Is the Bible a record of science or a relic of ancient mythology? Is the Bible relevant to the Space Age or absolute folklore? Here is PROOF the Bible is the most astounding scientific chronicle of history!
By William Dankenbring
FOR CENTURIES, skeptics and scoffers have called the Bible a collection of ancient primitive myths, fables, stories, and superstition. One religious leader calmly claimed, “We know now that every idea in the Bible started from primitive and childlike origins….”
Dr. Edgar J. Goodspeed, who translated the Bible into English, declared that the book of Joshua “is the legendary story of the conquest of Canaan” and the book of Ruth “belongs to Israel’s fiction, rather than to its history, and should be among its tales and stories.”
WHY have so many men of high education, scholars, and scientists, REJECTED the Bible as historical truth and reliable science? Is the Bible unscientific ?
It is time you knew the incredible truth!
Science Versus Myth
We live in a modern, push-button, scientific world. Science is adulated, placed on a lofty pedestal, and virtually worshipped as the new “messiah” — the new savior of the world.
However, science has also bequeathed to the world lethal modern weapons of war — the H-bomb, the A-bomb, poisonous gases, deadly chemicals — a murderous host of technologically amazing devices to destroy!
Science has been described as an angel of mercy, and also as a devil of destruction.
But unknown to millions, the Bible has a great deal to say about TRUE science. And it also has much to say about the wrong kind of science! Although the Bible is NOT a textbook of science, it does give many foundational principles of science — basic principles of biology, physics, chemistry, meteorology, astronomy, geology, and oceanography!
Those who have lightly discarded the Bible and relegated it to the limbo of outer darkness, as myth and fable, have carelessly missed out on the solid foundation of SCIENCE in the Bible! They have jumped to conclusions without getting all the facts.
For some reason, the world of scholars and scientists has rejected the Bible as the provable Word of the living God — without examining all the evidence!
Very few know it, but the Bible has far more to say about science than many suppose. Scientific facts, not understood by the world until the last few hundred years, with the advent of the “scientific explosion,” are plainly and directly mentioned IN THE BIBLE!
Think what this means. While pagans worshipped sticks and stones, the sun, moon, and stars; while entire nations were bowing under a cloud of magic and superstition, ignorant of the truth — at that very same time, a Book of books was being INSPIRED which contained many fantastic SCIENTIFIC SECRETS unknown to the rest of the world!
Notice how amazingly scientific the Bible really is!
Many people have erroneously believed that the Bible teaches the earth is flat. The Medieval Catholic Church held to the notion the earth is flat and is the center of the universe. When Galileo presented scientific evidence to the contrary, his facts and theories were branded as “absurd in philosophy, and formally heretical, because expressly contrary to Holy Scripture.”
Galileo’s theories were declared heretical in the 17th century. But, amazingly enough, six hundred years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah was inspired by Almighty God to write and speak of the spherical shape of the earth!
Notice it! In Isaiah 40:22 we read of God, “It is He that .sitteth upon the CIRCLE of the earth.” Moffatt translates this verse more clearly, “He sits over the ROUND EARTH.” The Critical and Experimental Commentary states this expression is “applicable to the globular form of the earth.” The original Hebrew is chuug and means a “compass, circle, or sphere.”
But how did Isaiah, an ancient Hebrew prophet, know that the earth is round? Here is PROOF that the ancient Hebrews were far more knowledgeable and scientific than they are given credit for being!
The Amazing Earth
But how much did the ancient writers of the Bible really know about the earth? Did they believe the notions of their Gentile contemporaries who believed the earth was carried about on the back of a great tortoise?
Three amazing truths were known about the earth itself which the rest of the world did not understand for another two or three THOUSAND YEARS ! Sound incredible? It should!
First, the fact that the earth revolves around the sun once every year was not generally understood until the days of Copernicus and came to be known as the Copernican Theory. This was in the 16th century — just a little more than 400 years ago. He taught that the sun is the center of the solar system.
However, thousands of years before his time, in the days of the patriarch Moses, the Bible uses the precise expression to indicate the revolution of the earth around the sun once a year was known to ancient Biblical astronomers! In Exodus 34:22 we read, in the King James Version, the innocent phrase, “And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.” According to the original Hebrew, however, this should be translated “at the REVOLUTION OF THE YEAR.” The original Hebrew word is tequuphah and means “to move in a circle,” “circuit,” “to go round,” “orbit of the sun,” “revolution of time.”
The Goodspeed translation has “at the turn of the year.” In the days of the prophet Samuel, the expression “in revolution of days” was used to denote the time from conception to birth of a child (I Sam. 1:20, margin). Goodspeed translates this, “when the time came around.”
Notice also II Chronicles 21:23 where the “end of the year” is called, in the original Hebrew, “in the REVOLUTION of the year” (marginal rendering).
Don’t these verses clearly suggest the fact that the ancient Hebrews KNEW the earth revolves around the sun, and completes one revolution — one turning — each year?
But this is not all. Notice Job 38:12-14 — “Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place; that it might take hold of the ends of the earth … IT IS TURNED as clay to the seal….”
What does this mean? God is talking to Job about the morning — the rising of the sun. How is it that the sun appears to rise in the morning? This verse contains the scientific truth — the TRUE explanation! The earth itself turns, or “rotates” — from west to east, causing the sun to rise in the morning, in the eastern sky.
The original Hebrew in this verse says, of the earth, “it turns itself.” What could be a more apt expression? The allusion of the clay and the seal refers to the rolling cylinder seal, one to three inches long, such as was used in ancient Babylon, which left its plastic impression on the clay as it turned about or rolled around. What more apt figure of speech could be used to represent the rotation of the earth itself, causing day and night?
Thirdly, the laws of gravity were not explained and understood until Sir Isaac Newton discovered them in the 18th century. The laws of motion were discovered by the same genius.
However, strange as it may seem, thousands of years ago the Bible alluded to the laws of centrifugal force, centripetal force, gravity, and motion!
How else do you explain the enigmatic statement in the book of Job, speaking of the earth — “He … hangeth the earth UPON NOTHING”? (Job 26:7.)
The pagans believed a tortoise carried the earth about; but God revealed to His people the truth — that the earth hangs suspended in space by powerful laws of force and motion! But God asked Job, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? … Whereupon are the foundations [sockets] thereof fastened [made to sink]?” (Job 38:4, 6.) It is interesting that science has discovered that the earth’s axis is generally pointed toward the North Pole Star, and the north and south poles are the points where the earth’s axis of rotation meets the surface of the earth. God is the One who planned it all out; set the earth to spinning on its axis; and pointed the north pole toward the star Polaris!
Science of Meteorology
The science of weather and understanding the earth’s atmosphere is of relatively recent origin. It, too, has developed greatly during the last two hundred years. Chemistry and physics play a vital role in this science. Before the nature of matter and air were understood, weather science was in total chaos.
Here again, however, the Bible “scooped” science by more than two thousand years!
The key to understanding weather is the hydrological cycle. Today it is well known that water evaporates from the surface of the oceans, rivers, lakes and all bodies of water; that it rises into the atmosphere; and that later it returns to the earth as rain, snow, sleet, or hail. The evaporation-condensation-precipitation cycle was NOT GENERALLY KNOWN, however, before the nature of water, water vapor, and the chemistry of matter was understood.
The Bible reveals this basic CYCLE was understood, however, THOUSANDS of years ago! Once again, the Bible is proved to be SCIENTIFIC!
Notice Jeremiah 10:13 — “When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the VAPOURS to ASCEND from the ends of the earth.”
Tell me — how could Jeremiah, a prophet of God, have possibly known about the evaporation of water into water vapor, condensation of water vapor as rain droplets, and the precipitation cycle?
Was he an inspired scientist?
Jeremiah was not the only Biblical meteorologist, however. Solomon was also an expert in understanding the weather cycle. Wrote Solomon about one thousand years before Christ, “The wind goes to the south, and circles about continually, and on its circlings the wind returns again. All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full; unto the place from which the rivers come, to there and from there they return again” (Eccl. 1:6-7, Amplified Version).
Solomon understood the circuits of the wind — and of water. How did he know? Was he merely guessing? Or was he not truly one of the most gifted, wisest men of all history? If we give Benjamin Franklin credit for being a gifted genius, how much more should we recognize the genius of Solomon who was the most famous naturalist, writer, poet, composer, and scientist of his time? (I Kings 4:29-34.)
Consider, for a moment, how amazing Solomon’s knowledge was. It was not until the 1800’s that William Ferrell, an American meteorologist, formulated “Ferrell’s law” which explains the prevailing directions of the winds over the earth, based on the earth’s rotation.
Said Matthew Fontaine Maury, an American hydrographer who lived in the late 1800’s, “The direction in which a wind blows is so constantly changing that we often speak of the winds as fickle, inconstant, and uncertain. There is, however, ORDER in the movements of the atmosphere. The fickle winds are obedient to LAWS.”
The Sea Around Us
In Job 38:16, God asked, “Have you explored the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?” (Amplified Version).
How could the writer of the book of Job have known that beneath the oceans of the world are springs or fountains of fresh water ? Or, did you even know that?
An article in the Saturday Review (July 1, 1967) said, “Although they usually remain undetected, submarine springs of fresh water are often more common along certain types of shoreline than are rivers and other surface streams.” Along some shorelines, as much as 20 million gallons of fresh water a day flows into the sea for every mile of shoreline.
In fact, one major submarine spring in the Persian Gulf flows with enough volume to create a large area of fresh water in the midst of the sea, because of favorable limestone geology in Iran and Saudi Arabia. In Greece, an estimated 100 million cubic feet of fresh water goes into the sea through submarine springs.
But about four thousand years before, God asked Job if he knew about the springs in the sea!
What about the “recesses of the deep”? Tell me — how could Job have known there are deep trenches of the oceans — such as the Mariana Trench in the Pacific, 36,198 feet deep, discovered in September, 1959 by the Soviet ship Vityaz — except by divine revelation? The same ship discovered a depth of 35,702 feet in the Tonga Trench; there are four other deep trenches in the North Pacific. The greatest depth in the Atlantic Ocean is north of Puerto Rico — the Puerto Rico Trench, 27,498 feet deep.
The dark world of the bottom of the ocean is now being explored by scientists in bathyscaphes, and special cameras, mounted with strobe lamps, have been lowered miles into the depths.
New instruments have revealed that the ocean bottom is surprisingly rugged. Depths of valleys and canyons running underwater when averaged out are five times greater than heights reached on continents. The undersea world is cut, and sliced, by huge canyons bigger than the Grand Canyon. One such canyon is the Hudson Canyon off New York. Sixty miles off shore, this mammoth canyon knifes downward to 8000 feet, and then slopes on down to 16,500 feet.
The sea floor is called the abyssal plains. At their edge are sometimes found tremendous chasms or trenches, averaging 20 miles wide at the top and hundreds of miles long. The deepest such trench discovered is the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, almost seven miles down.
Thousands of years ago, God asked Job what he knew about these “recesses” or TRENCHES deep under the ocean! In the original Hebrew, the word for “explore” is cheger and means to “search out, examine; secret, inmost part.” The word for “deep” is tehown and means “confusion” — or “the ABYSS, the great deep.”
How could such words have been written unless they had been inspired
“Paths of the Seas”
Matthew Fontaine Maury, when reading the Bible, was struck by the words of Psalm 8:8 — “The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.” His curiosity aroused, he set out to map the currents of the oceans of the world and became the foremost hydrographer of his day (1806-1873 ) . He discovered the ocean routes which would make best use of prevailing ocean currents and winds. His research enabled ship owners to cut many days from the time required to make their voyages and helped them save many thousands of dollars. He was called the “Pathfinder of the Seas.” The Bible was his source of inspiration!
But how did King David, who lived about one thousand years before Christ, know about these paths of the seas and the great currents in the oceans? Could it be this knowledge was much more general and widespread in ancient times than modern scientists like to give credit for?
Once again, the Bible is proved to be scientific!
[Photo Caption – Sea Lab III hangs ready to begin its descent into the sea depths in October, 1968. Through “modern technology” such as this we are at last documenting some of the complex scientific statements of the Bible.]
[Photo Caption – Superstitions of pagan religions — contemporaneous with Job’s statement that God hung the earth on nothing (as our cover shows) — proclaimed that the world was supported on the back of a turtle. To assume the earth just evolved from nothing is the non-Biblical superstition predominant today.]
The Gulf Stream
In 1855 Matthew Fontaine Maury, pioneer oceanographer, wrote, “There is a river in the ocean. In the severest droughts it never fails, and in the mightiest floods it never overflows. Its banks and its bottom are of cold water, while its current is of warm. The Gulf of Mexico is its fountain, and its mouth is in the Arctic Seas. It is the Gulf Stream” (The Physical Geography of the Sea, 1855).
Truly a river in the middle of the sea, the Gulf Stream flows for the most part through the Caribbean into the Gulf of Mexico and leaves through the Straits of Florida, from where it flows out into the broad Atlantic across to Northwestern Europe.
“Seaward of New England, where the Gulf Stream is most robust, it can be 100 miles wide and 16,400 feet deep, and have a surface velocity of six miles an hour. There it carries past a given point about 150,000,000 tons of water every second; this makes it the equal of 700 Amazons or 8,800 Mississippis” (“A Capsule History of the Gulf Stream,” by Thomas Lineaweaver III, Holiday, Nov. 1967).
If the Gulf Stream were emptied upon the United States, it would flood the entire nation to a depth of over four feet in just one day!
This mighty river is truly a PATHWAY in the sea. The larvae of a snail (Cymatium Parthenopeum) found from Brazil to the west coast of Africa ride the Gulf Stream, perhaps taking 300 days to cover 2,640 miles from the Bahamas to the Azores. Although the “odds” against a successful passage for the snails may be 2 million to 1, it is commonly done!
The Gulf Stream is just one of many mighty ocean currents, such as the cold Humboldt Current, pushed by antarctic winds up the west coast of South America. Then there is the Japan Current, or Kuroshio, in the Pacific.
The earth’s great wind systems push before them the great sea currents, and have enormous impact on world weather. The westerlies drive the Gulf Stream and Japan Current; polar easterlies drive before them the Humboldt Current and Brazil Current, and others. The Labrador Current, in the North Atlantic, flows down from the north polar region, pushed along by polar easterlies.
All these mighty currents are virtual rivers or paths in the seas. But — how did David, one thousand years before Christ, know such mighty paths in the seas existed? How indeed, unless navigation was far more advanced in his day than skeptics like to admit?
Winging their way over the seas, in giant paths through the skies, are the Golden Plover and the Arctic Tern — navigating many thousands of miles every year. Navigating in paths through the seas are species of eel, turtles, whales, and many species of fish.
How did David understand these things about the “fowls of the air” and the “fish of the sea” and other migratory creatures? How was he so familiar with the biological sciences of the earth?
Clearly, the Bible is far more scientific than most people would suppose!
Even in the days of David, facts about bird migration and fish migration were understood!
Knowledge About Air Pressure
You are probably familiar with the fact that air has weight. At sea level air pressure is 14.7 pounds per square inch. As you go up in altitude, air pressure is less and less. A mountain climber ascending Mount Everest finds the air so thin that he has to take oxygen along to breathe.
When did science discover that air has weight? Any textbook on Physics reveals that the laws of pressure, temperature and volume of gases were not discovered until the last few hundred years. It was not known, previously, that the invisible air actually had weight.
Nor was it understood that rain behaved according to definite LAWS of physics and chemistry. But notice what God wrote in His Word over three thousand years ago:
“God … looks to the ends of the earth; beneath the whole heavens he sees. When he made a weight for the wind, and meted out the waters by measure [rainfall on the United States averages 29 inches every year!]; when he made a LAW for the rain, and a way for the thunderbolt” (Job 28:23-26).
The Amplified Bible makes it even more specific: “When He gave to the wind weight or pressure….”
Here is another remarkable instance of SCIENCE in the Bible — thousands of years before modern science discovered these same laws of nature and principles of physics!
How could it be — unless GOD inspired the Bible?
God showed Job the relationship between barometric pressure of the atmosphere and the weather three thousand years before Torricelli, an Italian physicist (608-1647) proved the same relationship with his barometer!
The Great Pyramid
In his book, A History of Egyptian Archaeology, Fred Gladstone Bratton states, “Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Giza Pyramids alone have survived the ravages of time and the destructive hand of man. They are still the most massive and impressive buildings in the world today.
“As with astronomical measurements where the scientist has to resort to comparisons in order to demonstrate the immensity of the universe, so it is with the Pyramid of Cheops. NO OTHER BUILDING IN HISTORY has called for so much study of construction, dimensions, and purpose as this pile of thirty million cubic feet of limestone. It has been estimated that the Great Pyramid … is large enough to accommodate St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. Peter’s in Rome, and the Cathedrals of Milan and Florence. It consists of 2,300,000 limestone blocks, each one weighing 2½ tons and measuring 3 feet in each direction. Originally it was 481 feet high but now is 451 feet. The average length of the four base lines is 755 feet.” (p. 87.)
This author continues, “By using one of the celestial bodies, the Cheops builders were able to orient the Pyramid to the four cardinal points, the errors being only in the following fractions of one degree: north side, 2′ 28″ south of west; south side, 1′ 57″ south of west, east side, 5′ 30″ west of north; west side, 2′ 30″ west of north. The four corners were almost perfect right angles with the following measurements: 90° 3′ 2″; northwest, 90° 59′ 58″; southeast, 89° 56′ 37″; and southwest, 90° 0′ 33″.” (p. 88.)
Archaeologist Flinders Petrie calculated that 100,000 men were used in transporting the blocks to the base of the Pyramid, and some 4,000 in its actual construction. The precision is such that Petrie said any errors in the angles and degrees “can be covered with one’s thumb.”
Eight centuries ago Abd al-Latif observed that the stone blocks were fitted together so well that a knife cannot be inserted in the joints — a truly remarkable evidence of precision engineering and sheer architectural genius !
In his book The Pyramids, Ahmed Fakhry declares, “The Great Pyramid of Giza represents the culminative effort of the pyramid builders. Not only is it the largest monument of its kind ever constructed, but for excellence of workmanship, accuracy of planning, and beauty of proportion, it remains the chief of the Seven Wonders of the World” (p. 99).
It has been calculated that if all the stone in the Great Pyramid were sawn into one foot square blocks and these blocks were laid end to end, they would stretch two thirds of the way around the earth at the equator, or 16,000 miles. Put another way, these one foot blocks could make a five-foot highway stretching from the east to the west coast of the United States!
Said Fakhry of the Great Pyramid, “Even equipped with modern tools and instruments, and profiting from nearly five thousand years of experience, architects and engineers TODAY might well quail if called upon to erect a duplicate” (pages 120-121 )
[Photo Caption – The great pyramid of Cheops. The inset shows the relative size of the stones compared to the size of a man. No small building task for a “primitive and ignorant” group of non-architects.]
Who Built It?
Whoever built the Great Pyramid was familiar with the sciences of astronomy, geology, mathematics, physics, and had brilliant engineering skill. Who was the builder?
None other than the Biblical patriarch Job!
Allusion to this fact is found in the book of Job itself. God said to him, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the EARTH? declare, if thou halt understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?” (Job 38:4-5.)
God was telling Job that his accomplishment of building the Great Pyramid was as NOTHING compared to the great works of God!
Challenged God, “Whereupon are the foundations [of the earth] fastened? or who laid the CORNERSTONE thereof; when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:6-7).
God showed Job that his ability, his accomplishments, counted for nothing with God. He could not earn his salvation by his good works.
It should be clear that Job was no ignoramus. He was a tremendous SCIENTIST of his time, well endowed with ability, genius, and engineering skill!
Yet, today, men ridicule the men of God in the Bible, calling them ignorant. They assume that God’s Word is of no account — just the ancient stories and traditions of an ignorant race of superstitious men! What folly!
David and Solomon
The story of Job is merely one of the accounts in the Bible of engineering genius and great ability. David and Solomon, who were instrumental in the construction of the Temple of God in ancient times, were very knowledgeable in the fields of architecture and engineering. The Temple was to be “exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries” (I Chron. 22:5).
David himself prepared for the Temple 100,000 talents of gold and one million talents of silver. On today’s market gold is valued at $35 an ounce. Therefore, David provided about $7.4 billion worth of gold for the Temple of God. The silver he contributed would today be worth about $2.5 billion. Staggering as it may sound to our “sophisticated” ears, David himself put in the neighborhood of $10 billion worth of silver and gold alone into the Temple! This was truly the most magnificent, expensive, beautiful building EVER BUILT! (See I Chron. 22:14.)
The Temple was built of great stones, cedar beams and boards, overlaid within with gold (I Kings 6:14-22; 7:9-12). Today, such a building would probably cost, by the time you figure in the labor, many multiple billions of dollars — probably about $20 billion, at least! Remember, to construct the magnificent edifice, Solomon had 30,000 men of Israel and 150,000 Canaanites working on the Temple, hewing timber and magnificent stones, and bearing burdens (I Kings 5:13-16; II Chron. 2:17-18; 8:7-9). Actual construction took seven years (I Kings 6:38). If Solomon had paid all these men at today’s wages, his labor costs alone would easily have soared to the neighborhood of $8-10 billion — plus transportation and shipping expenses!
The construction of the Temple was so precise that the ancient chronicler recorded: “And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building” (I Kings 6:7).
Every part was carefully and precisely prepared at some distance from the building site. But when each part, each timber and stone, was laid, it fit perfectly! Can you imagine what a gigantic headache such a building job would give contractors today???
It is time skeptics, scholars, and everyone admitted that the men of the Bible were not ignorant shepherds, itinerant nomads, unskilled, unlearned, untutored barbarians! Nothing could be further from the truth!
Far from being ignorant shepherds, David and Solomon were WEALTHY KINGS. The net worth of either of them was far more than the wealthiest businessmen alive today — including J. Paul Getty, Howard Hughes, and all the Mellons and Rockefellers combined. David himself was a multibillionaire by today’s standards, and Solomon was wealthier than David!
In the heyday of Solomon silver was “not any thing accounted of” (II Chron. 9:20). We read, “And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, and cedar trees made he as the sycomore trees that are in the low plains in abundance” (v. 27). Solomon had his own personal fleets and dominated world trade. “And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom” (v. 22).
King Solomon himself may have had more gold than the United States Treasury at Fort Knox. (Of course, the balance of payments problem has depleted U. S. gold reserve They have shrunk from over $22 billion in 1957 to about $11 billion today.) He was a powerful king who would have made today’s crop of billionaires look like so many peons by comparison!
[Photo Caption – “A Way for the Thunderbolt” — Lightning actually begins on the ground and streaks upward so quickly that it creates the illusion of striking downward.]
Way for the Thunderbolt
In Job 28:26 we read, “When he [God] made a decree for the rain, and a WAY for the lightning of the thunder.”
Lightning kills more people yearly than any other natural disaster — about 400. It destroys $37 million worth of property annually, plus the losses due to 8,000 annual forest fires started by lightning.
How are lightning bolts formed? The story is fascinating. Inside enormous thunderclouds are so-called chimney currents — a column of air rising upward with gale force. Within this turbulence near the top small hailstones become positively charged, while raindrops in the lower portion are charged negatively. Below on the earth there is another positive charge buildup, following the drifting cloud.
Tremendous differences of electric potential are created between the top and bottom of the thundercloud, and the earth’s surface.
At this point, a gaseous arc reaches down from the cloud for perhaps fifty feet, hanging there, building up, growing. Meanwhile, positive particles on the earth below streak upward as high as fifty feet, called “St. Elmo’s fire.” When one of these earth “streamers” meets one of the cloud’s dangling gaseous arcs, called “leaders,” suddenly A PATH IS FORMED BETWEEN THE THUNDERCLOUD AND THE EARTH!
This is where the darting, flickering BOLT OF LIGHTNING hurtles through the air, starting at the point of contact between negative and positive charges of electricity, ripping up to the cloud along the gaseous arc path already formed. The lightning actually travels upward, and the fact that it appears to travel downward is an optical illusion.
But this is beside the point. The point of this fascinating story is — HOW DID JOB KNOW? Yes, how could he have ever known that there is “A WAY for the lightning of the thunder”?
Can there be any doubt?
Science did not discover the secret of this phenomenon until very recent times. But God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, revealed it to Job and inspired him to write of it over 3,700 years ago!
Secrets of Geology
What about the earth science of geology? Does the Bible have anything to say about it? It certainly does!
Again, the book of Job contains the answers. We read of the process of erosion in Job 14:19 — “The waters wear the stones: thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth….”
Notice, also, Job 28:10 — “He cutteth out rivers among the rocks.” Ever stop and notice the majesty of the Grand Canyon? Geologists say that enormous canyon was formed by cutting action of the Colorado River, gouging out a pathway through the rock.
More examples of geology could be noted, but we have no space in this article. But the whole point of the science recorded in the Bible is given in the book of Job. Here is revealed the SUPREME LESSON that science itself teaches, if men only have the wit to see it!
“But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the EARTH, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these that the HAND OF THE LORD HATH WROUGHT THIS?” (Job 12:7-9.)
GOD is the Creator! This is the supreme lesson and teaching of ALL true science, and the science of the Bible!
Have YOU yet learned that mighty lesson?
Stop and think, for a moment. The pagans worshipped the heavenly bodies. Christians worship the Almighty One who put them there!
Pagans believed in astrology and worshipped the sun, moon and stars. But, in the pages of the Bible, God expressly CONDEMNS such worship. He tells us the purpose of the creation of the heavenly bodies: “And God said, Let there he lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for SEASONS, and for days and YEARS” (Gen. 1:14).
Did you know that time is based on the motion of the heavenly bodies? The earth rotates at a constant speed, giving us day and night; it revolves around the sun at a constant speed, taking one year per revolution. The moon revolves around the earth, giving us the lunar month. Every watch and clock is kept accurate by timing them with the most precise Clock ever invented — the solar system and the stars!
Time is kept accurate by basing time calculations and computations on the precise movements of the stars and the positions of the fixed stars. The master clock in the United States is at the Naval Observatory, Washington, D. C. By measuring time by the stars, the Naval Observatory keeps track of time to the tiniest fraction of a second.
By knowing the exact movements of the heavenly bodies, solar and lunar eclipses can be PREDICTED thousands of years in advance!
God inspired David to write, “He made the moon for fixed times; the sun knows its time of setting” (Psalm 104:19, Goodspeed). Or, as the Amplified has it, “the sun knows the EXACT TIME of its setting.”
Take a look at your watch — manmade instrument for telling time. You know that a watchmaker made your watch. It didn’t just somehow decide to put itself together! Great painstaking workmanship went into it, most likely, and its delicate parts were made with great precision. The more money you paid for your watch, the better it probably is. But you know that if you don’t wind it up regularly, it will soon run down, and stop. From time to time, it needs repair.
But you know that your watch did not just EVOLVE!
The universe is a Great Master Clock. It has been running smoothly, accurately, for millions — if not billions — of years. It is still accurate — in fine working order. Its parts still move with age-old, timeless precision!
You admit your own watch didn’t evolve. What about the Great Master Clock in the skies — so much more perfect than your watch, so much grander in its execution and operation — do you think it evolved?
You keep your watch running by winding it up. Who keeps the Great Clock of the universe operating? Who SUSTAINS it ?
TRUE SCIENCE admits the existence of the original “Clock Maker” — Almighty God. True science admits GOD made the heavens and the earth. True science also reveals God as the SUSTAINER of the universe!
True science sees the hand of God in the universe — and in the writing
and preservation of The Holy Bible!
But evolutionary science, God-rejecting science is NOT true science. It is “science FALSELY SO-CALLED” (I Tim. 6:20).
True science harmonizes with the Bible. False science has put itself in the place of God, virtually claims to be God, and has become a false savior of mankind — a FALSE MESSIAH!
Will you put your hopes in the words of false science which rejects God? Or will you depend on the SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE Word of the living God for salvation?
The choice is entirely up to you!