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Letter: Scientific theories are found in the Bible

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Posted: Saturday, April 26, 2014 12:00 am

As a Christian, I recognize that the Bible is not a “scientific textbook.” But the ancient authors presented scientific laws of nature and the principles in what they wrote down in the scriptures, and although not expressed in modern technical jargon, it is expressed accurately indicating remarkable understanding of nature far in advance of their discovery by modern scientists.

One example to consider is the science of “hydrology,” the science of water. Today, scientists know that this fundamental water cycle is a remarkable mechanism by which water vapor is condensed and precipitated as rain or snow, then drained off through rivers and streams into the ocean. It is then raised into the skies by evaporation and carried back over the continents by wind circulation and comes down again as rain or snow.

The Bible revealed this process in at least two scriptures over 3,000 years ago, in about 1000 B.C. In Ecclesiastes 1:67, Solomon wrote these words, “The wind geth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north, it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits all the rivers run into the sea; yes the sea is not fully unto the place from whence the rivers came, tither they return again.”

Then in Job 36:27-29, the hydrologic cycle is found written about 1000 B.C., “For he draweth up the drops of water, which distill in rain from his vapor, which the skies pour down and drop upon man abundantly. Yea, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, the thunderings of his pavilion?”

Scientists are still learning details of the water cycle today, and yet the Bible set forth this truth thousands of years ago.

In Hebrews 11:3, the Apostle Paul made this remarkable statement, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were formed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” The matter of the universe is not ultimately physical but is composed of something that is not apparent! Paul was correct.

Tom Baker

Lodi

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1 comment:

  • David Diskin posted at 8:29 am on Sat, Apr 26, 2014.

    David Diskin Posts: 184

    It's true that we didn't understand much of hydrologic theory until about 500 BC. But that doesn't mean we lacked a complete misunderstanding of weather until the bible came around.

    Let's not forget that civilization has been taking advantage of weather-related knowledge long before the Bible came about.

    As for Ecclesiastes, your "scientific verse" was written sometime between 450 - 180 BC, a minimum of twenty years and possibly 300 years after the Greeks discovered hydrologic theory.

     

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