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Biblical Statements Now Scientifically Proven True

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The Bible often makes statements about our physical world (usually in poetic language) that have been corroborated centuries later by scientific discoveries. For example, we read in Job 26:7 that God “hung the earth on nothing.” The ancient Greeks knew the earth was a sphere, but pictured it being supported on the shoulders of the god Atlas. It was not until the time of Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei—the 17th century AD—that science came to realize that the earth really was “hung upon nothing.” Thus, both astronomy and physics have confirmed the words of the Bible—over three thousand years after it was written!

In Job 38:16, God asks Job, “Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?” Only in the 20th century have oceanographic explorers discovered that there are indeed numerous scattered “springs” in the bottom of the ocean.

In addition to springs, Psalm 8:8 refers to the “paths of the seas”—currents in the oceans. Matthew Maury (1806-73) is considered the father of oceanography. After reading in the Bible of these “paths,” he famously set out to find them. His resulting book on ocean currents—such as the Gulf Stream and the Humboldt Current—remains a basic text on oceanography still used in universities today.1

The hydrologic cycle is also in the Bible, mentioned millennia before it was explained by the French potter/scientist Bernard Palissy in the 1500s. In Ecclesiastes 1:7 we read: “All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; to the place from where the rivers came, there they return again [as rain].” In Amos 9:6 we are told, “He Who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the face of the earth, the LORD is His name.” Indeed, “If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth…” (Eccl. 11:3).

These are but a few of the many biblical statements corroborated by science. In the next chapter, we’ll examine evolution—a theory embraced by scientists and science writers that not only conflicts with the Bible but is actually disproved by science. As we will see, there is no disagreement between the Bible and proven facts of science; but there most assuredly is disagreement between the Bible and theories disproved by genuine science.