,500 years ago:
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” (Genesis 2:18-23 NASB)

At the very Beginning of history, the Creator Himself showed that the human body can be safely opened and then closed up when in a deep sleep, such as can be accomplished with anesthetics.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before scientists discovered surgery under anesthesia, the Bible gave an example of surgery under a deep sleep. Today medical professionals use unconscious surgery to great effect and benefit.

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 and provides good reason to trust what the Bible says that we don’t yet fully understand.

Question to Ponder

Why did God remove one of Adam’s ribs from which to fashion Eve instead of making her from scratch?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 22nd article 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
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission

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

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Wednesday August 9, 2017 A.D.

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | August 2, 2017

Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission

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Atomic or nuclear fission is a reaction in which the nucleus of an atom splits into smaller parts releasing enormous amounts of energy.

Nuclear fission was discovered in 1938 by German chemist Otto Hahn. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1944 for his discovery of the fission of the atomic nucleus of uranium. Hahn is considered the father of nuclear chemistry.

Hahn’s fission discovery culminated in the development of the atom bomb. America dropped it on Japan in 1945 to end World War II.

Many scientists found Hahn’s initial fission results hard to believe. Could fission really be possible? Was energy production at that scale realistic?

Apparently most were unaware of the Bible’s reference to the release of tremendous energy at the end of the age. Two thousand years ago the Apostle Peter anticipated atomic fission when he wrote this:
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless. (2 Peter 3:10-14 NASB)

Scripture refers to the results of atomic fission as an incentive for holy living. Peter urges his readers toward godliness due to the coming judgment of the earth by fire.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before scientists discovered atomic fission, the Bible mentioned elements melting with intense heat. Today we know that splitting the atom results in the release of tremendous amounts of heat and energy.

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. Back in the 1800s, would you have scoffed at the Bible’s prediction of a future complete destruction of the earth and its works by fire?
2. What does “scoffing” imply about the relationship between the scoffer and the scoffee?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 21st article 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
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible
20. Science in the Bible – The Sun

Read the sequel:
22. Science in the Bible – Surgery

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Wednesday August 2, 2017 A.D.

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

Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 26, 2017

Science in the Bible – The Sun

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Six thousand years ago Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, made the Earth. Three days later He created the Sun to provide an abundant source of energy in the form of light and heat for the Earth.

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19 NASB)

Less than half a billionth of the sun’s daily energy output actually reaches the earth, but that still amounts to around 240 trillion horsepower. This is well over 30,000 horsepower of energy per person per day! It amounts to over 1,000 watts per square meter of surface area on a clear day at noon.

The Creator’s provision of free energy is abundant beyond belief! God created the sun for man’s benefit. All forms of energy ultimately derive from the sun.

The sun’s energy heats the earth and its inhabitants, suspended in the supremely cold temperatures of space. The sun’s energy powers winds; the differential heating between the equator and the poles generates global wind currents.

Believe it or not, but the sun provides rain! Its energy evaporates water from oceans and lakes. It powers the winds that move the water vapor to land where it cools and falls as rain.

The sun’s energy provides food to eat and oxygen to breathe. Through photosynthesis, plants use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and build starches, sugars, and fats. This provides renewed air and food production for man and animals.

Three thousand years ago, King David of Israel wrote about the Sun by divine inspiration:
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
. . .
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
(Psalm 19:1, 4b-6)

Scientists used to scoff at these verses, because they “knew” the sun was stationary.

Bible critics pointed to this passage as an “error in the Bible,” because they said it taught that the sun revolved around the earth. Of course the passage says no such thing.

Today astronomers know that the sun is racing through the heavens orbiting the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It moves through space in a huge circuit, 25,000-28,000 light-years from the galactic center of the Milky Way, speeding along at about 600,000 miles per hour relative to that center. Its orbital circuit around the Milky Way is so enormous that it will take 225–250 million years to complete one orbit around the Milky Way.

This does not even take into account that the Milky Way itself is hurtling through space, carrying the sun with it on an even longer journey. The Milky Way moves relative to the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) at about 1,235,000 miles per hour. Currently, the resulting velocity for the sun relative to the CMB radiation is about 830,000 miles per hour.

Science Catches Up to the Bible

Thousands of years before scientists discovered that the Sun traverses a circuit through the heavens, the Bible alluded to this. The sun is hurtling through space on a ginormous circuit, just as the Bible indicated more than 3,000 years ago.

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 ever heard someone scoff at something the Bible teaches? Who is likely to be proved correct eventually?
2. What does a tent for the sun mean in Psalm 19:4?

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

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 20th article 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
19. Science in the Bible – Visible From Invisible

Read the sequel:
21. Science in the Bible – Atomic Fission

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Wednesday July 26, 2017 A.D.

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

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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Wednesday July 19, 2017 A.D.

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

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

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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)

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